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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 Long Swims

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…

Just another long pool swim

(WordPress somehow chewed the original of this post, which had followed the Socrates quote, so below is a quick and lazy rewrite). Last Friday we (2010 Channel aspirants) met for a 10 hour pool swim. I had only approximately 4 hours sleep the previous night and was feeling tired but expecting the worst after the…

…and after.

And here’s the state of us 9 hours later. You’re all a twisted bunch. :-) Only a hour or two after posting, this leaps to being my most popular post. You’re all just jealous of how good we look. Believe me now about the bloating from being in the water? (Not to mention the added…

Before…

Ignoring the fact that we are such a handsome bunch of men you’ll be distracted, here are 6 of the Magnificent Seven before a 9 hour swim. Thanks Liam for the video.

Saturday Mornings

I love Saturday mornings. Rest day and after 6 1/2 hours session yesterday, it’s even better. Put on some music, have a fruit smoothie, grind and brew the coffee beans, throw on some pancakes. Not training food but pretty nice for a change. Like being a normal human. The Magnificent Seven, and Eddie, assembled at…

Calories

For me, a 3 hour 40 minute swim, consumes close to 3,500 calories. I think the standard rate quoted for swimming is about 830 per hour for “moderate” swimming. I consume about 900 per hour with slightly higher intensity. For longer swims like this morning, obviously, speed is fairly constant, (except I increase it for…

First 8 hour swim done -

Happy to have finished. Having contracted yet another lung infection really quickly after the flu earlier this week, I had recovered enough to do a quick hard hour yesterday to test whether my lungs would hold without an asthma attack. One hour isn’t much of test so I did some speed-work to stress the breathing…