I need to join a swimming club and I need to start swimming outdoors?
So maybe I should become a member of the Serpentine Swimming Club? Kill two penguins with one stone (swimming bird? get it? still not very funny? no. ok. maybe let's pretend I didn't say it then?) But it seems pretty cool. It's just £20 for the calendar year and membership allows you to use the club changing room and swim in the Lido area between 6am and 9.30am each day. As well as entitling you to enter weekly races, held every Saturday morning at 8am.
Unfortunately I don't think that there are regular training sessions - which is what I would really benefit from right now - just times when you are able to swim. And those times are a bit too early for a night owl like me. I also normally work on Saturday mornings and so I would probably find it quite hard to make most of the races. However, for £20 a year! Even someone as skint as me probably shouldn't pass that up?
Plus, although I've splashed about in the sea on holiday, I've never done a proper swim outdoors and so swimming in the Serpentine could be something I do for the Year31Project?
What do you think? Sounds like something I should do right?
I do have one small problem about swimming in the Serpentine however - though I will have to get over it quickly - which is that I remember that I once went on a pedal boat ride on the Serpentine with my (then) girlfriend. Looking into the water, it was clear to see that it was anything but clear, it was filthy and full of bird poo. It was a nice day (in mid-May) and there were lots of people splashing about and having fun in the water. But I remember the two of us looking at them with puzzled looks and agreeing that you would have to be mad to want to get in there with all those water birds and their poo! Yet here I am 18months later contemplating becoming one of those mad people on a regular basis! haha