We all gathered at the boat ramp and the water seemed fine. But little did we fully realize that the 15 mph winds were really building up some pretty lumpy conditions outside the marina break walls. My plan was to swim at least three miles by swimming out to Black Rock, then back along the red buoys out to the farthest one and then back in through the marina.
I swam about 500 yards past the marina opening on the way out to Black Rock, then stopped to assess who was with me. Lisa was right behind me with Sam about 100 yards back. I couldn't see any one else out further. They must have decided to swim a buoy line instead of inside the marina. I continued on until we made it to Black Rock. I took a temp with my watch: 62.8 degrees. When I arrived I looked at my stopwatch: 31 minutes
The lumpy conditions started out at about a 4 on the Beaufort scale, but near the finish of our swim along the buoy line, they were about a 5 on the Beaufort scale. I never dared to open my container at all during the swim to fetch my camera for a picture.
We swam back to the marina opening and I asked Lisa how she felt and whether she was up for going one more mile along the buoy line. She said she was.
|OUCH! Channel Grease is a must in the GSL.|
I was extremely impressed with her fearlessness and sense of endurance not only in the super briny lake, but under those conditions. Inspired again by another new GSL Swimmer.
Total: 3.25 miles in 1:39