4.05.2011

From 58 degrees to 48 degrees...

After last weeks "warm" swim, I was looking forward to getting back in the water today.  I naively anticipated a water temperature in the low to mid 50's since the air temperature was in the mid 60's.  I couldn't have been more wrong.  Gords' thermometer came up at 48.9 degrees!  That was a 10 degree drop from last week!

This picture doesn't do justice to the waves that were on the lake this afternoon.
Not only was the water much colder than the week before, it was also pretty windy.  Because of these factors, I decided to join Goody and Jake on a 200 yard swim.  When we got to our jump point, the waves from the wind were getting pretty big.  We were all kind of hesitating as we saw Gords come around the first island.  Goody, although he had just told us he was thinking of backing out, was the first one to jump in.  Goody's sister-in-law joked that we had all gone soft after our "luxurious" swim last week.  She was right!  The water was a real shock and I started sprinting as soon as I hit the water.  It took me a while before I could relax and breath normally.

Goody asked me before the swim if the Swim Safety Device (SSD) that Gords and I have been using would hold my weight if I got into trouble in the water.  About halfway to the boat ramp I stopped and floated on the SSD.  I was surprised at how well I floated on it and I am confident that if I ever did get into trouble, that I could hang on to the SSD until I could get help.

This swim hurt.  Even though I was only in the water for a few minutes, it seemed to hurt more than usual when I got out.  My mom and grandma came out to watch today and my mom had my towel waiting for me.  It took me a while to get out of the water because my feet had gone a little numb and I had some trouble picking my way through the rocks.

Gords has good video of his post swim recovery...



All in all, it was a good (although short) swim.  On days like this I am really glad that I have friends and my brother to swim with me.  If I had been on my own today, the cold and wind probably would have got the better of me and I wouldn't have swam.

My new toy...Equinox 10.4 kayak from Costco.
We bought a kayak last week in anticipation of all the swimming I will be doing over the next few years.  We got a Equinox 10.4 at Costco for only $330 (including paddles and car carrying kit) and I really wanted to test it out today.  Sabrina and the boys were going to come out and meet me after Harrison's swimming lesson, but I told them not to come because of the wind.  Oh well, maybe next time...

5 comments:

Gords said...

I bet you'll agree in the next year when I tell you that kayak is one of the best purchases you make for your long OW swims!

Nathan said...

Sort of funny...I just bought this kayak, tonight. I can't tell if I'm getting more serious about open-water swimming or paddling. We'll see... :)

Josh said...

Did you get the same kayak from Costco? I love mine!

Nathan said...

Yeah, I got the exact, same one. From the Lehi Costco, actually. I took it out, last night, for the first time, in Utah Lake. I paddled my wife and I (awkwardly) a bit into the lake where I jumped out to swim. She enjoyed paddling around and I swam around in the parking lot (because you sort of can, nowadays.) I'm going to take my 4 year-old daughter out with me tonight. Should be safe enough if she's all lifejack-ed up. I won't be able to swim, but I can at least enjoy some of the lake.

How has your 10.4 handled, so far? Anything you like/dislike? For me, I love the storage space, even if it does add weight. I suppose that I've limited myself, somewhat, by getting a single-person kayak. But my plan was to be able to give a buddy a boat to play in while I have decent safety in open water.

Josh said...

I like it a lot. It's heavier than other kayaks I've used, but for the price and luxury of the storage compartments, I can't complain.

I think it handles really well and is very stable. My only complaint is that the padded seat came off, but it seems easy enough to put back on.

I will be taking mine out again on Saturday at Deer Creek and am looking forward to it.