A beautiful warm, bright, sunny morning. Just as well the sauna is off, winter is over.
This left me with a dilemma, how long should I stay in the water and how far could I swim?
Carl and Kate had just arrived, Nando and Batch were getting ready. Vince had already done five lengths and was already dressed again.
Elizabeth was back after a week in Cornwall. I'm sure the water was a bit of a shock, does she have a new hat?
I think that's Kevin in the wetsuit and Carl further back, at 10ºC it's still a bit nippy. Carl advised twelve lengths but said he might do eighteen.
The contrasting strokes of Sue and Chris yet they swim very well together. I wasn't cold in the water but I knew I'd pay for it once I got out.
Nick at full stretch, he joined Sue, Chris and Ian in their mass swim. I had done eighteen lengths and stopped for pictures on the way, about 30 minutes in the water.
Carl swimming back. He got out after twelve 'I'm sensible' he told me. I wasn't too badly frozen, bundled up in coat hat and gloves I cycled into work. My feet were numb by the time I arrived.
As it's the end of April, it's time for some statistics:
I did 24 seperate swims in March
The water was between 8.5ºC - 10ºC when I was swimming
Longest single swim 30 lengths.
I swam 502 lengths.
That is 50,200 yards or about 28.5 miles or 45.5km
April this year was much cooler than last, in fact we didn't even reach 11ºC my coldest swim in April 2011. I did 82 lengths less than in 2011.