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Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.

sarahleonardby sarahleonardAug 23rd 2012

Who wouldn't want to dip their toe into somewhere like this!

Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.
A while ago we attended the H2open day at Reading Lake. I enjoy going to these events and this was the first year that this specialist open water swimming exhibition had taken place. The main offers were swimming demos, kit testing (such as wetsuits) and a whole host of swimming related seminars.

The picture of the lake also looked gorgeous (not the one pictured above unfortunately) so I was keen to go along even though I couldn't take part in any of the swim sessions because of my shoulder injury. I was kind of glad of the excuse when we got there because the weather was atrocious. There were many braver than me who joined in the swim techniques sessions though. We stood and listened to some of the open water swimming experts doing their coaching and I did feel a bit disappointed that I couldn't join in at this point because watching is just not the same. There were some extremely Impressive open water swimmers giving demonstrations and then the chance to try it out for those who had paid for the swim entry section.

We headed inside because there were plenty of exhibitors to talk to and try things out. One of the reasons I like these events is because it's kind of like a sweety shop with all the brightly coloured new kit and gadgets. There were quite a wide selection of swimming holidays we chatted to Strel Swimming Adventures and Gone Swimming who were both lovely and seemed like lots of fun! I've been on a swimming holiday to Croatia and I did enjoy it and I'd definitely like to go on something similar again. There were also plenty of stands with Performance products, Hydration, Nutrition and Hair protection products. I'm ashamed to say that although I was most interested in the seminars we didn't actually get to any because we were too busy chatting to all the exhibitors! This was a real shame because there were some great speakers.

Even though the weather has been changeable this summer, as long as it's not too cold then open water swimming is such pleasure. They've just re-run the Wild Swimming programme on the T.V and I'm now just desperate to get back out there (OK, OK so I do cheat a bit and I wear a wetsuit!) but there's something that's just so nice about being out in the open water. Perhaps I will be brave and just jump in. If you want more info on nice places to swim the wild swim website is a good one, or maybe you know of your own.
Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.
charlieeliseby member: charlieelise, Aug 28th 2012 10:16
I have been totally won over by OW. Posting a blog this week about my first swim in the Serpentine. LOVED IT!
sarahleonardby blog author: sarahleonard, Aug 28th 2012 10:32
I love it too. I actually think that OW swimming and cycling somewhere in the mountains are my choice pastimes. Been struggling with an injury but I'm working hard to beat it and finding out some interesting things along the way, like how my tight left calf and weak left glute may be contributing to my right shoulder injury!
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