Saturday, December 8, 2012

Dec 8

As the temperature drops, visibility increases
We have had a couple of clear, cold days and I was a little trepidatious this morning, knowing that the water temperature would have dropped again.  I felt it right away when I got in, and checked my new temperature gauge which marked it at a chilly 6 degrees C.  Wanting to play it safe, I took a little more time than usual to acclimatize, standing neck deep and bobbing my face in and out of the water.

Out to the tip of islet I alternated head down, head up, three strokes each.  But by the time I got to the tip I was starting to warm up so I decided to cross the mouth of the bay and swim back along the right side.   At one point I swam over some scuba divers and could see them clearly on the bottom at least 15 meters down. 

When I got back to the beach Matt told me I had been in 12 minutes and I decided to get out, not knowing how the big temperature drop would affect me.  I guess I could have stayed in longer because I only had to sit in the car with the heat blasting for about 30 minutes before I could get out and chat with the other swimmers.  All told, shivering lasted about 50 minutes.

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