Tag: open water swimming

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…

Long Course Weekend: Swim

The last swimmers at the Long Course Weekend 2016

This weekend, Stuart and I headed off to Tenby for the Long Course Weekend with a couple of friends, Roelie and Sergio. Originally, I intended to train for the full weekend as a precursor to doing my first Ironman next year. I’ve swum the distance before and have completed 5 Read more…

Monday Morning Motivation – Bring it on!

A person open water swimming in the sea

For those of us who aren’t hardy enough to swim all year round, it’s almost open water swimming season. Are you ready for it? Further reading about open water swimming Dipping your toes into open water swimming Triathlon tips: OWS for beginners

Scilly Swim Challenge – the big day!

Scilly Swim Challenge hat2014

We’d got everything ready for the Scilly Swim Challenge the night before, so just needed to get dressed and eat breakfast. I opted for porridge with protein powder (as usual), and a bottle of Osmo preload (kindly provided by ProBikeKit). The night before, Roelie and I had drunk a bottle Read more…


Well, the adventure has a started 🙂 It’s been a hectic couple of weeks. I’ve been busy trying to get everything ready for work as it’s the start of the academic year, whilst also preparing for two conferences, and also getting stressed about the Big Swim. Disaster has also struck… Read more…

Reflecting on the forthcoming Scilly Swim Challenge

Scilly Swim Challenge logo

It’s only 2.5 weeks until the Scilly Swim Challenge, which is my “A-race” (*it’s not a race, it’s a challenge!). I’m starting to get nervous. I met with my coach, Olly, today to map out my training for the next two weeks. There are quite a few things that I’d Read more…

Salty Sea Dog Long Swim 3.8k

Salty Sea Dog Long Swim medal

After getting up early to watch the Salty Sea Dog Triathlon and then doing a reasonably quick parkrun, I was feeling a little hungry by the time we had to get ready for the Salty Sea Dog Long Swim, but there was too much to do for me to think Read more…

Ironman Dublin 70.3 – The swim

Ironman Dublin 70.3 logo.

Breakfast and T1 We got up early and got ready quickly. Breakfast was just a Fuel protein porridge pot, but I was feeling so nervous that I didn’t think I could eat any more. We had agreed to meet Steve in the lobby at 6am, but we there ready and Read more…

Preparing for Ironman Dublin 70.3

Stu and I drove to Holyhead on Thursday afternoon/evening. The traffic was heavy, so Stu did the first section on the motorway, and then I did the twisty bit on small roads in Wales. The scenery was absolutely stunning and several of the lakes and rivers we passed looked like Read more…

My first ever 5km swim (technically a DNF)

5km swim certificate

The second event of the weekend for Team Smith was Carn Brea and Helston Inaugural Open Water Swimming Meet at Stithians Lake. Stu and I had noticed this event was taking place not far from my mum’s house in Cornwall. We decided that we might as well take part before Read more…