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Rottnest Channel Swim 2019

Sat, 20/10/2018 - 22:02

Registrations for Rotto solos open Monday. Who is in?

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Rottnest Channel Swim 2015

Sat, 20/10/2018 - 16:31

Hi Bogdan,

I will be swimming my second crossing in 2019. I have a friend skippering this time, but last time I found my boat by calling around the boat / fishing charter companies in Perth. I will PM you with his details. The Rottnest Channel website also has a forum where you can post request for crew.

Regarding nutrition, at the very least, you are going to need a decky who can keep an eye on you and throw you your drinks. Skipper won't be able to do this. I'd strongly suggest finding a paddler.

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Driven: the Marathon Swimming Documentary

Fri, 19/10/2018 - 23:55

Saw this for the first time yesterday. Wasn't sure what to expect, as this genre can sometimes drift into hyperbole and overdramatization.

Thankfully, this definitely wasn't the case. Rather, the focus was on multi-dimensional hard, cold reality. In short, the struggles of 3 marathon swimmers of varying degrees of competence battling through an alien environment (the ocean/Mother Nature), and how they deal with acute psychophysiological stress.

The protagonists are presented as regular human beings attempting something extraordinarily difficult, as opposed to superhumans with preternatural gifts who seem almost predestined to automatically succeed at anything they try.

Loved Mr. Yudovin's comparison between swimming and running. That will stick with me for quite some time.

Unquestionably, I'll keep this movie on my radar monthly over the next year. The goal is to do a series of ultra-marathons beginning in April 2019, with hopes of ending the season in my home state of California in about 10-12 months.

All told, very well done and greatly appreciated. This is how a movie about marathon swimming should be presented.

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Salt Mouth

Fri, 19/10/2018 - 16:45

What Happens to Your Body on a Long-Distance Swim -Outside Online

One of my swimmers sent this article to me this morning and I thought this was rather interesting: "Edgley later found that rinsing with mouthwash and coating his mouth with a layer of coconut oil protected it from the salt."

I've definitely used mouthwash before (and mint tea is also nice on a salty mouth), but I will have to try the coconut oil.

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The new "MSF Store" - store.marathonswimmers.org

Fri, 19/10/2018 - 00:40

I thought the e-commerce technology behind the MSF Store (opencart) would reduce hassles, but in the end it just created different sorts of hassles.

If you had trouble using the old Store, I invite you check out the new MSF Store, which is just a single page with an order form and CC payments powered by Stripe.


Any other products people want?

Some have mentioned hoodies. I may be able to figure something out with Teespring (where we currently offer t-shirts), but in the meantime, one simple option is to buy an unadorned hoodie, and sew an MSF patch ($6) onto it.

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MSF swim caps - new color

Thu, 18/10/2018 - 02:33

The lineup of MSF silicone swim caps had expanded to a third color - dark blue with white print. Not advised for open water (visibility) but great for pool swimming.

To purchase, head to the MSF Store.

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