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  • It doesn't sound perfect but personally I'm just glad to see an open water swimming venue opening up, how often does that happen?

    Agreed. I'm just a grumpy old man. I'll almost certainly make a trip to Beckenham Park even though it's miles from me.

    There is a campaign to Revive Wild Swimming in Broomfield Park - https://www.spacehive.com/broomfield-pon­d-swim-society

  • As long as I have Shadwell Lido to myself, it's unlikely! But it's nice to have another OW venue open in the city.

  • Public self - that's really tragic that someone having a pleasant afternoon who just doesn't know the potential dangers of diving into open-water swimming 20m deep has paid that sort of price simply for not knowing any better.

    Private self - that pissed noob twat means there's gonna be cops stopping me swimming there for the next few weeks - where were those twats in January?

  • Three suspected deaths in total:

    https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/t­hree-river-thames-swimmers-feared-dead-a­fter-taking-a-dip-in-33c-heatwave-in-sep­arate-incidents-a4196901.html

    Kingston and Shadwell I can understand, but who gets it into their head to go swimming near Waterloo Bridge?

  • The Thames as it flows through Reading has become a riverside resort. Dozens of people in the river today.


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  • Back into the pool after a week in Annecy swimming in the lake every day. Some of the beaches a particular hit with daughter (Imperial and Talloires because of the slides, Saint Jorioz because of the diving platforms). Awesome holiday.

    2 and a bit weeks until Swim Serpentine. Need at least 3h this week and next, and then a mild taper.


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  • 13,400m in the last 7 days. Shoulders feeling mostly ok though.

    10 days until Swim Serpentine.

  • Hmm, I should do a bit. Think I've done about 1k in the last 7 days.
    2 mile Serpentine swim? I'm off at 11.55 in Wave 6

  • Super 6 for me, did the 2 mile swim the last two years and decided to go all in this time.

    I get to pick when I swim but will probably do 9.35, 11.55 and 14.15 waves, that gives me 1h between swims if I take 1h20 for each of the 2 miles.

    If I'm faster that may be too long out of the water between each so I may do 9.35 (2), 11.25 (1), 12.50 (2), 2.15 (1) but the Super 6 lot can go in at any time (within reason) so I don't need to coincide with any particular waves, but personally I prefer to start with a bunch of other people (2/3 of the way through the pack so I don't get in the way of the faster lot).

  • Been following this, it's beyond amazing. The S-curves in particular tell a story- she landed right on Cap Gris Nez and Shakespeare's each time, which is bloody difficult, particularly if you have a shit pilot (she had a shit pilot).

  • Started winter swim training at Gospel Oak Lido. Temperature was 16 last week and managed a nice cool 1500m, was back up to 18 this morning and did just under 4K before getting kicked out.
    I plan to be one of those nut jobs that swims there in skins all winter just for the hell of it.
    I have been reading up on how to avoid dying whilst doing so. Looking forward in a sick kind of way to it dropping back down and getting below 12. This is what people seem to agree is when it starts to get proper cold.

  • +1 yeah wtf. I mean how is that even possible?

  • Lake Annecey looks amazing, it's a place I plan to visit soon

  • Very good, another ultra-endurance record for a woman. Are there any male swimmers likely to be able to increase the record or is it now likely to be fought over by women only?

  • Gospel Oak Lido

    It's called Parliament Hill Lido...

    I plan to be one of those nut jobs that swims there in skins all winter just for the hell of it.

    It's great, enjoy.

    Looking forward in a sick kind of way to it dropping back down and getting below 12. This is what people seem to agree is when it starts to get proper cold.

    I found it changes. Between about 10 and 5 I feel the cold in my chest. Below that and the only thing I can think about is how much my toes and fingers hurt.

    The endurance folk go for 10 lengths + 1 per degree. I'm a wimp and went for 1 per degree.

  • It's not that difficult, you just keep swimming. I've been winter swimming for years, but if I was only getting in every few weeks, would be shivering for hours afterwards, borderline hypothermic on occasion if pushing things. Last winter I was getting in a couple of times a week, and it made a massive difference, even when well into single figures.

    Also, much prefer to swim at the Men's Pond rather than the Lido, mainly as it feels a bit more natural. Horses for courses. Lido may be a bit safer if you're planning to push your limits.

  • Are there any male swimmers likely to be able to increase the record or is it now likely to be fought over by women only?

    I really don't know - iirc, there have been three people who have done three and got partway into their fourth, and two of those were male. I reckon if you can get to 3.5, with better conditions/training/more luck, you can do 4.

    Interesting that there are two guys who've been battling (often quite petulantly) over the King of the Channel title, for most crossings - one of them was the observer on yesterday's swim. Neither of them are anywhere near Alison Streeter's record as Queen of the Channel.

  • I was talking about channel swims with my new BiL at the weekend, he's done one as part of a 4 man relay, and got to within sight of France on a solo attempt where (ironically he says) he lost it when he was finally able to see the far coast. He's tempted to try again on a solo attempt.

    I don't mind doing hours of swimming in pools or lakes but jellyfish and other sea related things just give me the heebie-jeebies.

  • I've always called it Gospel Oak Lido :D

    I plan on getting gloves and socks for when it goes below about 15 I am thinking.

    Once it goes below 12 I am gonna stay in about 1-2 mins per degree and see how I go from there! I'm new to it, I have heard it is an amazing buzz, if you don't get hyperthermia :)

  • he lost it when he was finally able to see the far coast

    Know a few people this has happened to. Key rule is - never look for France - only ever look at your pilot, let him worry about France.

    I've just done 2 and 4 man relays. Never a solo yet, and time is running out.

  • Thanks KL, I plan on going at least twice a week.
    I am prone to sinus and respiratory infections due to this underlying rhinitis condition and although I like the ponds, for me the lido is a better option.

  • I plan on getting gloves and socks for when it goes below about 15 I am thinking.

    kl-compliancy fail

  • I plan on getting gloves and socks for when it goes below about 15 I am thinking

    They make a very big difference. I use socks for winter sea swims when it's rocky, and gloves for Shadwell Basin in low single figures, as you need to grip and climb about 8-10 foot up a metal ladder, and it could be game over if your hands weren't functional.

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