Friday Night Racing

The pool temperature had been out of control for four weeks, only dropping below 30°C (86° F.). for four days out of thirty. It was difficult being constantly frustrated by excuses which had already long run their course, the problem having intermittently recurred since the pool fire six months ago. (Remember the pool fire?) Casuals…

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.…

Image showing Walter from Teh Big lebowski movie holding a gun with the substitle Lane Swimming Rules, - More Important THan The Ten Commandments

I Touched Your Foot

I touched your foot. I didn’t grab it or stroke it. I’m not a weirdo. During the lap. It was just a tap. On your toes. Deliberately. You probably jumped. I’m sorry. I’m not really sorry. I just wanted to pass. Because I’m not fast, But you are more not fast. And I wanted to get past.…

Explorations of Mindfulness in Swimming – I – Pool T60

It is an oft-repeated observation of many swimmers that the sport itself is meditative, with many experienced lap and open water swimmers reporting they regularly “zone out“. Some years ago, I wrote a brief article considering the positive or enhanced state of Alpha wave production in the brain during certain physical activities such as surfing and open water swimming,…

Conan The barbarian considers what is best in swimming

Nightmare Swim

It’s sometimes said amongst distance and marathon swimmers that everyone suffers (at least) one nightmare swim. The kind of swim where everything seems to conspire against you. Nature, circumstances, events, planning, details. Nightmare swims are sometimes ascribed to over-confidence by the more self-aware kind of swimmer. Rather than blaming everyone except yourself the self-aware marathon swimmer…