Swim Report – November 7, 2009 – Hints of Springtime

The sun was out in full force by the time I arrived at Ladder #1. The air temperature came in at 51F, but the thermometer reading indicated a surprisingly warm lake at 54F. I went with a full wetsuit, a neoprene swim cap, neoprene foot covers, and thin neoprene gloves and was quite cozy during the out-and-back. I was testing out my new Barracuda wire mask swim goggles, and I’m happy to report that they performed flawlessly – I recommend everyone check them out.

The water had a slight ripple to it but was impeccably clear. I stayed fairly close to the retaining wall on the out portion of the swim and had no trouble at all sighting on Ladder #1 during the return trip. Post swim was reminiscent of late May or early June. With air temps hovering near 60F, I sat around, drank tea, and soaked up the sun. I realize many of you are reluctant to come out swimming past September, but this was definitely a late spring swim cloaked in November clothing. And since tomorrow is supposed to be even warmer and sunnier, I would advise to you dust off your wetsuit and give the lake a shot in the morning!

November sunrise


The author post-swim


“Kit” makes an appearance


Still life at Ladder #1


This morning’s footage (I goofed on the date – it’s actually not the 6th!)

6 Replies to “Swim Report – November 7, 2009 – Hints of Springtime

  1. Hey Steve where’s the new Lake Monster
    member who braved the 50 + degree
    water in just her bathing suit.

      1. ohhahahah! quite obviously not me 🙂
        the pics didn’t come out on my phone.
        Clearly there’s another brave soul out there.

  2. steve needs to invest in a better thermometer ! the water is 51 1/2 degrees today and when i arrived it was almost mirror flat. the air was 65 and when i returned from a 3 miler it was 70 degrees and glorious sunshine ! ! ! I did make the mistake of not eating or drinking anything before the swim and i got a litttle chill after the 2 mile mark. So remember kids to eat and drink something before your swim or you will wished you did during the swim. Sunday is to be as nice so i hope to see you there ……

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