A Mermaid’s Christmas Wish List 2016

Last year we had a great response to our wish list so we thought we would do another one for 2016... It is also serves as a massive hint to our husbands! Day 1 - Stocking Fillers/Gift wrapping The perfect wrapping paper for any swimmer's gifts is Nancy Farmer's.  Beautifully constructed swimmers give the illusion of snowflakes... Continue Reading →

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Open water Swimming dictionary

This is a list of words/phrases that we use regularly when discussing swimming.  As you will see from the below it is probably not that useful! Thanks to the usual Team Mermaids support crew for suggestions:  Brian, pivo, Hilary, Lisa, Suz and Kate.   Acclimatisation: The act of screaming/whinging upon entering freezing (see below explanation) water.... Continue Reading →

Swim Cake Studies

At Team Mermaids one of our favourite things is cake (hence the cupcake in our logo!). We think it has almost magical properties in helping prepare for and recover from swimming feats. In support of A Lotus Rises and her Swim Cake Studies project we thought we would let you know our top 10 places... Continue Reading →

RG Active relays 2015

From the longest race to the shortest race of the season. After the 14km Bridge to Bridge the weekend before, last weekend Manda and I competed in the RG Active relays. The race is 6 laps of Ham Lake, a lock that is fed from the Thames nr. Richmond, and is 3.2k in total so around... Continue Reading →

Winter Pool challenge 2014/2015

I (Manda) mentioned in a blog that this winter we are going to be trying to visit as many new/different pools as possible this winter. It would be lovely to only go to new pools, however we have already done ALOT of the local pools so that is not really possible.  So until April 30th variety... Continue Reading →

Hen do with Mermaids

Kate (@katelovesale) was away on training camp for my 'official hen' do so we had to have another hen do 'mermaid style'. The day didn't involve any swimming but it certainly involved lots of our other favourite activities. The day started at Parkrun (@parkrun) in Richmond. For those of you don't know Parkrun is an... Continue Reading →

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