Today it snowed quite heavily in downtown Salt Lake. It didn't really stick, but it looked like a blizzard at times. Austin wanted to go to the table tennis club tonight so that worked out really good. I dropped him off and drove over to Bountiful Lake. There was about an inch of snow in some places. I got all ready to go in my car. I opened the door and walked straight to the waters edge and went right in. The fishermen who were talking looked over and their faces were in disbelief as I got in and just started swimming, no hesitation.
The water actually felt pretty good getting in. Swam the full half mile around the island and back. When I got back I walked straight to the car, dried off and got dressed, then warmed up in the car with the heater going full blast. I had a hot chocolate ready to go of course. After getting past "the shakes" for 10 minutes I went back to the water and took a temp reading with the digital thermometer. It read 44.6° F. Nice! Now that is winter swimming! My time was 11:13 too. That's a faster pace than my mile PR. My PR for the mile is 22:33 in a 25y pool. Helps to have cold water really push you as fast as you possibly can.
Then I drove straight to SDRC and got in the hot tub for 10 minutes which felt great! Then I went over to the comp pool and did:
8000 - 8 x 1000 free on 15:00
8200 yards pool swim + half mile OW = 5 miles total