Tuesday, 1 November 2011
Let's All Swim to Latvia
Coming off the main road when cycling to the Lido ... I am being greeted by the somewhat battered Lido sign and the lovely trees which always makes my heart jump for joy!
the green leaves are really turning to yellow ... still plenty on the trees though
signing in this morning, members got the perfect reminder to clock up their distance in the pool for, or should I say to reach Latvia in January (which is where and when the Cold Water Champs will be held - Jan. 20-22 2012) Swimmers can register widths or lengths - so go for it but remember to swim within reason!
as I walked down the line of cubicles there was a brief break in the clouds ...
Jonathan happened to be the only one in the pool at the time .. and he swam straight through the bean of light!
After my forth length a saw Peter walking (backwards) - I interrupted my swim to quickly take this shot .. he told me that walking widths as well as swimming some, allows him to stay in the water longer .. ahhh... I knew there was a very plausible reason for it!
at the end of my swim, Alex was just performing .. yes, yet another tumble turn at the shallow end ... my zoom was set too close which is why I only got a fraction of the action!
waiting for another swimmer - they were all down the deep end - there were plenty of leaves to play with and capture
but here came Vince, fully stretched out
and taking a breath - always a good idea!
back onto length no 3 from a total of 4
Alex was back in no time at all - Sue and Pip in the background -
as well as plenty of leaves at the bottom of the pool
got Alex again as he passed by
and in full stretch just having pushed off the wall
bubbles galore - I bet this is what keeps Alex warm in the pool - he does however claim it's all down to his new neoprene cap!
time to log my feeble 6 lengths - Stephanie clocked up 28! She also put the water temperature down : 12.8 Celsius - how mad that the temperature is going up these days! Didn't feel much warmer than 12 to me :)
lovely contrast of green ivy and golden leaves -
taken above the roof on the railway side of the Lido
some leaves are truly dead ...
Ian and Pip getting ready for their stint in the pool
Yes, chatting with Margy can be pretty scary - even for Alex!
Here Margy was encouraging Alex to swim to Latvia .. no, not all by himself ...
He was chuffed to report his 22 lengths of today.
not sure how many Sue had clocked up ... two wet caps and goggles were proof enough that she's been swimming!