Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Life's a Rollercoaster

It's been a while since my last post so I thought I'd treat you to a new one. Although half term marks a week long break from school, in all honesty, I couldn't be bothered to do much with it. Training was pretty intense that week and after 20+ hours of pool workouts/double land training I had little energy to spare. However, that doesn't mean I've been completely boring!

Monday, 7 October 2013

Chopstick Sensei-tion

One thing I forgot to mention in yesterday's post is how good I am at eating with chopsticks! I felt so strongly about sharing this piece of information that I decided to give it its own post.

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Falling With Style

My first meet of the new swimming season has just come to an end and we're now, thankfully, on our way home. All in all, it was an enjoyable weekend away and useful to see where I am in terms of performance. However, I'm extremely drained, to say the least.

Certain aspects of my swimming were positive and the areas that need working on have been highlighted. My biggest achievement from this weekend is certainly the fact that I managed to keep my head. This is normally a massive challenge, but I'm starting to turn things around.

I'm also exceptionally proud of my younger brother, Seb, who won bronze in the 200m Butterfly. First, I consider it to be an achievement just finishing the race, let alone getting a medal! In addition (the swimmers among know how age at meet works) he was one of the younger competitors in his age band so this is why I consider it to be even more of a success.

Saturday, 5 October 2013

The Devil's Drink

Remember the apple core remover I mentioned in my 'Cambridge Excursion' post? Well... Let me explain.

In our back garden we happen to have an apple tree. Usually the apples are either extremely bitter or have gone bad. However, this year they tasted great!

For some reason I decided to sort the apples and collected the good ones in the kitchen. In the end, we found ourselves in possession of four massive bowls full of apples. There was no way we were going to eat them all so I somehow came up with the great idea of making my own cider...

It was an utter disaster.

Friday, 4 October 2013

Maintaining The Burner

Today's themed post leads on from its predecessor and is all about energy/sports drinks. Hydration is an important part of being an athlete but sometimes water just doesn't make the cut. Many athletes have a water based drink alongside an electrolyte to replace the salts and minerals lost in sweat. This can be deceiving because as a swimmer you don't realise that you sweat and therefore don't feel the need to rehydrate.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Fuel for The Fire

Any swimmer will tell you that the one thing they think about just as much as swimming, if not more, is food. I absolutely love food! Us swimmers can consume as many calories as you can feed us and we will still be hungry.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

An Apple a Day Keeps The Doctor Away

Last Tuesday I took a visit to the Children's Ward at Hinchingbrooke Hospital for a routine check-up. Apart from my poor sense of humour and strange methods of promoting my own growth (e.g. laying in the garden completely naked) you wouldn't be able to tell that there's anything wrong with me.

In March 2010 I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called hypothyroidism. This was after many months of struggling with swimming and just feeling generally awful. I found it hard to breathe during exercise, got numerous aches and pains, put on weight, had a noticeably swollen neck, stopped growing, felt extremely lethargic and confused (even after resting) and felt the cold like a thermometer in a freezer.

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Cambridge Excursion

I've got loads of great posts lined up for my blog but first I want to share something from the present. This is because, at one point or another, most of my future posts will contain the phrase 'the other day.'

Yesterday, my mum, brother, sister and I went to Cambridge because we needed to get a new iron and an apple core remover. *Yawn* Our old iron broke and needs replacing but, even though it sounds a little insignificant, the apple core remover is a completely different story.

As a group, we go to Cambridge during the holidays and at weekends quite frequently and, to tell the truth, I really enjoy it! The journey of any trip is generally great (unless you suffer from travel sickness - which I did when I was little) but nothing can compare to our car journeys. We were driving down Mill Road and, thanks to one of my handy little gadgets, I was blaring out Tinie Tempah's new single - Trampoline (feat. 2 Chainz) - through the radio of our Peugeot 807. The only thing I can say - apart from that this song really messes with the bass of your speakers - is that mum got some extremely weird looks from other motorists and a fair few pedestrians!

Thursday, 29 August 2013

An Introduction To Me

So, the other day someone suggested that I start writing my own blog and I decided that it was a pretty great idea! I really enjoy expressing myself through the use of words and this seemed like a perfect opportunity to build on that. In addition, I believe this will be a good way for me to collect my thoughts and help keep my head straight. This post is an introduction to myself and life as me - if you like - containing things that I will almost certainly expand on in future posts.