My friend and fellow Great Salt Lake Open Water race director, Gords, is always looking to try new things in open water. His latest idea was to swim a cursive letter "G" in the Great Salt Lake using his GPS to trace his course. You can see the results of his swim below:
|Here is the cursive "G" Gords was trying to duplicate in the water. (Photo from Gords Swim Log)|
|And here is the result. Pretty good for a first try! (Photo from Gords Swim Log)|
I like this idea so much that I have already planned out how I am going to "swim my name" at Bountiful Lake, using the two islands as reference points. I've even gone a step further and decided to hold a "Swim Your Name" contest for readers of the blog. The rules are outlined below:
1) SWIM one or more letters in any body of open water, using a GPS device to record the results. You can swim your initial(s) or your whole name.
2) Use a GPS device to capture your swim. (I have had good results with a Garmin Forerunner 305 tucked under my cap).
3) Send an aerial image with the GPS overlay (like the picture above) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
4) You can use landmarks and natural features as reference points, but you may NOT have another person guide you.
5) Submit your entry by September 30.
I will post any contest entries I get on the blog as well as the Facebook page. I will figure out a way to have everyone vote for a winner. It wouldn't be a contest without a prize, right? Since several of you have been teasing me about my wild swimsuits, the winner will get a gift certificate to Splish.com so you can get your own crazy suit!
I can't wait to see what you guys come up with!