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Old 02-24-2011
cynthcor cynthcor is offline
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Default omg it was COLD...

Okay so I experienced a new challenge this morning which I'm sure I'll experience again in open water but would like to know if it impacts others similarly.

The pool I usually swim in is used frequented by elderly members so they keep it pretty warm. This morning I hit the pool at LifeFitness next to my hotel and the water was colder than any pool I've experienced. I hit the water and felt like a rock. I thought that I'd warm up after 10 minutes or so and expected to feel more like my usual swim, but it didn't happen. Even after I warmed up I still felt like a rock. I tried to fight through it and I could never get comfortable in the water - tried Superman Glides and just didn't move at all.

So has anyone else experienced this. Is it normal?
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Old 02-24-2011
Lawrence Lawrence is offline
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Yes. I avoid cold water. Life's too short.
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Old 02-25-2011
daveblt daveblt is offline
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I find that when the water is warmer, say HIGH 70s to low 80s or so my stroke tends to flow right along . If it's too cold my stroke just does not feel the same.

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Old 02-25-2011
Richardsk Richardsk is offline
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Personally I like the water on the cold side. Recently when they were having boiler trouble at the local pool most of the regulars were quite happy with the colder temperature. I don't know exactly how cold it was but after a couple of lengths it felt fine. Normally it feels too warm after half an hour or so.

I suppose it helps to be fairly well padded.
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Old 02-25-2011
aerogramma aerogramma is offline
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I prefer water on the cold side too.
With all the new activities geared towards non swimmers pools have implemented, water temperatures have definetely risen.

I believe that within certain brackets the feeling of cold water can be overcome by a bit of thinking... just don't think too much about it and you'll be fine :)
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