Anyone swum the channel before?

Discussion in 'Sports, Adventure Training and Events' started by scotlandswimmer89, Dec 16, 2009.

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  1. I'm looking to swim the channel for charity. It's all in the early stages at the moment and am just planning for it. I'm a competant swimmer, ranging from 40km to 70km a week depending on the training programme. This is normally done over 12 to 20 hours in the pool. However, I have no experience in open water and more importantly I'm a sprinter, specialising in the 50 and 100m Backstroke. Thus, this brings me to my question...does anyone know the training for a swim like this? Whether I'm on the right track and doing enough a week or do I need to do more than say 40km? Has anyone swum the channel?
  2. Plenty of people have swam the channel ;)

    Also, if you're a sprinter, I'd recommend that you take your spikes off before you start swimming. They won't help.

    Have you looked on Google for a swimming website?

    No need to thank me for the advice ;)
  3. If you Google there are a couple of websites about the swim and how to train for it.
  4. Thanks for the advice Smudge. And I've already googled websites.
  5. So how is an Army website going to help over a dedicated Channel Swimming website?
  6. I'm looking at every aspect. The best would be to get a coach. But in forums anyone can post and offer advice.
  7. Don't drown ;)
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  8. I think that the most invaluable advice i've received! :D
  9. Buy some of these :p

  10. Any more advice?
  11. It's a pity John Stonehouse isn't around to advise. He swam from Miami to Australia circa '74.
  12. And one of these:

  13. I reckon instead of swimming 40km a week you should do 40km a day...then you would definatly know you are ready. Oh, and also get a load of kids to try and make waves and possibly have a model of a ferry floating by whilst in the pool you are training in....just to give you the right atmosphere.
  14. and have a few floating mars bars in there as well :)