Susan - JAck did three jumps this weekend in the end. Loves it.Says he's more or less stopped worrying about jumping out of a plane and is now starting to concentrate on doing a good drop. And he's loving zapping around in a plane. The £££ scares me... Easy for xmas presents though.
Smeags - sorry about your knees. Know what you mean about treasuring the knees you have though.
RWTW - Lakes are usually colder than the sea at this time of year. The sea today was 7.8 which means when I swam yesterday it was around that... No wonder it was a bit chilly.
Smeags - don't give up yet. Just take a step back, maybe consolidate a bit more at shorter distances, am sure you're not doing any sessions yet... but if you are, they may be the culprit.
Howard - so glad - sounds like you've had a little boost of endorphin! Lovely jubbly.
RunWTW - interesting re your swimming and thanks for sharing a bit of your history. It's so tricky to get the training/eating etc right if you're a keen, focussed, committed teenager. Tricky balance. Hope you manage to find a good physio/gym to sort out your dodgy bits.
I did a lot of OW swimming because of triathlon then last summer started swimming in the sea with a group of lovely people, discovered the 'delights' of winter swimming, ended up doing a Channel relay this summer. Said I wouldn't swim through the winter again - not without a wetsuit, anyway - and here I am in November, still swimming in the sea without a wetsuit! This year it seems a bit easier - must be more acclimatised, am fatter, not anxious about how foul it's going to feel and there's no pressure to push myself. We spend a lot of time laughing and doing handstands in the current calm weather. When it's rock 'n' roll we're just bouching up and down a bit and still laughing. What's not to like!?
Oh and I've run three days running. Can't remember the last time that happened. Just can't help it when the sun's out and it's frosty, even if my legs don't work. Interestingly, they start to wake up after about 40 mins - or perhaps that's because I know I'm nearly home.