Training Diary – Hastings

Day 1 On Monday morning we packed the car up with mine, my parents and Regies bags and a few food items before heading off on the road. We got away by about 11am and although I was looking forwards to an intense week of training, I was quite anxious about simply going to Hastings.Continue reading “Training Diary – Hastings”

Training Update

I haven’t written a training update for several weeks now because I’ve got a bit stuck with what to write and where to start. I think every blogger and writer gets ‘writers block’ sometimes, but the key is to find out why and figure out how to fix it. For me, I think I justContinue reading “Training Update”

When I went to hang out with the Beavers…

  One thing I have always been passionate about my entire life is to be kind and to give back and help where you can. Growing up I started as a Beaver, then went into Rainbows and Girlguiding all the way up to being a Ranger. I learnt a heck of a lot with GuidesContinue reading “When I went to hang out with the Beavers…”

To be inclusive think FRIENDS

  When you are an open water swimmer with a disability a common message and email you find yourself sending is this: “Dear …… I am an open water swimmer and am interested in ….(event)…however I have a disability that means I am a wheelchair user. I can walk short distances using crutches so IContinue reading “To be inclusive think FRIENDS”

New Year, New Things!

Its been a long time since I wrote a blog, no real excuse apart from a lack of motivation to write and being busy having fun (mostly). It’s the start of February and planning for swim events is in full swing. I have been lucky enough to have my first ever sponsored event – TheContinue reading “New Year, New Things!”

My first 10 Weeks of Winter Swimming

  I have learnt many things over my first few months of winter swimming and I am so glad that I decided to set myself the challenge of swimming skins through winter. I’ve learnt so much about how my body reacts to different temperatures and situations both physically and mentally. Ive also learnt just how farContinue reading “My first 10 Weeks of Winter Swimming”

Good Days, Bad Days and some in-between…

  I didn’t post a blog last week as I have been struggling a lot with my pain and fatigue but I am improving, a bit, and I have had the chance to get some decent swims in this week. Monday started with a tough session with BRJ in the pool and once again IContinue reading “Good Days, Bad Days and some in-between…”

Winter swimming is finally here!

  If you have followed my blog, then you will know that when I swam 2-way Windermere I was wearing a wetsuit. This was because I didn’t know how my body would react to the cold as most of the swimming I have done in open water since getting back into it 5 years agoContinue reading “Winter swimming is finally here!”

Windermere – Ambleside to Fell Foot

  I woke up at 5.15am on Wednesday morning having only had a couple of hours sleep. Thankfully I had, had the sense to get everything ready on Tuesday night, including talking through my swim plan with my sister. I had also had my final sports psychology session with Helen from think.believe.perform. We had goneContinue reading “Windermere – Ambleside to Fell Foot”

Windermere Training Week 17 – Back in the Water

This past week has been another emotional rollercoaster, but I can finally say that I have decided to attempt my 2 Way Windermere swim despite only having surgery just over 2 weeks ago! As mentioned in my last Windermere blog, the district nurse took my stitches out on the 14th August and told me that theContinue reading “Windermere Training Week 17 – Back in the Water”

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