It's that time again! #TeamSelkie member @diheelas wants to share her swimming story with you! 😊⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- Age: 46 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- What animal would you be? Sea Otter - Favourite swim location? The sea with the sun on my back! ⠀ - Favourite Selkie item: Selkie Robe ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Swimming in the crystal clear waters of Sant’Andrea was one of the most majestic experiences we have ever had. It is the best place we have snorkelled so far. We had the beach and sea entirely to ourselves save for a couple of locals and their dogs tanning themselves on the cliffs that surrounded the small bay. The water was shallow and then DEEP which was utterly incredible to swim in. We found old Anchors which we dove down to, thousands of fish, including tube fish, jelly fish and one singular very smart green and red striped very tropical looking fish. We spent hours floating along with them just feeling so grateful to be a part of their special watery kingdom. The fish weren’t scared of us at all, some were curious and swam up to our faces and into our hands and a couple even tried to have a nibble 😂. .
We were incredibly lucky to have such perfect weather for the two days we stayed in the San Foca Airbnb. We stayed purely so we could leave the boys in the house and have a swim on our own. Dogs aren’t allowed on most of the beaches here and we couldn’t have left them unattended on the sand so it worked out absolutely as planned. .
These experiences have made us desperate to go to a proper place to dive on a reef with all of the colourful fish. If you have been and done this please let us know the best places to go below! .
Look out for our post this evening. It’s going to be a very special one 😃🙌. .
Sometimes training helps me to reduce stress and anger. Then I'm so motivated that the dumbbells get scared of me.
After training, I am always deeply relaxed ... and can smile happily again.
Today is such a day. 🔥
Manchmal hilft mir das Training auch, Stress und Wut abzubauen.
Dann bin ich so motiviert, dass die Hanteln Angst vor mir bekommen.
Nach dem Training bin ich immer tiefenentspannt... und kann wieder fröhlich lächeln. Heute ist so ein Tag.🔥
Storm Callum is still circling the bay and in the past 48 hours the wind direction has spun full circle twice around the compass looking for a way back in. The pre-dawn drizzle has faded away but the steps are slick with green weed and the sea surges with unanticipated force up the wall only to be thrown back in a cascade amongst the railings each time trying to sweep my feet away. .
Under the critical gaze of the person leaning on the railings above I pick my way to the edge of the concrete feeling with my toes and then I am into the waist deep water. But another few feet out is a line of breakwater stones and just when I am sure I have passed them I catch my knee lightly on one. .
The air is a balmy 15°C and the sea is not much less as I swim contentedly out of the reach of the rocks and then left and right and back again up and down the beach. Above there are pale splashes in the sky but whether gaps through the cloud or simply whiter shades of pale I cannot tell and looking down what appears to be pale sand is clearly not as my legs terminated at the knees. .
This morning though I have got to be terribly late so after just 10 minutes I'm edging back to the steps. .
The cut in my knee barely notices except that a bright red trail is zig-zagging fast towards my foot like summer lightening. Why so much blood from such a small cut? You would have thought that cold water would shut off the circulation. .
Ah well my life would not be the same if I didn't have cut knees and one of my earliest memories at the house we lived in before I was 4 is of falling off the coal bunker and landing face down on the concrete path. I don't recall specifically but I suspect I cut my knees. .
I took Archie & little Rabbit on a trip up to Oxfordshire to swim a few laps at the amazing #queenfordlakes & bumped into @belgokatia half way round sat on the pontoon handing out mugs of got chocolate. These guys know how to do it 😁☕️👍🏽
These rivers, they just keep on giving and we are so grateful. Yesterday’s gift was our first experience of a decent current and what fun it was! Heaps of childlike joy as we played in nature’s waterpark, swimming upstream then being held by the river as it gently but firmly carried us downstream.
The natural momentum provided assistance for super fast front crawl, a long and easy glide to breaststroke and some ‘ottering’ - just laying on your back bobbing around like an otter. We experimented with a mix of them all and it really cheered up our rainy day swim. 👍🏻
Love this shot of Sarah looking serene and the water looking soft and swishy.
Day 2 in Crete: We began with a 1.75 km swim in the Loutro bay in front of our hotel and then we were video’d for later stroke technique analysis. After lunch we swam 3.25 km to Sweetwater beach and then hiked back on the famous E4 trail to Loutro. Finally, we ate a huge and delicious dinner at a nearby restaurant right on the water. What a day! What a wonderful group of swimmers to enjoy this adventure with!
Instead of trying to eradicate your big (ir)rational fears, try to move through them. Use fear as an anchor and/or pivot to level up. ⛵️
I had the chance to go on a sailboat two weekends ago in San Francisco for Fleet Week and at one point we crossed under the Golden Gate Bridge. ⛵️
When I looked across to Marin, I was in complete awe because I finally had a chance to take in and grasp the distance that I swam a few years before. This photo point isn’t even as far as the place we got dropped off for the swim (different boat btw). ⛵️
Looking at it now, there’s a small part of me that can’t believe I got to swim across Golden Gate Bridge.
I still feel the same fears I had before I even committed to that swim originally. So what happened to those fears? I used each one of them to practice courage. This is what I mean my TRANSVERT- use your fear to CROSS over to the new emotion you want to feel!
My heart training wasn’t only physical, I also did a lot of mental training. So take a big breath and face your fears!
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Swimming in England now. It’s not so bad I guess. Met my parents in the Lake District on my way south. Dragged them on an adventure and my Mum is now recovering with a glass of champers - more her style! Love sharing a playground with them, especially when I have them to thank for my love of the water. #lakedistrict#buckstonesjum
Headed off the tourist map today. Dove into Blackwater Bay, swam along the coast and out to sea for a different look at Old Town Dubrovnik (Kings Landing). This specific place is gorgeous but Croatian coastlines on the whole have been utterly stunning and it’s only day 3.
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