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World’s Top Swimmers Stoychev & Hirai at The Authentic Marathon Swim

zo, 02/08/2020 - 14:39

The Authentic Marathon Swim revives the historic race at Artemision, 2,500 years later. Swimmers from all over the world will participate in the authentic marathon swimming route and other swimming activities September 4-6 at Pefki, Evia, in the Municipality of Istiaia - Edipsos.
Participating swimmers include the elite of marathon swimming with major names being added on a daily basis. 

Read the article @thenationalherald


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Thousands dive into balmy Lake Balaton in Hungary for swimming contest

zo, 02/08/2020 - 14:37

Under cloudless summer skies, thousands of competitors plunged into the balmy waters of Balaton on Saturday to swim across Central Europe’s largest freshwater lake.
Despite the coronavirus pandemic, organisers said more than 10,000 people including children, pensioners and professional athletes had registered to take part in the annual lake swim - Europe’s longest open-water swimming contest.

Read the article @reuters


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Is it safe to swim in the River Thames?

di, 28/07/2020 - 22:22

The Thames has a reputation as a dirty river. It’s not totally undeserved. I took part in the notorious Hampton Court to Kingston swim in October 2012, when I was one of 338 people who reported getting ill. No specific cause was identified. It was most likely a bacterial or viral infection. In the days prior to the race, rainfall was several times the average for the time of year. 

The river may therefore have been contaminated with sewage from Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs), that can spill into the river during periods of heavy rain.

Read the blog @outdoorswimmer

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Aussie marathon swimmer to challenge English Channel record

di, 28/07/2020 - 22:11

Australian endurance swimmer Chloe McCardel is planning to create a slice of history with a 35th crossing of the English Channel after being given a special exemption to travel during the coronavirus pandemic.

Considered one of the greatest ultra-swimmers of all time, she has so far tamed the treacherous stretch of water between England and France 31 times and is planning to add four more crossings within the next month.

If successful, she will beat the most by a male, which at 34 is held by Kevin Murphy. Fellow Briton Alison Streeter is the greatest of all-time, completing the swim 43 times.

Read the article

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"I didn't make it across the English Channel - but training for it bought me time"

vr, 24/07/2020 - 23:08

Before swimming the English Channel, Lee Brogan was struggling with his mental health. Training for it gave him the time he needed to get better.​

Training alone for hours on end in cold, rough seas, battling currents, swells and jellyfish, all in the knowledge that you’ll have to wake up the following day and do it all over again. For most people, the life of an aspiring English Channel swimmer is not one they would wish to lead.

But for 32-year-old Lee Brogan, it was a lifeline.

Read the full article @outdoorswimmer

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Wild Swimming: One of life’s great pleasures

vr, 24/07/2020 - 23:03

Open water swimming, or wild swimming, is the practise of swimming outside in an open body of water. The activity has trickled back into the mainstream in recent years, with an increasing number of people revelling in the pleasure of a dip in the great outdoors. Search #wildswimming on Instagram and witness a consistent aesthetic; what once was a jump in a lake or ocean has been curated into a bourgeois social media trend. 

Read the article @kcwtoday


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vr, 24/07/2020 - 23:01

Ultra triathlete Claire Smith of Brutal Events shares how she battles her fears of the open water when tackling some of the world's toughest events, and how you can too.
My daughter commented the other day that wetsuits smell funny. I said that all mine smell of terror. We laughed, but for me it’s absolutely true; the smell of neoprene is associated with fear.

Read the article @220triathlon



How ice swimming helped me get control of my anxiety

di, 21/07/2020 - 22:10

I knew that I could die if I stayed in there too long. I kept asking myself if it was safe, or was I stupid for exposing myself to the extreme cold in an icy lake. The level of pain that gripped my whole body was intense and I had to fight hard to stay in control of my thoughts. As my extremities started to go numb and the alarm bells inside my head intensified, I focused on my breath. That helped. A little. 

Now, whenever I look at this photo of me bathing in the freezing water in the heart of winter, I’m amazed at how relaxed I look. I almost give off the impression that I’m finding it effortless to be in there.

Read the article @metro

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Swimmer battles tides, jellyfish to complete marathon challenge

di, 21/07/2020 - 22:06

A west Cork man has overcome cold waters, jellyfish stings and strong currents to become the first person to complete the 40km swim from Baltimore Harbour to the Fastnet Rock lighthouse.

Steve Redmond, 54, said although he was in the water alone for the marathon 15 hour 35 minute swim, his support team on the boat which accompanied him and led by skipper Kieran Collins, "will do anything to make you succeed".

Read the article @rte

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20 of the world's best places for swimming

ma, 20/07/2020 - 23:09

From isolated English beaches to plunge pools in the Costa Rican cloud forest. Icy ponds at five-star hotels in the heart of Peru to quiet riverbanks in the Japanese Alps.
These swimming spots are the ultimate escape for those looking for adventure once the months of being unable to hit the road finally come to an end.
Pack a towel, remember to always put safety first and get ready to dive into the world's best places for swimming.

Check out all 20 places @edition.cnn




ma, 20/07/2020 - 23:05

Swedish swimmers Victor Johansson and Marcus Holmquist are going to attempt to swim 30 km in Sweden’s lake Vättern at the beginning of August in order to raise money for the World Food Program USA.

The lake is the second largest in Sweden, behind Lake Vänern and in the summer it reaches a temperature range of 12 and 17 degrees Celsius (54 to 63 degrees Fahrenheit).

Johannsson and Holmquist intend on taking the route across the lake from Visingsö to Jönköping, which has only been crossed by a swimmer once when Christer Junefelt did so on September 11, 1968.

Read the article @swimswam

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The adventure swimmers

zo, 19/07/2020 - 13:03

Committed “lake baggers” keep a list of the waters they cross

After hiking 5 miles up the trail to Avalanche Lake in the High Peaks, four people stripped to swimsuits in the wind that kept passersby in down vests and parkas.

It was late August. The early morning air temperature had been somewhere in the mid-30s. The lake sits at 2,885 feet above sea level. 

In the deep narrow cleft carved by glaciers between Colden and Avalanche mountains, it provided one of the most remarkable outings of their 2019 swim season.

Read the article @adirondackexplorer


Why It's Time to Try Swimming in Open Water

wo, 15/07/2020 - 22:57

And how to dive into the freedom, challenge, and discipline of 'wild swimming.'
Ryan Utsumi, 41, had been drenched in the turquoise blue and calm of southern California pools since he started swimming competitively at age five. “But in 2001, after 15 years of chlorine and coaches on the pool deck, I was done with all that,” he says.

Read the article @menshealth



Mileage ace Van Rouwendaal can no longer be fooled by a coach

za, 11/07/2020 - 23:02

Many photos of animals hang from the wall in her parents’ house in Eindhoven. Ducks especially. It is a memory of the childhood of swimmer Sharon van Rouwendaal (26) in France. Duck and Ducky were her best friends.

Van Rouwendaal has always been an outsider. The long-distance swimmer became Olympic champion in the 10 kilometers of open water at the 2016 Rio Olympics. 

The road to gold went through sporting hardships with authoritarian coaches. A book has recently been published about her special childhood in France: Bruut, written by sports journalist Natasja Weber.

Read the article @zwemza


Come on in: Norfolk’s wild swimmers explain the appeal of taking a dip in the river

vr, 10/07/2020 - 22:29

While swimming pools have remained closed across the region, swimmers have turned to East Anglia’s network of rivers for their fix of water-based exercise. Nick Richards meets some of our wild swimmers

Lockdown has limited our freedom and liberty so much that exercise addicts have had to think on their feet. Cyclists ditched the roads for sessions on their turbo trainers in front of apps on their TV screens, rowers dusted off their rowing machines and runners pounded the treadmill rather than hit the pavements.

Read the article @edp24

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Croatian Swimmer Dina Levacic Readies for New Challenge: Gibraltar Strait and North Channel

vr, 10/07/2020 - 22:25

Croatian long-distance swimmer Dina Levacic, 24, announced on Wednesday that she intends to swim the 15-kilometer-long Gibraltar Strait between Spain and Morocco and the 34-kilometer-long North Channel between Northern Ireland and Scotland between August 10 and 21 this year.

"I have prepared well for these swimming marathons, I will do my best to succeed and I have no fear," Levacic said at a press conference in Split, as reported by  

According to Dina, the preparations were cruel, especially for swimming in the North Channel, because it is one of the most demanding swimming marathons in the world.

Read the article @total-croatia-news


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A beginner’s guide to open-water swimming – everything you need to know

di, 07/07/2020 - 22:57

Dive into the world of open-water swimming with our guide to technique, training and kit
Whether you want to complement your running with an exciting form of cross training or you’re preparing for your first triathlon, open-water swimming (OWS) is a brilliant discipline that requires a little technique, a lot of confidence and some essential pieces of kit.

Read it all @runnersworld


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Swimming out of the darkness: How cold-water swimming helps with mental health

di, 07/07/2020 - 22:54

Literally and metaphorically, Frog and Jessie are emerging from the fog.

With the closures of the local pools under lockdown, following the black line was no longer an option.

So, the friends began swimming outdoors.

Jessie and Frog have known each other for years, but the early morning open-water swims have drawn them closer.

"Your body gets used to it. You calm down. You realise how beautiful it is," Jessie said.

Read the article @abc

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Best open water and wild swimming spots in and around London

di, 07/07/2020 - 22:52

Dive in, unwind and de-stress with a swim in the wild. 
You're burned out — but can’t turn to the usual pick-me-ups to get you through. Massages are off the cards until further notice and you can’t book a last-minute yoga retreat on the White Isle to quell jangling nerves. The answer? Take a wild dip. Swimming has plenty of fitness and meditative benefits but with pools still closed for now, the water babies among us have been left deprived.

Read the article @standard


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How has COVID-19 affected English Channel swims this year?

vr, 03/07/2020 - 22:15

Student Daniel Shailer has a Channel crossing booked for this year. He's been looking into how the coronavirus pandemic has affected Channel swimming this year.

Channel swimming is always unpredictable, and that has never been more true than this year. Government restrictions on unnecessary travel, social distancing and international travel forced all Channel swims in June to cancel and placed much of the rest of the season in jeopardy.

With lockdown gradually easing however, many swimmers (myself included) are hoping crossings will begin at some point in July, albeit with a few key changes.

Read the full blog @outdoorswimmer

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