Chilly Swim and Shakey Recovery

I met Gordon at the GSL Marina this afternoon for a WFPBC swim.  The water temp on my thermometer read 51 degrees before we got in.  At the end of the swim, Gordon's thermometer said 49.

Gordon was going for 4 laps (1 mile) in anticipation of his ice mile coming up. I was just going fo time, with a goal of 30 minutes.

It took me a minute and a half to get over the cold shock and get my breathing under control. After about 6 minutes, I was feeling "comfortable".  After about 10 minutes my hands and feet stopped hurting and felt warm.

I puttered around, keeping an eye on Gords until he finished his last lap.  I was starting to shiver after about 20 minutes and decided to get out at 27 minutes instead of push it any further. It's only my second cold water swim of the season after all.

The shivering was pretty bad and took me about 20 minutes to stop. I really hate the recovery.

I'm hoping to meet Goody out there again tomorrow.  I've got to get acclimated for the New Year's Swim.


First Cold Swim of the Polar Bear Season

I met Gords, Goody and Jim at the marina this afternoon for a Wasatch Front Polar Bear Club swim.  This was my first open water swim since September, when the water was still in the 70's.  I was hoping for water in the 60's or high 50's for my first time in, but Jim was getting readings of 56 (and later 54).

I haven't been acclimating myself as well as last year and the first step in the water made me question if what I was doing was really a good idea.  It took me several minutes (much longer than last year) to get past the cold shock before I could calm down and get "comfortable".

Gordon took off swimming, while Goody, Jim and I did head-up breaststroke and floated on our backs.

When we got out near the marina entrance, there was a sailboat coming out, being pushed by a smaller boat.  The water is so low, they got stuck for quite a while. Eventually they made it out. I don't know how they were going to get back in...

On the way back to the ramp, two guys were backing their boat down. Since we were in the water, they asked us to help push their boat over to the dock. I had just started shivering at this point, and Goody and I pushed their boat to the dock before getting out.

The recovery wasn't as bad as I thought.  I spent about 30 minutes in the water. Not bad for my first day.