Category Open water swimming

Is drinking Coke to kill bugs an urban myth?

Talk to almost any open water swimmer or canoeist and they all seem to say have a can of coke after being in the water to prevent picking up any bugs or stomach upsets.  It’s even mentioned in some events race information but does it actually work or is it an urban myth? At the […]

Flying down the Thames in rather chilly conditions!

One of the great things about triathlons is that with three different disciplines involved you can still train for at least one of the disciplines if you pick up an injury.  As my last post mentioned I have stupidly managed to pull my quads playing hockey – this happened to be the day before my […]

Zero fitness to Olympic distance triathlon in less than 3 months – challenge completed:)

I have done it – I have successfully completed my first ever Olympic distance triathlon in what can only be described as monsoon like conditions. Why did autumn have to come with such a bang on the day of my race – especially with the day before being so gloriously warm and sunny?  But despite […]

Here I come, ready or not!

Well the big race day is dawning and the nerves are starting to kick in and I am starting to realise the sort of challenge I have let myself in for! I did my last training session before the race this morning,  I now have 2 rest days and am now starting to think about […]

Punching kicking and scratching – and that was just the men!

I thought that it would be a good idea to see how my swim training is going so I entered the 1500m distance at the Human Race Marlow swim event.  I just wanted to prove to myself that I could do the distance somewhere other than my training lake.  This was one lap of a […]

Wayward zigzags, cow manure and daft ducks – I love it!

I have mentioned earlier that at the start swimming was my weakest of the three disciplines as I wasn’t very good at front crawl but I was determined for this to change (it is now running by a long way!).  For my first two triathlons I downloaded a swimming training programme off the internet designed for […]