I’ve been down the harbour bit before and did a bit of research and it looked like this bit of the harbour is good to swim in. In front of the paddle boarding outfit, there’s a nice wee bit where you can swim.
The run took just under half an hour and my leg was ok, not painless, but I was fine for the 3.1 miles. Then when I got home I ate a banana, and drank some water, before changing into my swimming costume and wetsuit.
I got in fine though and swam over to the now three women who were bobbing about in the water. I introduced myself to them and said hello, then went about some swimming.
The weather still wasn’t great, but it brightened up as I was in. I decided I wouldn’t put my head in, as it was cold enough as it was, and the salt water wasn’t as nice as swimming in the fresh water of the lochs either.
I swam across the water a couple of times and out towards where the harbour wall was, but more in the middle of the water.
I came across some seaweed which could have scared me more than the thought of Nessie in Loch Ness… but luckily I knew what it was, and kept swimming, or tried to swim above the sand as opposed to the seaweed.
I’d checked the tides and low tides was going to be at about 855am so I was in at an ok time, but maybe it would be better there if the tie was a bit higher.
Whilst swimming I was reminded how comfortable and confident I am in the water… swimming, floating, sculling… back, front, side… swimming is something I loved as a kid and perfected as an adult, then taught hundreds of kids to swim too.
This morning I was in for about 20 minutes and my hands were starting to feel the cold a bit so I figured now would be a good time to get out.
The weather had brightened up by the time I got out and I FaceTimed FitGirl for a chat before she started work. I dried off, but kept my wetsuit on to drive home (with shoes on)…and obviously took my gloves and socks off to get them dried. It was easy enough to get warm and dried off after it too.
Afterwards I had a good breakfast, then went a nice wee walk with my Dad around the park. We did (Winnie the) poo sticks at the river, and he was happy when his stick got faster down stream in front of my stick.
Good memories and good chat. As for swimming, I know I prefer swimming in lochs (fresh water and warmer) than in the sea (salty and colder)… but it’s good to try these things out and it’s a good wee spot which would likely be even nicer on a sunnier day.
It’s all giving me the bug to get back into the swimming pool again… maybe I will… as an alternative to running once a week. We’ll see.
Although I do have Tuesday next week free, so maybe I’ll try a wee fresh water swim again then if I’m lucky.