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Author: Dan

Round Rarontonga Swim

The idea of a circumnavigation #RoundRaro swim had crossed my mind on previous trips to the Cook Islands and promptly been ‘shelved’ as too big of a project. . For me realistic #RoundRaro plans started to form in the middle of the Cook Strait crossing in March 2017 in an IRB with NZ Hall of Fame swimmer Philip Rush and swim coach Chloe Harris in the water. It’s a busy schedule coaching in the UK and running FitandAbel in New Zealand #RealSwim.  Philip Rushs advice was… “there will never be a good time, just needed to commit to it and do some consistent work and...

Dan Abel takes on the English Channel

9 July 2017 I swam the English Channel. There was so much support. Its been amazing. Thank you. I committed fully to attempt the English Channel swim this season only recently, when hanging out with Chloe Harris and Philip Rush in March in Cook Strait . Chloes tenacious Cook swim was inspiring and Philips words ' there'll never be a good time so just get on with it ' . I was booked for an English Channel attempt in August with a possible opporunity late July. And so it was Fri 7th July after my busiest 7 days of training to date, a chance pm phone call with my...

OCEAN SWIM SERIES ANNOUNCEMENT

My thoughts on Scott Rice and the https://oceanswim.co.nz/ The season schedule has just been announced. There are some cool swim locations around the country. I know it’s been topical especially for Christchurch swimmers. I have watched online comments with interest. Scott and I raced each other in the pool in the 90’s. I recall Scott having the vision to set up an ocean swim series back in 2003 ish well before our sport was truly ‘popular’. I remember Scott working at DB in sales while putting together his events company. As a fellow swim operator who is passionate about swimming I understand some of the early...

Open Water Swimming Marlborough Sounds style 

Our recent move to Marlborough has opened up many new doors and areas for training and exercise adventures. Anakiwa being my new favourite. With many hours spent training for IMNZ, Anakiwa is a great base to swim along the beautiful coast line, bike through the Queen Charlotte drive and run on the track. New Zealand is also very lucky to have a resident population of about 200 Orca.  Many of whom visit the Marlborough Sounds, especially between November and Feb. They love to come into the shallows and teach their young how to heard and catch sting ray.  You know where this is going...

A Panorama of Blue

This is so much more than I ever could have imagined.  The Cook Islands.  Rarotonga, quite magical.  The sea the most blue of blues offset by shades of turquoise and the verdant mountains beyond.  Wow, warm water.  Mesmerizing life under the sea the likes of which I had never seen.  And then on to Aitutaki where the panorama of blue above and below the water line defied definition despite our best efforts.  I was blown away.  We lacked the necessary adjectives.  'It's ridiculous' was voiced frequently together with 'insane'.  In the end we were reduced to silent appreciation.  What a destination! Ringing Dan three years ago...

Don’t Set Limits

A big shout out and congratulations to Simon of London, UK. Simon came to Fit&Abel in June this year. At 52 years young he was scared of deep water, not a confident swimmer but most importantly he was uncertain as to whether or not he could ever learn to get comfortable in deep water , let alone open water. This was part of his first e-mail to us: “At 52, I have never mastered swimming and nervous to go near deep water. I would be really grateful if I could organise some 1 to 1 coaching to at least teach me the basics...

Tracking Your Swim Data

The swimmers logbook: provides an ongoing record of training. Some swimmers view them as a waste of time, an annoyance that must be added to daily. Others see the value in being able to review and compare training cycles, sets and repeat times. This can help identify strengths, weakness and opportunities. A logbook entry can record distances, times, heart rates, sleep patterns, success and failures, present and past … and just about anything the author desires in between. They can become quite a personal document recording battles, triumphs, injuries and emotions.  Sure you can get some of this data off a swim watch but a...

To Paddle or not to Paddle?

The Swimmer’s Ultimate Guide to Swim Paddles (This article was originally published in http://www.yourswimlog.com/ultimate-guide-swim-paddles/ and is published with the kind permission of Olivier, olivier@yourswimbook.com) Swim paddles are a staple in just about every swimmer’s training. Here is everything you need to know about making the most of this piece of equipment. “Fins and paddles!” coach called out. A chorus of smiles and cheers swiftly followed. Some things are totally universal in our sport, and one of them is the pleasure in getting to Mach-1 while wearing equipment that throws our swimming into hyper-drive. Paddles are one of those pieces of equipment that are found in just about every swim bag across the world,...

Touch or Tumble?

One of the things open swimmers love most about swimming open water is the ability to get lost in the continuous rhythm of the swim. This Zen like state is less likely to occur when we train in a pool. It is even less likely to occur when we train in a short course pool. *The term ‘Short course’ meaning 25M in length as opposed to long course which is 50M....