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.