My open water swimming season began on May 5th. The air temperature was 70 with a slight sea breeze. The water temperature was a stark 47 degrees. I face this situation every May with my swimming buddy Jonathan.
I am excited for my first swim of the season. I remain calm, focused and confident as we slowly walk into the water. It takes just over 3 minutes to become fully submerged. Patience is key. The chill sets in to my muscles. I focus on my breathing. I swim about 50 yards out to the nearest mooring. I can’t keep my head under the water, the pain in my forehead hurts too much. I swim back alternating back stroke with crawl. The time reads 9 minutes. I swim until the 15 minute mark and slowly walk out of the water. With a smile on my face the season is underway.
I am called “crazy” by a few fellow open water swimmers after posting a picture to Facebook. They are willing to start swimming at 60 degrees with a wet suit. This is my edge, not theirs. I also have friends in Boston who swim in the ocean throughout the winter months. That is their edge, not mine. We all share a passion for swimming in the ocean with varying comfort depending on the circumstances.
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