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mikec

Member since Oct 2007 • Last active Dec 2019

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    5c at Parliament hill today. I never imagined I'd be able to swim in water this cold when I started in the summer but now I can't wait until it gets even colder.
    I enjoy it almost as much as when I used to do the track league.

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    The rage never dies. Until I got into cold water

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    Yes, I am aiming for 2 minutes per degree which is as you say about a length per degree. It is really hard going when it's this cold :D
    You might find it difficult at first but I'm sure you'd acclimatise quickly. I definitely need to get some gloves, my fingers froze yesterday

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    Anyone here going to Parliament Hill Lido regularly? I have been going 2-3 times a week since summer. It was 7C this morning. I managed about 15 minutes, so 7 slow laps.
    I have to say, I am astonished at how quickly I (one) acclimatises to the cold water and the effect it has had on my general physical and mental wellbeing. I thought it was a myth or an exaggeration about the zing, but it leaves me feeling so calm and relaxed for the day, almost like I am permanently on valium.
    It really is quite extraordinary. No more crazy road rage issues or cycling into Lambo's

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    Getting colder in the lido. Down to 14 today, I managed 30 minutes which is an improvement on the 6 lengths I managed last week when it was 14. I think I could get used to this.
    Bought myself some boots for when it gets much colder. Sauna afterwards is lovely. Felt great cycling to work afterwards, all warm and glowing which is a massive departure from my general anger and angst.

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    Ohh I see. Gloves and boots are for wimps?
    Do they cause as much debate in swimming circles as headphones and helmets do in cycling :D

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    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.

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    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 :)

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

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

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