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Friday, 13 April 2012

Sneaky Alfonso

It just doesn't pay off to play a "fast one" on Alex !!

Alfonso dithering around ... for ages ...

before ...even putting his goggles on ... he blamed his 10 day stay in Morocco
for delaying him - Also he was sneakily waiting for Alex to come back down to the shallow end ...

Peter Ra doing his best to hold off fast approaching Alex ...

No chance ... Alex has already tumble turned and is off again
before Peter reaches the end of his length!
baffled by it all ,Peter stopped and asked "Who is this? he swims like the speed of light"
That's Alex!
still no sign of Alfonso making his move ... he is still waiting !

Jane feeling the cold, specially in her hands

nothing that a hot shower or a stint in the sauna can't help with!

... from where Tricky (after having swam his mile)
has just emerged from before jumping back into the pool
(with a big splash!)

What's happening here?
Alfonso is about to (finally) jump in, to get a head start on Alex who is tumble turning
and Gus is just pushing off for his mile

Alfonso spear heading off ... ahead of Alex

Tricky draped in "stars and stripes"

Vince arrived with his children - Laurie happy to be at the Lido too

now the stars and stripes have shifted ...

Alfonso may have had a head start on Alex ... not for long though...
Alex worked hard to catch up ... and catch up he did ...
in fact he is now leading coming into their tumble turns!

... where Alfonso grabs his advantage ...
a strong push off gave him a slight lead ...
on the straight there is no mistaking who swims faster though : Alex is always the winner!

Vince submerged in one of his dreams again ..

Gus at about length 14 ... of a total of 18 lengths

there was a lot of chatting going on this morning between Chris and Sue R.

almost ready ...

and push off!
Sue, long, stretched out and gliding is already gaining pace

Kate and Carl came a bit later this morning ..
Carl had been to the physio who concluded after having taken a good look at Carl that all his muscles are hard and tired ... his order: to take it "easy" which Carl interpreted as "only staying in 9C water for 30 minutes" instead of 1 hour which he had planned on doing :)

Kate taking a short rest after her first length - her hands were already cold before she got in ...

She was quick to push off again though!
And knowing Kate she probably went on to swim at least 1 kilometre if not a mile
- there simply is no stopping her!


  1. A great set of images. I love my feet and Alfonso's hands in the same shot. He was very fast to begin with this morning and his tumble turn is way better than mine but it was still fun to swim with him. Nice picture of Kate too.

  2. Of course I cannot keep up with Alex! I am a beginner and he has been swimming like a fish for years! Peter Ra !