Rugged Swim

Rugged Swim – Stirling – Loch Chon

Route map for Loch Chon by Iain Todd on plotaroute.com

Last year I went to the Scottish Winter Swimming Championship. It was a great event full of nice people and good energy.

I vowed I would do it this year. I trained for it until Xmas and by swimming outdoors regularly I had become comfortable in 8C water.

Since then I’ve not had a chance to swim outdoors (for various reasons – see previous blogs)

The event is this weekend (7th March) so I decided I should test whether I could do it?. The answer was a very clear no! The water temperature was 3.6C. I struggled to get my face in the water. My hands and feet were ok but my body tensed up too much whenever my face got close to the cold water.

It took me 5 minutes to do 100m!

I realise it would be stupid to do the event. If it takes me that long to do 50m in a wet-suit then I wouldn’t stand a chance without it. I’ll aim for next year instead.

The training hasn’t gone to waste. Previously, I struggled to go in the water when the water temperature dropped below 13C but I can now get in at 3.6C.

REVIEW

Ease of Access:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

There was plenty of space in the car park and the water was just a 2 minute walk away. (https://goo.gl/maps/gvBbjcmostRTnj9W6)

Water quality:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

It seemed OK but I’d have to go back in Summer. I didn’t spend long enough swimming to decided whether the water was good or not.

Swim Quality: 

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Baltic! I’m please I went in but I was even more pleased to get out

Other People:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

It was quiet but a couple of cars were there. Folk were admiring the view of the Loch.

Would I go back: 

Yes. It looks like a nice place to swim. I’ll be back!

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