Category Archives: Swimming

Swimrun Racing – What’s it all about?

Swimrun racing was born in 2002 out of a drunken bet between friends, in which two teams of two raced each other over 75 km of swimming and running across the islands east of Stockholm. The last team to finish paid for the hotel, dinner and drinks. Since then the sport has evolved into the […]

When should we be using a pull buoy?

Seeing underwater video of swimmers, comparing the use of wetsuits, pull buys and regular swim suits makes for interesting viewing of what they do to our body position and stroke rate. Here’s a great example of just this from Swim Smooth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufBGPASHxak Obviously, we know that a wetsuit gives much more buoyancy in the water, […]

Choosing a triathlon wetsuit

Of all the kit we need to buy when starting out in triathlon, a wetsuit can be one of the more confusing. For those new to the sport, it’s not always obvious what makes a triathlon wetsuit specific to the requirements of swimming, and what to look out for when shopping for one. At RGActive […]

The importance of open water swim training before your race

Getting into open water early in the season is a benefit to any triathlete, regardless of ability. Since this is where we’ll be doing most of our racing, it makes sense to put those winter training lengths to effective use and continue the work in the open water. Many experienced athletes look forward to this […]

My Swimming Mo-Jo?

The small but very enjoyable highlight of my day this time of year is having a warm cuppa, in bed, before I rise and shine. Sometimes it is at 5am, sometimes it is at 6am when I like to indulge in this yummy, must-have treat. You see I definitely will choose caffeine before sleep anytime […]

Getting started… Open Water Swimming 2014

This weekend saw three of the four RG Active open water swim venues open to athletes wanting to get in their wetsuits ahead of the fast approaching triathlon season. This time last year Marsha and I tried to swim at Ham lake and managed about 10mins before having to get out before hypothermia set in. […]

Open Water Swimming – Keeping Warm!

Everyone feels the cold water to different degrees so you may or may not feel this items are required for yourself, but if you are looking to get in your local swim venue and start getting that in-valuable ‘wetsuit time’ then these could make your swimming so much more comfortable and enjoyable!

Diary of a Novice Triathlete – Day Thirty Seven

As PR man for VCARS.co.uk (Used Cars, No Fuss), I thought this would be a great way to raise the profile of the VCARS Open Water Swim. I’m hoping readers of this blog feel a certain sense of duty to buy their cars through VCARS.