The lake is getting warmer

Overcast Clouds, 13°C

Henleaze Lake

The lake is getting warmer

Early to the lake today on a mild, but grey overcast day. Water was 9ºC, which was warmer than two weeks ago, and 4 or 5º better than last December. I swam 4 lengths, 300m, then has a long sauna chatting, then another 300m. I got really chilly on the second swim so had another sauna to warm up. I was not flavour of the say because the sauna was at 95ºC and a few of us thought it was too hot. So it was dropped down in temperature, but then the sauna itself dropped to 75ºC, oops! Much chatter.

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Now <10°C at Henleaze

Light Rain, 10°C

Henleaze Lake

Now <10°C at Henleaze

The small swim area is in operation and water was 8°C, dropped 3° in two weeks. Bbbrrr! The new length is 75m, and I managed six lengths, sauna, four lengths, sauna and then a cold cycle home in the wind and the rain. Bit of a miserable day for it. Managed all this without gloves and bootees.

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Winter Dippers AGM

Swimming Lake, Bristol, Bristol, City of Bristol BS10, UK

Winter Dipper AGM

Good AGM meeting and almost warm enough to sit out on the lawn for the duration, which we had to do because of numbers. Lots of enthusiasm to continue next year, and extend the swimming days. Alex is taking over as the next chair of Winter Dippers. We managed a group photo, out and in the water, but it was quite chilly. Couple of lengths (11°C), which was a bit colder than yesterday, but good to do this in the company of about 20 other swimmers!

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How Warm?

Swimming Lake, Bristol, Bristol, City of Bristol BS10, UK

How warm?

It’s been 5 or so weeks since I managed a swim and in that time water has warmed up to an amazing 13°C (last time it was 4.5°C). So the warm weather has made a huge difference. When I arrived I didn’t look at the board for the water temperature nor did I notice that the full length of the lake was open (from 10°C and above): so I put on my gloves and bootees and got a wonderful surprise in the water! Enjoyed my four length of the full length of the lake and no need for a sauna today to warm up. Summer temperatures are going to feel like a bath after this. Got my last stamp on the card, and my winter dippers badge. I did find stamping the card motivating.

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