I met Gordon and Jim at noon today for a dip in the GSL (with the water temperature showing 26 degrees on the marina website, I don't think any of us thought about doing more than "just a dip").
When I got to the marina I was somewhat relieved when Jim's thermometer read 29 degrees. At the same time, I was also a little disappointed because I missed getting in the slushy water last year and I wanted to see what it feels like.
My feet hurt the instant I put them into the water. I have been in cold water before, but this is the coldest I have experienced by a solid 2.5 degrees. Jim dove into the water like a madman and started swimming out to the end of the dock. Gordon and I immersed ourselves up to our necks and waited for one minute to slowly tick by before getting out.
Gordon made a good point that the GSL has to have some of the coldest water in the world. Even at 26 degrees it will not freeze solid.
I guess Jim didn't get enough time in the water because he wanted to get a picture of the three of us sitting on a snow bank.
We missed Goody today. He is one of the few guys dumb enough to do this with us.