I dont know about you but this lockdown has put a rather large tummy on me with all the baking and chilling.

But now for me its time to step up and focus.

It's silly to think that I'll perform the same as I was a few month ago SO if you have not been in the water since last year you might find you wont be in long ?


The first swims back

It's really all about soaking up that surroundings and noises of the water n birds.

& It's really all about connecting and disconnecting.

Dont expect to loose much of the tummy or grow that stamina after one swim.

It takes a little while for your body to adjust and so just go with it and smile.

But you will need to make sure all that gear is in good shape before packing up that swim bag.

It's funny how so many do this but when most people (80%) are heading for a swim they dont pack any water or juice... you even see this a swimming pools.

SO DONT FORGET TO HYDRATE.


And dont forget your face mask


From even your first swim you will get some lovely chemical releases in the body such as endorphins and adrenalin.

Which will most likely put you in a clear headed fresh bounce & might even help you make that list of jobs disappear.


I find returning after a small break I get a very particular high off being in the water which lasts for a long while.


Be sure to look at getting a TowFloat to help people distance from you while swimming. Not only can you hold on to them in the water and been seen but These are also great for the hidden snack after a dip.


Fenwick Ridley



Updated: Mar 26, 2019

Returning to Nature

Not long now until the temperatures rise and everyone starts getting their wetsuit out of the cupboard!


Some of you will have been swimming during these winter months in a nice 29-degree pool, doing training sets or just hitting the wall begging for the return of the open water season.


It's an exciting time getting back to OW but remember the water can still be fresh so make sure where ever you do your first swim you do it with a friend and do your checks first;


Water Temp Check - Check what you're going into, especially at the start of the season, as it might be nippy.


Location – Be aware of any changes of current flow. Make sure your entry/exit locations are nice and clear of debris.


Safety Equipment - Is there a life ring box? If so, have a peek in to see if it's there.


Foot Prints - It's important to let someone know that you're off outdoor swimming, when and where. So is getting acquainted with local facilities to make sure you’re as safe as possible.


Getting Acclimatised - BETWEEN 10°C & 15°C – The best tip I can give you is to ‘TAKE YOUR TIME’.

There is no rush and it’s important to allow that first session to be a lovely re-connection. It’s not about getting in there and bashing out 2K, 5K+ etc.

Try on all your gear before you pack. Check it all still fits correctly and get used to having it all on again.


Post Swim - After your swim a super important part is slowly warming the body back up. Achieve this by layering your clothes on, such as a couple t-shirts and a jumper. My wool hat is always in my pack as you lose a lot of heat from your head.


Drink a warming drink (not coffee), eat some cake!


Give yourself some time to relax before driving home. You need to allow your body to adjust and this takes time and some people need more time than others. We are all different so make sure you take as much time as you need.


Wet Gear - One thing that many miss out on is rinsing your gear. Rinsing reduces the risk of transporting anything from one body of water to another. Everyone should care about protecting our waters and that should be even more prominent for those of us who swim in them.


First time this season or first time ever? We’d love to see you either way.


Come join H2oTrails at our swim spot at Sweethope Lough, Northumberland.

Contact us - www.h2otrails.co.uk find us on Facebook or call/message 07737300470 to book your spot or find out more!




LAKE DISTRICT, BUTTERMERE

SWEETHOPE LOUGH

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