Just 94 days to go before my Channel swim so time for the first swim of the season from Fisherman's Walk Zig Zag to Boscombe Pier and back, around 3.8km. This is always a tricky early season swim to do as the water is still really cold; certainly not in double figures yet. You always want to to turn around about two groynes short of the pier but there is also something that urges you on, towards what is an incredibly ugly and ominous looking structure. It just has to be touched. And once there it has to be swum under, even though it's obviously the hiding place of sea monsters.