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Oct. 31st, 2010

01:25 am - Cold water swimming

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From:rplackett
Date:October 31st, 2010 05:59 pm (UTC)
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I went swimming in Loch Lomond during the summer when I was at a conference. We think the water was about 10 degrees there and I can report it was bloody freezing, to the point of it being difficult to breathe. The novelty of swimming about with ducks going past didn't make up for how bloody cold it was. I then went and got in the hotel pool which felt amazing afterwards. Not something I would want to do every day but fun in a slightly masochistic way, muck like long distance running i suspect.
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From:johnckirk
Date:October 31st, 2010 06:12 pm (UTC)
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There's a comment in Kate Rew's book about swimming on the Isle of Skye. "A local swimmer warns us they're on the usual Scottish temperature range: cold, bastard cold or freezing." I'd like to try out a couple of lochs when I cycle LEJOG, particularly Loch Ness and Loch Lochy (mainly because of its silly name).

Regarding masochism, I read something similar recently: 5 health benefits of cold water swimming. That says: "And if you think that sounds dangerously close to the pleasure/pain barrier then you’re probably right. The two other primary causes for endorphin release are pain and orgasm."
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