May 11th 2017 Lough Hyne swim @ 9.30 am
High Tide 06.18 (3.30m)
Low Tide 12.28 (0.70m)
High Tide 18.35 (3.40m)
Low Tide 00.37 (0.70m0
Waning Full Moon
There is nothing quite like an early morning swim. I grabbed the opportunity to swim with my friend and neighbour Sarah. After we put our children on the school bus we decided to go for it. Sun shining, water twinkling I capture the lady dippers going in. These fantastic ladies dip all year round in all weather conditions with no wetsuit in sight. Swimming does not have to be about distance it is just about getting in the water. These ladies radiate health and happiness and I adore hearing them laugh, chatter and whoop as they delight in being in the water.
We hug the edge to the left of the car park and pass my favourite house what a location,location, location.
It is so glorious but I have to swim fast to keep up with Sarah who is an amazing triathlete.
We head to the gap I am lagging further behind.
We head back and swim right along the edge, a lonley bit of branch floats on the surface and gives me a fright. Luckily no sign of the swan. Thanks for the work out Sarah.
Disaster happens ! I cannot get my zip down and poor Sarah tries to pull it down for a good 5 mins. A man comes to the rescue and manages to get the zip down further enough but the bottom part is gaping apart and the teeth do not line up. Thank you to the man I never asked his name. I was in distress thinking I would have to walk about all day in a wet wetsuit. Now that would be taking swimming too far!! One of the lady dippers is joking will she call the ambulance or fire brigade. Laughing, I manage to squeeze out so avoid any other form of help. I think I will be joining the happy dippers next week.
Lough Hyne swim @ 6.30
As I would have to send off my wetsuit to get the zip repaired and the day was so beautiful, I thought I would go for another swim in the evening with the Lappers before sending it off.
I find myself back at the gap again, this time not as sunny.
I see more debris floating this time.
The water feels and looks strange as we get to the pier and the tide is very high it is spilling out onto the car park.
This is not the first time I have been stranded in the car park as the water level is higher further down the road. But no harm there is warm soup, rolls and cakes and we all make a toast to Noel Browne who swam the Straits of Gibraltar earlier in the week. More celebrations next week when he gets home.