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Nils Johnson
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Nils Johnson
England
London
England
Great Britain
Country Association
Great Britain
IISA ID: 166
Gender: Male
Age: 59
Ice Miles: 1
ICE 7s: 1
About Nils Johnson
I love open water swimming and am happiest when the water turns cold during the winter months. I put this down to my Swedish genes and my upbringing in chilly New England.

I started open water swimming as an adult in 2012 when a neighbor moved in near my home in South West Surrey (and near Frensham Pond) who had been involved with the South London swim Club at the Tooting Bec Lido. I wore a wetsuit for the first winter but chucked that out in the Spring when I discovered the sheer joy of cold water immersion. I cut my teeth on cold water swimming at Frensham Pond where I swam every weekend year round for the next two years.

I have been a dedicated \'skin\' swimmer ever since and delight in the freedom this gives me to swim wherever I like, whatever the season or country. Over time, I have become deeply acclimatized to the cold to the point of finding even sub 5.0c water quite comfortable. It\'s another thing staying in for 35 minutes which is the ice mile challenge.

The ice mile is recognised as the ultimate test in cold water swimming. My swim will be attempted at Harthill reservoir near Sheffield. I will swim front crawl for circa 35 minutes in 4.7c water.

Following 4 years of winter swimming, my training for the ice mile has involved twice daily long swims every weekend over the winter of 2015/16. This has mostly been at the Hampstead Mens Pond and Parliament Hill Lido in North London.

My ice swimming life has only just begun.

Ice Miles

  Swim
Date
Swim
Location
Water
Temp
Wind
Chill
Swim
Dist.
Swim
Time
Water
Conditions
Air
Temp
Wind
Speed
Support  
1 27 Feb 2016 Harthill Reservoir 4.70°C 4.50°C 1.00mi 0:35:15 Lake 4.50°C - - view

IISA 1km Swims

  Swim
Date
Event Name Country Event Venue Swim
Time
Stroke Water
Temp
Wind
Chill
AR ER WR WC  
1 20 Feb 2016 IISA Great Britain IK ... England Andark Lake, Southampt... 21:04:00 Crawl 5.00°C 0.00°C         view
AR = Age-Group Record
ER = Swim Event Record
WR = World Record
WC = World Championship Record

Qualifying Swims

  Swim
Date
Swim
Location
Swimmer
Condition
Status Swim
Dist.
Water
Temp
Wind
Chill
Swim
Time
Stroke Observer  
1 20 Feb 2016 Andark Lake Good Accepted 1000m 5.00°C 0.00°C 21:04:00 Crawl Pauline Barker view

Other Swims

Solo
  Swim
Date
Location
(Description)
Time
Taken
Swim
Distance
Avg Dist.
Per Day
Water
Temp
Wind
Chill
Observer /
Witness
Awards  
1 2 Jan 2016 PHL 35:00 1,680 m - 8.3°C 0°C -   view
2 16 Jan 2016 PHL 23:00 1,037 m - 3.6°C 0°C -   view
3 24 Jan 2016 PHL 25:00 1,220 m - 4.8°C 0°C -   view
4 30 Jan 2016 PHL 47:54 2,135 m - 8.1°C 0°C -   view
5 31 Jan 2016 PHL 37:00 1,680 m - 7.1°C 0°C -   view
6 21 Feb 2016 Brockwell Lido 38:00 1,200 m - 7°C 0°C -   view
7 24 Feb 2016 PHL 37:00 1,680 m - 7.4°C 0°C -   view
8 26 Feb 2016 PHL 39:00 1,680 m - 6.4°C 0°C -   view

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