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:
The title of this post says it all for me. But before I go any further I want to go on record as saying that I have nothing but complete respect and admiration for everything Lynne Cox has achieved in the open water swimming world. She has been there and done that with numerous world records, and pioneering swims. I loved her book, Swimming to Antarctica: Tales Of a Long-Distance Swimmer, was thrilled to find CBS video footage...
Last weekend I had the opportunity to be filmed during my pool workout. I had been at pool since 1.30 pm and by 5.30pm it was all but empty with just Angelique (who joined me later) and I in the lap swimming lane. It was the perfect time to shoot some video both above and below the water.
The on-going saga of my wrist continued this past few of weeks with three visits to the hospital. The first visit was on January 2nd for my long awaited appointment with the hand surgeon. After having more X-rays the diagnosis was no better, in fact it was worse than I expected.....
The latest additions to my ever growing collection of swimming tools and gadgets were not even intended to be used by swimmers. As somebody that used to lose count of lengths during a 400m swim I wanted to find a way to keep track of my 10km workouts. In the past I have used specially designed pieces of kit such as the Sportcount lap counter and the Pool Mate Pro watch, both of which both worked pretty well. I found with the Sportcount though I would occasionally miss the button on the lap counter and the Pool Mate Pro only counts lengths while you are swimming and can't count any lengths that involve kicking only or drills.
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