Calm after the storm

By Charlie Beckett

October 30, 2012

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Category: Swim

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I managed to get the last flight out of Washington’s Dulles airport the night before Sandy struck America’s east coast. So today, while New York was picking itself up after its battering I was down the Heath where the annual sign of approaching winter had appeared.

Every autumn when the water temperature dips below 12 degrees for consecutive days, the life guards ‘bring in the ropes’. This means that the marked-off area for swimming shrinks dramatically as you can see in the photo. It’s a safety measure, but for me it’s also a recognition of reality. You can’t spend more than a few minutes in that cold water without your body going numb.

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