6.26.2015

Last Swim at GSL for a Couple Months

Chad Starks starting his 1-mile swim at the GSL.
This morning I met Chad to the Great Salt Lake to time him swimming the 1 mile course so that he can complete the Mini Triple Crown this year.

It's that time of year when there are a LOT of flies near the shore.  There are also starting to be a lot of spiders.  They aren't very big yet, but soon the whole place will be crawling with big ones.

We started Chad's time and he took off.  It was nice to be the only person on the beach and watch Chad and the sunrise.  He was shooting for under 30 minutes and ended up at 28:07.58, which he was happy with.  The course is actually a little longer than a mile, so his true 1 mile time would have been a bit faster.

After Chad finished at the boat ramp, we walked back down to Silver Sands and got back in the water.  I was planning to just swim the line or red buoys, but at the east end, Chad said he was just going to go in.  I had been alternating swimming hard and easy every other buoy, but it was so warm (around 84 degrees!) that I decided to just cut it short and go in with Chad.

On the way back I saw something that looked like a quarter on the bottom of the lake.  As I've mentioned before, it's really uncommon to see anything other than sand and rocks on the bottom, so I dove down to see what it was.  To my surprise, it was a golf ball!  I picked it up and put it in my bag.  I needed another golf ball to put in the nesting boxes so our chickens learn where to lay their eggs.

I took the rest of the swim easy and just soaked it in, knowing that this would be my last swim here for a couple months.  Ended up at just under a mile.


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