Paul has had a relatively restful weekend as I have been up to London attending the Cold Water Swimming Championships with some swimmers from Devon & Cornwall Wild Swimming. This event was held at Tooting Bec Lido in their wonderful pool, which is 100 yards long and 1.7 degrees cold! There were many races – freestyle, relays, etc – all swum across the width of the pool, which is just over 33 yards. I entered the Heads Up Breast-stroke race during which you are encouraged to wear a fetching hat. I crocheted a replica (complete with flashing light) of Smeaton’s Tower. My hat was much admired and photographed. The water was incredibly cold, but luckily I had swum in Kit Hill Quarry in the snow the week before to prepare myself. The real stars of the day were those who braved the Endurance Race – 2 laps of the pool. This took around 12 minutes on average, so was not for the faint-hearted and only those who were deemed to have enough experience were allowed to compete.
When I got back we went for a stroll on the Hoe – It’s always good to see the sea when you’ve been away from Plymouth! It was very breezy, but the light was fantastic – Paul was busy taking photos which no doubt will be used for painting purposes over the next few months.
I am always impressed by Paul’s ability to forecast the weather: he saw the dark clouds approaching and announced that we had 15 minutes to get back to the car Sure enough, he was right (as usual) and we just about made it before the heavens opened.
We popped our heads briefly into Gary Rhodes’ new place on the Hoe. It looks very open and airy, with great views, of course, although there were a few too many photos of Gary around for my liking. It’s certainly is encouraging to see Plymouth going up in the world!