Anyone swum the channel before?

#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 ;)
 
#6
scotlandswimmer89 said:
Thanks for the advice Smudge. And I've already googled websites.
So how is an Army website going to help over a dedicated Channel Swimming website?
 
#12
It's a pity John Stonehouse isn't around to advise. He swam from Miami to Australia circa '74.
 
#14
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.
 
#15
Cabana said:
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.
and have a few floating mars bars in there as well :)
 
#17
buttonsin3s said:
Cabana said:
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.
and have a few floating mars bars in there as well :)
Or Grenadiers :wink:

Oh and by the way good luck
 
#20
scotlandswimmer89 said:
Maybe I could find a whale somewhere? Does anyone know of a whale which no one needs floating about?
Now you're just being silly.
 

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