Tooting Bec Lido Sessions (100 yards)

Glossary: L = Length E = EASY M= MEDIUM H = HARD SR = Seconds Rest BP = Breathing pattern, so BP3 = Breathing every 3 4400 yds 10L WU -- 1L HARD 3L MOD 5L HARD 7L MOD 7L MOD 5L HARD 3L MOD 1L HARD -- 2L SWIM DOWN   3200 yds 4L... Continue Reading →


Kings Cross Pond Club

I (Manda) somehow managed to persuade/bully a few work colleagues and fellow merm Kate into meeting me at Kings Cross one Friday morning with a lovely invite that said something like 'start the weekend early with a Friday pre work dip followed by coffee and pastries'. Ok, I didn't mention to the colleagues the water... Continue Reading →

Night Swimmer (Sandford Parks Lido) July 2015

On Friday myself (Manda), Brian and fellow Tuesday Night swimmers, Adrian, aka Dad Carr and David, aka Uncle Davey, went up to Cheltenham's Lido, Sandford Parks, for a 12 hour night relay called Night Swimmer. Once again, this seemed like a great idea in January, but as the date got closer and the reality of rain throughout the... Continue Reading →

Great London Swim 2015

On 18th July 2015, Manda and Katie took part in the Great London Swim. The swim is in the Royal Victoria Docks out by the ExCel centre in East London. It has been four years since we last raced on this 'home' course. Back then one mile felt like a long race but now it is... Continue Reading →

Sean Conway: Hell and High Water

Both Katie and I have just finished reading Sean Conway's 'Hell and High Water'. The book has caused much debate between the extended mermaid gang and Katie and I have exchanged numerous whatsapp messages as the tale unfolded while we were reading. Hell and High Water tells of Sean's attempt to become the first person... Continue Reading →

Touch the Wall: a tale of two swimmers

At Team Mermaids we love swimming and we love the cinema so when Brian invited us to go and watch the first international screening of Touch the Wall we were there! Touch the Wall tells the story of rising swimming star Missy Franklin and two time Olympian Kara Lynn Joyce as they prepare for the... Continue Reading →

Team Mermaids uber supporter

On the 29th June 2015, my Mum, Liz, Team Mermaids uber supporter, passed away. As I kid my Mum gave up nearly all of her free time driving me to and from Crystal Palace and various other pools on the SW and SE London areas. She spent a good many of her weekends at galas... Continue Reading →

Dara Torres: Age is just a number

Back in January Manda lent me a copy of Dara Torres' autobiography 'Age is just a number' for some post baby swimspiration. What with having a new baby and all I only just got round to reading it. I didn't know much about Dara before the reading the book but her tale is fascinating and... Continue Reading →

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