DNOWS Header

Image Map

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Wandi Really Ready

Courtesy of WOWSA, in Lapland Lake Semenovskoye, Russia.

Athletes at the Olympics, world championships and major international events are required to gather in the ready room, a designated indoor or outdoor area or indoor room where the competitive swimmers gather before the race, often to listen to pre-race instructions from race officials or to store their personal gear before the race.

Most ready rooms can be places of crowded, quiet intensity.

Nervousness is readily apparent while internal focus and mental preparedness are givens. Smiles are as infrequent as stretching is as ubiquitous. For the most important moments of their athletic lives, athletes are gathered together with their most heated rivals.

It is a mano-a-mano ambiance at its most intense and it is fascinating to observe how some athletes thrive and others feel the pressure.

Like a boxer in his own ready room, ice swimmers in ready rooms are individuals who are knowingly getting prepared mentally and physically to take a pounding. They know their bodies will be pushed to the limit and the pain will be guaranteed.

Athletes like Christof Wünter Wandratsch [nicknamed Wandi, shown above] rise to the occasion in these conditions. His preparation in the ready room at the International Ice Swimming Championships in Murmansk, Russia was that of a champion.

He rose to the occasion in Lapland Lake Semenovskoye where he set a new 1000m world record in 13:00.51 in 0°C water and -5°C air, averaging an incredible 1:18 pace per 100m.

Information courtesy of Petar Stoychev in Murmansk.

Copyright © 2015 by World Open Water Swimming Association

A Thank You Gift from WOWSA

WOWSA is celebrating the
1-Year Anniversary of the monthly Open Water Swimming Magazine
by giving you a free copy of the anniversary issue.

Open Water Swimming Magazine Anniversary Issue
File Size: 13MB


Download the file to your computer, and then right-click to extract the magazine which is inside the zip folder. The magazine is in PDF format.

CLICK HERE to download your free copy now.

Open Water Swimming Magazine

Open Water Swimming Magazine

The Open Water Swimming Magazine is the monthly magazine entirely focused on open water swimming heroes and heroines of every age, ability, and background. Published by the World Open Water Swimming Association, the Open Water Swimming Magazine is a free benefit to WOWSA members.

WOWSA Member Benefits include 12 issues of the Open Water Swimming Magazine, the annual 276-page Open Water Swimming Almanac, a free listing in Sponsor My Swim, outstanding product discounts from FINIS, an entry in Openwaterpedia and more...

The Other Shore

The Other Shore follows world record holder and legendary swimmer Diana Nyad as she comes out of a thirty-year retirement to re-attempt an elusive dream: swimming 103 miles non-stop from Cuba to Florida without the use of a shark cage. Her past and present collide in her obsession with a feat that nobody has ever accomplished. At the edge of The Devil’s Triangle, tropical storms, sharks, venomous jellyfish, and one of the strongest ocean currents in the world, all prove to be life-threatening realities. Timothy Wheeler’s documentary brings Diana Nyad’s extraordinary adventure to life as Diana sets out to prove that will and determination are all you need to make the unimaginable possible.

2014 Open Water Swimming Almanac

An Almanac for Open Water Swimming

An almanac is essentially a body of knowledge which is so complete that it enables people in different fields to make predictions about the future of their respective industries.

This, for example, was the purpose of the traditional farmers almanacs. It enabled farmers to determine as accurately as possible which crops to plant for the greatest harvests in a given year.

But the farmers almanac was just one example among many.
There are, of course, many different kinds of almanacs.

In fact, there is even one for open water swimming...

Preview the Open Water Swimming Almanac:

The trends are very clear.
The tide is rising for open water swimming.


Open Water Swimming Event Sanctioning

World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation

Open Water Race Calendar

Coaches Education Program