Okay, so I’m running a bit behind, but this is the report from last week… and the cool thing about this swim was we beat the “temperature to swimmer ratio”! In my little statistically oriented mind that’s quite an accomplishment! We’ve only done that a few times… pretty good sign of happy swimmers… especially at this time of year… maybe everyone is just getting tougher!
So what is the temperature to swimmer ratio? It is when you have more swimmers out for a swim than you have degrees on the thermometer. It only counts when you do it in Fahrenheit. Not nearly as impressive if you do it in Celsius. 😉
So the week prior, the water was a balmy 68F (18C)… but good ol’ Lake O knew that that was getting a bit ahead of itself for this time of year… so she rolled over. And it dropped to 60F (15C). As I always say, in my mind 60F is the cut off… above is warm… and below is starting to get cold. If you are naked. Which is one of the reasons the English Channel is as tough as it is… 34k is a long way to go… in 60F water. However, in a wetsuit… 60F is perfect. You won’t overheat and you won’t freeze.
So the temp was 60F… and we had 67 swimmers out!!! Pretty cool. Probably about 20% naked too. Not too shabby.
Pretty flat… and lots of fun. As you can see from the pics… 60F takes a minute to get into, but once you are in and get swimming… it is beautiful. Lots of smiles and time to fool around in the water after the swim and take some pics even. Actually a few extra pics this week because I took the camera in the kayak this week… thought I’d see how the other half lives above the water! (actually I had a ear operation this winter and it was flaring up a bit so I thought I’d give it a rest).
As usual… thanks to all our kayakers! We’d be lost without you. (do what you want with that double entendre!).
Anyway… a great swim and a fun time had by all… thanks Lake O!