Extreme swimmer Ryan Stramrood swims the negativity in his life away

Two years ago Ryan Stramrood swam across the Bering Strait from Alaska to Russia, in icy cold conditions. Stramrood is an extreme swimmer and speaks to Pippa Hudson about his journey as swimmer and some of the challenges he came across.

On Saturday 25 June Stramrood was attacked at his home in Constantia by three men while walking to his car to go for his routine morning swim.

The three men took him back to his apartment, locked the door, tied him up and robbed him. He says it was a very frightening situation.

But I am alive and unhurt

Ryan Stramrood, extreme swimmer

He says his good friend Kieron Palframan came to his rescue and untied him after the three men left the complex with his belongings.

Kieron said to me you need to channel this somewhere, lets quickly set the Robben Island swim and channel your anger and frustrations into that, which I did.

Ryan Stramrood, extreme swimmer

I did my personal best time 1h51, making a positive out of a very negative experience

Ryan Stramrood, extreme swimmer

Stramrood's very first Robben Island swim was done in 2h36, in very cold water.

As an extreme swimmer Stramrood swims in icy water. He explained to Pippa Hudson how he manages to keep up in those extreme conditions. He says "it's all in the mind".

Through the training and constant exposure to it we have learned some tricks. This are the kind of tricks you can apply in all areas of your life as well.

Ryan Stramrood, extreme swimmer

Listen to the full conversation below:

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