4.29.2016

First Swim of 2016 at GSL



I've been out of the water for a long time (I'll spare you the list of excuses why).  I figured that when the weather warmed up and I could swim outside again, that I would find the motivation to get back to it.

A couple guys have been going out to GSL about once a week for the past few weeks, and I just haven't been able to make it until today.  I had a stressful day at work and thought I might not make it, but it all worked out and I headed down to the lake this afternoon.

It's been so long since I've been out there.  It's exciting to see people milling about and taking pictures of the lake. I started getting really anxious to get in the water, which was pretty flat and looked really inviting.

I got ready to go and was hung out at the bottom of the ramp until Sam got there.  I had looked online as saw that the water temperature was 54 degrees.  That's a bit chilly, so I was planning on just floating around a bit. Once we got in the water, it actually felt pretty good.  We swam out to the first buoy and decided to keep going to the next red buoy.  I looked at my watch thermometer and it varied between about 63 and 64.  It felt nice on the surface, but was colder a few feet down.  At the second buoy, we were both feeling great and decided to go on to the third buoy.

At the third buoy, we turned around and headed back. Seeing the mountains and clear skies as I took a breath reminded me how much I love swimming outside.  The swim back seemed to go much faster.  As we got back into the marina, the water temperature dropped significantly.

We talked to a couple from out of town for a bit and then went and got rinsed off.  I always seem to run into interesting people out there.  This couple had been to every state and were working on visiting every capitol. I think they said they only had a few left.

I left feeling really excited about getting back in the water. I freaking love swimming at the Great Salt Lake!

Also, I tried out the New Wave Swim Buoy for the first time. I love it. I will write a separate post about it soon.