Getting back in the swing of things …thanks to “Tomba”

We all need inspiration and encouragement. Inspired by the amazing - and at times flabbergasting - story a chap called Tomba is vlogging from his 400km journey up the Albanian coast today, I decided on a long single swim (for me that currently is 2kish) in the pool. Whilst he is hitchhiking and bushwalking to… Continue reading Getting back in the swing of things …thanks to “Tomba”

Why I love rainy Saturday mornings 

So the air is cool at about 13 degrees centigrade (55ish Fahrenheit) and the balmy water, ten degrees warmer, feels like silk. The pool is yours to lap, only three or four other people show up and no one gets in each other's way. Bliss. (I can't really understand how people will rather stay in the… Continue reading Why I love rainy Saturday mornings 

Day 153 of the Great Big 10k Marathon Swim Adventure: Slacking off and cultivating mental toughness

If you are anything like me, you will have days when you try and find an excuse for slacking off or leaving the pool/gym/track/bike early. It's cold, it's early, there is too much work on, too many appointments, too much travel, too little sleep. On and on. Stuff that! Part of this "Great Big Swim… Continue reading Day 153 of the Great Big 10k Marathon Swim Adventure: Slacking off and cultivating mental toughness

Day 146 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swimming Adventure: First Impressions of the Garmin Fenix3 (not just) as a swimmer’s watch

Lots happening on the Great Big Swim Adventure and I haven't had time to blog! First off, an overview of today's workout:    As you can see, I am finally able to post data from my Garmin Connect account again! Yay. No, not because I bought a new connection for my Garmin Swim watch. Instead, I… Continue reading Day 146 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swimming Adventure: First Impressions of the Garmin Fenix3 (not just) as a swimmer’s watch

Day 115 of the Great Big Marathon 10km Swimming Adventure: Just a perfect day …with Sammy Save-Up

(You don't have to hum Lou Reed as you are reading this, but now you can't help but hear the song in your head, right? Right??)Oh it was just a perfect day. Certainly the start. Woke up ahead of the alarm clock, refreshed and ready. Left well on time and got to thepool just ahead… Continue reading Day 115 of the Great Big Marathon 10km Swimming Adventure: Just a perfect day …with Sammy Save-Up

Day 114 of the Great Big 10k Swimming Adventure: Getting wet after Easter and some shoddy metaphors

After four days out of the water over the Easter weekend, I finally got back in the pool today. Yay! Coming in out of the -2.5 degree centigrade weather (that is 27.5°F for all you Americans), snow still thick on the car after a 45 minute drive, there is no better feeling than jumping into a hot… Continue reading Day 114 of the Great Big 10k Swimming Adventure: Getting wet after Easter and some shoddy metaphors

Day 106 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swimming Adventure: The B-Word and some involuntary dry-land work

How much butterfly do you swim as part of a daily swimming workout? I used to dread having to do fly, even when I swam competitively as a kid. I never felt comfortable with the stroke. All the more reason to tackle the discipline. As part of the Swimming Adventure, I have decided make a… Continue reading Day 106 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swimming Adventure: The B-Word and some involuntary dry-land work

How to spot a swimmer on dry land

How do you spot a swimmer on dry land? It used to be easy: Just follow the faint trail of chlorine. Not anymore. With filtration systems improving these days, arguably the best way is to look for a certain type of person huddled in a large, fluffy parka, according to Mike Gustafson, who is dissecting… Continue reading How to spot a swimmer on dry land

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