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LoneSwimmer Has No Balls

A couple of years later, I am still a little surprised that LoneSwimmer.com won the inaugural 2012 Irish Blog Awards for Best Sport and Recreation award (when the  site was also a finalist in a second category). Ireland is a sport-obsessed country, even more than many others. Football (soccer), football (rugby), football (Gaelic), football (compromise rules) and even…

Swimming and creativity

I asked artist, college lecturer and marathon swimmer friend Rosin Lewis some months ago to write a guest article for me on a specific subject, that of the link between open water swimming and creativity. it hasn’t arrived yet, I think Roisín will eventually write it, but I’m not sure how long it’ll be, so…

25 signs of being a marathon swimmer

I came across this article on 25 signs that you might be a marathon swimmer, by Steve Munatones, on active.com because of a sudden slew of mentions of the article on Twitter. I think it was written some time ago, but I’m not sure. I thought I’d see if I had the potential to be…

Sperm & egg

Just a reminder …

If someone says that you’re not really a swimmer because you weren’t a swimmer at a young age, remind them you’re the product of the most important swimming race in your life …

These sounds …

I swam toward the promontory, passing various unsurfable reefs, the vertical cliffs high and bright in the southerly sun, reminiscent of Dover and the White Cliffs, except red and ochre, and my own. About three-quarters of the way down, I stopped to listen. To the sound of swell. You know what waves sound like. But…

It doesn’t matter

Edit; Hmmm, a sudden surge in interest in this post on a day where I get abused? So you do know behind the front page I can see where traffic is coming from, right? Chuckle. -I’d had a bad morning. It had been the worst day I had this year, I think. So I went…

Dublin Swimming Club survey; what OW swimming in Ireland needs

Ossi forwarded a survey this morning to the Sandycove email list from the Dublin Swimming Club: Warning, blue font ahead in my response! “Dublin Swimming Club is 130 years young this year– making it the oldest swimming club in Ireland – it even predates the GAA! As part of the club’s anniversary activities Dublin Swimming Club…

Swimming the Alpha waves

Anyone having the misfortune to have a surfer as their partner will know how capable surfers are of missing any occasion regardless of importance. Something that’s common amongst surfers while out surfing is an enhanced sense of relaxation and a decreased sense of time.  It doesn’t always happen but it does seem more prevalent on…