Longest Swim Weekend this Summer.

It has come and gone and to be Frank, with various things happening in my life and in the Open water Swimming World, I was a bit weary about the challenge I had set myself over the weekend. It had not meant to be so but I had, at two different times, signed up for two different swims that just happened to be on the same weekend. Note to self….

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Season is well underway.

It is with mixed emotions that I am writing this post so lets start with whats been happening this side of the pond. So the English Channel season is underway with a few Relays that have gone across so far but this is expected to ramp up quite significantly over the next couple of weeks – weather permitting. The swimmers at Dover beach continue to push their boundaries with this…

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Time to wallow!

With Time marching on, somehow we find ourselves at the biginning of May. It is time to get some proper training in and what better way to start. Over the last few months my time and energy has been focused on other things but My Loch lomond swim and also the river Waveney and a few other swims that are lined up loom large. I need to actually do some…

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The 2019 season is go.

This last weekend was, what is traditionally regarded as the start of the Season in the United Kingdom. Possibly one of the hardest challenges out there but a right of passage in the Open water swimming world. 2S4L (also known as To swim for Life) is an event put on by https://www.zwimevents.com/ Lesley and her team have done a truly fantastic job putting on this event year on year in…

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End of Season wrap up.

After a big summer, Now for a big Winter – Except not in the water.   Sitting at home – well, home for now – thinking about the future and my life moving on, and reminiscing over an amazing year. But we now need to look forward and onto another chapter. Something I have found myself hankering over for a long time now is a way to fulfill my desire…

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Loch Lomond 2018

WARNING!!! LONG SWIMMY POST – a bit like my swim! After a whirlwind trip driving to Scotland on Friday, swimming the length of Loch Lomond on Saturday night and then driving back to London on Monday, I now have a few moments to sit down and reflect on what can only be described as a weekend where I learnt how important teamwork is and delved into both the depths and…

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Thames Marathon

Journey continues   A few days ago, I was lucky enough to have one of the non-wetsuit places in the Thames marathon swim – a 14km swim from Henley to Marlow with a few locks to get around, which entails getting out the water, walking a few hundred metres and then getting back in. It’s an event that has been around for a number of years now and, as such,…

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The Hottest summer continues

Two weekends of swims! Apologies for the late posting of my blogs. Life is a bit hectic at the moment. It has been an interesting couple of weeks on many levels but I have managed to get some decent swims under my belt and also a bit of coaching. Two weekends ago I had the Humdinger swim. I had transferred an entry from another person as they would not be…

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River Waveney -Done.

Norfolk whirlwind trip. Lets take things back a week or two. I had done the Jubilee and although it was a frustrating swim, I did well. Now go back a few more weeks. The Slim and The Zimhippo decided to start the gruelling hunt for a new Hippo Hacienda. We wanted to be in our own pad before the end of the year. A bit more saving needed so lets…

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Summer is good so far

Jubilee Swim done! The summer seems to be going really quickly this year, and it seems like yesterday that I was poised and writing about an interesting summer of wallowing ahead. A lot has happened and again I push the boundaries and again seem to come up with the goods. With all the training early on in the season where it was necessary to be able to do my 6…

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