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mudman




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PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2010 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bazep wrote:
was about to post a dig at Mudman for the Aberdeen dissing - but then realise I moved away 10 eyears ago and the only thing I miss is getting out of aberdeen! Great OW location at knockburn by the way - just don't tell anyone about it!


That's my favourite OW swimming place in the world! I've been there when it's so cold all I could manage is 20m breast stroke then sat in the car shivering with the heaters on.
Had the pleasure of swimming there after work, early summer evening, no one around for miles and a couple of eagles flying overhead, surrounded by the woods on one side and the hills on the other.
And to think you can race there too!

If/when I have the misfortune to be relocated for a 4th time back to Abz, I'll be happy in the knowledge I can swim there again. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2010 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah - the brother in law and i figured we'd struck gold when we found it. cracking spot. midgies are a bitch though.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2010 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bazep wrote:
yeah - the brother in law and i figured we'd struck gold when we found it. cracking spot. midgies are a bitch though.


Wetsuit[tick]
Swim cap[tick]
goggles[tick]

How & what were the midgies biting ?! Never had a problem with them.
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whizzer




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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 10:00 am    Post subject: UK Open Water Swim locations Reply with quote

Argyll on the West Coast of Scotland - absolutely biased as living here for years now but in the last few years local Tri club has developed our OW swimming wing and we now through spring to the autumn swim in fresh water and sea lochs.
Water quality is just fabulous, scenery stunning and the OW challenges great - "Corryvreckan" conquered long before celebs ventured on the scene Wink

Pictures of venues and OW events can be found here:
http://www.midargyllcycleclub.co.uk/web/index.php?option=com_expose&Itemid=61

Anyone visiting up her anytime- regularly out on Tuesday evening- starting this Tuesday!
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newarktricky




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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Myself and OW swimming legend Rolling Eyes Toyota_Crown swim with Lincoln Tri here:

http://www.activities-away.com/downloads/Lincoln%20Adventure%20Centre.pdf

Monday evenings from next week 6.15 onwards will be the dedicated club session but there will also be public swimming there on saturday mornings 10-12.

I will be popping across to Market Bosworth for Tritalkman on May 1st too

NT Very Happy Very Happy
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alymarlow




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PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's a good new lake now open in Eastleigh, Hampshire.

http://www.lakesidemultisports.co.uk/
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mudman wrote:
bazep wrote:
yeah - the brother in law and i figured we'd struck gold when we found it. cracking spot. midgies are a bitch though.


Wetsuit[tick]
Swim cap[tick]
goggles[tick]

How & what were the midgies biting ?! Never had a problem with them.


before and after rather than during - unless you drive there and back in your wetsuit cap and goggles (the mental image of that has me chuckling to myself)?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Portobello beach in Edinburgh - Edinburgh Road Club have a session every Friday evening at 6.30-ish everyone welcome. You get to use the local baths for changing and showers. Water quality can be a bit iffy sometimes.

Gullane beach a little further east in East Lothian is even better - spectacular location.

Loads of lochs around the central belt and up into the highlands. No restrictions on any of them. Tay, Vennacher, Lomond (Glasgow Tri and Fusion use it), Lochore Meadows etc etc - spoilt for choice
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No ones mentioned Leybourne yet. Lovely lake close to Maidstone. Kent junc 4 off M20. Run by UKIronman himself. Very clean, and even have ducks and swans for company. That without the sunken car, toilet and dolphin! 550m loop and 1100m all round. regular tris there run by Team Outrageous...just need to have an assessment before you can swim though...nothing too difficult though...local council rules!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hammerer wrote:
No ones mentioned Leybourne yet. Lovely lake close to Maidstone. Kent junc 4 off M20. Run by UKIronman himself. Very clean, and even have ducks and swans for company. That without the sunken car, toilet and dolphin! 550m loop and 1100m all round. regular tris there run by Team Outrageous...just need to have an assessment before you can swim though...nothing too difficult though...local council rules!


Thanks Carl - just one minor adjustment, 1331 meters around perimeter - 3 laps is exactly 4K. Cool
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tatatrisec




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PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For all you sea swimmers here's a link to a surf website given to me by a surf dude. Last year it was very accurate and if it said no swell, it was flat.
Give it a go. http://magicseaweed.com/Aberavon-Surf-Report/30/tide/uk/.
This links you to Aberavon but the locations around the UK are all there.
I've been in the sea once this year and it was a freezing 8 degs. Brrrrr.
We also swim at Resolven lakes in the Neath valley but only by appointment with owner who uses it for jet ski-ing.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all the contributions. We're building up a nice little list of OW locations now. Keep them coming!
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ineedanoriginal




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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For those near Woking/Aldershot/Farnborough try the Quays at Mychett:

http://www.trisportuk.org/swimming/OpenWaterSwimming.aspx

I swam Saturday and Sunday morning and the water temp was about 13 degrees with no weed. Good 750m lap and they are working on other improvements that will make it better.
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tonyshoe7




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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I went to redricks lake in Harlow/Sawbridgeworth on Saturday morning. First time i'd been there.

Good few like minded triathletes turned up, a massuer was there and they had a tea/burger van, showers and toilets.

Really enjoyed the swim, hardly any reeds/weeds touching your feet, water clear'ish, was cold but to be expected, one lap = approx 750m.

http://www.redrickslakes.co.uk/directions.htm
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone swum in the sea lochs around Skye? Up there at spring week, on the west side near Carbost, and wondering if it's worth taking the wetsuits.
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