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    Re: Swim happy

    Quote Originally Posted by swim_badger View Post
    I think there's a fine line between "just fine" and "can't feel my limbs, so might as well keep swimming."

    My dad told me the news anchor reported the ocean temps at 65+. 😒
    Hahahaha. There's no way that was 65+.

    I think I told this story elsewhere, but: Last Halloween I went to South Boston for a Vampire Swim. Water was 51F. I stood mid-thigh for what must have been 10 minutes, trying to find the courage to swim. I finally dove in, swam 5-6 strokes, and stood up and walked out before I died. I was cold forever after that.

    Fast forward to April this year. I went to Revere Beach where it was 46F. Stood mid-thigh for 10-15 minutes. Dunked myself then got out. A couple weeks after that I managed 34 minutes in 51F at Winthrop. Several long (hour plus) swims in mid- to upper-50s after that.

    Bottom line: I think with time to acclimate to the cold water, 58F (my guess for Saturday) can feel "just fine".
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    Re: Swim happy

    Quote Originally Posted by mjtyson View Post
    Hahahaha. There's no way that was 65+.

    I think I told this story elsewhere, but: Last Halloween I went to South Boston for a Vampire Swim. Water was 51F. I stood mid-thigh for what must have been 10 minutes, trying to find the courage to swim. I finally dove in, swam 5-6 strokes, and stood up and walked out before I died. I was cold forever after that.

    Fast forward to April this year. I went to Revere Beach where it was 46F. Stood mid-thigh for 10-15 minutes. Dunked myself then got out. A couple weeks after that I managed 34 minutes in 51F at Winthrop. Several long (hour plus) swims in mid- to upper-50s after that.

    Bottom line: I think with time to acclimate to the cold water, 58F (my guess for Saturday) can feel "just fine".
    I've been watching your saga on FB! And I know one of the guys who did the 5k on Sunday, who does absurdly cold water swims. So acclimation is totally possible, but a friend sent me this gif Sunday:

    https://images.app.goo.gl/X7FVpSYKUuKEDCet6

    And I think that sums it up nicely. 😄

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    Re: Swim happy

    I'm happy with my new 200m PR of 2:59.0, which is almost a full second faster than last week.
    M-50m, T-200m, W-800m, T-25m, F-100m, S-400m, S-1600m.

    My main swimming goal: Sub6min 400m FS/SC by April 2020.

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    When I did my Teal Lake open water swim race in July, I did back stroke for a bit and noticed an exceptionally large black bird way above the lake. A race organizer just confirmed that the bird was, indeed, a bald eagle.

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    I'm happy with my new 800m PR of 13:09, down from 13:12 on Jun 26th.

    (However, I''m a bit bummed at the minimal progress at 800m over that period, when compared to other (shorter) distances. I have a theory: 800m is a huge slog, because most of my sessions total less than 1500m, and I rarely swim more than 400m at once. I'm beginning to stagnate at 800m because I am not respecting the distance in training. I'll fix that.)
    M-50m, T-200m, W-800m, T-25m, F-100m, S-400m, S-1600m.

    My main swimming goal: Sub6min 400m FS/SC by April 2020.

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    I'm happy with my two-mile lovely swim yesterday in Walden Pond (yes, that Walden Pond!). So nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjtyson View Post
    I'm happy with my two-mile lovely swim yesterday in Walden Pond (yes, that Walden Pond!). So nice!

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    Was it lovelier than diamonds?
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    Re: Swim happy

    Once again I have to be away from here & come back to read all kinds of good news. Inspiring!

    Walden Pond swimming! I look forward to that sometime. Perhaps sooner than later.

    The last few weeks have been wild for me with my spouse in the hospital for eight days, major abdominal surgery. (Home recovering, all is well.) That and the unpredictable crazy that comes in life and I've gotten very little sleep along with only swimming once or twice a week. This week is better in that I'm back all week and we are tapering for our home meet this weekend. I want to scoop up two more state records so I'll have all the 50-54 breaststroke events in my name. If I can manage rest this week it is possible.

    One thing that did make me very happy was to find out I made two USMS Top 10s this year! 8th and 9th in the 100 and 50 breast, respectively. As our coach hashtags, #OlderFaster.

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    Congratulations, Zwemmer! That's fantastic!
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    Re: Swim happy

    Quote Originally Posted by Skuj View Post
    Was it lovelier than diamonds?
    The water is so clear I keep getting distracted on my way around the pond, like a goldfish in a supersize tank. It even has underwater castles! Well, cairns, but still.

    (My town lake closed early this year, so I've taken to swimming at Walden instead, and pleased with how much easier it feels to swim around it than I thought.)

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    Please tell me about these cairns!

    I think swimming in Walden Pond has entered my bucket list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MickYoung View Post
    Please tell me about these cairns!

    I think swimming in Walden Pond has entered my bucket list.
    Ok, so full disclosure: I have no idea what these things are. The bottom of Walden (at least, before it drops off into darkness) is mostly sandy/rocky with very little vegetation apparent. As it's a kettle pond and formed by glacial retreat, the rockiness is unsurprising. What I can't figure out (and maybe a Walden regular knows) is the little pyramid-shaped mounds of stones (not tiny - fist to head size) in apparently random locations (there is one at the eastern end close to the far swimming beach, several more in the west end by Thoreau's and the Ice Fort cove). They might be natural phenomena, but they look person-made. They do look like cairns, though, in their regularity.

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