Friday, August 12, 2011

Really Quite Thankful...BUT

...the pool was WAY too hot this morning.

I swim with my masters group from 5:45 - 7:00 a.m. between 2-3 times a week.  It is a great group of people (barring certain incidents, LOL) and so convenient to my house that many times I run to-and-from to get a couple of extra miles in during the week.  It's usually not crowded (1-2 people per lane), although I think it's starting to lose it's "best kept secret" status.  Temps range from 76-80 most days.  And there's definitely something to be said for an outdoor pool that you can swim in year-round (although 54 degrees is my air temperature cut-off and we do get there during the winter at 1500ft elevation).  Starting your swim in the pre-dawn dark and continuing as the sun comes up is a rewarding experience!

Yes, I am spoiled.  That said, however, an 85 degree water temp is far too hot for any kind of meaningful workout.  I felt like I was swimming in a bowl of hot soup.  It was not refreshing and not comfortable.  I think 78 is my preferred temp and 7 degrees makes a huge difference.

As I sat on the edge of the pool mid-session to cool off, I felt a little guilty complaining.  After all, I am very thankful that I have a beautiful place to swim just a mile away from home.

1 comment:

  1. 85 is uncomfortably warm for swimming. Swimming outside year round sounds wonderful though. I swim inside year round and am spoiled too since the pool is a half mile from my house and I get a free membership because my wife works there.