The water temperature at Lake Coeur d'Alene, which was in the 60's last year, has barely budged above 51 lately, and it probably won't warm up all that much before June 22. NA Sports sent out an announcement regarding the temperature: as long as the water temp is below 60 degrees F race day, wet suits will be required. And they are allowing swimmers to wear aqua socks/booties. Now for the "real" swimmers out there, this will just prove once again that triathletes are wimps! I've seen the annoyed looks from swimmers sans wet suits at those triathletes clogging up the buoy line at Aquatic Park!
I've been trying to get in some solid time in the Bay and had a brief recurrence of mild SIPE on Monday, which has only served to increase my nerves for the event. If I have trouble with SIPE during the race, my race will be over. But last year I had no problems and I believe that, if I am well rested, I should be okay. At least I hope so! I've solicited swimmer extraordinaire Jen Alexander for some cold water swimming tips and I will be taking her advice (among other helpful suggestions) to wear an extra cap during the swim and also some sort of cap during the bike, and to stay very warm before the start.
By the way, I'm a big fan of the USGS for providing such great info!