A new Open Water swim season begins

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21/04/2014 at 16:13

I've got Mychett, Shepperton, Thorpe & Wraysbury all about to open their gates in the next few days .

My question is.... is it going to be warm enough to swim?  Last year was the first time I did OW swimming and when I started it was scorching outside (June-ish), so I don't know what to expect at this time of year.

Also.... I am building to a 10K swim, so should I switch my long swim to the lakes, or keep it in the pool for a little longer?

Ok, that was 2 questions 

21/04/2014 at 16:35
I swam at South Cerney last week was fine!
21/04/2014 at 17:15

Mr F swam at Mychett yesterday, reports it was chilly and only 400m loop open. I advised them to pop in a few kettles of water before I get involved. I thought Shepperton opening was delayed due to floods?

Trogs    pirate
21/04/2014 at 17:27

Swam at Thorpe yesterday - wasn't too bad after the initial few minutes. Two swim hats kept my  head warm enough to do 4 short loops (750/1500 loops weren't open). Could still feel my hands and feet when I got out of the water.

From what I can see, only Heron is opening on a  weekday (Wednesday) morning, everyone else seems to have switched to weekday evenings.

 

Edited: 21/04/2014 at 17:30
21/04/2014 at 18:41

Trogs- Mychett's website says they're open Tuesday & Thursday mornings.  Not bothering for a 400M loop though.

Dustboy    pirate
21/04/2014 at 19:41

I'd like to get back into it this year, but will wait for 17 degrees! And being able to swim more than 25M again! LOL.

21/04/2014 at 19:52

Great that the lakes are opening again, far more fun than the pool.

I really enjoyed Tuesday nights at Thorpe last year, there's something about jumping in a lake that makes everyone there quite friendly

 

hope to see you for a burger after a swim soon Dusty.

Dustboy    pirate
21/04/2014 at 20:03

The word "cheeseburger" is a very powerful motivator to me!

21/04/2014 at 20:13

How do you know when it's over 17 degrees Dustboy?

21/04/2014 at 20:51

He waits for us to tell him 

21/04/2014 at 20:52

Dips his pinky toe in?

Edited: 21/04/2014 at 20:52
Trogs    pirate
21/04/2014 at 21:21
Faithsdaddy wrote (see)

Trogs- Mychett's website says they're open Tuesday & Thursday mornings.  Not bothering for a 400M loop though.

Mychett's probably just a bit too far to get to and back from in time for work without having to get up at even sillier o'clock.

Thorpe said they hope to open the 750 loop (at least) next weekend.

21/04/2014 at 21:47

Swam at Pennington Flash tonight - approx 14 degrees, was ok,but wind was causing waves that I kept swallowing!

Dustboy    pirate
22/04/2014 at 00:09

I am going to sound like a tart now, but simply experience. Or, as an old friend once said, "he only swears in singular numbers once it hits 17 degrees, lower than that and it sounds like a bad Derek & Clive sketch"

17 degrees becomes pleasant. less, is not.

22/04/2014 at 06:40
Dustboy wrote (see)

I am a tart, but simply experience. Or, as an old friend once said, "he only swears in singular numbers once it hits 17 degrees, lower than that and it sounds like a bad Derek & Clive sketch"

17 degrees becomes pleasant. less, is not.

FTFY 

IronCat5    pirate
22/04/2014 at 08:37

Siggy - are you DB's "old friend"?

22/04/2014 at 13:13

Ah!  Laid myself open to that one!    Well spotted Cat!  

Blisters    pirate
23/04/2014 at 22:34

Most open water sites publish the water temperature somewhere.

I'm impressed that Mrs D went to South Cerney lakes last week. It hadn't reached 11 degrees, the temperature at which triathlon racing isn't permitted, even with a wetsuit.

However, Bristol OW is at least 2 degrees warmer than S Cerney. It got well above 24 degrees last summer.

24/04/2014 at 08:34

Currently Shepperton's website says "Water Temperature: COLD" - helpful. They don't open until 11th May though....that was the warmest lake last year that I swam in, even had a few weeks with no wetsuit and it was lovely!

Diego2    pirate
24/04/2014 at 11:06

Hey All,

Looking to get my first triathlon wetsuit. Anyone recommend any brands or specific brands I should be looking at?

or any additional thickness etc I should be looking for?

This will all be for Wales IM.

Thanks!!

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