I hope you are all doing well and have had a great break over Christmas and New Year!
Many of you have started to return to the squad this week and Sally and Derek tell me there have been some commendable performances in the sessions thus far. Nice job. In fact I returned home from a wonderful trip to Finland and the UK with Mish and the kids (even visiting the big guy in Lapland: Video) and had the opportunity to swim in the 530am Wednesday Red Mist session yesterday in my jet lagged state!
This is the first time I've had the chance to join the squad in this capacity in well over 7 years and it was a great opportunity to see things from your perspective and have Derek and Sally cracking the whip and to have my lane 4 buddies keeping me honest! What was very apparent was just how easy it was to get through a 5k set despite having done no swimming at all for 3 weeks and my longest pool session in the last 12 months being just 3k, simply because of the camaraderie of the squad and that positive peer pressure to keep going. It's certainly a great way to get well back into the swing of things and kick off 2018 in the right way!
I look forward to seeing you all back down on the pool deck in a coaching capacity next week. In the meantime, here are a few of my favourite photos from our UK trip for your interest (here's a cheesy video to get you started if you have access to Facebook: http://bit.ly/2lRWOaA):
The northern lights playing ball upon our arrival in Levi, Finland
Our lovely little chalet inclusive of sauna! Good job too as it ranged between minus 25 and 30 during our stay! Thanks Kirk and Elina from the squad for helping us arrange!!
Isla meets Rudolph!
We meet the Big Guy! Thus buying us two more years of "belief" from the kids 😉
Three generations of Nerdy Newsomes
York Minster in gorgeous winter light
York Museum gardens - stunning!
On the set of Downton Abbey (not quite - but looks like it!)
Punting on the river Cam in Cambridge with Uncle Adam and Auntie Marietta!
Home again to this little fluff ball!
Happy New Year everyone!