Lessons Learnt Racing – Andrew Horsfall-Turner – #TeamSelkie

#TEAMSELKIE  20th October 2017

This is my first Blog post for #teamselkie so I thought I would quickly introduce myself and then talk a little about some of the lessons I have learnt while competing in Open Water Events. My name is Andrew Horsfall-Turner, I am a 23-year-old Open Water Swimmer originally from Sussex and currently living in Swansea, […]

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Marginal Blames – Minimising Failure and Learning from Mistakes – Nick Murch – TeamSelkie

#TEAMSELKIE  20th September 2017

Failure is a dirty word, but should be embraced. Much more is learned from failure of systems than from success. The key to a success is, in my humble opinion, choosing when and where that failure can happen: Preferably not on the day of a big swim (­Failure), but in training, when failure should be […]

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Thames Marathon Training – Data and Food – Jon Greenwood – Team Selkie

#TEAMSELKIE  23rd August 2017

This weekend saw The Thames Marathon – an event that has completely taken over the last few months of my life – in a good way ! As I have mentioned before this has been the main focus for my training this year and represented a large leap up in distance and intensity in training […]

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Swim teaching in Bangladesh – Becky Horsbrugh – Team Selkie

#TEAMSELKIE  27th July 2017

As I’ve outlined in previous blogs, last year I was a bit ill for several months. I spent a great deal of time recuperating at home before returning, finally, back to work and some semblance of a normal life (and a return to swimming). That gave me plenty of time to think about what I […]

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Not medical advice – just some things to think about – Nick Murch – #TeamSelkie

#TEAMSELKIE  18th July 2017

This is not medical advice, just some of my musings. It is not 100 exhaustive but may be useful. Medical things to be aware of whilst preparing / training / for medical sign off. Declare anything of relevance to the person signing your medical and in self declaration for event. In particular, in line with […]

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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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