Wat is ChannelChallenge?

ChannelChallenge is de website die verslag doet van de zwemmers en teams die de ultieme uitdagingen in de zwemsport aandurven. Hat gaat dus om de zwemmer of het estafetteteam die zich aan "de grote oversteek" waagt. ChannelChallenge faciliteert, ondersteunt, helpt en begeleidt. 

Zelf ook zwemmend Het Kanaal, Gibraltar of het IJsselmeer over?

Wie durft de uitdaging aan?
Het Kanaal is dé top-uitdaging in het lange afstandszwemmen. Elke zichzelf respecterende open water zwemmer wil een poging gedaan hebben om in estafette, of zelfs solo, Het Kanaal te bedwingen. De tocht en de weg er naartoe zijn uniek!

Communication in The Channel

Communication is not about speaking what we think. Communication is about ensuring others hear what we mean.

This observation of human communications could not be more true between a support crew on an escort boat during the marathon or channel swim and the swimmer in the water.

Who Will Ever Cross The Bering Strait Again?

In a Los Angeles Times article on August 9th 1987, Rich Roberts quoted Joseph Coplan after the Lynne Cox's unprecedented 2 hour 5 minute crossing of the Bering Strait from Little Diomede Island in the USA to Big Diomede Island in Russia [read here].

"Nobody else will ever do this [crossing]," said project director Coplan in 1987. "Not in a hundred years. She's the only one."

Immersed in the Wild

An 'open-water' swimmer finds a risky intimacy with nature.

Although I had been swimming on and off since moving from southwest Montana back to San Francisco in mid-January, my new season officially started on April 17th, the day I turned 60. It was a bright afternoon, the sun partially obscured by high thin clouds, gusts churning the surface of Aquatic Park, a manmade cove bounded by curved piers on the waterfront. That's where I swim, along with others whose notion of a swell time is plying chilly San Francisco Bay while wearing nothing but a cap and a Speedo. And chilly it was that day -- water about 55 degrees, or 30 degrees cooler than the average municipal pool. Whatever pleasures await the cold-water sea swimmer -- and they are incomparable, even, at times, transcendent -- reaching them entails a certain amount of discomfort.

Heroes And Heroines In Cork Counting Channel Conquests

Courtesy of Philip Hodges, Cork Distance Week, Ireland.

"Philip Hodges published an incredible chart of the marathon swims accomplished over 100 days by the 2017 Cork Distance Week swimmers," reported founder and instigator Ned Denison.

One of the swimmers tells his own tale:, “I’d done my single warm water lake marathon, followed my dream, signed up for the English Channel in 2018, put in a hard winter of pool training and shivered through some spring cold water dips. The trip to Ireland was from home to a larger airport, then over the Atlantic to London then on the Cork. I arrived late the night before the start of the Cork Distance Week and met my roommates, one veteran from three previous years and two other newbies.

Cold Water Shock- making myself aware of the causes, symptoms and responses.

I've recently decided that I'd like to continue swimming in the open water into the winter (not continually like Forrest Gump, 'cause that would be just too exhausting!), but even before I've even put a toe in the cold water, a good friend, who is always one to put the fear of God into you if she thinks you are being an idiot/stupid/risking life and limb, has already had her two penneth. She appears to be well versed to the dangers of cold water. Impressed, I enquire as to how she had become such an expert in the field. She admitted that she's quoting the RNLI's advice about the dangers of cold water to me having recently been on an educational visit and, well, (her words) "some of it had sunk in. I knew I'd need it one day to lecture my idiot friend who has no sense whatsoever! Why would you want to do it?"

'I prepared not to come back': the woman who finished the world's hardest swim

Kim Chambers started swimming after a life-changing accident. Just a few years later, she became the first woman to take on a notorious stretch of shark-inhabited waters.

Under a black sky in August 2015, Kim Chambers boarded a boat and headed out beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. She took a support team that included her mother, a film crew, and her swimming coach. Their destination was the Farallon Islands, a remote outcrop about 30 miles off the coast of San Francisco.

Once there, Chambers would attempt something no woman had ever done: an unbroken, solo swim from the islands back under the Golden Gate. With the area’s icy waters, strong winds, heavy swells and one of the largest concentrations of great white sharks, it’s been called the toughest swim in the world.

Show some rotational control!

This is one thing I struggled with as a swimmer. I learned how to surf at the age of six. My first organized swimming experience didn’t come until closer to my high school years. I learned the pull with a board under my feet. As you can probably guess, I didn’t rotate very much. My rotation was so limited. 

On the flip side, some swimmers struggle with rotation that is too much and covers an unnecessary range of motion. There can also be a difference in rotation between the left and right sides of the body (Oh…. that’s why coach wants me to be able to do rotary breathing).

A History of Marathon Swimming - boekrecentie

I just finished this monster of a book: A History of Marathon Swimming > 536 pages!
WOW BRAVO
The best histories are written by those who lived it.

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