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Open water

OCEAN SWIM SERIES ANNOUNCEMENT

My thoughts on Scott Rice and the https://oceanswim.co.nz/ The season schedule has just been announced. There are some cool swim locations around the country. I know it’s been topical especially for Christchurch swimmers. I have watched online comments with interest. Scott and I raced each other in the pool in the 90’s. I recall Scott having the vision to set up an ocean swim series back in 2003 ish well before our sport was truly ‘popular’. I remember Scott working at DB in sales while putting together his events company. As a fellow swim operator who is passionate about swimming I understand some of the early...

Open Water Swimming Marlborough Sounds style 

Our recent move to Marlborough has opened up many new doors and areas for training and exercise adventures. Anakiwa being my new favourite. With many hours spent training for IMNZ, Anakiwa is a great base to swim along the beautiful coast line, bike through the Queen Charlotte drive and run on the track. New Zealand is also very lucky to have a resident population of about 200 Orca.  Many of whom visit the Marlborough Sounds, especially between November and Feb. They love to come into the shallows and teach their young how to heard and catch sting ray.  You know where this is going...

Don’t Set Limits

A big shout out and congratulations to Simon of London, UK. Simon came to Fit&Abel in June this year. At 52 years young he was scared of deep water, not a confident swimmer but most importantly he was uncertain as to whether or not he could ever learn to get comfortable in deep water , let alone open water. This was part of his first e-mail to us: “At 52, I have never mastered swimming and nervous to go near deep water. I would be really grateful if I could organise some 1 to 1 coaching to at least teach me the basics...

Touch or Tumble?

One of the things open swimmers love most about swimming open water is the ability to get lost in the continuous rhythm of the swim. This Zen like state is less likely to occur when we train in a pool. It is even less likely to occur when we train in a short course pool. *The term ‘Short course’ meaning 25M in length as opposed to long course which is 50M....

The Performance Triangle

It is really important to remember in open water swimming that your performance is based on three core ‘foundations’. Athletes regularly fall into the trap of focussing purely on Fitness when there are most often equal or sometimes easier gains to be made in Technique and Open Water Skills. For any program we recommend you make sure that each side of the Performance Triangle ; Fitness, Open Water Skills, Technique are given specific and equal attention to ensure you achieve the best possible gains in your open water swimming....

What’s Up?

After a great summer in the UK and a successful October Cook Islands RealSwim we are pleased the warmer weather has finally arrived in Christchurch, New Zealand. Yes another summer is on the cards for FitandAbels head coach, much to the chagrin of the team at http://www.h2openmagazine.com...

The Cook Islands

We are just back from an amazing RealSwim Adventure week set in the clear and warm waters of the Cook Islands. It is an amazing trip and we aren't just talking about the swimming. Read on to see the latest package and itinerary for our 2016 Cook Islands RealSwim Adventure. Introducing our brand new Cook Islands RealSwim Adventures package. The Basics provides just that - $1500NZD gets you a week of swim guides, safety cover, event hosting for the week, charter boats, refreshments and nutrition while on the charter boats. For flights and accommodation you have the option of booking yourself or we can help  … we have partnered up...

Ruths Story

Swimming, and swimming outdoors in particular, gives me a wonderful feeling of wellbeing in mind and body. Coming to the Lido, either for Rio training squad sessions or a lesson with Dan is time out of life, a little window of relaxation where nothing is more important than working on your stroke or your breathing....