That was the last New Year Swim

Sad, but one day back, and it is gone. There are more things in issue than my swimming habit, but I will be miss it.
I think things are set to get much worse and quickly, but as the vaccinations system gets up and running, there must be introduced a small amount of additional freedom for those who have been spiked.

I hope so anyway.
I reckon that I am about 13 millionth in the queue – just for my age.

1st New Year Swim

The pool closed for longer over Christmas. It wasn’t said why, but I assume it was for Covid. Anyway, it was good to be back. Calderdale, our local authority have, to be fair, organised things quite well for social distancing.
Anyway, as ever, on a first swim after a break there was a lack of grip for the water, and the break leads to a loss of tone – and there wasn’t much to begin with.
Anyway I was happy to do a 1700m swim – 400 + 200 + 400 + 200 + 400 + 100.
Given where we are with Covid, I doubt that the pool will still be open in another week. I must squeeze in what I can while I can.

Running in the Cold

Running today it was cold, -1c, feels like -6c. I hadn’t checked the weather. I did not think about it, but the canal was frozen over in parts, and it snowed.
I wore a thin vest, a merino running jacket and a thin black gillet. It was quite slippy, but after the first few minutes I was not cold. I might helpfully have worn gloves for the first mile or so, but otherwise it was fine.

Had I known, I would have overdressed. Had I stopped, I would have been underdressed, but as it was, it was fine.