POWERbreathe attended this incredible event alongside Borut Strel, Martin Strel’s son. Martin, aka ‘Big River Man’ (he swam the Amazon River), is a Slovenian long-distance swimmer – and long-time POWERbreathe user! His son Borut operates Strel Swimming Adventures, and Duncan from POWERbreathe was delighted to team up alongside him at this extreme event.
It was the 5th UK Cold Water Championships with 600 swimmers from across the world braving the frosty 0.5C water temperature.
The event is held every two years at Tooting Bec Lido and is ‘a celebration of British masochism and funny hats’. Full of enthusiastic and sometimes eccentric swimmers, Duncan wasn’t disappointed as people in funny hats, hilarious costumes and unusual body colouring, came over to find out more about POWERbreathe inspiratory muscle training and how it could benefit them. He was delighted when a couple of channel swimmers and record holders came over to test their breathing on the K5 with Breathe-Link software.
To give you a flavour of how extreme this event is, here’s Guardian reporter and Cold Water Swimming participant, Marcel Theroux’s account of the final event,
“The final race of the day was the endurance event: 450m, or two circuits of the enormous pool. This gripped the spectators as only a sporting event which offers the possibility of witnessing death by hypothermia can. One breaststroker who appeared to be struggling was encouraged to leave the pool by the lifeguards. The rest emerged looking dazed and wobbly and were handed cups of hot Ribena which they could barely hold. I think I’ll put my name down for that one in 2015.”
You can watch some of the breath testing going on at the event on the POWERbreathe YouTube Channel.
The featured photograph shows Mr. Ed testing his breathing on a K5 using the Breathe-Link software. Every person who tested their breathing was provided with a POWERbreathe Try SafeTM bacterial/viral filter for reasons of hygiene.
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