How To: Advice for Christmas or New Year swimming in cold water for beginner or casual open water swimmers – What Would Santa Do?

The weather forecast for 2016 Christmas Day on Ireland’s south coast is not good for casual Christmas swimmers. Storm Barbara will peak on Friday but on Christmas Day will still unveil west-south-west winds of 35 knots (40 miles p.h, 65 kilometers per hour). Most organised swims will be unlikely to go ahead. Wind direction will be better…

Swimming meme using Walter from The Big Lebowski movie loading a gun with Lane Swimming Rules - Get Ready Granny as the caption

The Return of Furious Bob

Our eponymous hero first appeared in the letters column of H2Open magazine back in 2012, subsequent to Simon Griffith, (editor of H2Open) posting a link to the one of the articles I’d written about pool lane swimming etiquette. Bob was not happy.  Bob was very not happy. I was an elitist. I was…a lane hog.…

How To: Long Swim Recovery Meal

Swimmers love to eat, quite a lot, and to talk about how they eat almost as much. Yet there is little discussion of food on this site. The last time I wrote a recipe here was some years ago with the Swimmer’s Smoothie, which I still heartily recommend for those many people who struggle with early morning…

In The Depths, The Stars

I feel. Shamanistic. I feel. I feel atavistic and pantheistic. I feel touched by what they could have, maybe did call the divine wind. Though only my fingers and eyes move here, a wind, no, a storm is blowing through me. I feel wracked, my soul exposed and blown to shreds. Around my head a cloud…