That Time I Voluntarily Swam in the Bay

This weekend was full of adventures starting with some long walks around the city and then, yup, a swim in the bay!

It might be December, but that did not stop me from suiting up in a wet suit, strapping on two swim caps and loading up on body glide. I have been working hard in the pool and when a friend asked me to join her in the bay I couldn’t deny myself a chance to be an official San Francisco resident.

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I was prepared for the worst, but I was pleasantly surprised when I walked in the water I didn’t go into shock and my teeth never started chattering. It was certainly cold, but I felt comfortable enough to swim and even just stand around.

I probably swam for about half an hour for a total of a mile, with lots of stops to rest. I had walked a lot earlier in the day, but the cold, slight current and excitement of being in open water definitely brought on fatigue faster than in the pool.

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It was quite an accomplishment to swim in the bay and I am excited to try it again in the coming weekends. My goal is to swim a farther distance without having to stop so often, but I will be happy if I can just stay in for half an hour like the first time.

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It feels great to check off an item on my bucket list!

Have you every had a chance to swim in open water? 

Any tips?

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