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As I reflect upon this last week, it is mostly with gratitude.

A lot happened this week as South Africa was hit with massive storms, flash floods and torrential rain on the back of a cyclone heading up to Madagascar.
Houses, cars and offices were damaged in the floods. Lives and homes were lost. Tragedy struck and despite the desperate need for rain, there was sorrow interspersed with the crisp freshness of new life beginning as the plants drank in much needed water. Dams were partially topped up and there was a mild relief from the drought we have been experiencing. People...

 Sometimes all you need is a little bit of sand between your feet and some fresh sea air.
This week my body has not been on the same page as my training schedule. I woke up on Monday morning with my body screaming no. My lats, triceps and chest were so incredibly tight and my nose was stuffy and it just was not a good idea to plunge myself into a pool and clock out 6.5km of mindless swimming. I slept in. Good call because Monday was a BUSY day at work- I was fully booked and was grateful I didn’t have that workload off the back of a long swim set.

Tuesday was mildly better...

I get asked almost daily what my next swim/ event/ race is going to be. This can be exhausting. I have set myself the goal of doing the Kaiwi channel in 2017- that is my primary goal. Any other swim is simply a training swim to get there. As well intentioned as these people are with their questions, it is not always helpful. It is hard enough to stay focused on something already overwhelming. It is helpful to have small goals in between, but I find that in general, people struggle to wait for a long term goal to be achieved. The Olympics only happen once every four years. Most people think...

This past week was incredibly tough training wise. I can’t remember feeling this tired from training since I was training competitively. I feel like I have reached a new level in my training and am incredibly grateful for the three rest days I have just had and a lighter training load this week.

I have done the equivalent of my Kaiwi channel swim in 8 sessions and I have a year to go! I know my body will adapt and in a few months time a week like last week will be relatively easy but I feel I have accomplished a lot recently. I have had to make sacrifices just to get through this...

Yesterday I had the privilege of competing in the 3rd (now annual) 4 Elements Ocean Challenge. There was quite a big build up to the event and lots of new comers keen to challenge themselves. The week before the swim conditions were forecast to be unswimmable with massive swells. There was even talk of the shark nets being lifted due to sardines. None of these things bother me, in fact, the bigger/ choppier the better. I am game for a challenge and the bigger swell and choppy conditions tend to suit me well. But this swim is aimed at all swimmers and the primary goal is to...

 
PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Attention
07 June 2016
 
Silence of the Sharks underwater protest receives great support on KwaZulu-Natal South Coast
 
There was a wave of support shown for the oceans and its inhabitant marine...

This morning I got to experience Durban's winter at its best. I joined a group of surfers and divers down the coast at Scottburgh for the annual Paddle Out for Sharks conservation event. Below is a press release with more details. I got a lift down with John MCarthy a passionate ocean lover and initiator of the 'Greener Surfer" along with a friend of mine who has an impressive breath hold of over 5 minutes! We joined about 12-15 other surfers and paddled about 1km out to sea towards the shark nets. We were...

I recently got to compete in a race in London. I had been looking for an event to compete in since I booked my flights to the UK but it was very early in the season and it wasn’t looking hopeful. Two days before I was due to fly I saw this event advertised on the online swimming magazine I follow.

I was super excited but the price was rather outrageous with the South African exchange rate and it was the day after my brother’s wedding!  I didn’t have to think too long about it though and with a little encouragement decided to enter despite the cost and implications of getting there...

Last week I had the privilege of watching various athletes compete and entertain at their highest level.
It was the Olympic qualifiers for South African swimmers and I witnessed guys making the time by 0.01 of a second and one girl missing the time by the same margin. That is the difference between success and failure, reaching your dream and missing out on that same dream. I also got to watch the Aussie circus perform some phenomenal displays of human strength agility and finesse. Years of gruelling training and no doubt countless injuries to get to entertain a bunch of people all...

I finally started to feel normal in the pool this week. I had a big training week to get through in terms of mileage for each session. It was quite a shift from what I have been used to, but I respond really well to following a program and was able to tick off each session by breaking it down into sets and just getting my mind prepared to tick off the boxes.

Work was a little more spread out, although I still had the same amount of work, somehow it seemed more manageable. Perhaps my body is adapting to the increased demands being placed on it. I finished my pool sessions on Thursday...

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