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!"
If you ask any open water swimmer what is their biggest fear about swimming the English Channel at the top of the list would most probably be ‘The Cold!’ The fear of hypothermia and the dangers associated with it are real and should be fully respected. Many swimmers worry about how long they can endure the […]Read more "How to mentally cope with the cold in open water swimming"
When I initially decided to swim the English Channel I didn’t have any open water experience and didn’t know what was needed to achieve it. Whilst training in Dover harbour with other fellow channel challengers as well as dear Freda on the beach, I started to learn more about it. I never googled people’s past […]Read more "Psychology of open water swimming – How to control your thoughts"
I’ve been asked for channel swimming tips quite a bit so thought I would blog some out for you guys which I have learnt over the last 7 channel swims. 1. Decide how much you want to do the swim. Do you think of it every day, are you prepared to spend the time training […]Read more "My Pre Channel Swimming Tips the Ocean Walker way :)"