Cold spots

I measured the Guillamenes at 12.5C yesterday, a full 3.5C warmer than a week previously, sun in the sky, and no wind. However swimming outward past Newtown Cove the temp dropped, and halfway to the Metalman I’d say it was only about 9.5C. There was no particular sensation of gradually warmer water as I swam…

An ordinary spring training day

Coach Eilish (aka, “sadist”, “Himmler”*, “that wagon”) never allows us to be become complacent. Like any good coach she makes sure no two days are ever the same and continuously challenges us. After 2 years training with her, I now have a “library” of hundreds of her sessions. But we do go through various stages…

The Helvick RNLI Swim August 22nd 2010

Those of you local to Waterford will know of the annual Helvick swim fundraiser for the RNLI and many others further afield also know of it. It’s been running for many years and until last year was a closed event with a waiting list. It’s previously been about 2500 metres, with a boat drop start…

lanolin and other types of grease and lubrication

Salt-water chafing

When we were in Dover two years ago for our two-way relay swim, one day we were getting ready to go swimming in the harbour. Three guys came over to us and we got talking, as is common in Dover. They had come from New York for a one-way relay. They wanted to know why…

The cumulative effects of cold water?

I’m right in the middle of a painful learning experience, and that is the cumulative effects of daily swimming “into” cold or very cold. I’m tired this week as a consequence partly of last Friday’s nine and a half hour swim. But last Sunday I also started to sea swim daily. I’ve swum through the…

“What temperature of water is too cold to swim in?”

Edit: this post, the site’s most popular, has an updated version. This post is courtesy of searches on the site as a few variations of this question have cropped up. I guess one could divide thoughts on lowest possible water temperature in which to swim into three camps. 1 degree WARMER than it is now What…

Just another long pool swim

(WordPress somehow chewed the original of this post, which had followed the Socrates quote, so below is a quick and lazy rewrite). Last Friday we (2010 Channel aspirants) met for a 10 hour pool swim. I had only approximately 4 hours sleep the previous night and was feeling tired but expecting the worst after the…

Merino Wool

Winds shifted North again over the weekend and look likely to stay that way for a while. :-( By today water temperature had dropped down to 7 Celsius (from 8.8 C.), i.e. mid-January and mid-March temperatures. 1 hour and 15 mins on Sunday dropped to 1 hour today. Hands “gone” by 45 minutes and the…

“No man…”

“No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.” -Socrates * I’m obviously not responsible for the inherent misogyny of two and a half thousand years ago…