Tuesday, 15 December 2009
120 % Joy
I arrived at the pool earlier than usual ... and this is what I saw first off! Isn't it amazing .... the stillness, the quality of the light - the sun was just breaking through ... the water definitely had a special quality too - not only had the temperature dropped to 4 Celsius, it appeared and felt heavier. It now almost has a "oil like" quality.
I will admit that it I did think twice today whether I should still swim lengths or not ... well, I wanted to feel what it's like to still be swimming two lengths at 4 Celsius. I guess there was only one way of finding out! So yes, I did! I can tell you that if it wasn't for the pain in my hands it would be a one hundred percent amazingly exhilarating experience! The pain in my hands -which started two thirds up the first length - was not enjoyable but the rest truly was ... if that makes sense?! Besides the reward of the sauna makes it all possible. And swimming a further two widths after 20 minutes in the sauna is 120% of pure joy!
I can't imagine how Sue and Chris managed four lengths. Sue must still be on a HIGH from having accompanied Doreen to Sheffield for the BBC Sport Personality Award ... but Chris??!! :)