#GetSpeedoFit – Train and Race Team Speedo

It’s 8am on a Sunday morning and I’m not gonna lie, I would rather stay in bed than do anything else. But, this isn’t just any Sunday. It’s the day that I get to head to the London Aquatics Centre (where the 2012 Olympics took place) and train with Team Speedo. Once in a lifetime opportunity, right?!

Olympic medal winner and current star of British swimming, Michael Jamieson joined Jazz Carlin, Siobhan O’Connor and James Guy to form Speedo’s UK swimming team up against the #getspeedofit challengers for 2015; David, Alex, Amy and I.

We started off the session with some dry land training. The drills we did actually made sense; they warmed up the joints and activated muscles we would be using when swimming.

It was soon time for our training to hit the water. Our Coach, Maria, started us working from bottom to top. We practised our streamline position while focusing on our kick. Then shoulders, working to keep our heads still as shoulders rotated.

Then, as you do; we raced. First up were the girls. We moved over to the 3m deep, 50m competition pool and I kid you not, I was nervous. I begged for the lane next to the pool edge and chose to start in the pool as I’m yet to ever jump into a vat of water.

Us amateurs were given a little head start and off we all went! James was at the side of the pool encouraging me to keep going; I swam about 75% of the 50m front crawl then did what I now call my “Ibiza chill out” breaststroke to the end! …It’s not everyday you get Olympic and Commonwealth athletes as your cheerleaders, eh?!

I opted to be a cheerleader for the relay (I would’ve done it if I’d taken my fins – note to self – take fins everywhere!) but I still got my podium finish!

Huge Thanks to Speedo for a brilliant morning! 




  1. Tenminutesspare
    July 14, 2015 / 15:46

    Brilliant! Looks like so much fun. I'm not a confident swimmer but would love to improve… Maybe one day!

    • Elle Linton
      July 16, 2015 / 16:44

      Definitely do it! I can't imagine now not being able to swim! Today I was thinking I actually missed the water after just a few days! haha!

  2. temilasade
    July 14, 2015 / 09:56

    This is amazing. You've totally inspired me to learn how to swim (properly) as I really want to compete a tri in 2016!

    • Elle Linton
      July 14, 2015 / 13:46

      You know where to find me if you need a friend to dive in the deep end with 😉 …and by dive, I mean slip slowly. …and by deep end, I mean up to my shoulders! LMUO 😉 x

  3. Pamela
    July 13, 2015 / 12:14

    I am so jealous! It's on my 100 Dreams List to learn to swim!

    • Elle Linton
      July 13, 2015 / 16:43

      Pamela, you'd better do like me and make that dream a reality! It really has been one of the best things I've done so far in life! 🙂

  4. CARLA
    July 13, 2015 / 09:21

    SO SO SO FUN!!!!!!Im a hardcore speedo woman as well. <3

    • Elle Linton
      July 13, 2015 / 16:44

      I literally know no other 😉 happy speedo splashing x

  5. Patricia
    July 13, 2015 / 07:51

    What an awesome opportunity. 🙂 Congratulations on your podium finish!

    • Elle Linton
      July 13, 2015 / 16:42

      Thanks Patricia! 🙂

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