The concept of a year-round outdoor pool in a place like Colorado is funny to me.
Last week I was swimming at FAC and sort of chuckled to myself. It was REALLY cold out - goodbye summer! There was massive steam coming off the water and the deck held remnants of the morning frost. I found it sort of comical to look over into the distance while swimming to see the snow-covered Flatirons. Looking up to see palm trees (when I lived in CA) when it's a bit cold out I can understand... but something about seeing SNOW while swimming outdoors is ODD.
I did my lame 2k swim and, bored to tears, got out. I will say this.. if I was unable to get my HR up during the swim, the HAUL ASS run back inside the facility made up for it. I think I broke a world record in the 200m sprint across the pool area to get back inside, breathing rate rapid. I then stood in the scalding hot shower trying to thaw out for a good 15:00...
It's been in the 40's-50's here, mid-day. Not so fun. It really isn't THAT bad, but I have to get used to this. I'm used to these temps in December - not early October... I am a huge wuss!! The consolation to it all... as I am bundled up and exaggerating how cold it is to anyone who will listen :) --- I simply look to the West and feel a renewed sense of vigor. The mountains are majestic! Even in the cold, I can't help but feel grateful to be here.