Iditarod 2009 Part 5

Damn. I’m way behind. It’s August and I still haven’t put down everything that happened out in Alaska. That very fact has been stopping me from writing about all the other stuff that’s happened this summer. Maybe I’ll get there eventually. I’ve been on a CTC Mountain Bike Leader course, Emily’s swum the length of . . . → Read More: Iditarod 2009 Part 5

Finnish Winter Swimming Champs

It was a couple of weeks ago now, but back on February 7, I went out to Imatra for the Finnish Winter Swimming Championships. It was a completely ridiculous distance to travel in order to swim two 25m races but I’d always wanted to go to Finland and their competition was the inspiration for Tooting . . . → Read More: Finnish Winter Swimming Champs

SLSC UK Cold Water Swimming Championships

24 January saw me attending the South London Swimming Club‘s UK Cold Water Swimming Championships. Now there’s a silly idea. Take one gigantic 90×30 metre unheated Lido, and organise a race in January when the water temperature can be as low as 1C then see what happens. What happened was that the water was a . . . → Read More: SLSC UK Cold Water Swimming Championships

Rhossili is so bracing; NYT

3 days in Wales and 3 sea swims to help acclimatise for the competitions to come. Cold water swimming is such a weird thing… In a lot of ways it’s just awful. Pain in the arches of your feet as the water first hits you, then shock as the water gets up to crotch height. . . . → Read More: Rhossili is so bracing; NYT