Rediscovering my love of swimming thanks to Swimathon 2016


After posting about my Swimathon 2016 challenge towards the end of last year, I was lucky enough to be invited to join the official Swimathon 2016 #BlogSquad. This means that there will be more swimming than running related content on my blog over the next couple of months. Perhaps I should consider changing the name of my blog!

Taking place between March 18th and 20th 2016, Swimathon is a nationwide swimming challenge that has been encouraging swimmers to swim a distance challenge since its first event back in 1986. Swimathon accounts for all levels of fitness, all abilities and all ages. Participants can choose to take on the individual 1.5k, 2.5k or 5k challenges, team 1.5k and 5k, or the SimplySwim for those who are unable to attend an organised session.

I personally will be tackling the 1.5k distance at Wyndley swimming baths in Sutton Coldfield on Sunday March 20th. As a relatively inexperienced swimmer this will be a huge personal challenge. Luckily I love challenges!

My training for Swimathon has been slightly sporadic. Last month I downloaded the 10 week beginner 1.5k training plan from the Swimathon website and managed to complete a number of swimming sessions. Once I learnt how to relax in the water (and that swimming is easier if you are willing to put your face in the water!), I was really starting to enjoy my swimming again. This month, due to illness, I’ve only made it to my local swimming baths once. With less than 10 weeks to go I’m aware that I need to increase my training.

There are no excuses! As a member of the #BlogSquad I was lucky enough to be kitted out by the official Swimathon brand partner Zoggs with some amazing swimming gear. The Zoggs Native Chic Scoopback swimsuit I selected fits well and is really flattering. I’ve been provided with all of the swimming gear I need, the rest is down to me!

It’s time for me to get my face and hair wet! Please stay tuned for updates and to follow my progress!

*You can find out more about the other members of the Swimathon #BlogSquad here and can follow their progress on their blogs over the next couple of months. If you would like to take part in Swimathon 2016, please visit the Swimathon website to find your nearest participating swimming baths*


2 thoughts on “Rediscovering my love of swimming thanks to Swimathon 2016

  1. kyrapaterson says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing your swim progress! I know you can swim 1.5 km. Will this be in a 25m pool? I’m curious as to how many people will be participating, how starts will have to be staggered, whether you will swim in “circles’ so you can pass slower people, etc. It would be much easier in an open body of water (but not in March!).


    • Emma says:

      Thanks for commenting on my blog. I have to confess that my progress with swimming has been limited! It will be in a 25m pool (I hope!). I think the organisers limit the number of participants. I was asked my swimming speed when I entered (slow!) so hopefully I’ll be in a lane with other not so speedy swimmers. Being constantly overtaken would be really stressful!


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