Or – if brisk and bracing don’t cover it for you – try chilly, crisp, toasty (Mr. Finbarr only) or just plain cold.
Temperatures were 7.9c in the water on St. Stephen’s Day and 7.7c this morning for the usual Saturday swim. With -2c on land this morning, a combined 5.7c did justify “brisk”.
The fact that we’re swimming at dawn means not only that we are getting the best of the cold (!) – unlike those on gentlemen’s hours further West – but also the best of the views. Owen O’Keeffe was up from Fermoy after his Blackwater dip on Christmas Day and he got this lovely one on St. Stephen’s Day..
Nine swimmers on Thursday and ten today – great to see. There’s nothing like the buzz.
For those not back at work, we’ll aim for 08.15 on Monday, Dec. 30. Forecast looks reasonable – there’ll definitely be a calm bit!