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  1. swimsuit addict's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by slknight
    I could handle 55 in the fall when I've been in our cold water all season. But I'm not sure about going from an 82-degree pool to 55, kwim? I'm also going to Hawaii right before that, so that might be quite a temperature shock.
    I see your dilemma. It will be a tough race to acclimate for, even for those of us around here. Maybe the temp will be higher than I think though? It's worth keeping our fingers crossed. And if I don't see you in CT, maybe 2Bridges?

    Hawaii!! I know you'll have a great time there!!!
  2. slknight's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by swimsuit addict
    So I'm expecting something between 50 and 55--I would be surprised (and a little worried about swimming that far) if it's below 50 by then, but not shocked if some warmer weather pushes it up to nearer 60.
    !
    I could handle 55 in the fall when I've been in our cold water all season. But I'm not sure about going from an 82-degree pool to 55, kwim? I'm also going to Hawaii right before that, so that might be quite a temperature shock.
  3. swimsuit addict's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by slknight
    What do you think the temp for the CT race will be? I was considering going, especially since I loved their race last fall, but I think it's going to be too cold for me for 5 miles. I'm not going to be acclimated by then.
    I've been wondering about that too. I think the temps at Brighton and in the that part of the LI sound follow pretty similar tracks. Both last year and this year, the temp broke 40 here the first weekend in April. Last year, the temp here was 53 the first weekend in May. So I'm expecting something between 50 and 55--I would be surprised (and a little worried about swimming that far) if it's below 50 by then, but not shocked if some warmer weather pushes it up to nearer 60.

    I'm thinking there will be plenty of chatter on the FB page about water temps as the date gets closer. If I'm remembering right, the sign-up deadline is pretty close to the event date, so you can always hold the date clear but wait and see how things are trending before you commit. I'd love to see you there again!
  4. swimsuit addict's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ekw
    I would love to see that "pool."
    Ooh, I have wish granting power today! Here's a video from this year's Finland competition:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOjq...=1&app=desktop

    And this might be the one jpetyk is referring to--it's from last year's Murmansk competition. It's cool watching them remove those big chunks of ice from the lake to make the pool:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCBG...=1&app=desktop
  5. swimsuit addict's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    Any amount of meters more than zero in 42F is crazy ... I cannot imagine winter swimming championships.
    On the crazy front--ice miles have also become a big thing. Swimming a mile in 5C/41F or under gets you into the club. Have to say I'm not tempted by that one!
  6. slknight's Avatar
    What do you think the temp for the CT race will be? I was considering going, especially since I loved their race last fall, but I think it's going to be too cold for me for 5 miles. I'm not going to be acclimated by then.
  7. jpetyk's Avatar
    Google the winter swimming champs there is a cool video of how they prep the site. A fellow from Pittsburgh was also there representing USA this year. It was fun to see the pictures he posted. The prep work is amazing as they chainsaw the ice out of the river!
  8. ekw's Avatar
    The winter swimming championships sound both fun and terrifying. I would love to see that "pool."
  9. pwb's Avatar
    Any amount of meters more than zero in 42F is crazy ... I cannot imagine winter swimming championships.
  10. swimsuit addict's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pool tourist
    We'll have two events together in Flushing: the IMs. I want to do the 100 back so am not doing the 50 fly, since they are next to each other.
    IM buddies--cool! And I hope we'll have a relay together as well!
  11. pool tourist's Avatar
    We'll have two events together in Flushing: the IMs. I want to do the 100 back so am not doing the 50 fly, since they are next to each other.
  12. swimsuit addict's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by mgemelli
    "Turned out they were at-ats, from Star Wars! You can see it here."

    Cool suit, my daughter would love it as I have converted her and my son into raving Star Wars fanatics.

    PS. If you buy the suit, make sure you get the shoes in the picture too ;-).
    Yep, I think the shoes are a must!

    I don't want that exact suit, since at-ats are already well represented at Riverbank now. But they have other Star Wars suits (Darth Vader, anyone?), plus lots of other really fun patterns. One of my diving teammates has a ton of their stuff--I think her swimsuit collection makes mine seem boring and meager.
  13. mgemelli's Avatar
    "Turned out they were at-ats, from Star Wars! You can see it here."

    Cool suit, my daughter would love it as I have converted her and my son into raving Star Wars fanatics.

    PS. If you buy the suit, make sure you get the shoes in the picture too ;-).
  14. swimsuit addict's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ekw
    That sounds fantastic, but cold! Maybe some time when you are in PCB I can come over and you can teach me the ropes of open water.
    That would be so fun! Let's definitely do that next winter!
  15. swimsuit addict's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by flystorms
    What a great story! I love how you're able to take it all in as you go. It amazes me how many OW swimmers there are out there. Keep up the great work!
    Thanks! It seems like such a cool city to swim in--SERC has interesting members-only swims going on all the time, along with all the stuff you need for swim support right there.
  16. swimsuit addict's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by mgemelli
    What a great write-up, thanks for sharing! Very cool picture as well, I poked around and found it in its original gallery:
    http://h2oshots.smugmug.com/Sailing/...5794&k=kKbnFWh
    It has a button to buy it if you would like a cool memento of your swim.
    Cool! Thanks for finding that!
    It was also nice to see the various pictures of the sailboats there--I could tell they were pretty nifty craft, but seeing them from an above-the-water-line perspective is even better.
  17. ekw's Avatar
    That sounds fantastic, but cold! Maybe some time when you are in PCB I can come over and you can teach me the ropes of open water.
  18. flystorms's Avatar
    What a great story! I love how you're able to take it all in as you go. It amazes me how many OW swimmers there are out there. Keep up the great work!
  19. mgemelli's Avatar
    What a great write-up, thanks for sharing! Very cool picture as well, I poked around and found it in its original gallery:
    http://h2oshots.smugmug.com/Sailing/...5794&k=kKbnFWh
    It has a button to buy it if you would like a cool memento of your swim.
  20. swimsuit addict's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    Sounds beautiful ... and, yet, at the same time, a painful reminder that, a few years back, when I was traveling to Napa often for work (much rougher than it sounds), I never made the time to swim there.

    Enjoy the trip!
    You see to have more than made up for it with all the SF and Bay area pools you've gotten to--I was looking over your list for some ideas and was very impressed!
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