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chickenboy




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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 7:42 am    Post subject: English Channel Swim Reply with quote

Have any of you TT'ers swam the English channel? I'm hoping to target this for a 50th treat in 2020. Will try the Strait of Gibraptar next year if i can get a slot.

I've read quite a bit about it already, but always happy to hear other perspectives. Highs, lows, self doubt, training etc.

It scares the $h1te out of me, but that's not a reason not to do it, right?!!
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Chrace




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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are you going proper or wetsuit?

I know hillwall did A2A so he's been across. Can't remember seeing anyone else to be honest but I've only been on here for 6-7 years.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

it would be tempting to go with the bioprene, but its gotta be budgie smugglers. Half the battle is gonna be the cold acclimatisation
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TRO Saracen




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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Know 3-4 folk from our local open water group who have done it (part of a team, but the 'official' budgie smuggler method).

Only real thing I've noted is that they all swim in the sea all year round, all weathers. Probably wetsuit for the 3-4 coldest months, but non wetsuit for most of the year at least twice a week.

Swam with them when I'm borderline wetsuit - neoprene hood, booties, rash vest and they're happily swimming non wetsuit for a mile plus.

Not for me.....good luck!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Explains all that swimming you've been doing lately CB!! Very Happy

Good luck dude, if anyone can do it, you wlil i am sure.

that said, i can't think of anything worse! Mad
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Chrace




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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

chickenboy wrote:
Half the battle is gonna be the cold acclimatisation

As far as I have read up on, and afterwards promptly dismissed the idea of a channel swim, is that to go budgie smuggler you need a good layer of brown fat to insulate (hence why those guys tend to be fit but "fat"). To build that up it'll take a couple of years of regular cold water swimming. I don't think it can be hurried along, saw some discussions about this.

My thinking was that to have a decent chance you'd have to be near the coast and with a group of likeminded people. I have neither.

But it sounds like grit and hard work, which definitely prompts me to give even more kudos to the people who manage to do it!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't forget to budget about about 3.5K too, in case you thought it was going to be cheap.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tony Stark wrote:
Don't forget to budget about about 3.5K too, in case you thought it was going to be cheap.


Dentist innit!! Wink Wink Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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chickenboy




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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

gingerbongo wrote:
Tony Stark wrote:
Don't forget to budget about about 3.5K too, in case you thought it was going to be cheap.


Dentist innit!! Wink Wink Very Happy


Haha, waiting for the barrage of abuse 😂😂
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chickenboy




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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers fellas, all great feedback.

Yeah the brown fat build up is gonna be a tough one. It certainly isnít going to be easy. Looks like itíll all year round winter training in Hyde park serpentine
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know a couple of swimmers one who completed the channel, was not fast but he had really dedicated a couple of years to the task and was very single minded, bought a caravan in Dover and spent every weekend there. Another very good swimmer who did not get across, he had been acclimatising for about 18 months but conditions on the day crushed him at about 12 hours, tide turned and he faced another 6 hours swimming.
I have relayed across in neoprene which is a walk in the park compared to soloing.

Success is very condition dependant

Anyone who has completed this in the budgie smugglers is awesome in my opinion an absolute loon!

Good Luck
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 6:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some reading here. The OP in this thread is married to Chloe MCardale who has done a qudraplr crossing ( I think).

http://forums.transitions.org.au/topic/38715-ot-my-english-channel-update-3-weeks-out/?tab=comments#comment-572313
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