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The doggedness of the long-distance swimmer

source: Novato Advance
original @ Novato Advance
by Sheila Masson
date: Wednesday, August 15, 2007 1:18 PM PDT

There is a peacefulness that can be felt as you swim underwater, the tiny silver air bubbles streaming past your face and the throbbing of your blood pumping through your veins. As you surface, you feel the surge of the waves, the sea spray on your face and the sharp glints of light in your eyes. You kick sharply and pull hard to propel yourself through the dark water.

Catheryne Diprete knows this scene well - she has logged thousands of hours in the pool and the San Francisco Bay. A long-distance swimmer who recently swam the entire 31st Annual Trans-Tahoe Relay by herself, (the 11 mile race is typically swum by a six-person team) Diprete is now training to swim Lake Tahoe again -this time lengthwise.

Fina sets standard for high-tech swimsuits

source: Insweep
Feb 21, 2009

After a meeting with representatives of 16 swimwear manufacturers, held in Lausanne on Friday, Fina proposed the following requirements for the new swimsuits:

Cold Water Therapy

The original article (with pictures and further comments) is posted on Mark Sissons blog since 2009-02-19.

You’re in the middle of a nice, hot shower, feeling your muscles relax, the day’s tension (or night’s sleepiness) melt away. As you bask in the quiet moment of repose, suddenly your body gets a startling jolt. After a second of disoriented shock, you realize something has happened to the hot water. Did someone start the washer? Is the water heater going berserk? Your hopes of relaxation now dashed, your stress level through the roof, you finish only the most obligatory rinsing and step out of the shower cursing, muttering and shivering as you reach for your towel.

Open Water Race in the World's Oldest, Deepest, Largest Lake

source: 10kswimmer.com
Pavel Kuznetsov, the first Russian to complete the English Channel, will not only lead the very competitive Russian contingent (Yuri Kudinov and Natalia Pankina) at the Great Channel Swim across the English Channel, but he is also planning an unprecedented race in one of the most unique open water swimming venues in the world.

Pavel will host a 10-18K open water swim in Lake Baikal (the 'rich lake' or the 'Blue Eye of Siberia'), the world’s oldest, deepest and largest lake located in southern Siberia. Lake Baikal contains more water than all of the Great Lakes of North America combined (actually 20% of the world’s freshwater supply). UNESCO declared the lake a World Heritage site due to its stunning bio-diversity.

Open Water Swimming at Altitude in Armenia

Pavel Kuznetsov informed us of Mikael Gevorkyan's 22K unprecedented crossing attempt of Lake Sevan, the largest lake in Armenia and one of the largest high-altitude lakes in the world.

 The water temperature is expected to be 21 - 22°C (69.8° - 71.6°F), but the altitude is 1,950 meters (6,496 feet) above sea level which will make Mikael's attempt quite a challenge. We wish Mikael the best of luck and look forward to his success.

source: 10kswimmer

Lewis Pugh: The Human Polar Bear

The original article (with picture) by MarK Tutton is posted on CNN since 2009-02-25

What on Earth would drive a man to swim in Arctic waters wearing nothing but Speedos, goggles and a cap?

For Lewis Pugh, it was a love of the environment and a passionate desire to save the Arctic from global warming.

His 1 km swim (0.62 of a mile) in 2007 made him the first person to complete a long-distance swim at the North Pole -- the purpose, to highlight the fact that it was possible to swim for a kilometer in a place that should be solid ice.

Pugh, now aged 39, is a former maritime lawyer who abandoned his practice six years ago to become a full-time environmentalist and adventurer.

Since then he has become the first person to complete long-distance swims in all five of the world's oceans and has become the world's leading cold water swimmer.

Intervju: Martin Strel

The original article (with picture and video) is posted on SiOL

Keep swimming! Hypothermia scare

The original article (with pictures) is posted on Steven Munatones Blog 10k swimmer since 2009-02-18

Cyrise Sanders (nee Calvin) of the La Jolla Cove Swim Club gave us permission to post her first-hand account of a near disaster she faced in the Pacific Ocean near San Diego, California.

Cyrise is one of the most seasoned open water swimmers in the San Diego area where she has swum in the La Jolla Cove for over 20 years. She swam the Catalina Channel in 1992 and the English Channel in 1994 in 10 hours 50 minutes in 59°F water. She has done countless swims of 2-3 miles by herself in the (generally cold or cool) Pacific Ocean.

This is her first-hand account:

...I want you to know that what happened to me was astounding, shocking, and unfathomable. It could happen to anyone. It could happen to you.

Arctic training ground - Duo swam Coney waters in preparation for Magellan strait

The original article (with picture) by Gary Busio is posted on YourNabe since 2009-02-09.

At the edge of the icy water where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans converge, two intrepid swimmers had thoughts of Brooklyn on their mind.

This is where the past two winters spent in the frigid waters off Brighton Beach and Coney Island would pay off for Rachel Golub and Cristian Vergara, two New Yorkers determined to make a rare crossing of the 2.4-mile long Strait of Magellan.

“You don’t get nervous,” said Golub, a 32-year-old violinist and freelance writer from Queens. “You train so you don’t get tired. You tell yourself, ‘I am training my body to be able to keep going, no matter what.’”