HITtheWALL open water swimming training


HITtheWALL training weekend: HITtheWALL open water swimming training
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HITtheWALL Training





The 2016 HITtheWALL open water swimming training was AMAZING for you and us.

Thank you all for coming from all over the world to our playground.

Are you ready for 2017 with up to 16 hours swim time and finding ability beyond your comfort zone ?

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HITtheWALL ENDURANCE TRAINING 26th – 29th MAY 2017

WHAT IS HITtheWALL?

Is a four days training weekend for all abilities from the open water beginners to channel and marathon swimmers. You can take what you want from HITtheWALL. As a beginner you will gain confidence in a safe controlled environment. As a more advanced swimmer HITtheWALL will push you physical and mentally.

Open water swimming is not only about physical ability, that’s why at the HITtheWALL weekend we also look in more detail at the participants mental ability. The HITtheWALL experienced crew will pull you through the darkest moments of these amazing adventures in the water.

“Beginner to advanced at HITtheWALL weekend we will take you to your limits and then look for more, when you think you have none left, Come join us as life begins outside your comfort zone.” Padraig Mallon Event Director

DAY 1 FRIDAY 26th MAY 2017

SESSION 1 REGISTRATION AND WARM UP

SESSION 2 NIGHT SWIMMING

 

SESSION 1

VENUE: TBC

Time: 19:30 – 20:15 REGISTRATION

Time: 20:15

Introduction and warm up to HITtheWALL weekend.

 

SESSION 2

VENUE: TBC

Time: 21:45 Safety briefing for swimmers and water safety crew

Time: 22:00 Swim start

DURATION: 60 minutes swimming

TEMPERATURE: COOL 12-14 DEGREES C

DETAIL: 60 minute (dusk into nightfall) swim

This will be around a 1km/2km course depending on ability and swimmers will be asked to stay in groups of two for safety and to experience swimming in the dark. You will be given a swim briefing on the night regarding this swim and all swimmers will be supplied with glow sticks and a swim cap. Adventure lights may be worn. Chillswims / flotation device essential.

The background to night swimming came in 2009 when the Camlough Lake team where preparing for their English channel crossing. They began training in the dark to help build their confidence in this type of swimming as most of their crossing would be swam in the hours of darkness. Their relay slot started at 1am.

FINISH: 23:30 APPROX

 

DAY 2 SATURDAY 27th MAY 2017

SESSION 1 TIDAL SWIMMING / TIME TRIAL

SESSION 2 YOGA WITH A TWIST

SESSION 3 SHELTERED COSTAL SWIM & YELLOW CAP TIME!!

 

 

SESSION 1

VENUE: South Pier, Carlingford Lough Co.Louth

Time: 09:00 Registration at the infinity registration hub

Time: 10:15 Safety briefing for swimmers and water safety crew

Time: 10.30 – 12:00 SWIM Time trail

DURATION: 90 minutes maximum – you can choose to exit the water before this.

TEMPERATURE: COOL 12-16 DEGREES C

DETAIL: Distance: A looped swim course 90 minutes.

For novice swimmers to build confidence in the open water and for the more advanced swimmers to build distance competing with equal ability swimmers.  The distance you cover during this swim will help to allocate your swim group for the rest of the HITtheWALL weekend. Your distance and time will be recorded.  Time trials give valuable information on your performance for the challenge of your choice.

 

SESSION 2

VENUE: TBC

Time: 13:45 – 15:00

DURATION: 75 minutes

TARGET: YOGA WITH A TWIST.

 

SESSION 3

YELLOW SWIM CAP TIME!!!

VENUE: Omeath Pier, Omeath Lough Co.Louth

Time: 15:00 – 15:30 Registration TBC.

Those who wish to be pushed through the wall and to their limits and beyond will be asked to wear a specific infinity yellow silicone swim cap. This will indicate to the infinity channel swimming crew that YOU are willing to be pushed at all stages during the weekend. You can hand your hat back at any stage if you want!  Should you not choose this option that is ok too.

Time: 15:30 Safety briefing for swimmers and water safety crew Swim Exit points will be identified during the briefing.

Time: 15:30 – 18:30 SWIM

DURATION: 3 hours maximum

TEMPERATURE: COOL 12-16 DEGREES C

 

DETAIL:

Distance: 5k +

Swim time will be a maximum duration of three hours regardless of the distance you have covered. This will be sheltered and costal swimming hugging the shoreline so you can build confidence in this environment.  This is a longer swim session so bring some food / fluids to keep you focused.

 

SESSION 4

Guinness time get together

VENUE: TBC

TIME: 20:00

 

DAY 3 Sunday 28th May 2017

SESSION 1 MINDMASTERY

SESSION 2 1KM & 3KM RACE

SESSION 3 UNSHELTERED COSTAL SWIMMING, ONE AND TWO WAY RELAY TEAM QUALIFICATION SWIM

SESSION 4 GUINNESS TIME & HITtheWALL CERTIFICATE PRESENTATION

 

SESSION 1

VENUE: TBC.

Time: 09:00 – 10:30

DURATION: 90 minutes

TARGET: Meditation.  One of the most powerful tools for channel swimmers / long distance swimmers in order to completely involve yourself in your swim allowing you to break down barriers including fear, anxiety, pain and cold.

 

SESSION 2

VENUE: South Pier, Carlingford Lough Co.Louth

Time:10:30 Registration at the infinity registration hub.

Time:11:15 Safety briefing

Time: 11:30 – 12:30 SWIM

DURATION: 1 hour

TEMPERATURE: COOL 12-16 DEGREES C

DETAIL: This is a 1KM & 3KM race over a 1KM course. Your Time will be recorded.  Time trials give valuable information on your performance for the challenge of your choice.

 

SESSION 3

VENUE: TBC

Time: 14:30 Registration at the infinity registration hub.

Time: 15:15 Safety briefing

Time: 15:30 – 17:30 SWIM

DURATION: 2 hours maximum

TEMPERATURE: COOL 12-16 DEGREES C

DETAIL: There will be three distances to suit all levels. Options are dictated by weather. Swim time will be a maximum of two hours regardless of the distance you have covered. This is also a qualifying swim for relay teams / channel swim aspirants. STROKE RATES WILL BE TAKEN HOURLY AND CERTIFICATES OF COMPLETION WILL BE ISSUED.

 

SESSION 4

Guinness time

HITtheWALL certificate presentation (for 2 hours swim)

VENUE: TBC

Time: 20:30

 

Day 4 Monday 29th MAY 2017

SESSION 1: 8 hour qualifier

SESSION 1: 6 hour qualifier

SESSION 1: 4 hour qualifier

SESSION 2: HITtheWALL PRESENTATION

 

SESSION 1

VENUE: TBC

SESSION 1: 8 hour qualifier

Time: 09:30 Registration at the infinity registration hub

Safety Briefing and Swim Start: 10:30

 

SESSION 1: 6 hour qualifier

Time: 11.30 Registration at the infinity registration hub

Safety Briefing and Swim Start: 12:00

 

SESSION 1: 4 hour qualifier

Time: 12:30 Registration at the infinity registration hub

Safety Briefing and Swim Start: 13.30

 

DURATION: 4 hours MINIMUM 8 hours MAXIMUM

WATER TEMPERATURE: 11 – 14 DEGREES C

TARGET: UNSHELTERED COSTAL SWIMMING – POTENTIAL ROUGH SEAS WITH LARGE SWELL

DETAIL: This is also a qualifying swim for the North (Irish) channel / English channel for channel swimmers.  Stroke rates will be taken hourly. Swim time will be a maximum of 8 hours regardless of the distance you have covered.

 

5 START POINT OPTIONS DEPENDING ON WEATHER

Option 1 Carlingford South Pier

Option 2 Greers Quay, Omeath

Option 3 Omeath, Co.Louth up to 22km

Option 4 Victoria lock Gates

Option 5 Gyles Quay 6 hour swim up to 25km

 

**All swimmers may not start from the one point **

 

SESSION 2

VENUE: TBC

Time: 19:00

Details: HITtheWALL certificate presentations and a bit of grub

 

GENERAL NOTES FOR ALL SWIMS:

ITINERARY:

**All swimming venues and start positions are weather wind and tidal dependent and may change up to one hour prior to the swim start.  We will update regularly via email and the infinity channel swimming facebook page.**

 

Adventure lights may be worn.

Chillswims / flotation device essential

If the lead swimmers within your group are too far ahead of the main pack they will be asked by the boat or kayak crew to turn and swim to the back of the group and continue swimming on course.

The infinity channel swimming team are a friendly bunch of professionally trained and experienced people.  Open water swimming is a FUN experience.  We like to have FUN in, on and around the water as much as everyone else.  To this end we do not cut any corners and operate a ZERO TOLERANCE policy in regard to safety.  If you are asked to exit the water we are asking for good reason which you may not appreciate at the time and will later value the decision.

 

TIMES:

Start time means toes in water. Suited and greased ready to go. If you are late you do not swim as rescue cover is supplied to suit a group start time. If you enter the water after the group start you are doing so at your own risk.

Please be on time – all swims will start punctually. Check the plan for the next day as swim start times and location / detail may change depending on weather conditions.

FOOD:

If you require your feed at 30 minute intervals we advise you to purchase an infinity hydration float – this is a safety buoy and hydration storage all in one.

 

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2015 HITtheWALL

HITtheWALL ENDURANCE TRAINING 27th – 30th MAY 2016

 

WHAT IS HITtheWALL?

Masterminded by open water swimmers for open water swimmers of all abilities.


HITtheWALL offers:

Confidence building in a safe controlled environment.

The chance to kick start the season in advance of your competitor giving you the tools to take your swimming from the pool to the outdoors sooner resulting in a huge advantage on race day.

 

The means to map out your limits and find solutions to comfortably stay on them without crossing that fine line but knowing where that fine line is.

 

Gaining knowledge to train smarter, stay mentally and physically strong and injury free in the lead up to your challenge.

Life begins where the comfort zone ends.


TESTIMONIALS:

HITtheWALL 2015 pushed me to my limits – I was a newish swimmer. I faced some of the best swim conditions and more importantly I swam in water that I didn’t believe it was possible to swim in. I learned so much. My swimming endurance and skills soared. It gave me the confidence and ability to cope with tougher swim conditions during the season. During competition in the race season, I could see more experienced swimmers panic under the pressure of rough water as I was swimming. Without a doubt this one training weekend added what would have taken me years to achieve.

 

From GERARD ENGLISH from learning how to swim September 2014 to Olympic and 5k open water swims all in the space of a year and all with the sparkle of the CLWF lake ethos ‘If its not fun I’m not playing’

 

Unbelievable – it brought me to my limits safely. I was being constantly assessed during the weekend. I was asked did I want to get out and I fought with the truth. I knew I was there, I was done but failed to admit it. The crew observed me closely, I was told Stu, we’re taking you out. My swim stroke had deteriorated but in my head I was still swimming strong. I knew it was the right and safe decision. This reignited the passion I had for swimming and throughout the season I achieved many goals in open water that I had doubts on ever completing.

From STUART HINDE accomplished open water swimmer and ice miler.

In watching the progress and determination of the 2015 HITtheWALL participants it is clear to see that physical ability is 50% of channel and long distance swimming and in fact when looked at in more detail it is this mental ability with the perfect crew that will pull you through the darkest moments of these amazing adventures in the water.

PADRAIG MALLON event director.


AIMS of HITtheWALL:

LIMITS / LEARNING / PSYCHOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT / DISTANCE SWIMS / WATER TEMPERATURE ACCLAIMATISATION / CONFIDENCE BUILDING/ LIKE MINDED PEOPLE / OPEN WATER / TEAM WORK / CREW DEVELOPMENT / TECHNIQUE /


 

GENERAL NOTES FOR ALL SWIMS:

The infinity channel swimming team are a friendly bunch of professionally trained and experienced people.  Open water swimming is a FUN experience.  We like to have FUN in, on and around the water as much as everyone else.  To this end we do not cut any corners and operate a ZERO TOLERANCE policy in regard to safety.  If you are asked to exit the water we are asking for good reason which you may not appreciate at the time and will later value the decision.


TIMES:

Start time means toes in water. Suited and greased ready to go. If you are late you do not swim as rescue cover is supplied to suit a group start time. If you enter the water after the group start you are doing so at your own risk.

 

Please be on time – all swims will start punctually. Check the plan for the next day as swim start times and location / detail may change depending on weather conditions.


FOOD:

If you require your feed at 30 minute intervals we advise you to purchase an infinity hydration float – this is a safety buoy and hydration storage all in one

 

Infinity Swim Secure Hydration Float

Infinity Channel Swimming hydration+bag

The safety boat assigned to your swim can store additional food supplies to replenish your personal stock.  Please provide Nutrition / hydration in separate plastic zip lock bag with your name / swim number to give to boat crew. This hydration / supplementation cannot be guaranteed on 30 minute intervals


CLOTHING:

Togs, clear goggles, bright swim cap (no black or dark swim caps will be allowed), grease / food / fluids / nutritional supplementation, warm clothes and warm drinks for after, a crew member to support you throughout the weekend if available.

 

Chill swim bags are compulsory unless advised otherwise by the event safety officer at each swim. Chill swim bags are great safety tool.  A flotation device is essential for all swims through out the HITtheWALL weekend.  If you don’t have one and would like one we will be stocking them for sale on the day.  They are also available for pre purchase at: http://infinitychannelswimming.com/product/1275/

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For the 6 hour swim: Dry bag containing warm drink / dryrobe or fleece / blanket / hat / socks / gloves (may be able to be left on the boat during your swim should you HITtheWALL and need to get out). Another kit bag with a similar content is essential on shore.

 

A glow stick / adventure light is essential – secured by your goggles strap.

Infinity Adventure Lights Guardian™ Expedition

An adventure light if you have one for the night swim.  http://infinitychannelswimming.com/product/infinity-adventure-lights-guardian-expedition/

 

Glow sticks will be provided free of charge.

 

Infinity channel swimming swim cap will be provided free of charge.

Infinity Swim Caps

For meditation and body balance: Wear comfortable loose fitting warm clothing / shorts t-shirt are ok and bring a drink and a towel.


8, 6, 4, 2, HOUR SWIM and HOUR SWIM QUALIFICATION:

Any swimmer looking to make the 2,4,6 and 8 hour swim qualification will be required to meet the channel swimming rules: one swim suit (not made of latex material) no further than the knee and not passing the shoulders, one silicone or latex swim cap, one pair of goggles.  We would ask if you have an adventure light to wear it also

 

Lanolin / Vaseline is permitted.

 

Clear goggles are advisable for the night swim.

 

Remember these are like ‘North Channel’ waters and will give you an experiences of one of the toughest channel swim in the world.


RISKS:

You will be asked to sign a waiver.

 

At your own risk you will be potentially exposed to Hypothermia, jellyfish, water currents, weather changes and you are taking part in an event with numerous participants.  Like all sporting events we advise your own personal insurance. The event is insured but has limited liabilities as far as the law permits.


LIMITS:

You are your own judge you will know when you have enough but then you can give us some more.

 

3 swim groups will be made during the first Saturday swim. Some swimmers may want to swim sections of each of the swim distances. If this is the case then put you’re bag on the boat and expect to remain on the boat until all the other swimmers in your team reach the finish point.

 

Any swimmer unable to follow the advice of the safety team will be asked to retire from the swim eg: If you persist in swimming off course, Your stroke rates drops significantly, you have signs of hypothermia including slurred speech / dilated pupils, you are inadequately prepared for your swim.


TRANSPORTATION:

Some swims may require you to drive to them so a sat nav/smart phone is important if you don’t know the area as we may need to drive for up to 40 minutes if venues are changed due to weather.  We advise car pooling so vehicles can be left at the start venue and collected later.


JELLYFISH:

They do sting – keep swimming – If assistance is required the support boat will come to your aid (Jellyfish are very unlikely this time of year).


MEDICAL:

Please make Infinity Channel Swimming aware of any health conditions / allergies you may have.

This is an intense weekend – do not take on this challenge if you are not in good health.


ACCOMMODATION:

Most swims will be based around or near Carlingford Lough where we will travel to where we find the best conditions. Ideally we will be based around Carlingford village but may need to travel up to 40 minutes by car if weather is not favorable. Carlingford village, Carlingford may be booked up or too expensive so we recommend you look anywhere from Newry to Dundalk.


Accommodation websites to consider:

Airbnb.com

Hostelworld.com

Booking.com

Carlingford.ie


QUESTIONS?

Infinity crew members are available all weekend to answer your queries please feel free to consult the crew on any learning you may need.


INSURANCE:

We advise that you should have your own private medical insurance that includes open water swimming.


COST

Weekend fee: Costs range from £50 to £130 depending on the dates you want to take part in, PAYABLE online only.

 

Personal expenses: food / fuel costs to venues / accommodation


VENUES:

Take a Look at Carlingford

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Granvue Hotel

Station Rd, Omeath, Co. Louth, Ireland

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Phone:+353 42 937 5109

http://granvue.ie/

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Facilities available

Food and refreshments available

WC

 

Victoria lock Newry

Omeath Road, Newry BT35 8GT, UK

 167968-Victoria-Lock-courtesy-of-Ring-of-Gullion-Landscape-Partnership

Coordinates 54.122874, -6.304901

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Facilities available

WC available

 

 

Carlingford South Pier

2 Ghan Rd, Co. Louth, Ireland

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Facilities available

Food and refreshments

WC

Shower

Changing rooms

 

Possible Venue

Giles Quay, Co. Louth, Ireland

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Facilities available

None

 

 

Omeath

4 Shore Rd, Co. Louth, Ireland

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Coordinates 54.088926, -6.256989

Facilities available

None

 

 

Narrow Water Castle Omeath side

Close to Ferryhill Road, Omeath, Co. Louth, Ireland

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Coordinates 54.110871, -6.282834

Facilities available

None


WHERE TO EAT?

 

McAteers food hall. $$

Good food opens early vast menu and selection of teas foods and dessert.

Menu

 

PJ O’Hares $$$

traditional Irish pub with good food. Speciality Guinness oysters and wheaten bread.

Home

 

MaGee’s bistro – specialising in seafood and steak a little more costly but well worth it. $$$$

http://www.mageesbistro.com

 

Wildwood cafe $$

organic quality food healthier options fantastic tastes – a short walk up the hill with spectacular views.

Café Carlingford – Wildwood Café and Restaurant a great place to eat!

 

McKevitts  hotel $$

wholesome good food

http://www.mckevitts.ie

 

Carlingford Arms $$

wholesome good food.

http://carlingfordarms.ie

 

Kingfisher Bistro $$$

Qulaity dining, extensive menu

http://www.kingfisherbistro.com

 

Ghan House  $$$$$

five star dining

http://www.ghanhouse.com

 

Ruby Ellen’s tea rooms. $$

Tea coffee and yummy cakes -just like at your granny’s house 🙂

http://rubyellens.com/index.php/en/carlingford-restaurant-tea-rooms

 

Dan’s Stone Wall Coffee house $

located next to PJ O’Hares – staff with the biggest smile and the best coffee.

 

TRAVEL A BIT ?

 

Fitzpatricks bar and Resturant $$$$

About 16k from Carlingford traditional Irish restaurant really good food

http://www.fitzpatricks-restaurant.com

 

Strandfield $$$

About 23k away by car towards Dundalk beautiful surroundings and fresh produce. No meat on the menu excellent  food service and hospitality.

https://strandfieldhousedotcom.wordpress.com/the-cafe/

 

The Granvue Hotel $$

Wholesome traditional food

http://granvue.ie

 

 

Also: other links for recommended food outlets:

http://carlingfordandmourne.com/carlingford/where-to-eat

 

LINKS

HITtheWALL Event page on facebook

http://infinitychannelswimming.com/?page_id=301

 

Website

www.infinitychannelcrossings.com

 

Twitter:

infinitychanne3

 

email:

infinitychannelcrossings@gmail.com


COMPLAINTS:

Should you wish to vent your complaints we have a contact number for Granny M age 86 hard of hearing and extreeeeeeeeemly grumpy!  Her motto: if you can’t handle it – get out of the water and let me swim!

 

Otherwise positive and constructive comments to:

 

Pádraig 00447879413131

#glorycomesfromdaringtobegin

infinitychannelcrossings@gmail.com


 

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