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Swim when you're winning

Published September 25, 2016

Swim when you're winning

After a little bit of delivery drama, my new Apple Watch Series 2 arrived just in time for the weekend, and so naturally, I headed out to test out the one thing I’ve been looking forward to since it was announced - swim tracking! I had previously spotted a handful of people talking about swimming¬†with their original watches, so I followed suit, but it was merely a matter of setting an “Other” workout and hoping you didn’t do too much damage to a watch that wasn’t designed for lengthy exposure to chlorine.

Water within a pool within a river

Published July 8, 2013

Water within a pool within a river

I don’t keep an eye on the Kickstarter style projects nearly as much as I should, but recently stumbled across this one - a New York-based initiative called + Pool. They essentially want to build a swimming pool in the river, filtering the natural water and making it accessible to everyone. This seems like such a good idea, although I must admit, I wouldn’t want to walk along that big ol’ access path in just a swimming costume.

What's more endless than an Endless Pool?

Published September 27, 2011

What's more endless than an Endless Pool?

A long while ago, I discussed the concept of Endless Pools and how very much I wanted one. Actually, back then, I wanted to set up a business - rows and rows of Endless Pools to save people having to swim in a communal pool. Now I am over that nonsense, and would just adore to have a pool to myself. Recently, I’ve spotted a couple of adverts for Endless Pools and thought I’d have a look at the website and see what has changed.

The possibilities are endless

Published June 14, 2009

The possibilities are endless

When it comes to getting up and about and trying to exercise, I tend to flit from one thing to another. Nothing really captures my attention, except swimming. I do not like to go to the local swimming pool because (and this is probably another of my weird traits) there is no way of seeing how busy it is before you go in, and yet I don’t want there to be any kind of window with outsiders peering in once you get in the water.

Five things I learnt about swimming

Published June 1, 2004

Five things I learnt about swimming

Don’t assume, because you are going to a pool full of water, that you won’t be thirsty when you get out. Chlorine is not thirst-quenching. Don’t wear your most precious jewellery to the leisure centre as the heart attack that ensues when you can’t find it, even though you know you stuffed it right into the toe of your trainers, is not fun. If you find that the person before you left their pound in the locker, smile and pick it up, but beware that nothing comes for free.

Swim yourself trim

Published May 8, 2004

Swim yourself trim

Well, that’s the plan anyway, swimming is my new favourite hobby. I thought I’d forgotten how to do it, but yesterday, I actually started to feel like I knew what I was doing. I’m a little annoyed though because he egged me on, saying “Of course you can open your eyes underwater, there’s nothing wrong with it, your eyes will get used to it.” And, I can’t fault his truthfulness, but when I left the pool after a half hour of eye-opening swimming, I looked like a devil child with bright red eyes, and I felt like I’d been crying for a week!