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Samichlaus Schwimmen

swimming and still smiling

So, I swam the river in Zurich today. 111 metres in the cold (4 degrees) but as ever it was a lot of fun. I had a bit of a support group, A., plus my friend Karen and family (husband and 2 girls) and when I got out, I was fed chocolates and mulled wine. What more could a girl want? Let me just say that the water was very, very cold. Heart stopping cold. So cold, that your lungs close up and you forget how to breathe. But hey, it was fun and I did it. Hurrah for mad swimming swiss people (and the odd mad british stiff upper lip person – ie me!) More photos here

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satsekhmet
Dec. 5th, 2005 01:25 am (UTC)
BRRR!!!! I think I prefer Samichlaus Bier to Samichlaus Schwimmen ;)
http://www.realbeer.com/edu/tastes/samichlaus2000.php

sunneschii
Dec. 5th, 2005 05:58 am (UTC)
Helen, you rock!!

That's so great, congratulations!!!:-))
katcolorado
Dec. 5th, 2005 06:16 am (UTC)
Wow, you are so brave!!! I didn't even realise that it was the Samichlaus Schwimmen yesterday. I probably wouldn't have done it but I might ;-) One of these years I want to do it. Let's try to do the Limmatschwimmen in the summer together next year, hopefully it won't be too cold then...
angelchild
Dec. 5th, 2005 10:21 am (UTC)
OMG!!!! Are you MAD woman!!!! ;o)

WELL DONE!!!!!!!!! The pics are brilliant..... so whats next???? How about the Channel????? ;o)
nice_cup_of_tea
Dec. 5th, 2005 10:29 am (UTC)
Do NOT tempt me...
*g* swimming the channel would be great :-)
angelchild
Dec. 5th, 2005 03:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Do NOT tempt me...
You go girl! I'll just watch ;o)
sternschnuppe28
Dec. 5th, 2005 07:00 pm (UTC)
Just GREAT!! ... and I thought I was brave, when I went to the open-air pool in May and September, when it is still (or already) 14 C in the morning. That´s just nothing against what you did yesterday! Isn´t that a "cool" feeling, when the body starts prickeling?!
beebarf
Dec. 6th, 2005 12:08 pm (UTC)
I know you're serious about your weight loss, but this is taking exercise to new extremes ...

Give me my yoga class with a nice lie down at the end under my fleecy blankie any day! LOL

Seriously, well done you!
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