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ChannelChallenge presenteert nieuwe uitdaging voor 2018

Netherlands Open Water Web - Thu, 19/04/2018 - 15:41

De eerste zwemmers hebben zich reeds aangemeld! Het betreft dit keer 3 zwemmers tegelijk naast de boot over de lengte van de Rottemeren. Langs de 7 molens en langs de sluizen. Het riet, het landschap, 12,5km zwemmen.

Of wil je liever het IJsselmeer over?

De Rottemeren Molenzwemtocht beging aan de zuidzijde vlak bij Rotterdam en eindigt (als je de enkele reis doet) ten noorden van Zevenhuizen bij de molenviergang. Dat is dus zo'n beetje van de A20 naar de A12. Je kunt je aanmelden via de pagina bij HopaSports. Trek je niets aan van de data, we maken een afspraak op een dag naar keuze. De boten worden verzorgd door Jachthaven Bleiswijk/Rio Molino

Ook voor het IJsselmeer geldt dat we in overleg bealen wanneer het kan en je hebt een reservedatum (om een keuze te hebben met het weer). Er zijn meerdere schippers op het IJsselmeer. Miloe Blankers hoort tot de besten.

Wil je meer weten? Lees dan meer @ ChannelChallenge

Bijlage:  logo-channelchallenge.jpgwedstrijd (event) overigeRottemeren - NEDDLDSA (Dutch Long Distance Swimming Academy)
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Race Directors

marathonswimmers.org - Thu, 19/04/2018 - 15:20

Over the years i have heard a multitude of complaints and criticisms of race/event directors and I have a few thoughts on the matter to share.

Please try and remember that these people make what they think is a safe decision in that moment with the information they have available. They try to be fair to all participants...that does not always mean that each swimmer has the same experience, but rather a fair one.
No one is getting rich doing this. I shudder to think what they make an hour given the amount of time it takes to put on these events, this is a labor of love.
If you have thoughts on ways to increase safety then please send them a respectful email after the event. Do not that day wag your finger at them and give them a piece of your mind that day, its not a very effective way to get your point across, its disrespectful and not in the spirit of open water swimming.
If you don't want an event to be cancelled...then don't swim events. Go plan your own swim and do it your way as many people do but do not give an event director a hard time for cancelling due to safety concerns.

And lastly say thank you to the event directors and volunteers - without them we don't get to do what we love

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Gratis trainingen open water zwemmen

Netherlands Open Water Web - Thu, 19/04/2018 - 15:03

2018-03-15 - Maarssen - Hi! Je kunt inschrijven voor de gratis open water trainingen van Zwemanalyse. We doen dit al voor het zesde jaar, elke donderdag van half juni tot eind augustus. Gewoon omdat het fijn is om met allemaal zwemliefhebbers bij elkaar te zijn. En om oude bekenden te zien en nieuwe leuke mensen te ontmoeten.

Ongedwongen sfeer, maar wel georganiseerd. Iedereen welkom!

Het is geschikt voor ervaren en minder ervaren triathleten. We oefenen technieken van het open water zwemmen zoals massastart / boei ronden / draften etc. En natuurlijk zwem je ook een stuk.

Er zijn meestal vier trainers, en we delen de groepen in op niveau. Ook zonder ervaring en zonder wetsuit ben je welkom.

Kijk voor alle info + aanmelden op de website. 
(PS, als je vorige jaren meedeed: we hebben een ander registratiesysteem. Veel makkelijker. Alleen je oude login werkt dus niet meer)

Link: www.zwemanalyse.nl/aanbod/gratis-buitentrainingen/

Zwem lekker!
Sportieve groet van team zwemanalyse,
Claudia Broeke

OW training & coachingZwemanalyse.nl
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In memoriam

Netherlands Open Water Web - Thu, 19/04/2018 - 15:01

Bron: KNZB-Regio Oost

Verdrietig moeten we mededelen dat Gerrit Nijenmanting op 31 maart jongstleden is overleden.

Gerrit begon zijn officialcarriere in 1989, sinds 1993 was hij scheidsrechter. Vele wedstrijden leidde hij op zijn kenmerkende manier: rustig en gedecideerd, altijd respectvol. Autoriteit hebben zonder autoritair te zijn. Aankomend officials die hem als docent hadden, troffen een aimabel persoon. Vele jaren was hij dé scheidsrechter van de Twenterand Kanaalrace.

Begin dit jaar moest hij vanwege zijn gezondheid zijn offcialschap beeindigen. Zijn ziekte bleek uiteindelijk toch sterker. Zoals hij geciteerd wordt in de rouwadvertentie: "Als het een strijd was geweest, had ik al lang gewonnen."

We zijn Gerrit dankbaar voor wat hij voor de zwemsport betekend heeft.

Zijn familie wensen we veel sterkte met dit verlies.

OW jurerenBussloo - NEDScheerwolde - NEDVriezenveen - NEDKNZB-regio-NN
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Anyone here with narcolepsy?

marathonswimmers.org - Thu, 19/04/2018 - 11:50

Hello all, curious if anyone here has narcolepsy (with or without cataplexy) and successfully trains for distances of 10k or more? I'm 36 now and have been doing open water swims since I was 19 in 2001. I started developing sleep problems around 2005, but was still able to get in the training (for the most part) until 2011, when getting up in the morning became extraordinarily difficult. I was diagnosed with sleep apnea in 2012, which was thought to be the root of my issues, but it would take continuous struggles with getting up and excessive daytime sleepiness for a diagnosis of narcolepsy in 2013. Although I take two medications (Nuvigil and Xyrem) for it, and am on maximum doses of each, I am still struggling a lot to get up many days of the week and am extremely tired most of the time as well. This is really cutting into training, as my mornings are pretty much the only time for swimming and am often oversleeping. My sleep doctor says that I am doing "great" despite my severe case of narcolepsy.

If you have narcolepsy, or even another medically documented sleep disorder, how are you managing it with training for long distance swimming? I have done two 10ks along with a lot of 4.4 and 5 mile swims over the years, and would like to expand to a distance of 7 miles and greater, but I'm starting to wonder if this is as good as it gets and I'm setting my sights too high? I know there are groups out there who advocate "natural" treatment for narcolepsy, but it would be disastrous if I personally was to go off narcolepsy medications. I have posed the question also to a narcolepsy support group on Facebook and no one was able to relate. Thanks for any help those others with narcolepsy or sleep disorders may be able to provide!

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The Open Water Swimming Year – The Ides of March

Loneswimmer - Tue, 17/04/2018 - 16:12

The under-cliff steps of the Guillamene lead down into the Ides of March

We claim victory. Or survival.  We swim out into Bone Cold water, and we claim it. Metaphorically speaking, we mark the nadir of winter at the end of February out in the water, bleeding our skin colour into the icy greyblackgreen, exchanging heat for some ludicrous sense of playing a game with the ocean, that makes others shake their heads at our lack of sense, or our lack of something they don’t ask about, or don’t want to know.

Recovering heat later in a quadratic equation of heath loss, rewarming and the zero of entropy, we tell ourselves, “done“, hard part over. We’ve seen another winter to the bottom. We unhappy few. Sentinels of the North Atlantic shores.

On March 17th, 2009, I was visiting the town where I grew up. With some time on my hands, I wandered up town to see what the excruciating St. Patrick’s Day parade of my childhood had become. Back then it had been a procession of agricultural vehicles, quarry trucks, the local brass band, an occasional amateur body like the local GAA club, and maybe one float. Parades were for the Yanks. Now it was an actual civic parade with local floats. The town still has a brass band, consolidated with another, hanging onto existence for now.

Irish people learn “the weather is always crap on Paddy’s Day” as a cliché, therefore true far more often than not. 2009 was an exception. It was t-shirt weather, warm with mostly blue skies. More people out to watch the parade crawl down the main street than usual, cones and 99s in hands bought from the few newsagents open to take advantage of the crowd. Not crowded enough for children on shoulders, still a pleasant atmosphere.

I remember the parade being led by a group of five men. Four men dressed in dark suits formed a box or cordon-like phalanx. Each had a single ear-bud with dangling strand from a set of headphones in one ear, held in place by a single index finger, like each was pointing at their own head. In the centre of the cordon walked another man, smiling and waving. The town’s sole black man, a African immigrant, as Barack Obama. The sight was an exquisite and delicious mix of squirm-making embarrassment and hilarity, and a knowing nod at our own provincialism and development from where we had been. Or maybe that was just me. It will remain my favourite Paddy’s Day memory. Warmth and change in the environment that had shaped me, something hopeful about the world we wanted to see, were seeing around us, in a town which hardly saw a foreign face all the years of my childhood.

Open water swimming is not something I just do when I am in open water. It’s part of who I am, something I bring elsewhere and who I am I bring to open water swimming. They are not separate, each is a string in a knotted ball, impossible to untangle. Months are both markers and memorials. My beloved Toby’s last hours on a freezing March morning, and me like Mr Bojangles, “his dog up and died, after [so many] years he still grieved“. A black man in a small town parade becomes a personal marker of an uncommonly early spring, an indicator in each year, whom I smile and think of when I swim on St. Patrick’s Day, as I think of my terminally ill mother whom I was with that last St. Patrick’s Day of her life, her at home watching the parades from around the country on the TV. Cherished memories usually belong to our childhood, not to the year that while training for the Channel I finally become an orphan and therefore some kind of adult. We don’t see the patterns of our lives, and yet only we can see the patterns in our lives.

Back on land from the cold water of winter-in-spring, forsythia, grape hyacinths, catkins on willows and of course hordes of daffodils mark the oncoming of the land’s spring.

Most springs are about a balance between cold and hope. Pulled back, trying to lean forward.

The sea evinces no such evidence of growth. Spring has not yet touched her bosom. No kelps yet spread, no fish yet spawn. Some people come by the Guillamene, the tourists returning, the day trippers getting out when the weather allows after a longer than usual winter. They continue to ask the same old questions, their idea of a joke I’ve heard a hundred times. “Yes, it’s still cold” I’ll reply dead-pan, not humouring them. Each year I’ll remark to someone who mentions that they did the Christmas Day swim that if they really wanted to test themselves, try swimming on Patrick’s Day, when the water temperature will be two to three degrees colder. There are no St. Patrick’s Day swims. Just St. Patrick’s Day swimmers. All this promise. The spring of the Celtic calendar is well underway. But the land lies. Only the sea knows. Only the sea understands. Only the sea is true.

The sea has only begun to contemplate its long farewell to winter. But fickle as she is, yet she holds tight to an geimhreadh, the winter. In the water we suffer. We are still cold. The increased light is an empty promise unaccompanied by warmth. It snows this year in March. No ice cream on Paddy’s Day. The water climbs from the bucket filled with six degree water to the fridge temperature of seven degrees. On March 19th I get an email from an US company from whom I’ve previously bought paint, calling themselves Irish and advertising a St Paintrick’s Day sale.

I unsubscribe but not without telling them where to shove it.

Winter is still here. I am an aquatic Irish Sisyphus, my boulder is Cold, my hill is the Atlantic. “Beware the Ides of March” said the haruspex. He did not mention that the Ideas of March are also significant.

Toby at the Guillamene

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Recommendations for swimming in Hawai'i?

marathonswimmers.org - Mon, 16/04/2018 - 16:05

Thanks for all the help! I now have a boat captain and have set a swim time frame. Do you recommend also trying to hire a kayaker? While I am very comfortable swimming in California, the possibility of large animals in Maui leaves me irrationally nervous... Any suggestions about how to find a kayaker would be greatly appreciated!

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Het Channel Team Wassenaar gaat in 2018 weer een nieuwe uitdaging aan

Netherlands Open Water Web - Mon, 16/04/2018 - 10:24

Eind Augustus 2018 gaat het Channel Team Wassenaar met een 8-tal zwemmers in estafette van Den Helder naar Hoek van Holland zwemmen. Langs de kust! Een idee dat al een aantal jaren op de plank lag is er eindelijk deze winter van af gekomen.Het traject van vergunningen aanvragen, boot regelen, idee uitwerken en niet te vergeten veel trainen is ingegaan.

De verwachting is dat de volledige afstand van ca 120 km in 40-50 uur afgelegd kan worden.Of we inderdaad van Den Helder naar Hoek van Holland zwemmen of vice versa is nog niet besloten. Om de 6 uur wisselt de stromingsrichting namelijk en we zijn er nog niet uit wat voor ons nu het “makkelijkste” zal zijn. Hoe dan ook, in de nacht in het donker zwemmen met af en toe een verdwaalde zeehond of kwal is ons niet vreemd. Wel moet het een aantal dagen achtereen redelijk weer zijn vanwege de golfslag en de ligging van de boot.

De definitieve datum wordt dus pas op het laatste moment bepaald. Veiligheid voorop!Het zwemteam is ook nog niet definitief. Een aantal vaste kernleden van het Channel team zijn uiteraard geinteresseerd maar we staan ook open voor andere zwemmers.We zwemmen zoals gebruikelijk ieder telkens een uur waarbij de gemiddelde zwemafstand gemiddeld rond de 3,0 km zal liggen.

lees meer @ CTW

nieuws - NederlandHet Kanaal en/of andere oversteken
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How far is too far, without an escort boat?

marathonswimmers.org - Mon, 16/04/2018 - 06:34

Maybe this is the wrong place for this comment, but I’m not sure where else it might be worthy.

This weekend, on one of my open water social media groups, a woman gave a race report where within the first mile of Lido Keys her kayaker flipped and “unbeknownst” to her was towed into shore. She chose to push on without an escort, without feeds, and without knowing anything about her kayaker’s safety. She claimed “I was swimming unsupported. No reason to stop”.

In lieu of the events that happen at a race in Lake Erie and my own concept of OWS being a team sport, I beg to differ. Her safety was at risk and her kayaker’s safety was in question. On social media, people sang her praises for being tough and swimming onward. I disagreed. She was unsafe and put the race for all at risk.

IMHO I’d like to see more race directors enforcing this concept - swimmer and kayaker are a team that starts together, finishes together, and must stay within a certain vicinity of each other.

I know I myself have swam on while my kayaker feel victim to the winds of Apache (SCAR 2017). Looking back I see the errors of my ways, and I vow to never do so again. If I can’t do it with my paddler, it’s not OUR day.

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Celebrating the Tenth Year of Swimming The Kingdom - NEKOWSA Data Base Released

marathonswimmers.org - Sun, 15/04/2018 - 15:14

Seems like just yesterday, the first Kingdom Swim in 2009. Celebrating this Tenth Year, we have gathered, assembled, and published the data base of all NEKOWSA swims and the swimmers who have joined us swimming the legendary lakes of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. During this decade, The Tribe of Kingdom Swimmers has grown to over 1,000. The number of swims offered each year has grown from 1 to over a dozen. We've had some kind of fun over these years and are looking forward to Swimming The Kingdom in 2018

NEKOWSA Data 2009 thru 2017

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1ste Swim to Fight Cancer Stichtse Vecht 2018

Netherlands Open Water Web - Sat, 14/04/2018 - 23:34
Datum: zondag, 2 september, 2018 - 11:00

Na een aantal succesvolle edities in andere steden wordt het zwemevenement Swim to Fight Cancer deze zomer voor de eerste keer in de gemeente Stichtse Vecht georganiseerd. Op zondag 2 september 2018 krijg je de kans om een unieke zwemtocht af te leggen in de Vecht. Deelnemers zwemmen een tocht van 2.000 meter (volwassen en jeugd vanaf 16 jaar) of 500 meter (junior 10 t/m 15 jaar) in de Vecht bij Breukelen.

Swim to Fight Cancer biedt jou de unieke combinatie van sportief plezier en samen presteren binnen een prachtig decor. Tijdens de zwemtocht in de Vecht op zondag 2 september finish je de tocht bij het indrukwekkende Boom en Bosch in Breukelen. Deelname aan de zwemtocht en de voorbereiding hierop vormen natuurlijk een persoonlijke uitdaging. 

Klik hier om je eigen in te schrijven.

wedstrijd (event) goede doel(en)Breukelen - NEDZwem voor M.I.J. & swim-2-fight cancer
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The Cold Water Thread

marathonswimmers.org - Sat, 14/04/2018 - 19:40

Sorry If I missed this above or in another thread, but I thought I'd paste it in here.

Where do you actually measure the water temperature? Is there a guideline for that? The water temperature just at the shore of a lake is likely warmer than farther out. And the on a sunny day the water temp at the surface is a lot higher than at 12" or 24" down - especially in the spring and fall as night temperatures are low.

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Northwest Open Water Swimming Association

marathonswimmers.org - Sat, 14/04/2018 - 18:44

I have been reading up on the Strait of Juan de Fuca and just wanted to know if you could give me some insight into the different routes. The NOWSA website lists it as 16.8 km between Vancouver Island and the Olympic Peninsula but I noticed some recent swims seem to have done a much longer 34k route between Dungeness and Victoria Island.

Is there a historical route or does it just vary on what the swimmer and/or conditions dictate?


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Post Event Depression

marathonswimmers.org - Fri, 13/04/2018 - 23:00

Jaimie said: Rapunzel: What if it’s not everything I dreamed it would be?

Flynn Rider: It will be.

Rapunzel: And what if it is? What do I do then?

Flynn Rider: Well,that’s the good part I guess. You get to go find a new dream.


Ah, Thank you Jaime! I so needed this today! I’m at that place where I don’t want to swim. I know it will make me feel better, and I can only wonder “Do I not want to feel better? Do I want to wallow in this feeling as a way to continue staying connected to that last swim and not move on to the next adventure? Am I not as ready for my story to end with Apache as I once believed?” I tell people I’m still processing but truthfully I’m stalling because I’m not ready to move on, & let go.

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Weekly training volume for completing marathon swims?

marathonswimmers.org - Fri, 13/04/2018 - 17:54

@evmo definitely been keeping that in mind, but like to go with policy of prepare for the worst and there being bugger all current. As such I would prefer to potentially over train until last week of May.

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Training for Robben Island, South Africa - 7.4km

marathonswimmers.org - Fri, 13/04/2018 - 09:35

Lynne said: @glenn yep, Derrick is the best. Good luck

A bit late but I did the swim in feb. 2h20. drank every 30 minutes and finished about 1litre of energy drink in total. Swim went great and felt perfect afterwards. 30 min intervals worked well for me. Water was a warm 15 degrees I think.

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