The alarm went off at 05:00, do I ignore it and stay in my nice warm bed or get to Sandy Cove and get in the water for 2 hours? No contest, but I get up anyway!! Sandy Cove Island looks wonderful in the early morning light as the bleary eyed swimmers enter the water, as always it's cold when you get in, but after a few strokes you remember why you love open water swimming.
Four laps of the island later, the 2 hour swim is over and I head back to the slipway feeling a little cold but happy with the swim, knowing I get to do it all later in the evening.
Once again the weather Gods are with us for the evening swim. Entering the water at 6:30 we head off for our 4 laps. Th inner side of the island is flat calm, but outside it's a little more "cheeky" and provides just enough of a challenge to stop you thinking about the cold. Once again the 4 laps pass relatively soon and it's time to head back in to the finish, job done, day one done.