Reluctance and Elation

Odd isn’t it, ones psyche, there’s that dichotomy of ‘should I’ when you know that the cold hands and feet, the battle to change back into warm (less cold) clothes and the fumbling fingers are all worth it yet part of your brain screams NOOOOOO as you creep towards the water. This is how it was today, five of us met at Sandown Bay, all wrapped to the nines and then gradually shed layers. Twenty minutes later we had all convinced each other that this WAS a good idea and so it proved. Not long after high tide we entered a story sea, waves pounding and a strong southerly pull meant that ‘proper swimming’ was not an option, just playing in the waves, the occasional highly dubious body surf and a swift exit into a chilly wind once cravings were satisfied, broad grins replacing doubt. Who needs a pool 😊 undefined

Published by Victoria Thorneton-Field

Oceanographer, writer, advocate for mental health and environmental issues, all-year-round sea swimmer, located on the beautiful Isle of Wight.

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