11.01.2013

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.

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