20/02/2012 by Carl Reynolds
Back to the cold. Sign on the door says, “ice in pool”. We check the thermometer – a balmy 2.5 degrees C. We can’t swim in the shallow end as it has a fine coating of ice. Ice that would lacerate the unwary swimmer. Kate’s a little reluctant, but stays in for the best part of eight minutes and does 400 yards; I stay in about the same time and manage 633 yards. Then into the sauna for a warm up where we chat variously with Jenny and others unknown. Then we have it to ourselves before the surprising arrival of Gary and Fiona, gatecrashing from Brockwell Lido. They have a fun old time and intersperse widths and dunking with more sauna time. I join in and do another 200 yards; and then we wait, take pics and clean the sauna at 1pm.
Ape – 833 yards, Mrs Ape – 400 yards, 2.5 degrees C.