Training started in October 2010, about 10 months before the attempt. Compared to other Channel Swims, Pascal’s preparation has been relatively short. Pascal competed on a national level in the Netherlands from 6 to 18 years old, and has therefore a good technique and understanding of swimming.

During the preparation Pascal did not use a trainer/mentor or training scheme. It is recommended though to speak to people who have completed/tried a Channel Swim or people who have trained swimmers, to get as much information and advice as possible on how to train.

The first couple of months most of training was in a local swimming pool. From the beginning of April 2011 many hours were spend in the Serpentine in London’s Hyde Park.

It is important to get a lot of training done in the water, nevertheless you should not forget to visit the gym as well. Muscle training and stretching will help to prevent injuries.

During the preparation Pascal did not use a trainer/mentor or training scheme. It is recommended though to speak to people who have completed/tried a Channel Swim or people who have trained swimmers, to get as much information and advice as possible on how to train.

The first couple of months most of training was in a local swimming pool. From the beginning of April 2011 many hours were spend in the Serpentine in London’s Hyde Park.

It is important to get a lot of training done in the water, nevertheless you should not forget to visit the gym as well. Muscle training and stretching will help to prevent injuries.

8 October 2010
65x30m in 35mins, average per km time 17min57sec Subtotal 1950m 10 October 2010 75x30m, 39mins, average per km time 17mins20sec Subtotal 4200m 16 October 2010 80x30m, 42mins, average per km time 17mins30sec Subtotal 6600m 23 October 2010 100x30m, 52mins, average per km time 17mins20sec Subtotal 9600m 24 October 2010 80x30m, 41mins, average per km time 17mins05sec Subtotal 12 000m 31 October 2010 130x30m, 70 mins, average per km time 17mins57sec Subtotal 15 900m 3 November 2010 70x30m, 35 mins, average per km time 16mins40sec Subtotal 18 000m 6 November 2010 150x30m, 75 mins, average per km time 16mins40sec Subtotal 22 500m 7 November 2010 80x30m, 40 mins, average per km time 16mins40sec Subtotal 24 900m 13 November 2010 150x30m, 73 mins, average per km time 16mins13sec Subtotal 29 400m 17 November 2010 100x30m, 47 mins, average per km time 15mins40sec Subtotal 32 400m 19 November 2010 200x25m, 81 mins, average per km time 16mins12sec Subtotal 37 400m 20 November 2010 120x30m, 67 mins, average per km time 18mins36sec Subtotal 41 000m 27 November 2010 200x30m, 100 mins, average per km time 16mins40sec Subtotal 47 000m 28 November 2010 100x30m, 48 mins, average per km time 16mins00sec Subtotal 50 000m 1 December 2010 120x30m, 58 mins, average per km time 16mins06sec Subtotal 53 600m 4 December 2010 240x30m, 125 mins, average per km time 17mins21sec Subtotal 60 800m 5 December 2010 100x30m, 47 mins, average per km time 15mins40sec Subtotal 63 800 m 11 December 2010 66x30m, 32 mins, average per km time 16mins10sec Subtotal 65 780 m 12 December 2010 250x30m, 130 mins, average per km time 17mins20sec Subtotal 73 280m 18 December 2010 200x30m, 103 mins, average per km time 17mins10sec Subtotal 80 280m 20 December 2010 200x30m, 102 mins, average per km time 17mins10sec Subtotal 86 280m 22 December 2010 220x30m, 114 mins, average per km time 17mins16sec Subtotal 92 880m 2 Januari 2011 150x30m, 73 mins, average per km time 16mins22sec Subtotal 97 380m 3 Januari 2011 160x30m, 80 mins, average per km time 16mins40sec Subtotal 102 180m 5 Januari 2011 150x30m, 74 mins, average per km time 16mins27sec Subtotal 106 680m 8 Januari 2011 130x30m 61 mins, average per km time 15mins38sec Subtotal 110 580m 9 Januari 2011 240x30m 123 mins, average per km time 17sec05mins Subtotal 117 780m 11 Januari 2011 100x30m 46 mins, average per km time 15mins20sec Subtotal 120 780m 14 Januari 2011 200x25m 77 mins, average per km time 15mins24sec Subtotal 125 780m 16 Januari 2011 300x30m 157 mins, average per km time 17mins27sec Subtotal 134 780m 19 Januari 2011 100x30m 45 mins, average per km time 15mins00sec Subtotal 137 780m 21 Januari 2011 120x30m 57 mins, average per km time 15mins50sec Subtotal 141 380m 24 Januari 2011 100x30m 47 mins, average per km time 15mins40sec Subtotal 144 380m 26 Januari 2011 140x30m 67 mins, average per km time 15mins57sec Subtotal 148 580m 29 Januari 2011 330x30m 179 mins, average per km time 18mins05sec Subtotal 158 480m |
2 Februari 2011
130x30m 61 mins, average per km time 15mins38sec Subtotal 162 380m 5 Februari 2011 210x30m 100 mins, average per km time 15mins52sec Subtotal 168 680m 6 Februari 2011 220x30m 110 mins, average per km time 16mins40sec Subtotal 175 280m 9 Februari 2011 130x30m 61 mins, average per km time 15ins38sec Subtotal 179 180m 12 Februari 2011 330x30m 170 mins, average time per km 17mins10sec Subtotal 189 080m 16 Februari 2011 100x30m 45 mins, average time per km 15mins00sec Subtotal 192 080m 23 Februari 2011 130x30m 62 mins, average per km time 15mins54sec Subtotal 195 980m 26 Februari 2011 379x30m 192 mins, average per km time 17mins17sec Subtotal 207 080m 1 March 2011 100x30m 46 mins, average per km time 15mins20sec Subtotal 210 080m 3 March 2011 100x30m 46 mins, average per km time 15mins20sec Subtotal 213 080m 5 March 2011 182x30m 94 mins, average per km time 17mins13sec Subtotal 218 540m 6 March 2011 153x30m 73 mins, average per km time 15mins54sec Subtotal 223 130m 13 March 2011 50x30m 22 mins, average per km time 14mins40sec Subtotal 224 630m 15 March 2011 100x30m 45 mins, average per km time 15mins00sec Subtotal 227 630m 16 March 2011 108x30m 50 mins, average per km time 15mins26sec Subtotal 230 870m 19 March 2011 370x30 193 mins, average per km time 17mins23sec Subtotal 241 970m 20 March 2011 200x30m 96 mins, average per km time 16mins00sec Subtotal 247 970m 22 March 2011 132x30m 66 mins, average per km time 16mins40sec Subtotal 251 930m 26 March 2011 416x30m 225 mins, average per km time 17mins13sec Subtotal 264 419m 27 March 2011 52x30m 24 mins, average per km time 15mins23sec Subtotal 265 970m 2 April 2011 234x30m 119 mins, average per km time 16mins57sec Subtotal 272 990m 3 April 2011 182x30m 90 mins, average per km time 16mins29sec Subtotal 278 450m 3 April 2011 72x30m 34 mins, average per km time 15mins44sec Subtotal 280 610m 5 April 2011 +/- 1 500m Serpentine 35 mins, average per km time 23mins33sec Subtotal 282 110m 9 April 2011 200x20m 60 mins, average per km time 15mins00sec Subtotal 286 110m 10 April 2011 100x20m 30 mins, average per km time 15mins00sec Subtotal 288 110 14 April 2011 100x30m 46 mins, average per km time 15mins20sec Subtotal 291 110m 16 April 2011 330x30m 169 mins, average per km time 17mins04sec Subtotal 301 010m 17 April 2011 300x30m 153 mins, average per km time 17mins00sec Subtotal 310 010m 17 April 2011 76x30m 38 mins, average per km time 16mins40sec Subtotal 312 090m 22 April 2011 102x30m 49 mins, average per km time 16mins01sec Subtotal 315 150m 23 April 2011 +/- 4000 62 mins, average per km time 15mins30sec Subtotal 319 150m 23 April 2011 100x30m 46 mins, average time per km 15mins20sec Subtotal 322 150m 24 April 2011 40x100m 59 mins, average per km time 14mins45sec Subtotal 326 150m 24 April 130x30m 71 mins, average per km time 18mins12sec Subtotal 330 050m 25 April 2011 174x30m 86 mins, average per km time 14mins49sec Subtotal 335 850m 27 April 2011 130x30m 62 mins, average per km time 15mins53sec Subtotal 339 750m 28 April 2011 100x30m 45 mins, average per km time 15mins00sec Subtotal 342 750m 30 April 2011 +/- 2500m 40 mins, average per km time 16mins00sec Subtotal 345 250m |
3 May 2011
200x30m 100 mins, average per km time 16mins40sec Subtotal 351 250m 5 May 2011 100x30m 46 mins, average per km time 15mins20sec Subtotal 354 250m 5 May 2011 100x30m 45 mins, average per km time 15mins00sec Subtotal 357 250m 7 May 2011 210x30m 105 mins, average per km time 16mins40sec Subtotal 363 550m 8 May 2011 +/- 5000m 105 mins, average per km time 21mins00sec Subtotal 368 550m 8 May 2011 100x30m 45 mins, average per km time 15mins00sec Subtotal 371 550m 11 May 2011 3600m 60 mins, average per km time 16mins40sec Subtotal 375 150m 12 May 2011 4000m 66 mins, average per km time 16mins30sec Subtotal 379 150m 14 May 2011 9000m 150 mins, average per km time 16mins40sec Subtotal 388 150m 16 May 2011 3000m 50 mins, average per km time 16mins40sec Subtotal 391 150m 17 May 2011 4000m 67 mins, average per km time 16mins45sec Subtotal 395 150m 17 May 2011 200x30 96 mins, average per km time 16mins00sec Subtotal 401 150m 20 May 2011 4200m 71 mins, average per km time 16mins54sec Subtotal 405 350m 21 May 2011 9400m 168 mins, average per km time 17mins52sec Subtotal 414 750m 22 May 2011 5200m 91 mins, average per km time 17mins30sec Subtotal 419 950m 23 May 2011 +/- 3400m 52 mins, average per km time 15mins39sec Subtotal 423 350m 24 May 2011 +/- 13 600m 227 mins, average per km time 16mins41sec Subtotal 436 950m 24 May 2011 +/- 3400m 53 mins, average per km time 15mins35sec Subtotal 440 350m 25 May 2011 +/- 6800m 113 mins, average per km time 16mins37sec Subtotal 447 150m 26 May 2011 +/- 10 200m 182 mins, average per km time 17mins59sec Subtotal 457 350m 28 May 2011 10 000m 175 mins, average per km time 17mins30sec Subtotal 467 350m 31 May 2011 2600m 44mins, average per km time 16mins55sec Subtotal 469 950m 31 May 2011 200x30 101mins, average per km time 16mins50sec Subtotal 475 950m 2 June 2011 6400m 113mins, average per km time 17mins39sec Subtotal 482 350m 5 June 2011 17 200m 310mins, average per km time 18mins01sec Subtotal 499 550m 8 June 2011 3000m 50mins, average per km time 16mins40sec Subtotal 502 550m 10 June 2011 100x30 45mins, average per km time 15mins00sec Subtotal 505 550m 12 June 2011 17 100m 278mins, average per km time 16mins15sec Subtotal 522 650m 17 June 2011 3000m 50mins, average per km time 16mins40sec Subtotal 525 650m 19 June 2011 13 000m 226mins, average per km time 17mins23sec Subtotal 538 650m 21 June 2011 5000m 89mins, average per km time 17mins48sec Subtotal 543 650m 21 June 2011 130x30m 68mins, average per km time 17mins26sec Subtotal 547 550m 23 June 2011 6000m 103mins, average per km time 17mins10sec Subtotal 553 550m 25 June 2011 +/- 16 000m 277mins, average per km time 17mins30sec Subtotal 569 550m 26 June 2011 +/- 6000m 108mins, average per km time 17mins30sec Subtotal 575 550m 5 Juli 2011 +/- 2200m 36mins, average per km time 16mins21sec Subtotal 577 750m |

Grand total 577 750m 9679mins, average per km time 16mins45sec