Tuesday, 6 December 2011
December Morning Treat
Coming swimming on a cold december morning at the Tooting Bec Lido offers more benefits than (first) meets the eye!
Yes, there is the lovely crisp air.
There is the beautifully vast expanse of the pool.
There is a superb quality of light... and the appearance of the sun
There the challenge of swimming in water temperature of 6 C .
There is frost on leaves, twigs, the cubicle roof ....
There is the sauna... the laughs, the camaraderie ...
AND, today, to top it all there was a beautifully and lovingly created cake made by cake chef, Kate!
Thank you so much Kate!
Mr Bubbles was already in the pool
leaves and twigs covered in crystals
lovely view across the roof of the cubicles
Kate is in smiling .. before
.... psyching herself up
definitely abandoned ...
the water looks much thicker and felt much heavier
Hilary pushing through the tickness
when orange turns to pink :
Mr Bubbles at the end of his (12 lengths) swim
I wonder whether he tool some under water shots while he was swimming?
we will have to go on to his blog and check!
Kate was having problems with her googles ...
after a quick re-adjustment she was off again
the sun was still making her mind up
whether to fully appear
Sue's morning ritual - each to their own
Hilary making a fist to try and get
a bit of feeling back into her hands...
before (lido) crawling to the steps
Claire arriving full of anticipation
while Jane has already been in the pool,
to the sauna and showered
frozen leaves everywhere
Nick has had enough ...
... he's off the the sauna ... where ...
... today's topic was all about extra-ordinary breakfasts
Kate treated us morning swimmers (who didn't have to immediately rush off)
to a truly extra ordinary feast
No wonder there wasn't much left of her superb
"North American Pecan Cake" creation ...
Fortunately there was a delicious slice left more me!
I simply had to get in for a second (short 2 widths) stint after the sauna.
Sue made her way over to "the cake" and asked whether I was going to dive in ..