The pregnancy swim diary

Being pregnant presented some interesting challenges to my (Manda) swimming training, however, I was able to continue to swim right until 40 weeks.  This was all made possible by lots of lovely people, mainly Katie, who continued to swim with me despite my speed and endurance not being what it once was.  It also helped... Continue Reading →

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Pool crawl: central London edition 2016

When we were doing the Winter Pools Challenge last year we came up with the concept of a “pool crawl”. This is essentially trying to visit as many pools as possible in one day. Last year we did the South West London edition of the pool crawl (Richmond Pools in the Park, Putney, Morden Park... 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 →

12 days of Christmas set

I (Manda) first did this training session in December 2013 with Marsha from RG Active. We didn’t make it through the full set as we only had an hour in a 36m pool but December 2014 came around and Team Mermaids and friends decided to give it another go down London fields. London fields is... Continue Reading →

A Mermaid’s Christmas wish list

The festive season is fast upon us and if any mermaids are looking for ideas of what to ask Santa for, we have done some research for you! Gift ideas get more expensive as the days of Christmas progress! First day of Christmas: A nice little stocking filler that brightens up any outfit, bag or hat.... 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 →

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