Tag: John Tierney

Anticipating And Dealing With The Cold

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. In the Mediterranean climate of Southern California where hundreds of outdoor pools dot the landscape, there are tens of thousands of swimmers who train daily under professional well-paid coaches. Under the nearly constant California sunshine, athletes enjoy beautiful aquatic facilities and miles and miles

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Frozen Solid Post-Swim Shower

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Soon after the Daily News of Open Water Swimming reported on the Serpentine Swimming Club and its mindset of "just get on with it" (see here), reports came out of London that today's Serps practice was conducted in near 0ºC (32ºF) water with an even lower air temperature and wind chill. Those conditions

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John Tierney Penning Poetry

John Tierney of the Serpentine Swimming Club penned this poem: Some say that swimming is boring, perhaps a trifle dull, Splashing past chlorinated lane ropes, with very little to mull. But other places are more profound, such as in lake, river and sea, Like many a dry-docked Londoner, it’s the Serpentine for me. It’s open in the summer, when the Serps

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The Temple Of Open Water Swimming

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. With a heavy fog laying down over Hyde Park, the early morning hours in the Serpentine presented a tranquility that was more characteristic of a rural setting than a venue in London. In the heart of one of the world's greatest metropolitan areas, youthful and middle-aged exercise enthusiasts were riding

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Just Get On With It

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. "Just get on with it," was heard frequently upon our visit to the famed Serpentine Swimming Club in London. On an early morning when the London fog blanketed Hyde Park and the skyline fell low upon the horizon, the hardy members of the Serpentine Swimming Club religiously walked towards the Serpentine.

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