01/12/2011 by Carl Reynolds
I’d seen from the weather forecast that this was to be the last mild day for a while. And it’s the 1st December, so what better thing to do than swim two miles in 8 degree C water? I imagine people can think of many other things, but I am a cold water obsessive. I’d said to Nando that I’d be down at ten, and he said he’d join me, but he was already stroking up and down the pool, as was Pip. I looked at Pip and thought, “he’s such a competitive soul that he’ll be wanting to do a two miler as well”.
After a quick chat with Jenny of Swimming Round London fame , I thought I might as well get on with it. I arranged a signal with the lifeguards and set off. At the turn of a mile, Pip was standing on the side grinning and said that he’d done 37 lengths (a 100 yards or so past the two miles); so concluded that my earlier assumption was right and rolled on. At just over two kilometres, I saw Peter and Sally get in. They swim head up breaststroke (well in this temperature anyway) and I knew that it’d take me roughly the same time to do another km, as it would for Peter to do eight lengths. At the final turn for the two miles, I realised I was a few minutes under the hour, so thought I should pip Pip. So went on to do 40 lengths.
Although I had turned up to spotting rain and cloud cover, by my fourth length the sun came and shone on me for the whole hour and a bit. And after twenty minutes in the sauna had disappeared again. Which gave Martin plenty of light to film me. He’s posted it here. Thanks Martin. Pip got in later and did another four to take him to 41. But then he doesn’t wear a cap.
3.66km, 8 degrees C (4000 yards/2.27 miles, 46.4 degrees F)