Swimathon: Why I’m investing in the right gear, and a bit of sound advice

Swimathon 2015 was officially launched last week with President Duncan Goodhew and Ambassador Linda Barker hitting our screens and airwaves talking about the campaign, so it’s been a hectic few weeks here at Marie Curie Towers, which hasn’t exactly helped my training.


Being so busy has had a real impact on how much time I’ve spent in the pool. Although I did manage to get two swims in, ideally I want to be pulling on my trunks at least three times a week. It’s time to up my game.


The importance of the right equipment


One thing I’ve learnt is that getting in the pool and seeing how many lengths I can do isn’t going to get me through this challenge. The right equipment and a good training plan are two key things that are going to help me conquer the 5km. I’ve been investing in some quality equipment and I’m now the proud owner of a kickboard, pull buoy and this week will be purchasing some hand paddles.


Believe it or not, I’ve even got hold of a waterproof MP3 player. I enjoy listening to music as I run and I’m sure Britney and Beyonce will help me when the going gets tough in the water. I hope that using the right equipment will help my progression, meaning (hoping!) that by the time Swimathon comes around I’ll be gliding through the water like a pro. Watch out Michael Phelps.


A key lesson


I’ve also decided to book some swimming lessons. Up until the age of 11 I spent most of my Saturday mornings at swim classes, as my mum thought it was really important that I learnt how to swim. And I’m really glad she did! But just ploughing through the water doing what I think is right is probably not the best tactic, so I’m hoping a few lessons will help hone my technique.


As training continues I’ll be keeping you all updated on a weekly basis. If you’d like to sponsor my challenge visit my JustGiving page. Also if you’re taking on the challenge I’d love to hear from you, let me know how your training is going and hopefully we can share some tips. Read my previous blogs:



by Ben Wicks Media & PR Manager Ben Wicks, one of Marie Curie’s Media & PR Managers, is taking on the world’s biggest fundraising swim event, Swimathon. In the run up to the challenge Ben will be telling his story, documenting all the aches and pains of training and explaining why he’s raising money for Marie Curie. 


Ben Wicks, Media and PR Manager