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December Dunkathon 2020 - Week 1

Oh, 2020! What a crazy coronacoaster of a year you have been! With so many changes of plan and setbacks across the season, I decided that I needed to finish the year with a fun swimming challenge - dipping every day in December!

‘Oooo, can I join you?’ Said my good friend and swim buddy Fiona, ‘but it might have to be more of a dunkathon!’

‘Absolutely! A December Dunkathon it is then!'

Week 1

December got off to a chilly start with a water temperature of 3.8 degrees C in Loch Insh for our first dip of the month. 

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Next a wonderfully refreshing swim at Feshiebridge. We had lots of fun attempting to swim against the river flow, before giving up and floating merrily back downstream. 

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On the 3rd of December, we woke up to SNOW!! Lots of snow! I decided to take the dog for a walk and have a snowy dip in the River Spey rather than trying to dig my car out. It was a perfect morning and I had a sublime swim in the chilly river. 

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On the 4th we woke to more heavy snow and a difficult drive to our early morning swim in blizzard-like conditions. Fiona called to say that there was a car stuck in the middle of the road in Kincraig. Thankfully it wasn’t long before the road was cleared and Fiona arrived with lots of cake!

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We dipped in Loch Insh in the dark, the heavy snow falling all around us - a totally magical experience!  Once warm and dry again we ate chocolate cake and flapjacks for breakfast, all before sunrise! A perfect start to the day!

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On 5th December I swam at the beautiful Uath Lochans, Glen Feshie. There was a layer of icy snow covering the surface of the lochan and I had great fun making little channels through the slush.

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Sunday morning brought our coldest swim yet, with a water temperature of 1.9 degrees C! I think I definitely deserved my chocolate orange cake after that!

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We finished the first week of December with a bit of adventure! A swim at the lively Linn Falls, Linn of Ruthrie, Aberlour. Plenty of carrot cake and Millionaire's shortbread was consumed post-swim. 

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So that is week 1 of our December complete!

7 days of December dipping and what a week it has been! Snow and ice, water temperatures down to 1.9 degrees C and air temperatures as low as -4.3 degrees C!

Thank you to Fiona for being my main swim buddy and Phil for being temperature monitor.

To be continued...

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