Miracle Open Water Swim In Ice at Zero Degrees

Ram Barkai

Ram Barkai - photo http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com

When most of us think of open water swimming, we imagine the ocean, or parcels of water that are not enclosed in concrete – or follow the black line. But imagine swimming in water that is zero degrees!

A recent article published on www.dailynews.openwaterswimming.com poses the questions to the remarkable Ram Barkai what he was thinking during his 1.7 km swim in 0°C water:

The mind was a critical part of this swim because the hands and fit were gone after few minutes. Ryan and I swallowed water at one of the turns. It is very dangerous because aside from not being able to breath for a wee while, you stop for few seconds. Those seconds are critical, because your mind loses focus and I remember feeling like I am sinking. I very quickly regained control and told myself keep on swimming.

Everytime that I felt that I couldn’t swim anymore, I did a speedy automatic systems check: hands, legs, breathing, and mind. I realised that I was fine and just told myself, ‘You are just fine – carry on swimming.’ it worked. At the end, I had to tell myself other things…I was much harsher on myself.

Read the article here

How do you prepare your mind and body for the toughness that is required for open water swimming? I hope just some of the tips in this article help you as you prepare for your own adventures in the open water.

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