7.18.2011

2 Miles at the Great Salt Lake

What a great swim this morning!  For some reason, I woke up really early this morning so I headed down to the marina at about 5:45.  When I got there, the gate was closed and I had to wait a while for it to open.  I wasn't sure if anyone would be there this morning and had kind of planned to swim alone.  As I was getting ready, Gords pulled up and then another car I didn't recognize pulled up.  It was Stacey from Colorado who I have been trading emails with.  She was looking to get in some swims while visiting Utah in preparation for the Trans Tahoe Relay.  The three of us headed down to the boat ramp and, just as we were getting in, Kristen came down the ramp to join us.  Four swimmers at 6:30 on Monday morning is pretty good!

We talked for a bit about Stacey's English Channel relay before heading out.  The water was warm and calm.  Once we got out of the marina, I started my watch and headed towards Black Rock behind Gords and Stacey.  From what I could tell, Gords and Stacey stayed pretty close the whole swim.

At Black Rock we regrouped and chatted a little more before heading back to the marina.  We swam through a really warm spot as well as a cooler spot (which felt really nice).  We regrouped again at the green buoy outside of the marina and talked for a while longer about the English Channel, Diana Nyad and James Jonsson's upcoming Lake Tahoe swim.  Gords decided to put in another mile and Stacey, Kristen and I headed back to shore.  It was Stacey and Kristen's first swim in the Great Salt Lake and it was Kristen's longest swim in a while.  Good job guys!

We tried to find a place to rinse off, but the water pump by the ramp was still broken and the women's shower was locked.  Hopefully they will get that pump fixed soon...it's been torn up for a couple weeks now.

I had a lot of fun with this group this morning and it was a really nice way to start off the week.  We will be swimming again at the Great Salt Lake on Wednesday morning at 6:30am and then Bountiful Lake on Thursday evening at 6:00pm.  Hope to see you there!

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