Adventures in Swimming… ASA Wiltshire Open Water Race 2015

Last weekend on top of doing my swimming course and the Solstice at Avebury I competed in the Wilsthire ASA Open Water race. There was the option of doing the 1.5km or the 3km, but due to my schedule I knew I would struggle if I did the 3km, so went for the 1.5km and was very glad I did.

It was a lovely evening and lots of people had turned up to take part, mainly kids from the lcoal swimming clubs. What I like about this event is that you have to be a certain level of ASA membership to take part, so that means it’s restricted for those who enter, making it a much smaller event and really much more enjoyable than standard open water events.

We started by doing a deep water start, which is something i love as I am not a fan of beach starts. We then headed off on two laps of the course. I felt really good on the first lap, but during the second my tiredness really hit and I lost the two people I was swimming with. I struggled to keep the pace up on the second lap so just concentrated on steady and strong swimming.

I finished in time of 27 minutes 59 seconds. I was happy with that, but also disappointed as I found the last time I swam this even back in 2009 I swam in 26 minutes 16 seconds. I know I was at my lowest weight when I did that back in 2009 and I wouldn’t have spent the weekend on a course or at the Solstice, but I was still disappointed. Next year I want to beat that time.

Overall it was great to be back in an ASA open water event and I look forward to getting some of swimming club friends taking part next year.

Wandering around Lanhydrock

Another day and another trip with my work to a beautiful location. This time it was Lanhydrock for a bit of cycling and workshop leading!


I didn’t get to go and see the house, but I am returning next month for another workshop so plan on making some time then to explore the house and parkland.

Wandering around Avebury Solstice

As part of my work I get to take part in volunteer days and some of the best opportunities are around the solstice. Last year I went to Stonehenge with my manager and this year a small group of us went to Avebury for the shortest night. I chose Avebury as it is much closer than Stonehenge, which was needed as I was on my course both sides of my shift.

We got there around 5:30pm for our 6:30pm to 11:30pm shift. It was a lovely evening and lots of people were there for a nice time. We wandered the main stone area in pairs armed with a radio and litter picker and were basiclaly on hand to help with any queries and put a stop to BBQs, fires, and camping within out quadrant.


It was good fun, even if it was a little scary when having to approach fire dancers and ask them to spin out their flames. We only had one group where the police had to get involved, which was a shame, but all part of the night. The Kings Drums came on as the sun set and played for a while. Once it got dark the mood definitely shifted slightly to being a bit more scary as people were more intoxicated and confident. I was happy to be leaving at midnight I can tell you!

Adventures in Swimming… Teaching Level 2 Part 2

I’m very behind! I’m just about to start my third weekend and I haven’t posted about last weekend.

The second weekend of my course went much better. I had more confidence in my ability and knowledge, so that made writing my session plans and evaluations much easier. I also took part in my first presentation of the course looking at core aquatic skills children need to learn, so that was great, especially as one member of our group dropped out of the course in the week, which was sad.

I taught 3 lessons again and we watch two swimmers from a more advanced class in order to do some stroke analysis observations. This was interesting and hard to do. For me I can say what I see, but I find it hard to put into the language the ASA would want us to use, so when I do it again this coming week I will have to re-write my words into the correct language.

We went through a lot of theory this weekend as well including human growth and skills development. It was a really interesting side of the topic I hadn’t really looked at before and it made sense when looking at progression through the swimming skills.

We also all had a 121 with the tutor to see how we were getting on and to look at areas we need to improve – mine being stroke analysis. I’m really happy with how it is going, but at the same time I cannot wait for it to be done and dusted as I am so tired.  I am also looking forward to going back to coaching the older kids, rather than the young ones, but it has been great to learn how to teach and what to teach.

One more weekend!

Weekly swEATS 24th June

This was has been a whirlwind and I can’t believe it’s been a whole week since I last did this post. This means it really hasn’t gone well at all and I got caught up in the speed of my week and didn’t take the time I needed to do what I wanted. But onwards and upwards…

  • Thursday – I took time to myself this night to go straight from work to the cinema to see Spy and enjoyed it. That meant no sweats or good eats really though. I let myself have ice cream at the cinema and then just snacked all evening once home.
  • Friday – this was back on my course. No take away this week, but also no that well planned and just ended up having toast. Sweat wise I was in the pool for my of my lessons that was again only the one child meaning I had to take part in all the activities I planned.
  • Saturday – another day on my course and a better day with eats. I had a proper breakfast, lunch and dinner, but snack in the evening. Sweats wise I spent from 6pm through to midnight walking around Avebury while volunteering at the summer solstice so I think I got plenty of steps in.
  • Sunday – was another day on my course, but a very tired day. I ate okay, but had not planned properly around my 1.5km open water race I had after my course. I think I suffered slightly, but was glad I got moving and took part.
  • Monday – a day back in the office, but as a meeting was cancelled I took some time in the afternoon to go home and sleep. I had abit too much bread and cheese for lunch and dinner this day and wasn’t active at all as was so tired.
  • Tuesday – I spent half a day in the car travelling to Lanhydrock with work, but then did get to go out mountain biking with the workshop I was on so got some sweats in definitely. Eats wise I ate too much being away with work it was buffet lunch and as each location I go to does different things I always want to try everything – going to have to work on this.  The going to a pub that does everything with chips in the evening also didn’t help, although I did go for the grilled chicken option, which was really nice.
  • Wednesday – I led the workshop on the second day so no sweats from me as the rest of the day was spent travelling home and then sleeping. I did okay at breakfast with porridge, but it was the buffet lunch that got me again. Dinner was a snack as really felt I had eaten non-stop for two days.

My decision making hasn’t been the best while being super busy this last week. I know what I need to do and I just need to sit down and get it into my head and then stick to it. So easy to write down, but following through is another matter and where I need to focus my effort. I had a really good week though and enjoyed it.

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