The swim organizers indicated that the water conditions were a little rougher than normal and that the currents were a little slower than in previous years. But I personally didn’t think that the swim was any more difficult than some of our Ladder #1 swims in moderately choppy water.
For one thing, the water temperature came in at a tepid 62F – which was the high range for us just a few weeks ago. Second, the salt water substantially adds to your buoyancy, which makes the swim much less of an effort.
Don’t get me wrong. It was still a tough swim. Even with the warmer water, you still had to time the currents correctly and make constant adjustments to where you were sighting. But as I have mentioned many times in the past, if you train regularly in Lake Michigan, you can easily do a swim in San Francisco Bay. So what are you waiting for? 😉
Video shot of the pre-race crowd