Thursday Night Swim at Bountiful Lake - June 23

Jim and Erin heading in to the boat ramp at this evening's swim at Bountiful Lake.

It was hot today!  I was anxious to get out to Bountiful Lake for our swim so that I could cool down.  I was expecting a water temperature of about 55 degrees, but was surprised that the water temp was much higher in some spots (near 65).

We had a good group this evening with seven swimmers!  For most, it was their first time swimming at Bountiful Lake and I think the general consensus was that it was awesome!  I didn't really have a plan this evening (sorry guys!) so we decided to swim south to the first boat dock.  We stopped to chat for a minute and decided that we would go all the way around.  We stopped every once in a while to enjoy the beautiful evening and make sure we didn't lose anyone.  At about the halfway point, one swimmer decided to head back so Jake and I followed her in while everyone else went the rest of the way around the lake.  There were definitely some cold spots on the north side (which Jim later measured at 56 degrees), but overall it felt really nice.

I took it pretty easy today and didn't push myself at all.  I went to a specialist earlier this afternoon to have my shoulder and clavicle pain checked out.  I didn't get a solid answer, but did get a prescription for an anti-inflammatory.  My x-rays all looked fine and the pain is most likely tendonitis or possibly a small tear.  The doctor suggested that I maybe take a break from swimming for 6 to 8 weeks to let it fully recover (not sure if I can do that...).  He also suggested some exercises to strengthen my shoulder and chest muscles and thought that might help.  I'm a little unsure how much long distance swimming I will be able to do this summer.  We'll see how it goes.

We also managed to get the paddle board from Utah Paddle Surfing out on the water and had a lot of fun with it.  Sabrina and the boys had an especially good time on the water.  I think a SUP might be in our near future...

Thanks to everyone who came out today!  I am glad to have met a few of you for the first time and hope that we will be seeing each other again on more of these swims.

The new open water swimming bible.

I also got Steve Munatones' new book today.  I've been waiting for what seems like forever for it to be released.  I'm really looking forward to reading what I think will be the new open water swimming bible.  I will post a review when I finish.


Erin said...

That was an unexpected surprise to see a picture of me swimming. Thanks! I'm sorry to hear about your shoulder. I hope you have a swift recovery. Thanks for organizing the swim. I really enjoyed swimming outside.

Josh said...

Yeah the shoulder thing is frustrating (especially when it is finally nice outside and I want to be in the water!).

I'm glad you made it and hope that you will come again.

Laura said...

Bummer about your shoulder. He's wishing you a speedy recovery. Last night was great even if I was the one swimmer who went back early. Thanks so much for following me!

Josh said...


I'm glad you came! I really think the only way to get over being freaked out by open water is to spend time in it and learn how to adapt to different situation. I hope you will come again!


Laura said...

Well Stephanie convinced me. I will be coming again on Thurs... Well I feel bad since I go so slow.

Josh said...

Excellent! I'm glad to hear you will be coming back!

We may be doing a full on clinic this Thursday...just working out some of the details. If not a clinic, we will still swim at 6:00pm. I will send out an email in the next day or so with details.