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    Kudos to forumite and now English Channel crosser ...

    ... Kurt Dickson! He swam this overnight and completed this in 10:20.

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    Re: Kudos to forumite and now English Channel crosser ...

    That is very impressive. More people have climbed Mt Everest than swum the English Channel.
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    Re: Kudos to forumite and now English Channel crosser ...

    Thanks. Without a doubt, the coldest, most miserable day of my life (such positivity!)

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    Re: Kudos to forumite and now English Channel crosser ...

    CONGRATS Kurt!!! you always are.

    actually allen, more people climb mt everest in a single year now than have swum the ec.

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    Re: Kudos to forumite and now English Channel crosser ...

    I'm in awe! Congratulations.

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    Re: Kudos to forumite and now English Channel crosser ...

    Kurt, very well done!

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    Congrats Kurt! You've been killing it lately!

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    Awesome, Kurt! What an amazing accomplishment you will remember (and be able to brag about ) for the rest of your life! Congratulations!!
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    Re: Kudos to forumite and now English Channel crosser ...

    Well done Kurt! That's a huge accomplishment!

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    Re: Kudos to forumite and now English Channel crosser ...

    Kurt! That's fantastic news, man, congratulations! Wow, I'm completely impressed. that's a long haul in training, planning and actually accomplishing this feat. Way to go.
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    Re: Kudos to forumite and now English Channel crosser ...

    If you could describe your preparation for this I think many of us would be very interested.

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    Re: Kudos to forumite and now English Channel crosser ...

    Kurt, that is amazing. Congrats!!
    As a sprinter, I must say I absolutely can't imagine the mental fortitude.

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    Re: Kudos to forumite and now English Channel crosser ...

    Contgratulatons!

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    Quote Originally Posted by knelson View Post
    If you could describe your preparation for this I think many of us would be very interested.
    Well, I think everyone is different. For instance, most people put on weight and I lost about 15 lbs. I tapered for Nationals a few weeks prior which probably was dumb ( I would not have bothered trying to keep my 8 year 200 LCM back streak alive had I known my French nemesis was showing up). Finally, most swim in cold water which was impossible in Arizona (I believe this might have been most helpful).

    First, you need to plan this bad boy out. It seems to be a 2 year notice to get a boat. My initial choice of pilot said he does not take reservations until one year out. I waited and then panicked about 18 months out and tried to get someone else. As expected, everyone in more prestigious CSA was taken. Leaving me with other organization CSPF (which in my opinion is just as good). Deposits are due around December before you are doing. Final payment on boat.

    Training wise, I have been preparing about 18 months. I bought a kayak and my wife kayaked a bunch of 5-10 mile swims/races last year. Big test was a 6 hour (14 mile) swim in my local lake in December last year as conditions are similar (at least temperature) to Channel (61). Truly miserable day but confidence builder. This year, I simply upped my mileage to 7000 for many days and a 5-8 miler in the lake once every week or 2. I found tapering for Spring and Summer nationals as well as a brief one for Open water Nationals in Chattanooga was a good break and provided some periodization. Manhattan swim 2 months prior helped build confidence, get some miles in, and was not too close to actual channel attempt.

    I believe the channel is mostly mental and one thing that kept me going is the realization that there are fair number that do it that are not that great of swimmers (not to sound rude). Perhaps, if I had done more cold water training, it would not have been as hard on me. I'm in awe of the people who are out there for 16 plus hours. Also, I've done a lot of 10 k races over the last several years and believe I've found a pace that I can go for a long time. Those initial 10k at Horsetooth reservoir used to really hurt. Well, hope this is what you were looking for. Thanks everyone for the kind words and encouragement. Super glad to have that one under my belt.

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    Re: Kudos to forumite and now English Channel crosser ...

    Yes, great perspective. I've never really swum an open water event over about 5K, so the thought of something like the English Channel is pretty daunting.

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    Congratulations Kurt, that's impressive

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    Re: Kudos to forumite and now English Channel crosser ...

    Quote Originally Posted by knelson View Post
    Yes, great perspective. I've never really swum an open water event over about 5K, so the thought of something like the English Channel is pretty daunting.
    Thanks for the details, Kurt. I did my first ever long swim with you back in 2012 when we swam the Saguaro lake 'test swim' for the SCAR (http://www.scarswim.com/). That was in nice, warm water and I remember thinking after that ~9 mile swim that the Channel could be in my future. When, the next day, I exited Canyon lake (about 63-64 degrees) after about 30 minutes due to the cold, I realized the Channel was struck off my bucket list. Watching you complete that day with ease also made me think you could handle the challenge. Congratulations again!

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    Re: Kudos to forumite and now English Channel crosser ...

    no joke pwb
    yeah my idea of fun does NOT include swimming in cold water

    kurt what time of day did your crossing start at?
    most dont realize it can go at any time.
    my good friend lynn started hers at 3am

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    Re: Kudos to forumite and now English Channel crosser ...

    Quote Originally Posted by sunruh View Post
    kurt what time of day did your crossing start at?
    We met at 2am, did some paperwork (supposed to have your passport...my wife did not). I started swimming at 337am. First 4 hours was kinda miserable. With the sun up, I felt much better. I was in French water by about 4.5 hours and thought I would be well under 10 but I think I was swimming against a current or something at the end.

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    Re: Kudos to forumite and now English Channel crosser ...

    Thank you for sharing your ideas Kurt. Congratulations!
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