The participants of Ice Mile, a swimming challenge, have to swim one mile in less than 5-degree temperature, an icy temperature. This challenge is considered one of the most dangerous challenges on this earth still it is gaining popularity since the last few years as it has encouraged a number of courageous swimmers to participate in it.
The International Ice Swim Association has put safety rules and measures in place to ensure the security of the swimmers participating in this challenge. These rules and measures include:
The swimmer should swim single-handed after wearing a standard swimming costume along with a cap and goggles. Being a personal challenge the participants of Ice Mile should follow all the rules of safety control perfectly.
John Kenny, Giles D. Warrington, and Sarah Jane Cullen have reached two Ice Mile swimmers and conducted a case study on them. In this study, the researchers have examined the physiological challenges as well as the safety problems faced by the swimmers during the Ice Mile swimming challenge.
The samples of respiratory rate and breathing rate were taken and recorded at the interval of 5 minutes for 30 minutes before the start of this challenge as well as for 60 minutes after its end. For the entire period of this test, the breathing rate, as well as respiratory rate, was reported at intervals of 1 minute each during this swimming challenge.
For this type of research, the EQ02+ LifeMonitor provided by Eqivital is considered as an ideal device as it ensures the transmission of real-time data. The IPx7 Water ingress protection rating of this device allows you to monitor the data for up to 30 minutes in water up to 1-meter depth.
LifeMonitor is able to work in freezing conditions involved in the ice Mile challenge as it can be operated from -10 degrees to 50 degrees temperature.
While explaining the outcome of the study Mr. Giles D. Warrington, the co-author of the paper, has explained the reasons for choosing the LifeMonitor of Equivital as during this research it was the option to measure the physiological data of the swimmers.
He further said that though sports like Ice Mile performed in extreme conditions are gaining popularity since the last few years but they also significantly offer physiological challenges on the body of the swimmers. The basis of this study was to observe and assess the response of swimming up to 1,600 meters in cold water at a temperature of fewer than 5 degrees C, performed from the point of safety and start. In order to get reliable, persistent and valid information about main physiological variables like respiratory rate and the temperature of the human body the idea of using LifeMonitor of Equivital was ideal as its integrated monitoring system can work perfectly in extreme weather conditions.
Some of the great information found through this study about the physiological requirements of the swimmers of Ice Mile challenge which can help in improving the safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of all the participants of this challenge.