Friday, September 22, 2006

Found Heaven - Now its Hell

Recent posts mentioned the change in season and the cold snap. I stuck it out though and have gotten comfortable with the chilly water to the point of really enjoying it. A bunch of us have. Water temp as of yesterday was 66 F. I wouldn't have thought I would have liked it since I've had ear drum pain below about 75, but somehow I've avoided it. Wearing the swim cap is keeping my head warm. The cool water had a clean, almost electric snap to it. The warm sun on my back makes it like heaven. Problems though. Too much of a good thing. Today the lifeguard admin (Darth Vader would be a good name) decided without asking those of us who swam that it was too cold - they don't even get wet - and they closed the pool! They said hypothermia sets in at 65 after one-half hour. I don't buy it. It's certainly better than the 90+ degree water at the end of July. We were ready to stroke out (no pun intended) in those conditions. Anyhow, we had to swim indoors where the water was at least 84 F. That was a shock to my system. I about fell out 1000 meteres into my routine. Ugh!

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