Christmas and New year brought many things:

Small boys in pyjamas opening presents
Spending time with the family and with friends
No work (luckily for me)
Very little swimming (as it happens)
Lots and lots of food
Lots and lots of drink!!

Being back in the pool on the 2nd January brought a number of other things:

Heavy arms
Even slower swimming than usual
A distinct lack of mojo

I have had 3 swims now in 3 days (shortish ones) and starting to feel a little better, but a lesson has been learned.

I am also now officially dry in January. The last time I abstained from alcohol for an entire calendar month I was probably 16! It will be interesting to see what a month of healthy living and hard training produces in terms of speed, or endurance.

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