Open-water Training 2017

    Serpentine SwimForTri:  http://www.swimfortri.co.uk/hyde-park/ RG Active: http://www.rgactive.com/coaching-training/swim-training/ Serpentine Swimming Club: http://serpentineswimmingclub.com/ General Admission: https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/hyde-park/things-to-see-and-do/sports-and-leisure/serpentine-lido Tooting Bec Lido Fit and Abel: http://fitandabel.com/uk-swim-coaching/ SLSC: https://www.slsc.org.uk/ Training sessions are for SLSC members only. You can get a Club only membership costs for just £25 (£20 for 19-25 year olds) but with the club only membership you have to... Continue Reading →

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Henley Mile – Skins vs. suits 2016

The question is age old – how much difference does wearing a wetsuit make?   It is almost impossible to answer that question.  Races, courses, water flow, how you feel on the day are all different.  The closest you are ever going to get to answer the question however is doing the same swim twice... Continue Reading →

Great North Swim 10k 2016

Fiona did the Great North swim in Windermere this year and seeing as we have never done the 'North' event of the Great Swim series we asked her to write us a guest blog. ps cheery bakewell cocktails... Yum or Yuk? I’m writing this from the heavenly super king size bed in our guest house... Continue Reading →

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 →

~4k (4000m) swim sets

**UPDATED 20/05/17** These are sets we are doing ourselves so will be added to as and when we do new sessions. See also: 2.5k sets 3k sets 5k+ sets A few abbreviations explained: SR -> SECONDS REST ALT -> MEANS ALTERNATING, therefore, one length one thing, one length the other. BUILD -> get faster over... 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 →

Jubilee River swim 2015

On Sunday 7 June 2015 Team Mermaids and friends went on an outing to the Jubilee River swim put on by My Sporting Times. This beautiful event is a 10km downstream swim ending up at the Thames Valley Athletic Centre in Eton. Well I say it is 10k but really it is c.9.5km of swimming... Continue Reading →

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