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The Swimmer as Hero – adventures in wild swimming

Wavy water in a swimming pool.

To help me in my journey as a swimmer, I’ve committed to reading as much about swimming as possible. I’m also listening to radio programmes and podcasts about swimming. Like people all around the world, I don’t do much open water swimming or wild swimming these days (or pool swimming!). Read more…


Getting serious about my challenges for 2020

Last year I found it hard to balance everything in my life. There was never enough time for sleep, so training took a back seat and I didn’t take on many challenges. I’m now more determined than ever to get my training back on track, so I’ve been planning a Read more…


What does it take to run parkrun in under 30 minutes?

Stopwatch with text saying 'what does it take to run parkrun in under 30 minutes?'

Alongside my big goals (Castle to Coast triathlon) and RideLondon, I’ve been working on doing parkrun in under 30 minutes. I was over a minute slower than that at the LRR recalibration time trial, so I knew I had to get working. I still need to amend my eating habits Read more…


Feeling positive about my training

Image of Tamsyn running with text saying 'Feeling positive about my training' superimposed on it.

I’m feeling positive and inspired now that I’ve entered Castle to Coast. My Strava stats for May show that I’m really getting back on track. This was really helped by taking part in RunFestRun. RunFestRun I’ve written a whole post about RunFestRun, but the summary is this: 2x5km with M Read more…


Windsor to Brighton – my big event of 2019

Castle to Coast logo - it includes an illustration of Windsor Castle and Brighton.

I was so excited when I learnt about Fullsteam‘s latest event: Castle to Coast. It’s an event that takes entrants from Windsor to Brighton. What makes this event unique is that it’s the UK’s only sportive triathlon. I’ve been struggling with comparing my current race times with those I was Read more…


Something had to change

Tamsyn wearing SOAS cycling kit by a river with text superimposed on the picture 'Something had to change'.

I’ve been feeling down for months because I’ve not been exercising enough and I’ve been putting on weight. Eventually, something had to change. My schedule can’t go back to the way it used to be where I could train whenever I liked around my work hours. Stuart and I had Read more…


Two Sunday swims and a Monday swim

Tamsyn by a swimming pool with the text 'Two Sunday swims and a Monday swim'.

For two Sundays in a row, I’ve been to The Quays in Southampton. It’s convenient as my university gym membership allows me to swim there for free and parking is free before midday on Sundays. Another bonus is that there is a fun pool, so Stu can swim with M Read more…


Is breathing essential?

Tamsyn standing next to a swimming pool whilst wearing a Swimathon t-shirt

So, how’s my training going? Well, if I didn’t need oxygen, I’d say ‘GREAT’, but that’s not the case 🙁 Unfortunately, my unhealthy start to 2019 continues. I’ve just got over the worst case of sinusitis imaginable and have now got a cold. I’ve got a very annoying cough and Read more…


Into the cold

This Girl Can advert. "Brrrrring it on". Image of a woman shivering in a pool.

I saw this video and it helped to inspire me to get in the pool this week. Thirteen years ago Diana Hayes started all-season swimming around Saltspring Island off the coast of British Columbia. She inspired friends and neighbours to join her and today the Salt Spring Seals pull on Read more…


A swim, two runs and a conference

People taking notes in a conference setting.

What another crazy week. There was a lot that I needed to get done, but I was determined to fit some exercise in. I swam on Monday. I decided to swim 1250m, as that’s half of the distance that I need to do for Swimathon. It felt quite challenging, at Read more…