haha, ive stopped talking to people at the pool as otherwise I end up spending 15 minutes "resting" between intervals each session talking to random strangers avoiding actually swimming.
its probably not much use to anyone here, but i'm "organising*" an open water swim on Monday in the Jubilee river in Taplow, followed by a pint and a giant sandwich, I went in with a few people on Saturday and its bearable with gloves and booties, and the Jubilee has the advantage of being boat free as it is not possible to take anything other than a canoe down there as its got a series of weirs with no locks. its a lovely place to swim as a result and its very slow flowing even at this time of year. if anyone is about and fancies it, let me know!
*When i say organising, I mean i'll be there with some other swimmers, there will be some one on the side to look after car keys etc but there's no support or safety to talk of, and all risk is your own if you do turn up!