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Rebecca Soni Explains How to Beat Pre-Race Anxiety

ma, 15/01/2018 - 17:37

Have you ever experienced pre-race anxiety?

Have your nerves gotten the best of you?

Do you perform well in practice, but don’t swim up to your expectations at competition?

If so you are not alone. One of the biggest challenges that many athletes face is pre-race anxiety. It is a foe that athletes at any level face.

Pre-race anxiety is one of the most common challenges that Olympic gold medalist and former world record holder Rebecca Soni sees when working with athletes through RISE Athletes. RISE Athletes is a program that Soni and fellow American Olympian Caroline Burckle have developed to connect Olympians with athletes through individualized mentoring.

What are the Causes of Pre-Race Anxiety?

read the interesting article @ SwimSwam

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Freestyle Swimming Technique - Efficient Breathing

ma, 15/01/2018 - 17:35

Breathing I think we would all agree is a necessity. On land when we breathe, it doesn’t take much thought, we just do it. However, add water to the equation and you have whole different kettle of fish.

Well why is that? This is often due to the fear of not clearing the water to get the necessary oxygen required.

read the rest of the article by "Ocean Walker" with 5 common mistakes @ RealBuzz

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Extreme British swimmer reveals it was her autistic son begging 'Don't leave me, Mummy' that ended her epic 7 Oceans challenge and not a circling shark, toxic jellyfish or 20ft swells

ma, 15/01/2018 - 17:30
  • Beth French aimed to complete the Ocean's 7 challenge in less than a year
  • It involves swimming across seven open-water crossings across the world
  • A film will be released this year to tell the story of 40-year-old Beth's challenge
  • British Beth is a self-employed massage therapist and mother to autistic Dylan

The warm waters of Hawaii’s Molokai Strait shone like silk in the moonlight. The 28-mile stretch between Oahu and Molokai islands, in the North Pacific, is notorious for its 20ft swells, strong currents and deadly marine life, but British swimmer Beth French deftly sliced a path through the swell.

Several hours into the 17-hour swim, one of the world’s most gruelling challenges for extreme swimmers, Beth did not immediately notice the dorsal fin surging upwards from the starlit sea.

Read the complete article and see the pictures and video @ Daily Mail

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5 rules to beat the tricksters of the open water competitions

ma, 15/01/2018 - 17:27

Things don’t always go as planned. Competitions are often full of unpredicted moments, risks and unexpected episodes that disrupt the otherwise perfect competition that we’d planned so perfectly.

Usually one can manage to be tolerant (but not too much) with the variables like the rough water, the wobbly starting block or that pain that keeps bothering us during the swim, but it’s harder to be tolerant towards the rough, unsportsmanlike, “tricksters” of the open waters.

If you want to know how to avoid these irritating athletes you can read these 5 simple but essential tips!

#1 Look around

Read the full article @ ZwemZa

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The Butlin International Cross Channel Swimming Race 1957 (1957)

ma, 15/01/2018 - 17:24

Long version of the newsreel story GIRL WINS MASS SWIM - special for Butlin's - mute only.

Greta Andersen winning Butlin's EC race.

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Is a cold water swim good for you, or more likely to send you to the bottom?

ma, 15/01/2018 - 17:13

Denk er over wat je wilt:

There are people who will tell you that a dip in cold water is not just exhilarating and enlivening, but good for you. They have not, they will tell you, had a cold for years. In many nations there is a cultural tradition of cold water dips – whether that’s a swim on special occasions such as Boxing Day or New Year’s Day as in the UK, or as part of a routine of alternating hot saunas and cold baths perceived to have health benefits, such as in Japan, Germany, Russia and Scandinavia.

read the full article and see the picture and illustrative video @ The Conversation


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“America’s Best Girl” stole the nation’s heart by swimming the English Channel in 1926, and later dedicated herself to the deaf children she taught to swim

ma, 15/01/2018 - 16:56

President Calvin Coolidge gave her the nickname “America’s Best Girl” after she swam across the English Channel in 1926. In her day, Gertrude Ederle captured the public’s imagination in the same way as other athletic and patriotic heroes like slugger Babe Ruth and aviator Charles A. Lindbergh. She was overwhelmed when an estimated 2 million people showed up in the financial district for a ticker-tape parade on August 27 celebrating her accomplishment, chanting “Trudy! Trudy!” (Never mind that her family actually called her “Gertie.”) She sustained a career as a minor celebrity for about a decade before retreating into a quiet life of teaching deaf children how to swim.

read the full portrait and see the pictures @ The Vintage News

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Petar Stoychev, Like No Other In The Open Water

ma, 15/01/2018 - 16:52

Petar Stoychev has checked off nearly all the possible boxes in the open water swimming world throughout his lengthy career:

  • list in origianal article

Remarkably, he has won international championships that have ranged from 2°C (35.6°F) to 32°C (89.6°F) including the uber-competitive 1 km race at the 2017 Ice Swimming Aqua Sphere World Championships in Burghausen, Germany.

Read the full article @ The Daily News of Open Water Swimming

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Rottemeren krijgt nieuwe Molentocht

ma, 08/01/2018 - 22:32

De Rottemeren kende een KNZB-wedstrijd eind van het vorige milennium. Lang geleden. Hoewel er best nog actieve zwemmers zijn die deze wedstrijd zich nog kunnen heugen. De langste afstand was daar de 5km. 10 maal een baanlengte van 500m. Op afstand van de baan waren de molens langs het water wel zichtbaar. We koersten op de heenweg ook richting een van deze monumenten. We zwommen er echter nooit langs.

Er is nu een bijzondere manier om in de Rotte te zwemmen. Op afspraak! De tocht is 12,5km en start bij de meest zuidelijke molen en 7 molens noordelijker eindigt het bij de Molenviergang.

Zowel open waterzwemmers als IJszwemmers kunnen hun tanden in deze nieuwe uitdaging zetten.

Er komen 3 manieren om te zwemmen:

  1. De Classic: solo
  2. Pod-swimming: in een groep (van maximaal 4) zwemmers van gelijke snelheid
  3. Estafette van 4 zwemmers

De aanmelding is op afspraak bij ChannelChallenge en wordt gezwommen onder auspiciën van de DLDSA. Je kan met je eigen coach komen of een coach vragen bij ChannelChallenge. De waarneming vindt plaats door een jurylid aangewezen door DLDSA. ChannelChallenge zal een loods (schipper) met boot regelen.

Er worden baanrecords bijgehouden, maar ook jaarklassementen voor dames, heren, wetsuit en skin, estafettes (mannen, vrouwen en mixed, varianten in aflossingstijd, ook hier met en zonder wetsuit).

Nadere informatie  richard @ Dit adres is ook te gebruiken om afspraken te maken om te gaan zwemmen.

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Monterey Bay Swimming Association adding on new swims

di, 26/12/2017 - 15:42

The Amazing Monterey Bay
The Monterey Bay is one of our nation's most spectacular and protected bodies of water. The Bay offers some of the best wildlife viewing in the world and is sometimes referred to as the "Serengeti of the Sea." With about 300 square miles of open water, the interior of the Bay offers a wide range of swim possibilities from one mile club swims to ultra-marathon Bay Crossings.

The Monterey Bay Swimming Association is dedicated to supporting those who wish to undertake marathon and ultra-marathon swims in the Monterey Bay. The MBSA is available to observe and sanction swims and is dedicated to the safety, integrity, and accurate documentation of these swims and to preserve the traditions of marathon swimming by following internationally recognized rules and standards. The MBSA is also available to review and document historical swims completed prior to its inception.

read all about the association and its swims @ Monterey Bay Swimming Association

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Brave swimmers strip off to jump into freezing cold waters for Christmas Day dips in London, Dorset and Devon

di, 26/12/2017 - 14:14

As Brits their unwrapped presents in the comfort of their own home this morning these swimmers braved far cooler temperatures for a host of annual Christmas swims.

Dozens of hardy swimming enthusiasts, with some donning festive attire, took to the likes of London, Dorset and Devon for a traditional festive swim.

Read the complete article and see the many pictures @ ZwemZA

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Drafting etiquette

di, 26/12/2017 - 14:11

Sometimes I begin a training session in a lane that is far too full for me to be able to successfully complete what I had planned. Whether you swim in a 25 m or 50 m pool, the lanes become like congested roads during the rush-hour, full of excited swimmers ready to overtake as soon as you slow down. When this happens there is only one plus point: drafting.

Swimming behind or alongside (but close to) another athlete helps you save 25% energy. You can swim faster and more efficiently, but it is not always as easy as it might seem.

read the full article @ ZwemZA

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6 tips for improving your open water swim

ma, 25/12/2017 - 15:47

The racing season is almost with us. Lots of you will have spent the holiday focusing on how to improve your swimming, but how many of you will really be able to transfer the skills learnt in the pool to your Ironman or open water races? Here are some valuable tips that might help you improve your swim leg in races.

1. Swimming horizontally and keeping your balance.

read all the tips and explanation @ ZwemZA

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‘It's part of the fun to suffer’: the people hitting the great outdoors this Christmas

ma, 25/12/2017 - 15:44

Meet the river swimmers, paddleboarding Santas and others who won’t be spending Christmas on the couch. By Daniel Masoliver

Normally, there’s only one way to get into 4C water: in a hurry. From Southampton to Sydney via St Petersburg, an in-and-out New Year’s Day dunk is a long-established custom; the image of hordes of swimmers charging en masse to meet the wintry waves a familiar one. But go down to the picturesque banks of the river Stour at Dedham in the early morning of 1 January 2018, and you will find an altogether more sedate, low-key gathering, as a small but committed group of swimmers pull on their wetsuits ahead of their annual New Year’s Day swim. “We get together our thickest wetties and hoods and gloves and boots,” says Stuart Hamilton, 53. “Every year when we first get in, everybody complains about the cold, but that’s part of the fun, to suffer a bit. And to overcome the suffering.”

Read the interesting article and see the pictures @ The Guardian

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Ice swimming reminds me I am well

ma, 25/12/2017 - 15:40

ICE swimming is hard but depression is harder, and the power of contrast makes the challenge seem smaller. At least, that’s how it seems to me.

As if the physical pain of being submerged in very cold water overrides the emotional or mental pain felt.

When I signed up for a 2km swim in 2015, I started meeting swimmers at the sea. They talked about ice swimming and that intrigued me. It was a challenge that spoke to me.

read the full article and see the pictures @ TheWaterHumans

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Arctic swimmer Lewis Pugh: 'I've never come so close to the end'

ma, 25/12/2017 - 15:35

Lewis Pugh undertook a perilous swim to raise awareness about the threat to the Arctic - he says it almost killed him.

By Lewis Pugh, Arctic Swimmer

Sky worked with Lewis Pugh during the filming of the Arctic Peril documentary. Mr Pugh swam one kilometre along the Arctic ice edge in water that was -0.7 degrees. Here, in his own words he explains how close he came to dying.

read the full article and see the action pictures and video @ SkyNews

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Celebrating Kathleen Thomas – first woman to swim the Bristol Channel

ma, 25/12/2017 - 15:21

NINETY YEARS AGO TODAY, a scrappy lady named Kathleen Thomas became the first person to swim the Bristol Channel between Wales and England. She set off from Penarth at 4.15am, and the crossing took her 7 hours and 20 minutes. Although the distance is 11 miles, it’s actually calculated to be 22.5 once you factor in the brutal currents.

read the full article and see the archive pictures @ WeAreCardiff


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The joy of wild winter swimming

ma, 25/12/2017 - 15:17

One brave swimmer is taking a dip a day throughout December in the rivers of Surrey and Berkshire, and finding ‘the nip of the water and the zing of a swim is quite addictive’

My toes sink into the mud at the edge of the river Mole at the bottom of Box Hill in Surrey. The water immediately cools my feet beyond feeling. I had hoped for a quirky swim here. Normally there are stepping stones that cross the river at this point, and I pictured myself skipping over them in my swimsuit. But the reality is quite different. After significant rain and snow melt, I should have known the river would be higher than usual. The spot – tranquil in all the photos I had looked at – was now a rushing, fast flowing river. And the colour of chocolate milkshake, rather than the clear water I’d pictured. Oh well, I have swum in worse.

read the full article and see the pictures @ The Guardian

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The open-water swimmer

ma, 25/12/2017 - 15:10

Even though water is definitely your element, do you find the lanes of a swimming pool a bit too claustrophobic? Do you like to lose yourself in the relentless rhythm of your arm strokes after having carefully studied the “route” to take? Well that means you are an open-water swimmer.

This kind of “ultra-endurance swimmer” is even tougher and stronger, if that is possible, than a long-distance swimmer in the pool. The kind of characteristics you need are not just physical but also, and I might say ABOVE ALL, tactical and cognitive.

read the full article @

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Historical Cohb Crossings And Circumnavigations

ma, 25/12/2017 - 14:54

Courtesy of Ned Denison, Cobh, Ireland.

In early 2005 Ned Denison had an idea of swimming around Cobh, located on the south coast of County Cork, Ireland.

"I had never swum a marathon of 10 km or more and was looking at possible training swims for my planned English Channel crossing that summer.

Back then, there were no easy-to-book marathon swims and swim camps. Today, English Channel aspirants can swim increasing longer distances in the 2-5 year run up their time, access huge amounts of online information, attend training camps, and learn from real local mentors."

read the full article @ The Daily News of Open Water Swimming

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