Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Near Record Swim

Next Swim:  ??
Once again the water temperature has fallen below 50, which too cold for me and I suspect lower than most swimmers want to attempt.  However there seem to be a couple of you that see the cold water as a challenge, please let us know how that works out for you.  I admire you and think you're crazy in equal portions.

Special kudos to Diablo and Gumdrop who swam without wetsuits in 45.9 degrees this morning.  We believe that is the second coldest ever (If I recall the coldest was 44 something, I'll have to go back and look.)

The average lake temperature is 58 degrees and as high as 70 below Chicago. But thanks to persistent offshore winds we are in the below average part of the lake, for now anyway.  Let's hope the winds shift and blow in the warmer water that is just a few miles offshore.


Andy said...

I'm in for morning swims Thursday and Friday. Whenever there is interest.

Gumdrop said...

Last Swim: Wed. 7/2 AM
Next Swim: 5:45 AM tomorrow, this eve?
Water Temp:48 per bubba-o-meter
Waves: Calm
Water Clarity: crystal
Crew: Gumdrop, Diablo, with guest appearance by; Bubba, John
skin/suit swim: 1/1

Interesting it was that even though the bubb-o-meter read a higher temperature, the water felt colder than yesterday. Hands and feet felt colder, but warm up a little once one starts fisting.

Perhaps it was the air temp that made a difference.

Showgirl said...

I will be there by 6am Thursday.

Gumdrop said...
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Gumdrop said...

Last Swim: Thur. 7/3 5:45 ish AM
Next Swim: ?
Water Temp: high 40's per toe test
Waves: gentle swell
Water Clarity: somewhat cloudy
Crew: Gumdrop with an honorable mention to Andy and a guest appearance by ShowGirl
suit swim: 1

Punching through the fog.

There was a mysterious shroud of fog blanketing just above the gently swelling surface of the water. It was like a good mystery book that propels one forward despite the potential for heartbreak and tragedy. How can one resist?

It was another stinger today. Hands and feet felt prickly, as well as, perhaps, others.

As cold water on hot steel, one is hardened with further exposure. To much and one might break. To little and one gains no strength. Then eventually one sees another layer of beauty in our Lady of the Lake.

John Schneider said...

Looking to try again Friday 6am

Sketch said...

I'll be down at 6am tomorrow to attempt a swim. If it's as cold as it's been all week, good luck to those willing...my running shoes will be nearby