Hall Of Famer Anna-Carin Nordin Heads To Windsor

Hall Of Famer Anna-Carin Nordin Heads To Windsor

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Class of 2018 includes the first women to complete the Oceans Seven.

46-year-old Anna-Carin Nordin from Sweden will be inducted and honored during the March 31st International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame ceremonies in Windsor, England.

Her Oceans Seven included the following swims between the ages of 39 and 42:

#1 September 2010: English Channel from England to France is 12 hours 59 seconds
#2 November 2011: Molokai Channel from Molokai to Oahu in 18 hours 22 minutes
#3 May 2012: Strait of Gibraltar from Spain to Morocco in 4 hours 46 minutes
#4 July 2012: Catalina Channel from Catalina Island to the California mainland in 12 hours 40 minutes
#5 September 2012: Tsugaru Channel from Honshu to Hokkaido in Japan in 19 hours 11 minutes
#6 April 2013: Cook Strait from South Island to North Island in 8 hours 18 minutes
#7 July 2013: North Channel from Scotland to Northern Ireland in 14 hours 21 minutes

In addition, she has completed the 26.4 km International Self-Transcendence Marathon Swim in Switzerland in 8 hours 45 minutes, 43.4 km cross-border swim from Eckerö, Finland to Grisslehamn, Sweden in 14 hours 31 minutes, the 2009 FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup race in Copenhagen, 20 km in Norrfjärden-Mellanfjärden along the Swedish coastline, and the ILDSA Lough Erne 25 km in Northern Ireland.

In the cold water, she has competed in the 2016 Scandinavian Winter Swimming Championships and in the 450m endurance swim at the 2014 Winter Swimming Championships in Finland, and completed an Ice Mile in Sweden in 4°C water.

As a relay swimmers, she participated in the 2017 Triskelion relay with Olive Conroy (Ireland), Conor Turner (Ireland), Elina Makïnen (Finland), Rory Fitzgerald (Ireland), and Carole Laporte (France) that crossed 69.7 km across the Irish Sea from the Isle of Man to Ardglass in Northern Ireland in 18 hours 8 minutes, and the Fast and Frozen relay that completed an unprecedented 2-way North Channel crossing from Ireland to Scotland to Ireland in 29 hours 57 minutes in 2015 with Henri Kaarma (Estonia), Ryan Stramrood (South Africa), Patrick Corcoran (Ireland), Zdenek Thalmika (Czech Republic), and Elina Makïnen (Finland).

She discussed her career to date:

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: You have competed around the world as a channel swimmer, marathon swimmer and ice swimmer as a mother of a son. Does he go with you to your swims? What do you discuss with him about your swims?

Anna-Carin Nordin: Erik has only been on one swim here in Sweden with me. But he went with me to the Irish Long Distance Swimming Association celebration and meet all my Irish friends and we went on a tour up north where he got the chance to see Ireland and all its beauty. He told me that I do understand that you love Ireland and all the people who he met and were so friendly to him.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What have been your most interesting and challenging swims to complete?

Anna-Carin Nordin: Nothing can compete with my North Channel swim to become the first women to achieve the Oceans Seven. I am working on a crossing of Loch Ness in Scotland right now and as well working on my speed so I can swim the Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli [in Italy].

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: You started your career in Sweden and now have traveled around the world. What have been some of the most interesting or beautiful places you have visited?

Anna-Carin Nordin: Hawaii!

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Has open water swimming in Sweden grown recently?

Anna-Carin Nordin: No, it is just the triathlon.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: There are not so many famous Swedish marathon swimmers. Do the young Swedish marathon swimmers ask you questions about your swims around the world?

Anna-Carin Nordin: No there is no interest. But my swim school students ask me about sharks like when I am alone out there in the ocean. These students are about the age of 7 – yesterday at one of the swim schools, I told them that I am going to Greece this summer to work as a coach and Ivar, one of the students, just asked me if the sharks are coming there as well.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: You did two attempts of the Tsugaru Channel in Japan. Can you tell us why this channel is difficult?

Anna-Carin Nordin: All the currents. It was the toughest swim.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What were some of your favorite marathon swims and why?

Anna-Carin Nordin: All my swims are all special for me.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What were some of your least favorite marathon swims and why?

Anna-Carin Nordin: Tsugaru Channel becauce it took so long time to swim and Mr. Ishii told me that I was going to swim the channel in 7-8 hours or 9 hours maximum, but it took me 19 hours.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What do you enjoy about ice swimming?

Anna-Carin Nordin: To have something to train for in the winter time and the challenge.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What do you see in the future of open water swimming? What things do you still want to accomplish in the open water swimming world?

Anna-Carin Nordin: I am working on my Loch Ness swim, the Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli, the 20 Bridges Manhattan Island Swim [in New York] and my dream swim is to swim around the island of Hawaii.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: How does it feel to be inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame?

Anna-Carin Nordin: I am honored.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Can you describe your typical weekly schedule, including your swimming workouts and your dryland training?

Anna-Carin Nordin: My weekly schedule is as follows:

Mondays include schools swim lessons, swimming in the open water after my first lesson (1-3 km depends on the temperature), plus 10 km in the afternoon in a 16m pool. I can just use the pool for 3 hours 20 minutes so 10,000 meters is what I have time to swim. The day starts at 8:30 am and ends at 6:00 pm.

Tuesdays include one school swim lesson followed by 4,000m speed training in the 16m pool (when the pool is free for 1 hour 20 minutes). After my swim, I have to wait 1 hour until it is time for two one-hour swim school lessons. The first group is for beginners; the next group is for those who can swim all the strokes, but are learning butterfly between the ages of 7-10 years. The day starts at 10:30 am and ends at 7:30 pm.

Wednesdays are when I can sleep in because I teach only one-hour swim lesson for Muslim women. I can swim 7,000m in the pool which is free 40 minutes before the teacher’s swim time for 2 hours so I can swim a maximum of 7 km. After that, I have two 1-hour swim lessons for people who can swim 100m and are starting to learn breaststroke, and my technique group for students and adults. The day starts at 11:40 am and ends at 8:30 pm.

Thursdays include school swim lessons from 8:30 am and ends with my two swim schools from 4-6 pm with 1 km training in the open water.

Fridays include two school swim lessons that start at 8:30 am and ends at 10:50 pm. If I am not too tired, I do an open water swim after the lessons.

On the weekends, I try to do some open water swim training or go to the gym or I go to Sundsvall 50 km from my house for proper swimming, but now they have closed for the season so now I do not have any other swimming pool to train in except three times a week in the 16m pool.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: How do you pick your escort crew members since your swims are all over the world?

Anna-Carin Nordin: I ask the local people to help me out. Or I will ask the Captain if he knows anyone who can help me with my feedings.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What are your favorite foods and favorite drinks during your marathon swims?

Anna-Carin Nordin: I only eat liquid food and gels while I do my swims. I eat every hour. 2 portions of protein with 2.5 dl of water + a big strawberry gel / 2 potions of oats and whey (2.5 dl water) + a big strawberry gel. In warmer waters, I just ask for more water when I need it. In cold water, we just add some warm water with the powder.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What kinds of things do you think about during your marathon swims?

Anna-Carin Nordin: The next feeling.

The Swedish aquatic adventurer’s name will be immortalized with the names of the other 269 inductees inscribed on the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Sea Goddess trophy, the symbol of the sea.

The induction ceremony will be held on March 31st 2018 at The Chapel, Beaumont Estate, Old Windsor, UK.

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