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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Novosibirsk Team Is On The Cutting Edge Of The Ice

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

In some circles in the open water swimming community, people advocate gaining weight and adding body fat in order to build a tolerance to cold water and prevent hypothermia.

But in other circles in the open water swimming community, people advocate acclimatization and focusing on the mental aspects in order to face cold water temperatures.

Which is the correct approach: eat more or focus on the power of the mind?

It depends on what each individual swimmer prefers.

Some swimmers prefer the excuse of eat more and gain weight. Others prefer to maintain their body weight and focus on acclimatization to the cold through a long-term training program.

But when we see some of the lean individuals competing in the ice swimming community, we cannot help but think that focusing on the mental aspects of swimming in cold water is a more healthful and more reasonable long-term strategy.

The fast, young Novosibirsk Team swimmers from Eastern Russia are lean and slender, but they are proving that humans can acclimate to near freezing water temperatures without gaining weight.

The team at Novosibirsk are trained by Oleg Adamov from the K19 team. Adamov was the last commanding officer of the K19 submarine and is bringing more and more fast (and lean) pool swimmers into the ice swimming community and training them appropriately.

Some of the team includes Grigory Ermola (450m in ice water in 5 minutes 56 seconds without dives or flip turns), Aleksey Zharkov (100m in 1 minute), Katerina Busygina, and Kirill Shahtir [shown in top photo]. Nuala Moore predicts, "The Novisbirsk Team will be a huge force at the World Championships and for the future of ice swimming if any of these swimmers increase their distances to the 1000m. They will be amazing as they are born into these conditions. They are a super bunch of athletes: the world championship beckons."

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