Folsom Lake Open Water Swim
September 27, 2008
This was my first participation in an organized open water swim. The event took place
in one of the waterways leading into (or out of) Folsom Lake. I had signed up for the
1 mile swim. There was a 1/2 mile as well, but I figured, since I had no problem swimming
one in the pool it would be no problem in open water either. The water temperature was
around 70, I think. The pool is around 80, so it was a little colder, but not significantly.
The main issue was orientation. The water was very murky, so halfway through when the field
had thinned and there was noone to simply follow, I went off course a couple of times. I finished
after around 38 minutes, which was considerably slower than I had expected. I had envisioned
around 30 minutes, but it turned out open water swimming wasn't exactly like swimming in
a pool with clear water and nice lines on the bottom. All and all a fun event, even though
driving 300 miles roundtrip for a 38 minute swim, might be a bit much.