The race that wasn’t

Finbarr started it with the idea of a Sandycove three-lap invitational race at the end of October. With two weeks to go and no mention, Carol Cashell and I raised the idea again and discussion ensued. With less than a week to go the starting lineup was small. The forecast for the weekend showed the…

An introduction to swimming at Sandycove – Part 1

I’ve been meaning to put this post for the past two years before the start of each year’s Distance Training Week! Let’s start with a caution: Sandycove Island in Cork is a location for experienced open water swimmers. It should not be dismissed because it is (now) well-known or because there are many local swimmers.…

Donal heading out in 2 metrs swell and F2 onshore

How To: Swimming in rough water

When talking to different open water swimmers one often find┬áthat they may highlight different skills and areas on which they believe it’s important to focus. Since I’ve written a lot about cold, it’s a safe assumption (and correct) that subject is one of mine. But there’s another I don’t write about enough, parly because it’s…