...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.