This morning I coached South Davis Masters, followed immediately by a coaches meeting, so I didn't get a chance to swim in the pool, but I planned on a swim at 10am with Joelle in Bountiful Lake. I invited Sarah to come too, but wasn't sure she would cause of the hype about the lack of cleanliness of Bountiful Lake. She also swam 10,000 yards at SDRC too so I wasn't sure she'd have enough left to do an open water swim.
I got there at 9:40 and waited for Joelle, but she didn't show up. I called and found out she had a CPR class that she was in the middle of that she wasn't aware of earlier. So I took a temp at the boat ramp and it read 54.7 degrees. I was expecting close to 60 since it was 57 a couple weeks ago. All the runoff from the snowy mountains must be regulating the temperature lower than I thought.
Planned on doing a Josh Green Loop (.7 miles), but Sarah was a little nervous about going that far in the colder than anticipated temperature. Once we got to the first island I stopped and asked how she was doing and whether she was up for continuing on or not. She smiled big and said she was loving it, so we continued on around the second island. The water quality wasn't terrible, I kept an eye out for floating logs of wood which is common out there. Wouldn't want to run into anything real big or sharp out there.
We swam around the second island and the sun came out and it was really nice. I was wondering about asking Sarah if she wanted to just go around the perimeter and get in a mile instead, but I didn't want to push my luck. I was lucky to have a partner today and I didn't want the first experience to be a negative one, so I stuck to the plan. I took a temp with my watch and it read 57 degrees. So I'll average the two readings and call it 56 degrees.
When I got near the boat ramp as I was getting out, one of the fishermen right there caught a very large trout. Probably the biggest I've ever seen. It had to have been over 20 inches.
The thing I don't like is the taste in my mouth after a swim in Bountiful Lake. Today's flavor was like the smell of cut grass after it's been placed in a bin and sitting in the sun for a day. Rotten grass smell, but as a taste. In my mouth. Could be alot worse. I'll take that over many other smells/tastes. Always though I have this urge to brush my teeth afterwards.
I had a great time and plan to go again at least once or twice next week.
I stumbled across this video of a Bountiful Lake swim I did a few years ago, when it was much colder. Kinda funny. My mom did the video. Today's swim was definitely not a winter swim. But 56 isn't a walk in the park either. It was "refreshing"!
Total: .7 miles in 20 minutes