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'The water makes your problems seem smaller' - Sea swimming in the depths of winter when the water is biting cold

When the sun shines, there's nothing better than taking a dip in the ocean. But in the depths of winter when the water is biting cold, would you still fancy a swim? Kathy Donaghy on why she is an open water swimming enthusiast

The sand is cold underfoot. I look out to sea. It's flat and calm, but the chill in the air runs through my body. I know the water is going to be cold. I brace myself and wade in.

I breathe deeply. The water is biting cold. It feels like something sharp. I try to keep my breaths long - immersion in cold water makes the breath come short and fast. When I'm all in, the cold is all I can think about. It's consumed me whole. There's no room for any other thoughts.

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