So, the story I told myself was that I'd be dipping a toe in the open water starting May 1.
Yeah, right. I took a look at the water temperatures of some of the larger local lakes. Water temperature is still in the 40s.
I'm a beginner open water swimmer. Holy crap am I a beginner. No, I'm not going to make my first open water attempts in water under 50F.
I'm basing this decision at least in part on an article on LoneSwimmer, called Introducing a precise open water swimming temperature scale. The article is tongue in cheek, and funny, but it makes a point. No, as a beginner, I don't belong out in the cold open water just yet.
Though I am getting concerned. I have about seven weeks to get ready for a swim in Lake Memphremagog, and that water is going to be cold by my standards. I need to prep for that and I'm not sure when things are gonna warm up out here enough for the beginner.