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Swimathon 2018 #SwimForAll

Tamsyn at Swimathon 2018

It’s been a while since I last blogged, but I wanted to share my experiences of Swimathon 2018 with you. Endless illness I started this year with so much enthusiasm, but the last few months have been really tough. M has caught every illness going. She has had chicken pox, gastroenteritis Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: In the swim

This weekend is Swimathon, so I thought I’d theme my Monday Morning Motivation around it. Enjoy! Are you taking part in Swimathon? Good luck if you are!


Monday Morning Motivation: Yusra Mardini

Yusra Mardini

This week’s motivation is provided by the inspirational swimmer Yusra Mardini. In 2016, Mardini represented Team Refugee at the Rio Olympics. She competed in the 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly swimming events. Less than a year beforehand she had fled war-torn Syria. From refugee to Olympian – Yusra Mardini’s incredible journey Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Sarah Thomas, endurance swimmer

Sarah Thomas

Most people will never swim a mile (64 lengths), so the thought of swimming 100 consecutive miles is incomprehensible, but that’s exactly what endurance swimmer, Sarah Thomas did in August last year. She swam further than anyone has ever swum before without the aid of currents. A Colorado athlete was Read more…


A week where I managed to swim, cycle and run (at last!)

Wow – what a week! On Monday, I wasn’t feeling motivated to get in the pool. I think M knew that Stu was out with his friends watching the Superbowl on Sunday night, so she decided that she’d also like to be up partying. I got very little sleep and Read more…


Planning for 2018

Planner with the words 'Make it happen'

I usually spend some time on New Year’s Eve planning my races for the following season, but of course, I start thinking about what I want to achieve before then. This year was no different, but I’ve been so busy that it’s taken until now for me to write down Read more…


The pox, parkrun, Swimathon and cancer

Swimathon 2018 logo

I had such great plans for the last couple of weeks, with intentions of getting my training for Reading Half Marathon and Swimathon back on track. Chicken pox (combined with teething, because one lot of pain isn’t enough for my tiny masochist!) decided that was not to be. Poor M Read more…


Swimathon 2018 – #SwimForAll

Swimathon ambassadors

After my morning at Tilgate parkrun, I took a train to London Bridge and then got on the underground to Stratford – destination: the London Aquatics Centre in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park! I was going to meet most of the other Swimathon Ambassadors and some very special guests. I arrived Read more…


A fortnight of exercising

Running track

After the Reading Half Marathon workshop, I was determined to start my training for this year’s races. I still need to sort out a proper half marathon training schedule, but at least I’m making a move in the right direction. I’ve been out running with Sarah for the past two Read more…


Bubble, bubble, breathe – Swimathon 2018

Swimathon 2018 logo

I’m so excited to be an ambassador for Swimathon 2018. I had a great time last year and it really pushed me to get back in the pool after having M. I had big plans for swimming more when I went back to work. Unfortunately, M has been ill for Read more…