Island-hopping without a boat? Swim down the coast!

Coast along on a sea-swimming adventure in Croatia billed as a "short swims" trip, suitable for those with little or no open-water experience, it had sounded like just the ticket. As the Balkan nation takes the plunge into the European Union, Lara Dunn makes a splash in its Sibenik archipelago http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/europe/islandhopping-without-a-boat-coast-along-on-a-seaswimming-adventure-in-croatia-8669610.html     . … [Read more...]

Swimming’s Craziest Set Ever?

United States 2013 National OWS Team Member, Eva Fabian shares her perspective on open water swimming. What’s the most insane set you’ve ever done in preparation for an open water race? The most insane set I’ve ever done was 30x1000s, the Erik Vendt set. It took 6 hours and was incredibly mentally difficult. Yes that is 30 times 1,000s! Not 30 x 100’s. You read it correct …30 times One thousands! http://swimswam.com/more-insight-from-national-team-open-water-swimmers/   . … [Read more...]

Don’t Forget The Important Stuff

  Please Note: I'm writing to you from Wellington, New Zealand... where I'm assisting as support / handler for two American swimmers, Darren Miller and Craig Lenning in their Cook Strait crossing... and it has been reported the swim will happen sometime this week ... of course depending on Mother Nature! March 18th 2013 here. You have two and 1/2 months of 2013 under your belt. Where are you? How do you feel? Things going the way you thought, planned or dare I say.... … [Read more...]

Australian Open Water Race With $15,000 Cash Prize

January 11, Perth, Australia. An American Open Water Swimmer Alex Meyer who was a participant last summer in the Olympic marathon swim in London, is ready to race with some of the Oceania's best open water swimmers for a 10-kilometer race that has a prize of US15,000 to both male and female division winners. Swan Rive Race The January 20 race in Swan River will mark not only Meyer's first major competition since the Olympics, but the first major open water race offered internationally since … [Read more...]

Mind Over Matter – Never Give Up The Battle

This morning as I snuggled up to my warm doona knowing the thermometer was struggling to reach 3 degrees Celcius... I shook my head thinking it was not that many years ago, I thrived on mornings like this, clocking up 10kms in the ocean or river... at least. "Well Shell you got up yesterday and swam. So why did you struggle today?" I asked myself. With the cold, winter weather hitting us, the number of swimmers showing up at swim practice each day is dwindling. So the cycle goes. It has … [Read more...]

Don’t Start A Resolution… Set A Goal!

It's now 2012 and your thoughts have turned to setting goals... or what some call New Year's Resolutions! and none are more important than in the area of your Health & Fitness! Each January, people who resolve to get fit… get healthy and lose weight; flock to the gym, the pavement, the pool, the open water. Gym owners and managers say by the end of February, the place is almost empty. People stop coming -- Most people bite off more than they can chew on New Year's Eve when starting … [Read more...]

2012: A Sensational Year To Overcome Your Fears and Open Yourself Up to New Horizons!

I’m planning on making 2012 a sensational year. How 'bout you? In less than four hours (dowunder), it will be a whole new year, where lots of people will be celebrating. Inspired by the Champions of 2011! Diana Nyad, Penny Palfrey, SAS soliders in Afghanistan, Peter Hughes, Steven Munatones of OpenWaterSwimming.com Janine Shepherd, Tim Cleland, Brad Hogg, Ky Hurst, Melissa Gorman & Paul Downie… I wrote today’s blog But before you say farewell to 2011... I want you to complete this … [Read more...]

Want to overcome your fear of the Open Water in 2012?

                Hello Open Water Swimming Dreamers & Achievers –in-waiting! Have a fear of Open Water? Panic stricken the night before a Triathlon? Shaking in your wetsuit at the starting line? Frustrated that you can’t remain calm...no matter how hard you try? Overcome with anxiety ... and you don’t know why? Improving your OWS skill set in 2012 is one of your goals? Well fear no more... Santa Shelley is here … [Read more...]

Isn’t Life About Determining Your Own Finish Line?

None of us want to be wrong, make mistakes and we like to win and succeed. Who am I kidding ~ this is me I am describing! However, sometimes you have to try the impossible, not achieve it and stretch your comfort zone to be a bit bigger. During the month of September the world sat back in awe of the amazing, age-defying, 62-yr old, American Marathon Swimmer, Diana Nyad, as she went for her Xtreme Dream; attempting to swim 103 nautical miles (160+km) non-stop and unassisted from Havana, Cuba … [Read more...]

How to get your butt into gear and your momentum started

Well it is October 1st here dowunder and as the sun is rising earlier and earlier that means Summer is just around the corner and... The triathlon and open water swim season is soon upon us. Heading into my 3rd year as Head Coach I am really excited for the 50 swimmers who will be joining me for the 16-week Kirbyswim Rottnest Channel 20km Marathon Solo Squad 2012 starting November 3rd 2011. One question I get asked most often is: "Shelley how do you not get bored swimming up and … [Read more...]