Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Bay

My regular pool's chlorine pump kicked the bucket earlier this week, so today I was forced to wake up and head down to Aquatic Park for a colder, saltier version of my regular morning swim.

There are actually a surprising number of swimmers in the water at 7 o'clock in the morning, and very few of them choose to wear wet suits. I can partially see why: getting a wetsuit on, off, and clean takes a whole lot of time. I tried swimming without a wet suit on Sunday; it wasn't bad while I was moving, but I wouldn't have lasted longer than 30 minutes - and even so, I spent the next hour shivering.

I knew I wanted to swim at least two "coves" (each swim around the cove is roughly one mile), so I brought my wet suit along for the ride. Swimming encased in rubber is surprisingly comfortable. I don't know how everyone else was handling the temps without any insulation. Crazy.

The suit did feel a little bit tight today, but the swim overall wasn't bad thanks to the warm air and a beautiful sunrise. I think I'm going to make these bay swims - in the wet suit - a more regular thing until the race in December. Now if you'll excuse me, I need a nap.