John C. Kirk (johnckirk) wrote,
John C. Kirk
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OSS December Dip

Each year, the Outdoor Swimming Society (OSS) organise a "December Dip" as a fundraiser: this involves swimming 2 widths of Parliament Hill lido (2 x 28m). The pool is unheated, and the point is to wear a normal swimsuit rather than a wetsuit. I went along in 2009 (6°) and 2010 (0.1°C) but I missed it in 2011. Today, the water temperature was 3°C.

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I've entered the Cold Water Swimming Championships, which will be held at Tooting Bec Lido on 26th January. This event runs every 2 years, and I was there on SJA duty in 2009 and 2011, so it should be interesting to see it from the other side. I'll be doing the 30m freestyle and 30m head up breaststroke: that's 1 width for each race, although they have heats in the morning and finals in the afternoon, so some people will do that distance twice per category. The last time I raced at Tooting Bec I came last, so I don't expect to win anything, but I'll be happy just to take part.
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