Last Thursday was the opening evening of the Ripple Effect museum exhibit. A special event hosted by The Okanagan Heritage Museum, for invited guests including the local media, some of the ‘Ripplers’ with their friends and family and the museum staff that helped put the exhibit together.
Each chapter covers a different muscle group (Arms, Shoulders, Legs etc) rather than each of the strokes. It demonstrates how each of the exercises are important for developing muscle groups for individual strokes, starts and turns using good easy to follow descriptions of the exercises. I particularly like the anatomical diagrams of the muscles worked in each exercise, and the descriptions of how each exercise relates to swimming, not just the strokes but also starts and turns.
A museum exhibit opens in Kelowna next month called The Ripple Effect – Ordinary People Extraordinary Results. The first paragraph on the exhibition website reads, “What do a former police officer, an ultra-marathoner, an overseas volunteer and an official ice swimmer have in common? They are all featured in the upcoming The Ripple Effect exhibit, at the Okanagan Heritage Museum.” If you haven’t figured it out by now I am one of the four people chosen to make up the exhibit and I can’t quite believe it.
Last week saw around a thousand swimmers from all over the world, Australia and Brazil included, descend on Rovaniemi in Finland for the 2014 Winter Swimming World Championships. The event ran over four days with the competition pool cut straight out of the frozen Kemijoki River.
Spring is most definitely in the air, in British Columbia at least. The snow line seems to creep higher up Okanagan Mountain each day, we regularly wake up to the sound of Blackbirds in the garden and the daytime temperatures are very pleasant. So maybe it's time to reflect on a winter swimming season that started off with so much promise and ended in an anti climax.
So you think you are ready to swim an ice mile do you? An ice swim is not for the faint hearted and is not for everybody but many people are now taking up the challenge of what has been described as the ”Toughest Swimming Challenge Ever”. If you are thinking about training for and attempting an ice mile. Think again. Think very carefully weigh up all the risks and DO NOT taken the challenge lightly, this is not something that can be done by just turning up and hoping for the best. Many months (or even years) of acclimatisation, training, planning and preparation will need to take place and even then nothing is guaranteed. Here’s a few things you may want to consider first:
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