Swim Report – August 2, 2009 – Brrrr…!

I didn’t make it out to the swim site on Sunday, but Chris and Laura got in an early morning swim. Dave made it out there in the afternoon. Per Chris:

Well after Saturday’s beautiful swim went back down Sunday arrived about 6:30am little late due to traffic rerouting due to Chicago half marathon. The Ochoas said a lady had just left ladder one. I could see the swimmer mid wall by looking at the gear left behind I figured it was Laura. I proceeded to follow with my leap into the lake.

Well the water took my breath away. I’m not talking about how beautiful and pristine flat it was like a mirror. No, it felt extremely cold right away. Oh well, get swimming you’ll warm up, I figured. Well that didn’t work either, so I started to think about the different lake temps I’ve experienced and calculated this must be about a 10 degree drop from Saturday’s 71 degrees.

Well I hit one or two spots where the water rose a degree or so but they were just a few yards long. When I got to Oak Street Beach I scanned the area looking for Laura both toward Ohio and back to ladder one. Seeing no one, I proceeded to swim back to ladder one. Once there I went to my vehicle to get thermometer.

I was shocked after taking numerous readings to find the lake temp at 55 degrees. When I got home I checked all sources to see if maybe my thermometer was off. I get a call from Dave (it’s now afternoon) and he’s telling me how frozen he is after doing a mile swim. He said his dive thermometer was reading 57 degrees, so it got a couple of degrees warmer since the morning plunge into cold water.

Yes folks, that’s a 15 degree drop in a 24 hour period. The photo is from last winter but just a reminder if you don’t have cold water survival training don’t go swimming unless you know what conditions are.

Aquaman Chris

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  1. Michelle
    August 4, 2009

    Wow, that’s strange. I swam at Ohio St at 7:30 am on Sunday and it didn’t feel any colder than usual, certainly nowhere near 57 degrees or I would have noticed, since I was just in my swimsuit. I guess the cold current didn’t reach that far south?

  2. Laura
    August 4, 2009

    Chris-Sorry I missed you–I was on a roll and headed to Ohio. I know what you guys say about that area, but it was a heckuva lot warmer over there!

    Carol, I’m going to have to get one of those thermal shirts like you have for days this this one!

  3. Carol
    August 4, 2009

    So glad I went Saturday, I was on to something when I said I was cold! See you in 2 weeks!

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