Kayaking and swimming on Utah Lake

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So here we are.  I was lucky enough to finally have a chance to take the kayak out into Utah Lake a ways and see how it felt.  It was a lot of fun.  One thing that I noticed is that the low back on the seat is lacking for me.  Either I need to get used to it, or find a way to supplement the cushion (maybe with something like this.)

I’m still trying to get used to the balance of the Equinox 10.4.  I actually want to go to a shallow edge of the lake and start testing the tipping point.  It would help to know how far I can turn around (to get to storage), etc.

Apparently, the SSD also provides a place to take an accurate reading off of my Garmin 405

After I put the kayak back on the truck, I called to see how far out Lynn (brother in law) was from bringing his boat back in.  When he said 30 minutes, I decided to go for a swim.

I threw my Garmin 405 into my SSD bag and jumped in quickly, because the mosquitoes were, to put it kindly- abuzz.  Thousands of them.

Anyway, I’m pretty sure that I was swimming against a little current, so it seemed to take forever to get to my halfway point.

It was quite an enjoyable swim, except that, because I was so close to shore, I kept swimming through reeds that were growing strait out of the water.  Sort of annoying.

At the halfway point, I took a minute to enjoy being out in the middle of the lake by myself, for the first time (I’m very cautious about swimming alone, but with the SSD, my chances of surviving a mishap are exponentially increased.

As I made my way back to shore, where my truck was parked, I ran from the water, at the same time deflating my SSD so that I could get to my keys.

In a recent Facebook post, I referred to myself as a “key demographic” for mosquitoes.  I was only sort of joking.  I ran to the truck, opened the door without a thought for how wet my seat would be, not having dried off, first.  I jumped in and watched them swarm outside the windows (see above pic)  as I kicked on the AC and let my heart rate slow a bit.

Every time I get the opportunity to swim in open water, it seals the deal for me.  Pools are boring to swim in.  They are manufactured and concrete, with ropes that take away any feel for current or natural flow.  They are overcrowded (I’m thinking Lehi Legacy Center- no offense, LLC), chlorinated, and predictable.

Yes, swimming in lakes and large bodies of water has drawbacks, as well- they are unsupervised, sometimes have careless boats, and contain unpredictable conditions and sometimes (like in Utah Lake), a “yuck” factor.

But for me, any negative is far outweighed by the feeling of freedom attained when swimming without walls.

**Domain alert.  After that last sentence, I checked www.godaddy.com to see if www.swimwithoutwalls.com was available.  It was.  Not any more.

www.swimwithoutwalls.com is born.

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One Response to Kayaking and swimming on Utah Lake

  1. Karl Christen says:

    Like the new blog/site.

    My buddy and I are training for triathlons and long water marathon swims. We’ve been training at American Forks Olympic pool, Legacy Center and Orem Rec center (my opinion the worst!!). We’re sick of the local pools as well, they seem to cater to only swim teams and high school swimmers, the rest of us can go pound sand is the attitude I get from their employees.

    My buddy Gary and I got a taste of our first open water swim the other day off of Pelican Bay Marina. I think we were kind of stupid, we didn’t use any type of float devices or have a spotting boat. I think it would be a smart thing to train with others in Utah lake if everyone is willing. All I can say is swimming open water is a thrill and it’s so beautiful looking up at the mountains and scenery, quite a change from the pool.

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