Chill Swim supports the growth of long distance swimming and is involved with open water swimming worldwide, including outdoor swimming, wild swimming and open water swim races. And because stronger breathing muscles and stamina can only help with swimming longer distances, POWERbreathe decided it would be a great place to share knowledge and the benefits of inspiratory muscle training.
Chill Swim took place on the 1st and 2nd of February at Windermere in the beautiful Lake District, and to say it was cold, wet and miserable would be an understatement!
Due to the extreme weather, exhibitors were asked to share an exhibition tent, as individual gazebos wouldn’t stand up to such extremes. It was a good idea because fortunately this sturdier tent didn’t take off in the strong wind, but one of the refreshment tents did!
We had a great day and were delighted when Pauline Squire, freelance journalist, popped over to the stand to say how brilliant POWERbreathe was, after she had bought one and reviewed it. She also brought over the new Blue Peter presenter who showed an interest in the POWERbreathe K5 with Breathe-Link software and had a go at training his breathing. Pauline also mentioned how she works with disabled soldiers at Catterick and invited POWERbreathe over to work with them.
Renowned Estonian ice swimmer Henri Kaarma, who set a world record in swimming 2,400 metres at 0.8˚C, also came over and tried out the K5 too. He did 20 or so breaths and found it a very interesting experience.
The K5 Breathe-Link software always creates a stir at every event and brings out the competitor in everyone that tries it. At the Big Chill Swim, Adam Walker who’s part way through swimming the seven oceans of the world, popped over to the stand and tested his breathing strength on the K5. He was very impressed and kept nipping over to see if anyone had beaten his volume of 6.2 litres. No one did Adam – you’re still the leader!
We took a few photos at the Big Chill Swim and you can view the photo album on POWERbreathe Facebook.
Read more about why you should consider incorporating POWERbreathe inspiratory muscle training as part of your swimming training, and if you’re already using POWERbreathe as part of your training, then please leave a comment here or on the POWERbreathe Forum, Facebook or Twitter as we’d love to hear from you. You can also read more about using POWERbreathe in swimming training on our Blog.