The sacrifices it takes to swim Cook Strait (or strive for any big goal).

May I start with an excerpt from my current favourite book entitled 'Swimming in New Zealand' by Annette Lees. 'You've got to be a bit crazy to do swims like this.  I feel fear, yes. If you're alone in the ocean, in the dark, with the waves crashing down on you, yes. ...

My 18 minutes in the snow in my bikini – Cook Strait cold training.

Handy to have your friend the photographer with you at all times!  All photos courtesy of Michelle Hyslop Photography.  Click here for more details.   I was in Ruapehu this weekend and worked towards my cold water training in the...

I’d like to give up right now. Update on Te Moana-a-Raukawa/ Cook Strait training.

Sometimes you just feel like giving up. This is the opposite to a pep talk. It's real. It's how I feel right now. I feel like giving up. Balancing a business, swim training for 20-30 hours a week and enjoying your family and friends - not easy. This is...

Cook Strait Swim – an update on the challenge of my life.

My life is spent swimming these days.  Combo of 6 hours in the pool, 6 in the ocean, 2-3 sessions in the gym each week. It's only pre-season.  The work is yet to come. My new mantra: 'I'll just keep on going until I get there'. Today: 9 km ✅. Feeling good. Gorgeous...

Hair clips and bra straps to change your neck and shoulder pain forever!!!

Quick Tips of the day. Tip A: Try keeping your hair away from your forehead because it stimulates the sensory nerves of your face and tells your brain to take notice! Also, if it’s on one side of your face we tend to compensate by tilting the head to the side. If you...

Mobility Hacks – avoid the need to stretch!

MOBILITY VIDEOS FROM TODAY'S LEVEL MOVEMENT GYM (CROSS FIT) MOBILITY AND FLEXIBILITY WORKSHOP.   SO MUCH FUN!  Thought you might enjoy these ideas to give you all day movements so that you avoid the stiffness and 'need for stretching' by moving throughout the day. Way...

I’m not always happy you know. I get anxiety too. I feel awful too sometimes.

Watch this and remember that we all share struggles.  Mental health isn't something that's selective.  It most probably effects us all.  I thought you might be interested to know that although I get huge joy from life, I'm not always...

Learning the cello – how to challenge the adult mind.

John Holt writes in his book 'Never too Late':   “If I could learn to play the cello well, as I thought I could, I could show by my own example that we all have greater powers than we think; that whatever we want to learn or learn to do, we probably can learn; that...

How to fall and avoid injury.

We studied the REAL RISK FACTORS to falling. Get ideas here how to prepare yourself without causing pain. We all experience this some time in life but how do we ensure it doesn't have a big effect on your body. It seems that many people think that getting old is a...

Children are not just small adults – their needs are different and have to be recognised.

So said Professor James Spence in 1943. When does your baby decide to reach a milestone? Is it when he has reached a certain age? Is it when you think he is ready? Answer: Actually ideally none of the above. In Western culture, we've been brought up to believe that...

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Pain
All pain is in the brain!

All pain is in the brain!

There are BIG FAT nerves in the body called A-beta-fibres. They are designed to whisper or scream to you if anything is harming you. They tell the...

Feet
Your feet hurting?

Your feet hurting?

5 FUN THINGS TO DO FOR YOUR FEET TODAY! Click here for idea number 1. WALK ON STONES AND GRASS When you walk on flat surfaces, you use only 3-4...