My last three swims have been 45 mins /9.5°C, 1 hour/ 8°C and 40 mins /7°C. I have been surprised that I am yet to shiver after any of my winter swims, leading me to think my conditioning and acclimatization must be spot on. Each week I keep thinking “This must be the week the shivers start" but NO. Not yet.
In part one of this series I took a tongue in cheek look at some patented inventions which were intended to make learning to swim easier. During my research I found many weird and wonderful inventions so here's a look at some more. I wasn't able to find any patent information for these inventions nor could I find the inventors name for many of them.
When I was a kid learning to swim the only training aid we had was a kick board which more often than not had a chunk missing out of it or a collection a bite marks. Seriously! why do kids eat kick boards? Nowadays though it is a very different story. I am one of those swimmers that turns up to a pool session with their collection of training gear/toys. Pull buoy, fins, snorkel, nose clip, paddles, two stop watches (yes two), even a set of forearm fulcrums. All of these modern day tools no doubt took years to refine and developed into what we have today. So what about some of the 'training aids' from the past?
Saturday was a grey horrible day. The rain hadn't stopped for over 16 hours, the sky was heavy with thick grey clouds that seemed to blend into the lake and the water looked foreboding, the air temp was 4°C and the water 9.5°C. I was hoping to complete a two hour swim and check off the first of my winter swimming goals.
Don't limit your challenges, challenge your limits
Paul Duffield. Forty something, English guy, wannabe English Channel swimmer. Married to a Canadian girl, Angelique, living in British Columbia.
I only discovered the joy of open water swimming in 2009. It was my first summer living in West Kelowna, British Columbia and I signed up for the annual Across The Lake Swim (ATLS), held in Kelowna. I suddenly realised I had only given myself six weeks to prepare for the 2.1 km swim. Gellatly Bay is only two minutes from my home so began my open water journey there. I fell in love with the sport immediately. The freedom, the nature, the open air and living in the Okanagan I was surrounded by mountains too.
Open water swimming highlights include: ATLS 2009 (read about it here), ATLS 2011 (read about it here), Rattlesnake Island Swim 2011 (2nd placed 40-44 male), English Channel qualification swim 2012 (read about it here). Salish Sea relay swim 2012 (read about it here). One Man, Ten Lakes, One Day swim 2012 (read about it here) . Canada’s first ice swim 2012 (read about it here)Read More