Body positivity

Can you love your body and be obese? Well, of course you can. As the body positivity movement gains momentum, this is why you should jump aboard, whatever your size. There’s a fabulous body positive movement going on. It’s taking Instagram by storm, and it’s kicking into touch those dangerous pre-conceived, factory-generated conceptions of who's … Continue reading Body positivity

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Day 4: Scandi traditions

The 25m heads up breaststroke is the traditional ice swim, winter swimming staple and the biggest race of the entire event. Ana and I didn't race, but took part in another winter swimming tradition: the sauna. The quintessential winter swimming event, heads up breaststroke is the most popular race with almost 650 participants of the … Continue reading Day 4: Scandi traditions

Day 3: Nailing new experiences

The Big Day. All those mornings when I lay awake imagining my start, all those training swims in the lake, all those practice sprints in the pool; this is where it starts and ends, all in the space of less than 18 seconds, I hoped. Waking up hungover was not ideal, but a fair price … Continue reading Day 3: Nailing new experiences

Day 2: Fifties, two hundreds and thirtieths

There’s only one time in your life that it’s ok to set your alarm for 3.30am, and that’s when you’re going on the trip of a lifetime. We didn’t arrive in time to see Sonja’s amazing 200m achievement, but we still had plenty to look forward to. This much anticipated day arrived, as much anticipated … Continue reading Day 2: Fifties, two hundreds and thirtieths

Day 1: Off to a flying start

On the first race day, our team was represented by our youngest member, Laura, who put in a sterling performance in the 100m freestyle. Actually, Laura's wasn't the first performance of the day. Those of us still on British soil woke up to a BBC Bristol interview with Jim, our senior team member. It's well … Continue reading Day 1: Off to a flying start

Tallinn here we come!

There aren't many times in your life that you get the chance to enter a world championship. But here we are; a motley bunch with one thing in common - a love of winter swimming. The World Winter Swimming Championships 2018 open tomorrow in Tallinn, Estonia. Arriving over the next couple of days, the Bristol-Clevedon … Continue reading Tallinn here we come!

Bikini weather

The current cold snap is perfect for Winter Championship training. Practising starts, smiling while sprinting face-in, operating numb hands and larking about in a bikini... Never much good at sports, and never one to take myself seriously, I have finally found a sport where mucking around and laughing actually improves my performance. As the 'beast … Continue reading Bikini weather