Tuesday, August 31, 2010

How Low Can the Temperature Go?

Next Swim: Wed 9/1, 5:45AM, Klode

Last Swims: Mon AM, Mon PM, Tue AM
Water temps: Mon AM 62, Mon PM 57, Tue AM 52
Waves: Small chop
Water Clarity: Cloudy near shore, clear further out
Mon AM Crew: Cap'n, Crash, Diablo, Patriarch
Mon PM Crew: Kahuna, Sonnakahuna, Cap'n, Crash, David, Walt, James, and showing up for dinner, but not to swim (don't we have a rule against this??): Blondie, Ellie, Slip&Slide
Tue AM Crew: Cap'n, Diablo, Crash, Blondie, Slip&Slide, Gabe, Bill, Beth, and watching from the warmth of shore: Patriarch, Perry, Mike

Down, down, down, the temperature goes:
Friday 68
Saturday 67
Sunday 64
Monday morning 62
Monday evening 57
Tuesday morning 52

For some, like James and Gumdrop, it doesn't matter, they'll swim without wetsuits no matter what. (Are they human?) For others, it means wetsuits, booties, lots of caps, and a slow and painful entry into the water (putting the face in is the hardest part). And then there are the wimps like me and Perry, who just don't want to be that cold.

The good news: there is still plenty of warm surface water in the lake, so a change in winds and currents could warm it up as quickly as it cooled down.

And despite the cold water, we had a great "100th Consecutive Day" swim, and nothing warms the innards after a cold swim than a shot or two of Killepitsch. Then it was out to the Pizza Kitchen for more protein and fat to fuel the furnace.

So let's hope for warmer water, but even if it doesn't come we've already shattered all previous records for swimming this summer. Any more would just be more icing (pun intended) on the cake.

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