Posted by: wildswimmers | February 9, 2014

First club swim of 2014

Quite a crowd turned out for our first swim of 2014, attracted (as always) by the promise of tasty soup, a roaring fire and tons of food up at the Club HQ.  We’ve had LOTS of rain but not many storms and the water is about 7ºC.  The amount of neoprene worn varied considerably but everyone got into the water for a great swim which is the most important thing.  I’m including a photo of myself taken the previous week after my accident.  On exiting the water after a cold 20 minute swim I set off to cycle home with numb hands, and clad in voluminous layers of fleece and lambswool, 3 hats partially obscuring my view and with an ungainly shopping bag flapping wildly in the wind.  The bag subsequently and suddenly caught in the brakes and stopped the bike abruptly and no-one will be surprised to learn that I was catapulted over the handlebars and smashed my face onto the concrete.  After this nasty fright, a short visit to A&E and a talking to from my family I have now revised my apparel and routine for getting home safely after swims!


  1. Missed you at Chillswim this year. X


    • Oh thanks! I hope it went as well as last time.


      • It was great, more swimmers and a 1km event on the Sunday morning. Btw, I hope you have healed and not suffering too much pain. Ouch! X


      • Good show! I’m fine now thanks, a few bruises and a black eye… Did you see Davina’s brave swim today?


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