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TriSam




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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2017 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did my first OW swim of the year last week... 10 degrees. Now that was cold! Lasted no longer than 20 minutes before the head cold did me in and I had to abandon
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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2017 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finally got in our river. Almost 11 degrees but interestingly almost 1 degree up on the same date as last year. Trying to short cut my way into skins for a river swim event in 3 weeks. Managed 25 minutes in the shortie. Hopefully a tad warmer this Friday as I intend to go with no rubber.
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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2017 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did my first sea swim of the year this week. 11C apparently. Just had my regular wetsuit, 2 swimhats and did wear gloves though. Swam about 15 mins - not too bad. I take it in 3 stages. 1) Feet in water 2) Up to waist, put hands in water, get used to it 3) Put face in water, get over shock (!) - then off you go...!
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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2017 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did my first OW swim of the year on Tuesday as prep for the Slateman next weekend, 12.8 degrees so we were told, felt a whole lot colder than that, bit of brain freeze even with wearing a neoprene hat and took over an hour for my feet to warm up afterwards

I will go again this coming Tuesday but not sure I'm going to be fully ready and prepared for the Slateman swim as it's normally pretty cold ain't it? Shocked
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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2017 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finally managedto get out to the lake yesterday. 15 degrees and really not that cold at all, no brain freeze, hands not numb, no dizzyness.

Very pleasantly surprised. Got a race on Sunday and it is in a 4ft deep boating lake so should be 15 at least. Happy days.

Makes a change from the 10/11/12 degrees at Slateman!!
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PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2017 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finally got down to thelocal lake for my first OWS. Relatively pleasant temperature of 16.5C and didn't struggle to get my body submerged. Friendly people and a calm lake. Managed to do 950m in the end, albeit slowly.

However, I found I really struggled with the cold on my face when swimming and could feel a rising HR and rising panic. I hope that when I go again on Wednesday I manage to swim more consistent freestyle rather than having to stop and take small breaks.
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PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2017 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

14 C at southport today...a tad chilly for me, but most seemed to cope well...
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