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

Day 100 of the Great Big 10k Marathon Swimming Adventure: Cracking the 1k in under 15 minutes – and some lessons from the first hundred days

OK, first off: Yay! I did it! In less than 15 minutes! Yesterday, on the morning of day 99 since setting out on this adventure, I reached a major milestone: I swam the 1k in under 15mins. The watch says it took me precisely 14:50 minutes to do 1000 meters (in the 25 meter pool… Continue reading Day 100 of the Great Big 10k Marathon Swimming Adventure: Cracking the 1k in under 15 minutes – and some lessons from the first hundred days

Day 22 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swim Adventure: Dealing with sickness and more

A lot has happened over the last two weeks apart from Christmas. Amongst other things, I swam another 5.8k (over two sessions, one in a "new" pool which I hope to return to at some stage; it was a good experience despite a strange encounter in the locker area) and around 26 December I promptly got sick… Continue reading Day 22 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swim Adventure: Dealing with sickness and more