Day 185 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swimming Adventure: Summer rain heaven and worries about carpal tunnel syndrome

On the day before the longest day of the year, the temperature hit a new summer low. After weeks of rainy weather, the temperature sank to 6 degrees centigrade (42.8 Fahrenheit). People tweeted jokes about snow coming and buying winter jackets. So when I got the chance, I grabbed my bathers and rushed to the… Continue reading Day 185 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swimming Adventure: Summer rain heaven and worries about carpal tunnel syndrome

Wimmers Woche: Das Schönste an “Laudato Si”

Die neue Enzyklika von Papst Franziskus selbst lesen: Das sollten alle mündigen Christen tun. Und getrost erst einmal die Explosion der Einschätzungen durch Experten - echte wie vermeintliche - vermeiden, die alle versuchen, mit ihrer Exegese die Deutungshoheit darüber zu haben, was Papst Franziskus “wirklich sagt” und “eigentlich meint”. (Das gilt auch für diesen Kommentar!)… Continue reading Wimmers Woche: Das Schönste an “Laudato Si”

Day 171 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swimming Adventure: The importance of screwing up – and how to cure insomnia

Have you stuffed up today? It might be a good thing.  But first things first: One of the many features of the Garmin Fenix 3 is that it tracks your activities (yep, just like all those other gadets, doo-hickies and bands do nowadays, including the ridiculously over-hyped Apple Watch to some extent). Anyway, I thought this… Continue reading Day 171 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swimming Adventure: The importance of screwing up – and how to cure insomnia

The Swimmer Fight or Flight response – Why I am nervous about practice every. single. time.)

The Fight or Flight Response – interesting take on what all swimmers probably deal with

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Last night, I couldn’t swim.

Okay, technically that’s not true. My arms moved. I rotated. I did something with my legs, maybe, and I managed to breathe.

I knew before going in that it was going to be “that kind” of swim day.

My nerves were as engaged as my core even before I got in the car.

Sometimes, you just know it. There’s a feeling inside you, which may, of course, be a cycle of self-defeating energy.

Sometimes, you just don’t have the swimmer inside of you.

And if I’m truly honest, I have to admit that the swimmer doubt, the swimmer insecurity, the “what if I can’t”, is a part of every single time I swim.

I have been swimming with my incredible team for nearly 14 years.

And yet, every single time I know I have to head to practice, I reconsider.

There are a million other…

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Day 170 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swimming Adventure: Three months out from the race – the first outside swim of the year!

Finally! After more than seven months doing laps indoors, it was time to swim outside. As much as I enjoy my 6am swims in the indoor pool – this was a treat. And one I hope to repeat soon. [Begin v/o with Morgan Freeman's voice] Imagine a balmy evening after a long, hot summers' day in… Continue reading Day 170 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swimming Adventure: Three months out from the race – the first outside swim of the year!

Fernsehen, Kindheit und die Familie: Warum die Glotze kein Babysitter ist

Vor allem für bildungsbürgerlich Orientierte: Es gibt keinen Mangel an TV-kritischer Literatur. Neil Postman hat da ja ein ganzes Genre geschaffen, ähnlich wie Tolkien die Fantasy-Literatur. Aber praktische Wege für Eltern junger und nicht mehr ganz so junger Kinder, wie sie mit dem Medium richtig umgehen, sind nach wie vor Mangelware. Einen interessanten Beitrag leistet Juan… Continue reading Fernsehen, Kindheit und die Familie: Warum die Glotze kein Babysitter ist