All this cold water torture has been for a reason!

When I started to realise how painful swimming in cold water was, and how much I dread it every time – that walk down the beach towards the icy depths is horrendous – I decided a higher purpose might help me get in and enjoy the suffering.

So, ladies and gentlemen, I bring you my VirginMoneyGiving fundraising page to support my Channel swimming efforts.

A tropical day at the Cold Water Swimming Championships


Last weekend I competed at the Cold Water Swimming Championships.  There was so much going on but I could only fit a certain amount in to my latest 220 Triathlon blog.




Feel the fear – do it anyway: the first wintery swim

I have to write all this down now while the memories are fresh. I think if I wait any longer I’ll forget how hard it was.  It’s long so go and get a cup of tea before you start.

Feel the fear, do it anyway is one of my favourite sayings. 

English Channel – here I come!

Bit of a misleading headline there. I’m not going to swim the Channel. Completely. But I AM  going to do a Channel relay next September with a team of Seabrook Seals, the group of people I swim with down at Southbourne beach in Bournemouth.

I won’t tell you everything now because I don’t know many more details than the slot we’ve got –

A swim with a trophy and a run with a baton

What a weekend.  I did a 5k open water swimming race starting at  6.45 on Saturday morning and won my first ever trophy: second place in the vets ladies race. Was pleased with my time – a stately 1hr 35. Bray Lake really is lovely – and the warm water and weather helped to make this a fantastic event.

That post-swim shiver…

My first swim with the Seabrook Seals was on a warm day with a flat, clear sea.  We did two hours.  Although being in the water for two hours would be my longest ever swim, I wasn’t really concerned about coping with the swim. I was more concerned about the cold.  I wore two hats,

Sea swimming is the new ironman

The post-race blues are a well-recognised phenomenon.  You’ve focussed on an event for months and all your training, eating and recovering has been done with it in mind. So when it’s all over there’s a bit of a gap – unless there’s something else on the horizon.

For me, peeping over the horizon,

Recovery: why does it take so long? Part 1

Massage clients and members of WADAC (Winchester & District AC, where I’m a coach) will know that I’m very keen on recovery – enough of it and the right kind.

Many a WADAC runner has been told off (sorry chaps!) for turning up to a club track session too soon after running a race hard. 

Ironman nutrition update: I might have got it right at last

A huge part of ironman racing – or any ultra endurance event – is nutrition.  If you can’t fuel yourself properly during the race either you won’t complete it or you’ll be in a bad way once you do finish.  Unfortunately, despite doing all the ‘right’ things during training for all three of the iron distance events I’ve done,