Goals for 2014

In an attempt to bring back this blog to life, here’s a short list with goals for this year. They might evolve in the next few months, but you’ve got to start somewhere, right?

Goal One: Break the minute barrier for 100m in SCM (haven’t timed myself in a 25-meter pool in a long time, so I’m not quite sure where I’m at …)

Goal Two: Finish Vidösternsimmet! (after giving up after 13km in 2012)

Goal Three: Finish Vidösternsimmet … in style, i.e. fight for the win among the non-wetsuiters (very dependent on who actually shows up)

Goal Four: Do a “Not-quite-a-Sub-32-Marathon-thingy”.

The original concept is to manage a swimming marathon (10 km) under 3 hours as well as a running marathon (42.195 km) in under 3 hours. I’ve never been a runner, so I can forget about running a marathon that fast, especially since I’m not willing to train as much as last year. I’m not going to go for a marathon at all, actually. I will try to give it all on a 10k though. My ultimate goal could be to do the swim-thing in under 3 hours in the Delsjön lake and then (the same day or the day after) run one lap around the lake at the pace of a 3:00-marathon. Which would mean …. 10 kilometers in 42:40!!!!!! Very ambitious, and I probably won’t get close to it, but I’ll have fun trying.

Goal Five: Swim-a-sketch … more about it soon.

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The video

Finally done with the video … time to rest for real now …

Butterfly across the English Channel from Sylvain Estadieu on Vimeo.

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Teaser

Butterfly across the English Channel – Teaser from Sylvain Estadieu on Vimeo.

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16 hours and 42 minutes

DONE!!!

More information and media to come soon. In the meantime, it is still possible to donate to my two charities, Hundar Utan Hem (for abandonned dogs) and APEI Centre Alsace (for handicapped children).

Thanks for the support!!!

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My two charities of choice:

Hundar Utan Hem


Click Here to Donate :)





Hundarutanhem.se (translated: “Homeless dogs”) is a website that presents homeless Irish dogs in need of a home in Sweden.

In Sweden we don´t have any stray dogs. Still many people want to help a dog in need or prefer to adopt an older dog instead of buying a pure breed pup from a kennel.
People in Sweden treat their dogs like a member of the family and many are heartbroken when they hear about all the dogs being put to sleep in Ireland. Helping an Irish dog has become very popular and we can home almost any dog to a great new home in Sweden.
Most of the dogs coming to Sweden have a family waiting for him/her at the airport. If we haven´t found the right family, the dog will be taken to one of our caring fosterhomes.

(Source: Hundar Utan Hem

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Association des Parents d’Enfants Inadaptés (APEI)





L’APEI Centre Alsace is a territorial assoction that promotes the advancement of handicapped people, their social integration as well as the maintain of the familial bonds.
The commitment of all professionals and volunteers allows for the values of solidarity, dignity and respect of the individual to lead to concrete actions within the 9 institutions and wards (350 persons taken care of, 240 employees and 230 members). L’APEI Centre Alsace has been registered as being of public utility since 2001.

(Source: APEI Centre-Alsace)

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Starting at 9:30am tomorrow, here’s how to send messages!

Okay people, in case you want to follow the swim, read again the instructions from the previous post. Most of the information is in there somewhere.

The last nugget of information that might be useful is the phone numbers that you can send messages to. We will have two mobile phones on board, an Irish and a French one. Please feel free to use them to send CHEERS!!! Lisa, Donal and Zoe will try to pass on the message, either verbally or via the white board. Keep in mind that long sentences probably aren’t a great idea as it might be difficult to communicate with me! Don’t really expect a reply, as everyone will be quite busy.

Here are the numbers:

Irish number : 00353-87-66-81-369 (ONLY AVAILABLE ON THE ENGLISH SIDE)

French number : 0033-67-43-71-374 (ONLY AVAILABLE ON THE FRENCH SIDE)

There’ll be messages on Twitter/Facebook about when we reach the French side.

EXCITING TIMES!!!!!!

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How to follow Sylvain’s swim?

At some stage between the 12th and the 17th of September, I will be trying to swim the English Channel using only the butterfly stroke. This has been achieved by only two persons before me. It’s going to be a long day in the water as the crossing is expected to take between 13 and 18 hours depending on the conditions. In order for me to manage to reach France in one piece I will need as much support as possible. Here are a few ways of following the swim as well as ways of sending me support messages and/or donate to my chosen charities!

Thanks in advance and enjoy the show :)

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TWITTER

You can get the latest news regarding the swim via Twitter. Things like the date and time of the start, the latest news during the swim and possibly some pictures and short videos will be published on my Twitter page.

It’s really easy to follow via Twitter, you don’t actually need an account, just click on the following link: http://twitter.com/SylvainSwims

The latest news appear on the top of the page.

If you want to send messages to me, then you need your own account. You can create it via http://twitter.com. The next step is to follow me by looking for me via the search field. Once it’s done you can send messages to me by including “@SylvainSwims” in your message.

Most messages will be in English … unless I manage to teach my crew French or Swedish in a really short amount of time. We shall see.

It might also be possible to send cheering messages to me during the swim via text messages (I’m gonna need some cheering!). The messages will hopefully be passed on to me via the white board we will be taking on the boat. I’ll make sure to communicate the right phone number(s) before the start.

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FACEBOOK

There will be the same updates on Facebook as on Twitter. The only difference is that it might be easier to interact via Facebook than with Twitter as more people have Facebook accounts.

The swim’s official page is the following: www.facebook.com/SyllesSwimsFly

You may also send your best butterfly pictures on the event page: We’re all butterflies (Send a picture!)

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GPS TRACKER (Option A)

There’s a GPS tracker on every support boat. There are a few websites that allow to access data from these trackers. The easiest is to use the CS&PF (Channel Swimming and Piloting Federation) website: www.cspf.co.uk

Click then on LIVE TRACKING

A map centered on the Channel will then appear. There should be a few colourful triangular symbols. These correspond to the support boats from the CS&PF and CSA (the two associations that ratify the crossings).

My boat’s name is Gallivant and shoud appear as a green triangle. If you want to know where exactly it is on the map, just click on the checkbox beside the name “Gallivant” and a text box with a picture of the boat will appear close to the correct symbol on the map.

If you click on “Latest Track” in the aforementioned text box, the equivalent of twelve hours of GPS markers will be displayed over the map.

The easiest is actually to constantly keep the first page open. The symbols will automatically move and the tracks will drawn as they move forward.

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GPS TRACKER (Option B)

The second option in order to follow the boat is the following page: http://www.ais-doverstraits.co.uk/

Click on the first link: SATELLITE TRACKER 1 – GALLIVANT

You will be redirected to a new page showing the Channel. There should be a certain amount of numbered markers. The highest numbers are the latest boat locations. There’s a maximum of 50 markers displayed at all times … every time a new position is transmitted and displayed, an old marker will disappear.

On the screenshot above, the path number 1 corresponds to a swim across the Channel. There is little space between the markers (it’s possible to see on the left side of the screen to what time each of the marker corresponds), which indicates a relatively slow pace. You will notice that it isn’t a straight line. This is due to the fact that the tides change direction every six hours.

The second path is simply the boat ride back to Dover. It’s quicker and quite straight.

NB : When you follow a live swim, you might observe “leftover markers” from a previous crossing. Remember that you need to follow the markers with the highest numbers.

NB2 : This page refreshes itself automatically, no need to serve it a drink to click on F5.

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CHARITIES

I’m collecting funds for two charities: Hundar Utan Hem and APEI Centre-Alsace

Donations are (gladly) accepted and can be performed via Paypal by clicking on the following link:

www.sylleswims.com/charities/

Hundar Utan Hem


Click Here to Donate :)





Hundarutanhem.se (translated: “Homeless dogs”) is a website that presents homeless Irish dogs in need of a home in Sweden.

In Sweden we don´t have any stray dogs. Still many people want to help a dog in need or prefer to adopt an older dog instead of buying a pure breed pup from a kennel.
People in Sweden treat their dogs like a member of the family and many are heartbroken when they hear about all the dogs being put to sleep in Ireland. Helping an Irish dog has become very popular and we can home almost any dog to a great new home in Sweden.
Most of the dogs coming to Sweden have a family waiting for him/her at the airport. If we haven´t found the right family, the dog will be taken to one of our caring fosterhomes.

(Source: Hundar Utan Hem

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Association des Parents d’Enfants Inadaptés (APEI)





L’APEI Centre Alsace is a territorial assoction that promotes the advancement of handicapped people, their social integration as well as the maintain of the familial bonds.
The commitment of all professionals and volunteers allows for the values of solidarity, dignity and respect of the individual to lead to concrete actions within the 9 institutions and wards (350 persons taken care of, 240 employees and 230 members). L’APEI Centre Alsace has been registered as being of public utility since 2001.

(Source: APEI Centre-Alsace)

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SPONSORS

I would like to thank my sponsors AQUADEUS and IDEA MARINE AB for their support in this adventure.

Aquadeus, swimwear for trendy swimmers, resistant to cooking oil … because we’re not battered fish.



IDEA MARINE AB We deliver custom tailored solutions for everything in marine propulsion technology!

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Trailer

Sylvain’s Butterfly Swim – Trailer from Sylvain Estadieu on Vimeo.

In the past week …

  • One 8-hour session in the lake. Approximately 21.5 km of butterfly, which is my longest fly swim to date :)
  • One very unpleasant Midsummer swim: water and air much too warm, the sum of the temperatures almost reaching 50°C, no good …
  • A couple of stroke rate experiments, upping it from the usual 22-23 to a manic 28 spm. Doesn’t sound like much but I could feel the extra heat and muscle tiredness. Managed two hours at that rate. Bring on the cold water!
  • Some shiny new Donate buttons and an easier way to donate to my two charities !!
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Sändykåv Ön

You know it already, of course, I started swimming open-water in Cork City, and more precisely close to the town of Kinsale, where is located the beautiful Sandycove Island. It’s the favorite training spot for many a Channel swimmer. The conditions and temperatures can vary a lot within one single lap of the Island, the inside part of the Island (where on can swim the pensioners’ triangle) is usually fairly protected and calm, whereas the outside part, exposed to the Atlantic can at times become quite, choppy/lumpy/messy. The water temperature rarely exceeds 16°C (more like 12-14°C during the spring and summer). One lap is approximately one mile, which is quite convenient.

You can spot Sandycove Island on the following picture:

It the little rectangular-ish thingy close to the right edge of the picture. It doesn’t look like much from up there … so I’ve decided I’d go back to County Cork this summer in order to take better pictures of it! I’ll be taking part in Ned Denison’s torture camp from the 6th to the 14th of July along with other Channel aspirants from all around the world, looking forward to this :) Oh, and I’ll take part in the Lee Swim, the popular 2km swim in the center of Cork City, for the first time since 2009 … in butterfly this time, of course.

In the meantime time, I’ll keep on doing laps of my own Swedish Sandycove Island. It’s one of a couple of islands in the lake of Stora Delsjön in Gothenburg … it doesn’t get as rough as in Kinsale, and the temperature (unfortunately) often exceed 16°C … but at least it’s about one mile starting from the pontoon, circumnavigating the island and going back to shore!

Plus, like the original, once you’re on the way back, there’s a little red house acting like a lighthouse and showing you the way back to shore!

It IS red, not the best picture of it, I miscalculated the position of the sun …

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One can always dream…

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What’s new?

Ready …



I’m been fairly quiet on the blogging side of life recently, which, I promise, is a good sign that the swimming is going well. I have done a bunch of 20K+ Saturday swims in the past few months, with more or less success. But more “more” than “less” ! One of them was due to be 23K and included a scary 100x100x95 (one hundred times 100m starting every 95s) in front crawl. My shoulder and bicep had been bugging me for a couple days prior to this swim, so I was quite nervous at the start. I figured I’d try to do maybe fifty one hundreds and then we’d see … it felt like my right arm was somehow quite slow to react to my mental instructions: I’d have my arm extended in front of me and would try to bend my elbow and start pulling, but it would take maybe a quarter or half a second to respond and I would feel a little pinch in the bicep. It wasn’t really painful but it was bringing my spirits down a bit. I nonetheless managed to complete this set, which I was really happy about as this was my first real 100×100. I had done a 200×100, before but the interval was two minutes. I paid the price for my effort in the rest of the session and called it a day after 17K. Mixed feelings, one really good set, but an incomplete session.

My shoulder is now feeling better, I have been going to a naprapath (Eva Ritterlund @ Ullevi Kliniken) every month or so in 2013. Not sure how to translate “naprapath” in english, I would guess that a naprapath is somewhere between a physiotherapist and chiropractor, using a combination of massages, stretches and cracking moves. I’m happy with my treatement, and especially to have started it before it started hurting. One of my big mistakes in 2009 was to wait until my shoulder got really sore to seek medical attention (Ossi Schmidt @ Brookfield Clinic, Cork City), losing almost a month of training in the process. I had formulated the theory that butterfly wouldn’t be harder than freestyle on my shoulders as my body is pulled forward by the combined action of both arms, rather than one arm at the time. So far so good. And my lower back isn’t misbehaving either, yay!

Also, the layer of ice on top of Lake Delsjön has finally melted and I’ve been able to do my first open-water swim of the year earlier today. Greta keeps reminding me that she beat me to it by a full week and that she has pictures to prove it. What I think is that she has perfected her Photoshop skills recently, and that’s how she came up with the said “proofs”! Anyway, today’s swim was a short one. The water has already reached 8°C, which means that open-water season is ON!

Aaaaaaah!

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