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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…


Swimathon 2019 – Enjoy the good days!

Duncan Goodhew giving Swimathon ambassadors some tips in the pool.

I was so excited to be invited back as a Swimathon Ambassador for 2019. At some point this winter, I had already decided to enter Swimathon. I enjoyed it so much for the last couple of years and feel that it gives me a great goal to aim for at Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: 95-year-old swimmer, Willard Lamb

A fit and healthy-looking 95-year-old swimmer standing in a swimming pool.

This week’s Monday Morning Motivation is a 95-year-old swimmer, Willard ‘Wink’ Lamb. Many people think that sports and fitness are for young people and that they are too old to start a new exercise regime. That’s just not true! There may be some sports that might not suit your current Read more…


Visiting Lymington Woodside parkrun

Selfie of Tamsyn and Liz

I’ve been feeling really down about my fitness levels recently, so I’ve decided to mix things up a bit. Two weeks ago, we decided to run somewhere new and visited Lymington Woodside parkrun. Lymington Woodside parkrun Stuart and I visited Lymington parkrun as it’s one of the events that are Read more…


Long Course Weekend 2018 – the good, the bad and the ugly

Tamsyn finishing Long Course Weekend run

Two years ago, I took part in Long Course Weekend. I’d originally entered the full distance, but when I got pregnant, I realised that I wouldn’t be able to do the full event. I loved the experience, so we agreed that we would come back when M was a bit Read more…


Swimathon 2018 #SwimForAll

Montage of images showing 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 Girl Can advert. "My headspace is 25m long." Image of a woman in a swimming pool.

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 swimming

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…