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.|