Swim the Channel – Part 3: Training

This is Part 3 of my Channel Swimming Blogs where I’m sharing some tips and experiences about how to prepare for a 6 person Channel Relay. 

Pools are opening!!!

It’s been more than 12 weeks since the pool’s closed due to the Co-Vid lockdown. I’ve just heard from some of my local pools that they’ll be open again next week! Hurrah! I’m so excited! I’ve loved swimming outdoors for the last 12 weeks – it’s been super refreshing and I’ve learned loads.  With the pools opening again next week it made me think about why I also like pool swimming and here’s some thoughts about the things I’ve missed.

Training Diary 7th July 2020

Training has been happening over the last few months but it’s been a challenge!  First there’s lock down, then my husband’s cardiac arrest thing, and then of course I was injured.

David Walliams did it…..can I?

David Walliams swam the English Channel….so perhaps he inspired you or you’ve thought it’s something you’d always like to have a go at?  Doing it in a team of six as a relay is a great challenge and a fantastic way to experience the channel and have an epic endurance adventure. But you’re probably wondering how good you need to be? And if it’s something you could ever possibly do? So here are some of my thoughts about what it takes to get across the English Channel in a relay team of six people. 

Swim the Channel – Part 1

I was supposed to have an English Channel crossing this week as part of a team of 6 Total Immersion swim coaches! It would have been my third time but due to the co-vid lock down it’s not possible to swim this year so it seemed like a good time to share some of my learning.

Swim in the river – safely

Since the lockdown has been lifted a little bit I’ve made it a point to check out a wider range of open water and wild swimming spots local to me. In fact I’m on mission to swim in a different spot each week which I’ve named “Wild Swim Wednesdays”.
Along with some friends, from local swimming group Swim and Tonic I’ve been to a number of new places recently. They’ve mostly been in the river and I thought I’d share some of the things we do to keep ourselves safe.

Book Review – Option B

We started a YouCan book group during the lockdown. Mainly as a way to connect and learn through reading. In May we read Option B by Sheryl Sandberg

How to wear a wetsuit

A swimming wetsuit is a special item. They can be hard to get on and uncomfortable and hard to swim in.  Hear are a few simple tips for how to put on a swimming wetsuit. 

Open Water Swimming Wetsuits

It’s the end of May and the open water swim season is pretty much in full swing! With co-vid restrictions swimming pools are still closed so a lot of people are getting back in to open water or even trying it for the first time and maybe need a wetsuit. Here are some tips on buying a wetsuit.