Finding the love for swimming – Alina Warren – #TeamSelkie

#TEAMSELKIE  6th July 2017

I have recently found a love for the open water, but I have been swimming out in the open water for years. Surely somebody who commits over 12 hours per week to something must love it. Of course – I have motivation, but I lost the love. Open water swimmers are considered slightly mad, and […]

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How Far I’ll Go – Laura Picardo – #TeamSelkie

#TEAMSELKIE  3rd July 2017

This journey began on November 14, 2011, when I jumped into a rundown pool at the Bally’s Total Fitness in Koreatown. My goal was simple: swim the half mile Brooklyn Bridge Swim on July 15, 2012. After my first open water clinics and practice race with a group in New Jersey and a successful day […]

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Fighting Demons – Stuart Hacker – #TeamSelkie

#TEAMSELKIE  28th June 2017

I am a natural cynic and base my life around facts and evidence. In just over two months, I will be swimming to France and the weight of this challenge is looming very large. One of the things I love about swimming is the solitude – You have so much time to think. One of […]

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Nutrition in Long Distance swimming: Bonker’s behaviour? – Nick Murch – #TeamSelkie

#TEAMSELKIE  16th June 2017

There is little less in endurance sport that divides opinion as much as the subject of nutrition. So I thought I would put my feelings down to enable others to benefit from what I have learned in my open water swimming and medical career to date. I have done three recognised extreme marathon swims and […]

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LP Swims NYC – Laura Picardo – #TeamSelkie

#TEAMSELKIE  13th June 2017

I never thought that I would live and work anywhere in New York City. Sure, I loved to come into the city to go see plays or visit the Museum of Natural History or take the bus with my dad to spend the day at work with him (that was always my favorite), but it […]

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Back on the road – Becky Horsbrugh – #TeamSelkie

#TEAMSELKIE  5th May 2017

About five months ago I was still very much recovering from the major surgery I’ve mentioned in my previous blog. I was just about ready to go back to work but any thoughts of exercise were far from my mind. It was exhausting for me just carrying out day to day duties. At that stage […]

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Early Season Challenges – Jon Greenwood #TeamSelkie

#TEAMSELKIE  26th April 2017

I have been back in open water since the start of April this year and it’s been fantastic, winter felt like it was going on forever and I was in need of an open water fix. I started back with HOWSC in familiar surroundings with returning faces and greeted by the hardcore that swam throughout […]

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The IM Difference – Laura Picardo #TeamSelkie

#TEAMSELKIE  18th April 2017

When I first started long distance swimming, I thought to myself, “Great! I can swim without doing flip turns or backstroke,” two things I loathed in competitive pool swimming. Well, my ever wise and experienced coach burst that delusional bubble almost immediately. I was really reluctant at first. I never felt confidence in my turns, […]

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Selkie wraith wetsuit review – Nicki Aitken

#TEAMSELKIE  30th March 2017

I was really excited to try the new Wraith wetsuit from Selkie – the design was so different from anything else on the market you couldn’t help but stand out from the crowd for all the right reasons! Mine arrived the day before the Thames Marathon swim, with limited time to test, took a quick […]

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Stage Swimming – Plan & Plan Again – Alina Warren #TeamSelkie

#TEAMSELKIE  14th March 2017

I wanted to talk about stage swimming. There doesn’t seem to be as many tips on the success of getting through a stage swim so I wanted to share some of the things it has taught me and the things that varied from pre-organised races. Stage swimming varies in that it’s a swim over multiple […]

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