I had enough time to do one lap of Black Rock and back from the marina. When I got to the marina I had about 10 minutes to spare. Josh and I hung out waiting for her to show and right at 8am she pulled up with a car full of friends.
|Kate discovering that Gatorade tastes ten times better in|
the Great Salt Lake.
I was pulling my board, so I stowed her drink for her. I asked if she wanted a quick drink and she said Yes. We then resumed our swim north of the Marina to the first set of buoys, and regrouped there. The waves were coming from the north so we swam into the waves on the way out, but got a nice little pushing going back. Kate's adventure wasn't about going huge distances, it was about the experience, and at this point she was satisfied that she had significant experience in the Great Salt Lake. She had a drink at every stop we made. She accidentally drank some water and the gag reflex kicked in. I had to chuckle. I've been there. Several times. The lake although endearing to me, is kind of like having a dog ugly girlfriend. Yes I love her, despite her... outward distastefulness. Literally.
We started the swim back and at the last point of regrouping Goody and I talked about next week. He said, this time next week, you could be swimming next to me in Catalina. That hit me like a brick. I didn't realize it was so close! He is in taper mode and I'm kinda jealous. I wish I could do my swim in one week. I still have 6 more weeks to go. He mentioned that he likes cold showers now more than warm ones. I wish I could say that. In fact, I realize that I haven't swam in 60 degree water in quite some time.
This Friday I'm planning to swim in Lake Cleveland, which is near the top of Mt. Harrison, south of Albion where our family reunion is held every June. I've never swam there before, because I've always just rode my bike to the top, but enjoyed the view of the lake from the road. This year, I won't be riding my bike, but driving as far up as possible (hopefully the gates are open), and then do a cold water swim up there. Last year, there was still several feet of snow and the lake was actually overflowing and probably double in size than the previous year. I guarantee the swim this weekend will be sub 60f water. That should be awesome.
|The sky was beautiful and calm, but the Lake however was|
full of pent up emotion. One day is never like the next.
She is leaving for Bryce National Park and then on to Phoenix on Saturday. I told her about Watergirl, and that I would try to get her hooked up with her for when she swims in Saguaro Lake this weekend. I felt like Josh and I were good hosts for Kate and that we left her with a fantastic impression of Utah, and our dedicated group of open water swimmers here.
Total distance including earlier swim: @3 miles total in 1:45