Behind 'Swimming Through Winter', written by Kirrilee Bracht

Voyage; a long journey involving travel by sea or space

I recently completed a five month voyage.  I travelled by sea.  In the sea in fact.  The passage took me through the season.  For the first time, I swam during the winter months in the ocean on the New South Wales South Coast, in Australia. 

The only equipment that I needed I already owned.  As a swimmer, I seem to have a limitless amount of swimming caps ranging from the lovely comfortable silicone ones to...

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Helen Langridge: What cycling around the world taught me about my body and mind

The coffee came out of a sachet, one of those 3-in-1 Nescafe sorts perfect for travelling. Nescafe is the go-to coffee brand in Asia; Mike could find a packet anywhere. A coffee in the morning is normal for what seems like the majority of the British population back home but had never been for me. Throughout my 28 years thus far, whenever someone had suggested we go for coffee, I’d always order a hot chocolate.

However, sitting on the grass in the apex of a hairpin bend part way up a...

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Tonic of the Sea - a story of recovery with Katie Maggs

“Being in open water, there is something about the fact that you’re quite ‘away’ from other things. You get that feeling of being ‘inside’ nature, you’re immersed in it. All of the things that I lost through burnout or stress and anxiety - feeling brave, feeling capable, feeling physically strong, mentally strong, being able to have fun and enjoy something - swimming is what brought all of those things back. If you can manage to get into the sea in...

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