I have to confess, I never thought I would be writing a blog about swimming an ice mile but then again 10 years ago I never would have believed that I would have swam 7 channel swims! Why did I do it? I have the ocean swimming to thank for giving me the confidence to […]Read more "Ice Swimming – A New Challenge!"
One of the biggest life changing moments I found when changing my stroke technique was to stop over-head arm rotation in front crawl. Now I do a semi-circle ‘elbow push’, allowing a relaxed forearm and hand. I know this is completely different to what we were all taught. This one element of the stroke instantly took […]Read more "High Elbows BEWARE! (Avoiding shoulder injury)"
Relaxing my arms and cutting out unnecessary rotation through the shoulder was a key element in prolonging my swimming and becoming the first Brit to swim the toughest 7 ocean swims in the world. I’m now 1200 strokes less per hour, 5 minutes faster, averaging over 4k an hour using less energy and becoming more efficient than I ever thought possible.Read more "Why I don’t “DRIVE” with my arms anymore"
For years I never thought about the importance of my head position whilst swimming. I realised the head acts like a boat rudder and depending on what direction or angle your head is, your body will follow.Read more "The Importance of a Still Head"
I was very excited to host the second ever Aquamasters Masters 4 day event (3 pool and 1 open water) in Marmaris, Turkey from 27th to 30th Oct 2015. I dusted off the arms and took part in my favourite event as a kid, 50 metres backstroke which I have to confess I have only […]Read more "Aquamasters 4 days of pool and 1 open water in Marmaris"
Thinking about swimming a channel relay or already signed up? I have had the privilege of being involved in three English channel relays with people of varying abilities. I love them!! It is a great way of introducing you to the channel and you may then decide to go on to do a solo! They are also a great team […]Read more "English Channel Relays – What are they all about?"
As a strong believer in the use of your core muscles in swimming as with many other sports, Stand Up Paddle Boarding (or SUP), is another I can add to my list! On a recent trip to Portugal I had the opportunity to try Stand Up Paddle Boarding. I know from my good friend Jeremy Laming […]Read more "Paddling your way to fitness!"