There's a fine line between pleasure and pain.
Yesterday John Bond valiantly led the 6k & 10k groups on what was described as a spectacular swim.
Here are a couple of photos and you can clearly see on their faces that the pain of those distances was definitely outweighed by the pleasure of participating and completing.
Lyndall, Louise and Sue after completing the 10k swim.
Leisa and Wendy celebrating their 6k swim in style.
This morning things were a lot different. The nor-easter had swung in, the water was murky and the surf bumpy all the way to Shelly.
However, that did not stop the usual diehards plus 16 newbies joining in.
As usual middle management was there to welcome every new swimmer and present them with their prized pink cap after they had signed away all rights to compensation if lampooned in one of Roger's blogs.
Sarah has also upped her training regime. So much so that her bulging biceps have split her wetsuit.
After a massive jimble attack, Roz is now sporting her very stylish new anti-stinger rashy.
Even with the prospect of a bumpy trip out to the point, the hordes converged.
It was messy out there this morning.
The beauty and the beast.
Then back to Manly for more fun and games.
They hardly make it ashore before conversations start up again.
Gemma found a friend.
Allen made two new friends.
Lainey, Byron and a bicycle definitely not made for two..
Angela got her 500k badge today. Congratulations!!!
My co Sunday bloggers Emma and Rainer negotiating on who will be blogging next Sunday.
And now for the bad news.
Two bags were stolen from the wall yesterday and another went missing today.
Always remember, don't bring any valuables with you.
If you see something suspicious let someone know.
Theft on the beach is a real problem, especially with around 300 of us leaving everything unattended during the swim.
B&B Christmas Party – there are still some tickets available - don’t miss out
The B & B Christmas Party is on Tuesday 13th December at 6.30 pm in the Moonshine Bar (2nd Floor) at the Steyne Hotel. All swimmers and partners/friends are welcome (no under 18s unfortunately). The theme again this year is simply “Christmas”. So come dressed in your finest Christmas paraphernalia. Lots of fun and dancing are guaranteed, with music by a fantastic rock band “Gluteus Maximus”. The cost is $10 per head, with all proceeds going to the running costs of the B&B. Book HERE now! Don’t miss out on this fun event, numbers are limited.
The B&B Christmas calendars are on sale! Grab one for yourself, and many more as stocking fillers!
Remember that there are no badges for scaring yourself silly! While it is great to extend your boundaries, it is important to know your limits. Also, if you have a bit more experience, keep an eye out for new swimmers who might need company. Do read these excellent tips on staying safe in the surf. To read, or even download, click here.