OK, panic has officially set in. I just checked the water temperature at the Spirit of Racine this Sunday--as of today it is 55 degrees! YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME! Even with a wet suit (which I HATE WEARING--long, sad, boring story), that is way too cold for me.
I swam in that water temp in 2001 for 400 meters and was sure I would die! Oh my goodness, what to do?
Can the water temperature change between now and Sunday? It's Lake Michigan, so I suppose anything is possible, but.......
I just spoke with my husband. We planned to drive up Saturday a.m., check in and I was going to do a test swim with my wetsuit. I have two--one that's just a little too small, and one that's just a little too big. I had a bad experience with the smaller one in High Cliff, so I'm planning to use the bigger one. If I don't think I can swim 1.2 miles in that temp, I'll probably skip the race. I don't want to stay overnight, pay for a hotel, do everything involved to start, and not make it through the swim. I'm a good swimmer, I'm confident swimming in open water, but I don't do well in water that cold.
When I was younger (in my 30's), I swam in the Chicago beaches w/o a wetsuit when the water was that cold. But not now! I'm too old, and my RA would totally be messed up if I subjected my joints to water that cold.
If anyone out there has done this race and has experience with the water there, please send me a quick note. I need some help and encouragement!
So, until now, it has been a good day. Did a good, 42 mile bike this morning. It was warm and very windy. It was a little tough. I'm tired and looking forward to an easy swim tomorrow and a rest day on Saturday. I also did an easy 1000 meter swim--I was thinking how warm the pool water was, and how cold the lake will feel. Little did I know at the time there would be a 30 degree difference between the two. HELP!
Anyway, I'm going to try to calm down and get a good night sleep. Good luck with that!
Hope everyone had a great day and stayed cool.
Until next time--God bless!