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Lake swimming

I have an irregular Brazilian open water email correspondent who is a lake swimmer, and is too far from the sea to have ever been able to swim in the ocean. He writes about the wildlife he loves on the banks, the calm warm (high 20’s!) water and the serenity of lake swimming and can’t really get…

The Seven Ps of Marathon Swimming

Practice everything. Do nothing new on the day. These are the two corollaries of the long distance swimmer’s maxim about preparation. Experienced swimmers learn it early. Plan. So for planning for something like a 24 hour pool swim, experienced swimmers like Lisa & Danny first think about what they will need, and will go back to previous…

24 miles in 24 hours pool swim preparation list

Food: Not Maxim. We know that won’t work for 24 hours in a pool. :-) Fruit. (Especially berries, bananas) Soup Hot or cold Pasta (ugh) Sandwiches Smoothies Chocolate, biscuits, mint cake, jelly babies. The usual. Fruit Cake/flapjacks I’ll have a tub of Maxim for the times we need a boost. Coffee for the night. Lots…

Sandycove Distance Camp

Last week was Sandycove Cork Distance camp. Organised and run by Ned Dennison, it’s a 10 day series of swims designed for long distance swimmers wanting to get some really serious training done. It started as the Champion Of Champions swim in 2008, based on the UK Dover race of the same format; a 5…