So you think you can swim?


Hey guys,

Just a quick one today.

Your goals can always be achieved, even when you haven't kept them up to-date or you've 'fallen off the bandwagon'. 

Brazillian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) has been the main aspect of my life in my free time for the last 5-6 months. I have barely swum during this time. Those of you who know me will know that swimming was, is and always will be an important part of my life even if I don't compete at the same level as I used to. 

As a result of the decreased swimming my fitness isn't what it was. So I was debating whether or not to compete in the annual Exeter University Swimming Varsity. This is a friendly swim competition where three other universities send teams and Exeter Uni hosts three of their own teams (including a 'legends'/alumni team).

Some of the swimmers haven't got a strong swim background but others have - one friend and rival of mine is going to Commonwealth trials this year! I'm not keen on competiting unless I know I'm going to be able to give it a good go. I decided to give it my best shot however. The results were great, in my main personal race 3 of us finished at exactly the same time (almost a personal best time despite not training!) and The 'legends' relay team won for the 3rd year running :)

We're the lane closest to the camera, I swam first:

We even got a shout out on Channel 4's Sunday Brunch for our trouble haha!


It just goes to show that if you give your goals your best shot, even if you have struggled to work them you will likely be pleasantly suprised at just how well you get on. Don't give up (and let the 'flood gates' open), get back on track and try again without beating youself up. Relapsing is normal, the trick is to limit their times and severity.

Let me know what your nutritional stuggles are and I'll help you come up with some preventative strategies :)