Swim Report – April 4, 2009 – Sloth can be rewarding

Dave and Chis were out early at Ladder #1 on Saturday, but the place was crawling with fuzz. Apparently the City of Chicago was giving the Olympics committee a tour of the lakefront. So there were patrol cars and police boats all along the shore making sure no miscreants were up to anything that might “reflect poorly” on the city. So ironically my laziness paid off…

I slept in until 8:30 and opted to ride out to L1 on my bike because the weather was looking mighty agreeable. The lake was a bit choppy and agitated, but nothing like last week. Since I was already suited up, I decided to sneak into the lake for a quick swim. I managed to do a full out-and-back mile, and the water was clearly warmer than my previous swim (I’d estimate the lake temperature was at 40F-41F with the sun out).

The great weather brought out the throngs of runners and lakefront aficionados. As a result, I got more than my fair share of attention for 1) swimming in 40F water, and 2) swimming in tumultuous 40F water. Still, nobody freaked out about it and I was able to do the entire swim without incident. I missed the sunrise, though 🙁

Stealth swimmer

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  1. diver dave
    April 10, 2009

    Dear Jayme
    ? what counts as a little warmer ? 43 – 45 degrees? If so we should see you perhaps next week @ ladder #1….

  2. Jayme
    April 8, 2009

    Steve:

    I so enjoyed your site all winter…beautiful pics and sunrises. Love the updates of the water conditions and all the knowledge.

    Count me in once it gets a little warmer 🙂

    jgt

  3. diver dave
    April 8, 2009

    TELL EM STEVE HOW YOU NO LONGER POUR HOT COCO IN YOUR GLOVES NOW THAT THE LAKE HEATED UP. EVER SINCE YOU CONVINCED THE MAYOR TO TURN ON THE WATER HEATERS AT OAK ST IT HAS BEEN WARMING UP NICELY. WHO KNOWS IT MIGHT BE 70 DEGREES FOR THIS WEEKEND ! ! !

  4. Amber
    April 7, 2009

    I can’t wait ’till the air temperature warms up a bit. Maybe in a couple of weeks. I can’t wait to get back out there, but it’s still a little too cold for me. What kind of fish is that…anyone know?

    • srhernan
      April 8, 2009

      Aw come on…anything above 40F is downright balmy!


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