Posts Tagged ‘Charlton Lido’

That was a long drawn out title of the current chaos my life happens to be.

With the completion of SwimFor2k and the final marathon swim of the year approaching, I am reminded of a swim I had to bail out of last month.

Overall, it sucks being a woman at times – there I said it. Normally I don’t begrudge destiny for dealing me with the, in my opinion, unlucky gender card, but there are other times I just find it so annoying.

I am sure you have heard this rant before, women being the stronger species because we can make life, and we have certain equipment, that is why we have the power (of Grayskull), well that’s poppy cock!

I do not think we are stronger, I think we had a delayed reaction when volunteering for the good stuff, and we post empowering messages to try and make ourselves feel better. After all, there is nothing great about having a monthly inconvenience, particularly if you are athletic, and how can people say childbirth is beautiful? I honestly don’t know why, if you have been through it once, you voluntarily go through the process again. I mean, we are in the 21st century, why hasn’t anyone developed the technology to beam them out yet?

Did Gene Roddenberry ‘s endeavours not inspire anyone in the healthcare profession?

But alas the reason for my rant is because of certain monthly inconveniences, and post-childbirth recovery (yes one can take years to recover, do not pay attention to the internet), and it has cost me another swim, and one I was really really looking forward to.

It wasn’t a race, it was more of a leisure swim around Hever Castle and the first with the influence of Outdoor Swimmer.

Hopefully next year 😦

And for all those who are saying, if you suffer that bad why not get something done about it, well if there was something that could be done, I would have definitely done it by now.

I can’t complain overall though, even though I am doing a good job of it I know, I am nearly back up to my distances and speeds only 18 months after having Monster. Granted when I get to the lido, I feel like I have already carried out a marathon, and often look like I have been dragged through a hedge backwards with my kit (i.e. cap is on diagonally, I am fighting to detangle my underwater MP3 player, my straps on my goggles keep loosening), and the swim itself in the morning can normally only last up to 45 minutes. But without sounding like I want the moon on a stick, overall, I am lucky – like most humans, I just forget sometimes.

It is getting to that time of year when the pools are much less crowded, which means I get a lane and the lovely cold water to (virtually) myself, and in the mornings, I get to swim to the sun rising which I love.

I’m still very happy with my MP3 player, it is one of the best I have owned for years, but I am having trouble with earbuds, they tend to let water in, but that is easily rectified. Music for most is a stress relief and I couldn’t imagine swimming without it now.

On the subject of music, I am not sure if it was a reflex of perhaps drinking one night, or if I just missed it, but the relaunch of Lotus Magma Magazine is in place. The new site, with all new scripts and snazzy look has been launched and at present there are legacy articles from the old magazine on display.

In fact, I think it was due to drink because I remember pulling the old LM back up databases whilst drinking rum. Like most tech-people ‘in the zone’ I was drinking at my desk, coding and exporting/importing the old database and sipping my drink at the same time. I must have been doing a lot of sipping because when Jack came home from work that evening he found me laughing at the printer.

I don’t know what it did, but clearly, I found it funny.

More details regarding the relaunch of Lotus Magma will following shortly. In the meantime, the JustGiving page is still open for SwimFor2k for the Marine Conservation Society and look out for further details for my final swim of 2017.

Last weekend was been a mixture of hot and cold in the pools.

Friday began with Monster swimming. This usually takes place on a Sunday but we had family plans (i.e. rare occasion that we all have the same days off together), and so Monster and I went for a Friday swim instead.

We got into the children’s pool, and there was another couple with a young baby, and a man with his son who was of toddler age. Both soon departed, which meant that Monster and I had the pool to ourselves.

From the minute Monster’s feet touch the water they are moving. For 7 months old Monster is an exceptional swimmer but is also very ambitious so I can see me having to instil some fear into them when they are older (it is usually the other way around), and with every session they get stronger.

It seems that cold water does not faze them either. Being a long distance and cold water swimmer I have always been aware of what the cold can do to the body. The cold can sneak up on you and before you know it, you have a draft or worse a strain of hypothermia, so I am continuously checking both of our temperatures while we swim. When we take breaks, what looks like a mother and child cuddle is really a temperature check and a transfer of heat over to Monster from myself. Like I said Monster gets very ambitious and then forgets to tell me if they get cold.

We had been swimming for over 30 minutes when a lady and her two children got into the pool. The eldest was around toddler age and the baby was around Monster’s age, perhaps a tad younger. From the minute they entered the pool the children cried due to the temperature of the water. I agreed with their mother that it was colder than usual but there was only us in the pool so 30 degrees is then much cooler.

Luckily Monster is not the type to react to upset children and mimic the mood, far from it, they seem to take it as a challenge and act the complete opposite, along the lines of ‘look at me, I’m so well behaved’.

The lady’s mother also entered the pool and proceeded to quiz the lifeguard on the temperature. She also said she expected it from the main pool as it was ‘freezing in there’, I didn’t like mention that I sweat under my swim cap when I swim in the main pool.

They left the pool within 10 minutes of getting in and I did sympathise, but I also wondered was it really the cold or was it the toddler crying and causing a fuss that then made the baby cry and then they were at the point of no return. It’s very hard to regulate your body temperature when you are cold, it is even harder trying to explain that to young children as they will not have the patience to wait to warm up, nor will they see the logic in moving around to keep warm if they have got upset.

I proceeded to also leave the pool with Monster as we had been in there long enough, and that is normally the only time Monster will cause a fuss. No pleasing some, but it did make me think, is my child abnormal? Am I also abnormal with regards to feeling the cold. More research wouldn’t go a miss on this one I think.

On the other end of the scales, I was swimming at my usual haunt over the weekend, Charlton Lido, and to my surprise found that they were also having questionable temperatures.

At this time of year swimming outside is perfect. The colder the weather the quieter the lido, only this time there were people in the lido, more in fact than in previous Novembers. It was down to the water temperature.

In the fear that my resistance to the cold had weakened during my Monster carrying months, I wore a rash vest. Big mistake. I had only got 100m when the vest came off and spent the rest of the hour at poolside. The water was uncomfortably warm and the whole idea of being in a lido is that you get the outdoor experience.

I tweeted after that swim:


To my joy there was a temperature issue. I haven’t been back since due to schedules but hopefully it should be fixed now.

When training is concerned lane etiquette from everyone is key. If you don’t know what to do in a swim lane find out, as not only does it make the swim more enjoyable for everyone but also this elevates the risk of injury.