Mike Stephens recently celebrated his 48th birthday by swimming from Promontory Point to Fremont Island. The total distance was about 2.5 miles and Mike finished the swim in an hour and fifteen minutes.
Unfortunately, Mike seems to have had a bad experience with the salt water.
"It was great, but that salt was a killer on my throat," Stephens said. "My nose, my throat just burned. Every swallow stung."
I have experience similar salt-induced burning but have always carried water or Gatorade with me to rinse out my mouth.
There is a great article with a short video about Mike's swim on the Standard Examiner's website.