|Can you see why I chose to ditch the pool this morning?|
I dropped my thermometer in near the dock and then got the rest of my gear ready to go. I waded into the water before checking the temperature and it felt about the same as it did on Wednesday. When I checked the thermometer it read 66 degrees! That's up four degrees in just two days! I think about 68-70 degrees is my ideal temperature, and it's getting close.
I swam east to the end of the buoy line and back to the ramp. From there, I started swimming west to the opposite end of the buoys, but kind of freaked myself out a couple buoys shy of the end. I was thinking about being out in the water by myself and I let it mess with my mind, even though I didn't feel cold, was close to shore, and had my Safer Swimmer. I turned back to the ramp to check the temperature again. My thermometer takes a while to get a good reading sometimes and I wanted to see if it had gone down at all. Still 66 degrees.
By this time the sun was up over the mountains and I started out west towards the end of the buoys again. Something about the sun being up was really comforting and I made it to the end of the buoy line without getting myself worked up. Once the sun was up, it started to feel pretty nice.
When I got back to the green buoy, I noticed some splashing ahead of me. As I got to the red buoy I saw that there were three other swimmers in the water. I stopped and talked to one of the guys for a minute. He couldn't believe that I was swimming without a wetsuit and said he had to wear his for warmth and buoyancy. I am not hard-core anti-wetsuit like some other open water swimmers are, but it does bug me a little bit that a lot of swimmers and triathletes think that they just can't swim without one. I think wetsuits are sometimes used as a crutch and keep people from learning better technique and body positioning. On the other hand, I understand that wetsuits are legal in triathlon and, if I were still doing tri's, I would probably take advantage of the extra buoyancy and train in one too. I just like to be able to feel the water on my skin and don't like the tightness and restriction of wetsuits. Just my personal preference.
I finished up just shy of an hour and a little under two miles. This is quickly becoming a favorite place to swim. Door-to-shore, it takes me a little over 30 minutes. The water is getting to a comfortable temperature and the big long ling of buoys makes for a nice, relatively safe, swim course. I'll be up there again with a few other swimmers on Wednesday (July 3) at 6:00am. It's early, I know, but come check it out! You don't get these views from a pool.