One of you, namely my friend Kay Grant, asked some interesting questions regarding English Channel Swimming. I’ll answer them for this entry to my blog. Anyone out there who takes the time to read my blog should feel free to ask me such questions. I’ll do my best to answer! Thanks for the questions, Kay!
Question No. 1: How cold is the Channel?
Answer: As you can might imagine, the temperature of the English Channel varies depending on the time of year. For example, as I write this, the temperature mid-Channel is 49.8°F (9.5°C). According to the Channel Swimming Association, Ltd., a governing body of Channel swimming, which will certify my attempt: “This is usually between 57°F and 64.5°F (14°C to 18°C). The temperature is around 57 to 60°F at the end of June/beginning of July, then rises slowly to 64/65°F by the end of August. Then it usually drops by a couple of degrees before the beginning of October.” In a word…the English Channel is COOL!
Question No. 2: When will I be swimming the English Channel?
Answer: I am scheduled to swim on the first “neap” tide in August 2013. A “neap” tide is an especially “weak” tide and, so, there’s not such a drastic difference between high and low tide. I talked about “neap” tides in a previous post. Take a read of that post for more information.
Question No. 3: Can I train my body to adapt to cold water by sitting in an ice bath?
Answer: Yes! There are many things I will do to “acclimatize” my body to the cold water. The most important is simply subjecting myself to cold. Whether that be in the Clocktower Pond, Lucky Peak, La Jolla Cove, or my bathtub. The important aspect is to get my core used to the cold and adapting to it. There is much science behind acclimatization. I’m just beginning to delve into it all. I’ll share some of my knowledge as I learn more.
Until next time…stay focused on your goals and do everything in your power to achieve them! Remember, even the smallest step forward is a step closer to your goal. Oh, yea, and keep those questions coming!!