|Beautiful morning at the Great Salt Lake Marina. The water was this calm even outside the marina.|
Last night I told Sabrina I was going to swim this morning and she asked "Great Salt Lake or Bountiful?" I wasn't planning on open water, I was going to go to the pool and put in some yards. After her suggestion and after reading about Gords swim yesterday morning, I decided to head out to the marina instead.
It was perfect! The water was completely still and I was pretty much the only one out there. I quickly got ready and headed down to the boat ramp. I was expecting the water to be much cooler and was pleasantly surprised at how warm it was. The GSL Marina website says 68 today. I didn't put my own thermometer in, but there were some much colder spots in the marina.
I decided to do the same swim Gords did yesterday and swam Saturday's one mile swim course to Black Rock and then back to the marina.
|The obligatory blog photo to prove, as if anyone actually cares, that I was there.|
I talked to Matt Gerrish from the Standard Examiner yesterday and he was asking why I choose to swim open water. I told him a big reason was that I love being outside and seeing the scenery instead of the inside of a pool or gym, and today did not let down. Many of the 8.12 mile swimmers that I interviewed on Saturday also commented about the scenery and how they liked being able to see the snow capped mountains as they swam.
As I was getting out of the marina there was a big tour van pulling up. It was full of tourists there to see the lake. It's kind of weird when they start taking your picture, so I hurried and rinsed off and got in my car. I wonder how many pictures of me are floating around mixed in with vacation photos...
What a great way to start off the day! I plan on making it a regular thing and Gords is already on board to join me every Monday and Wednesday morning. We haven't worked out times yet, but I will post them here when we figure it out in case anyone wants to come with us.