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 →

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109 lengths at Tooting Bec Lido with SLSC 2015

Every year since the 100 year anniversary of Tooting Bec Lido, SLSC have held a club challenge to swim the age of the lido in lengths.  Now if the lido was 25m then this would be a fun swim, however, (un)fortunately for us the lido is 100yds (91m). 2015 is the 109th anniversary of the... 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 →

Windermere 2 way relay 2014

Originally Katie and I (Manda) had decided that after Zurich we wanted to do something long in 2014 but not AS long. Not so long that we would be required to lose every weekend to the water from January to the swim. We had pretty much dedicated the whole first 8 months of 2013 to training for... Continue Reading →

Top 10 most memorable swims…so far!

This blog summarises our top 10 most memorable swims. We have excluded the ‘big’ races e.g. New York, Zurich etc. as while very memorable we have already covered these in other entries. We decided on what swims we were going to cover together but we as we often have very different perspectives on the swim... Continue Reading →

London Triathlon 2014

For the past couple of years I (Katie @katiekenny1804) have competed in London Tri with a friend from Uni, Stu Brown, and another friend of his, Steve Osborne. With my inability to bike and run I am clearly always on the swim. This year however, at 4 months pregnant I thought the brutal open water... Continue Reading →

RG Active BlueSeventy Relays

The weekend before Windermere we headed down to Ham near Richmond for the first ever RG Active BlueSeventy Relays The format is simple but not something I've heard of in the UK before. 6 laps of an approx 500m loop, where you have to change over after each loop and you can have between 2-6... Continue Reading →

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