We have been swimming along the shore and then diagonally back recently. This is due partially to the sunrise direction and partially due to the arrangement of who turns back for shorter swims. The problem this morning was that the wind blew in a thick fog after we reached the far point, so a diagonal swim back across the center of the lake presented some complication. I really should start swimming with my watch, since it has a compass. The solution was to swim along the shore for the return also, which increased the swim length to about 2 miles.
I got an excited email afterwards from our official temperature recorder. The water temperature had dropped to nearly 54F (12C).
To make the time go quicker, it is always good to have something to meditate on while swimming. During this swim, my Hebrew studies had me reflecting on the book of Jonah:
"Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the fish's belly. And he said:
'I cried out to the Lord because of my affliction, And He answered me.
Out of the belly of Sheol I cried, And you heard my voice.
For You cast me into the deep, Into the heart of the seas,
And the floods surrounded me; All Your billows and Your waves passed over me.
Then I said, "I have been cast out of Your sight; Yet I will look again toward Your holy temple."
The waters surrounded me, even to my soul; The deep closed around me;
Weeds were wrapped around my head.'" - Jonah 2:1-5