Welcome to Waterblogged

Welcome to our Blog. The majority of the content is about our outdoor swimming activities; with other comments, thoughts and pictures along the way. See our website http://community.lincolnshire.gov.uk/blueskyswimming/

and our videos on You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/user/Nicola8259


Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Solo or Sociable?

Now, I'll be honest....and this is a bit of a shocking revelation perhaps for a waterblogged sister...but I'm a bit unsure about social swimming!

I guess I am a bit of a loner, a bit of a moocher, a bit of an old grump but recent tales of crowded swim spots has made me glad to be a lonely Lincolnshire lass pootling about on my solo dips.

Don't get me wrong swim mates out there - I love having the company of another like minded cool water friend from time and have some precious memories of shared swims. I also love to make a big splash from time to time with a big gang - check out The Jolly Japers http://jollyjapers.blogspot.com/

So here's to lots of lovely Lincolnshire lonesome times again this summer - time to reflect and ruminate!!

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Swimming and a State of Mind

Once again a cool swim comes to my rescue...

...have been distinctly blue today and have called on the heroes to lift me back up - Thanks again!

Isn't weird how lack of self confidence translates into dithering on the water's edge? On a cocky top of the world kinda day I'm in the water like a otter (ok, not a very flattering analogy, but go with me on this one!)

On a less ebullient day I'm standing up to my knees looking at the water, worrying about fishy friends, wondering what the f*** I'm doing even thinking about a swim...

....but I always get in, and I always quickly feel so much stronger, more positive, happier, all that good stuff. On a really good evening like today, the happy effect spills over into a bit of a zen calm and that brilliant calm and happiness takes over - very lovely!

Only downside was the dead fingers and toes an hour later - zen trance all very well but at some point logic and reason has to kick in and tell me to GET OUT!!!

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Not all days are sunny...

Friday evenings after work became a bit of an unintentional ritual for me last year - a swim in the lake to restore my enthusiasm and perspective always works...

.... have to say though, the water was NOT calling to me this Friday evening - choppy and a bit murky; I was too hesitant to get in at my usual launch spot so mooched around looking for a more appetising location.

Superstition makes me think that if I bottle it one time then I'll lose the will to ever get in cold water again. I stood like an idiot up to my waist for a good ten minutes superchilling the lower half of my body before I finally managed to go for full immersion and hasty swim out to centre of the lake. The wind was gusting across the surface, got a face and mouth full of wave which spooked me a bit - still relaxing into this year's swimming!

Anyhow, honour is restored - no long walk of shame back to the car with dry hair and dry towel!

Sun is shining for Mother's Day - maybe a little dip later?