Open Water Swimming – Not such a good idea!

Regular readers of this blog will know that I’ve recently taken up Open Water Swimming. I’ve bought a wetsuit fit for the purpose, I’ve got my GPS working whilst I’m out swimming, I’ve been for swim in the sea, the estuary and a local lake and I’ve signed up to do a swim in Lake Bala in aid of Diabetes UK. (Please Sponsor me!)

All is going well, but I forgot one important thing – I’ve got Surfer’s Ear, a condition brought on by exposure to cold water. It also leads to ear infections which in themselves are often brought about by exposure to (not quite so clean) water. I have had some ear plugs custom made which should keep water out of my ears but I keep forgetting to wear them!

I’ve now got another ear infection and so I’m on a course of antibiotics and ear drops to clear it up. Don’t worry, I shall still do the swim in Lake Bala at the weekend, as long as I wear my ear plugs and my swimming cap I should be able to keep the water out of my ears.

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Alan Cole

Alan is a Freelance Website Designer, Sports & Exercise Science Lab Technician and full time Dad & husband with far too many hobbies: Triathlete, Swimming, Cycling, Running, MTBing, Surfing, Windsurfing, SUPing, Gardening, Photography.... The list goes on.

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