With Alden hitting an insane 81 degrees, I saw an opportunity to set a new personal record. My previous earliest date for a swim was April 17, but with this St Patrick’s Day arriving in the midst of unseasonably warm weather, I saw my chance to move my personal “earliest swim” record one month ahead.
Sherry and Ken recorded my little event, with Al watching from the deck. The thermometer registered 45.6 degrees in the water. It was all over in a minute, with a quick dive and backward swim. With the air still warm, I didn’t need to dry off until I reached the house. Now my new “earliest swim” is set at March 17. Happy St Patrick’s Day.