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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Frenchman In Sweden For A British Cold-water Swim

English Channel swimmer Sylvain Estadieu is training for the UK Cold Water Swimming Championships. "In Hudiksvall, Sweden, the water is down to 2°C now with air between -5 and -10°C. I'll be competing along with 7 other Sandycove [Ireland] swimmers. A few among us have been invited to take part in the endurance event which is a really exciting prospect for all of us."

"My preparations have been going well
." That is easy to see from his training video here.

Besides his cold-water training, Sylvain has been pushing himself in a variety of unique ways including a 20K medley swim attempt in the Gulf of Bothnia in the Baltic Sea. "I unfortunately failed to finish, but I've learned a couple things along the way and will be trying again next year for sure."

He attempted a medley swim that was to be four loops of 6K of each stroke.

Sylvain's butterfly leg of 1 hour and 55 minutes went smoothly in the flat 16°C water with no wind under lots of sunshine. "But I started to get tired during the second loop, backstroke being my worst stroke. The conditions weren't as good as during the first loop, especially after 9K, but I managed to finish it in 2 hours and 40 minutes. Then, I looked at the island in the distance [in the loop course] and just couldn't get myself going for the breaststroke leg, so the swim stopped after 12K and 4 hours and 35 minutes."

"I had been dreading that swim. It was up to my girlfriend to paddle, feed me and document the swim. She did an amazing job for the best part of 5 hours. I guess she was glad to not have to paddle for another 5 hours."

"I had been training all summer long in the area. The water temperatures almost never went under 18-20°C, but it started to drop the week before the swim. At the end, I was just glad that nothing out of the ordinary happened during these two loops and I really happy that I got to share these moments with my girlfriend who was never involved in swimming before."

She seems hooked now.

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