At Swim.com, we pride ourselves on our ability to deliver the best possible swimming experience to our users – but in order to do that, we thrive on the feedback of our community. That’s why we assembled a small team of Swim.com’s loyal user-base and formed The Swim.com Ambassadors.
As the team gets to work, we’re going to feature a single ambassador each week until the world knows the entire Swim.com team!
This week, we’re showcasing Anne Turner!
Check below for our full Q & A with Anne!
Question: What made you fall in love with swimming?
Answer: I have always loved swimming. I love being in the water, I always have as long as I can remember and from the childhood stories my parents love to share, even longer than that. I was the baby that never wanted to get out of the water; this has never changed!
Q: How does Swim.com enhance your swimming experience?
A: Swim.com is my training companion, log and pace clock. I do a lot of my training alone with
sessions set by a remote coach. It’s really great to have Swim.com to be able to track my sessions and communicate back to my coach. I swim at a facility that never used to have a pace clock so to have that available to me on my wrist makes such a difference. And when I’ve had rough patches in training, it’s also kind of nice to have that history to hand and see how far
Q: What does swimming mean to you?
A: Oh wow. Swimming is like oxygen to me. I had to quit swimming as a teen due to severe health issues that kept me out of the water for almost 20 years. That broke my heart. I only realized just how much when I could finally return to the pool, and that gaping hole was filled
Q: How are you staying in swimming-shape during COVID-19?
A: I can’t wait to be back in the water, like so many of us! I’ve been fortunate enough to be able
to get hold of an indoor rowing machine and a turbo trainer and have a decent home gym with kettlebells and dryland cords. I’ve broadly kept the same training routine as I have when I’m swimming, so I’m cycling and rowing five or six days a week in place of my pool sessions alongside
three strength-based dryland workouts too. I’ve completed a few virtual duathlon events from sprint to standard distance to scratch that competitive itch, and even did a stay-home 70.3 triathlon
(run-bike-row) for charity without leaving home.
Q: What’s your favorite aspect of Swim.com?
A: I love the clock features, specifically the interval timer and drills mode. Those were the features that got me started with Swim.com as – at the time – it was the only app that could offer both. It’s also great at detecting the right stroke, which is great since I do a lot of mixed stroke training.
Q: What type of watch do you swim with?
A: Apple watch series 5
Q: Do you have a favorite swimming memory?
A: There are so many! If I had to pick a favorite, it would be open water Nationals last year. It was a beautiful day at a great location. I only started open water swimming a couple of years ago, and under duress too! I swam really well and came away with a very unexpected 2nd in age
group in the 3km event. But what made the day for me – and what I love about all Masters events – is the camaraderie among all the swimmers. Swimming is one massive family and I’m privileged to be a part of it.