|It was thrilling to have so many people|
there to support
I had Jonas take my watch and leave it in the shallow water for about 10 minutes. When I pulled it out it read 31.4°F (-0.33°C). Chad told me his air temp read 19°F. It was a little overcast and even had a couple of flakes floating down now and then.
|The crowd of onlookers.|
Second wave: Sue Frehse and Nathan Nelson
Third wave: Annie Stanish and Kim Patterson
I was surprised at how fast Annie was cruising right along.
|My hands down favorite pic of the|
event. Nathan celebrating victory with
Josh cheering in the background.
|Check out the "tan line" on my forehead.|
Yes, it's painful at start, but you go numb.
And that's a good thing.
I was so happy with the level of camaraderie that we all have and genuinely want each swimmer to have a good experience despite the less than peachy conditions. Since I ended up with the fastest time, I got to keep the kayak. However, I plan on doing a free raffle drawing in February for anyone who is a member of SLOW.
Hoping that boosts our numbers and involvement with getting masters swimmers involved with Open Water. Especially when it starts to warm up. Cause sure, the cold water isn't for everyone. Just the masochists. And I actually have a history with that.
Very pleased with the volunteers and safety crew that helped out. I also can't imagine a better Harbormaster than Dave Shearer. He's such a cool guy. And very on the ball with water safety. Everyone was able to do the full course without incident. Perfect way to bring in 2013.
Here's a Deseret News article on the event. Thanks to Emily Morgan for coming out, and for Ben Brewer sharing the pics.