Tag: ice swimmers

Do You Wear Speedos?

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. "Where are my Speedos?" "Are you going to wear Speedos or jammers?" "He is going to do an ice mile only with Speedos on." Speedos are the most well-known swimwear brand and are synonymous with traditional swim briefs around the world. So it is no wonder that Speedo won the Fan Brand of the Year accolade

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Are You Ready For The Open Water?

"All things are ready, if our minds be so," wrote Shakespeare in Henry V. The same can be said for open water swimming especially if one's preparation is optimized. But competitive swimmers, solo swimmers, newbies, and ice swimmers can face different issues. While athletes like Petar Stoychev, Greta Andersen, Paul Asmuth, and Shelley Taylor-Smith competed

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The Mind Matters In The Open Water

Freddy Maugatai knows something that all open water swimmers know: the mind matters. Freddy is a Samoan deck hand and veteran crabber on the reality television show The Deadliest Catch. With over 18 years of fishing experience, Freddy is focused, passionate and tough - and he shows it on every episode of the popular show. Freddy dives into the frigid

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Henri Kaarma Explains The Impossible

At the recent Tyumen Open Winter Swimming Cup in Siberia, Russia in water just above its freezing point - 0.8ºC (33.4ºF) - Henri Kaarma of Estonia channeled his inner strengths - both physical and mental - to do what appeared to be the impossible. Whereas most humans would be struggling to merely survive for a few moments at 0.8ºC, Kaarma pushed himself to

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The Mind And Body Matter

In the latest issue of USA Swimming's Splash Magazine, there was a quote that swimming is 90% mental. Since the magazine is aimed at pool swimmers, we wonder what percentage is the mental aspect of open water swimming? Is it 70%? 80%? 90%? Does it differ between a tropical swim and an ice swim? Is the mind utilized more the longer you swim, the

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