Well, not quite. The Shadow Cliffs lake temperature is now in the upper 50's Fahrenheit, which means that we are a bit colder than the San Francisco Bay at the moment. The water level is more than 6 feet below normal, but there is still sufficient for swimming. Today was the last day when my mid-week swimming partner would be there until April. He said good bye to the park attendants and I put in a last 2 kilometer swim. From now on, when I swim I must stay in the swim lanes, which is much more tedious than a loop around the lake.
This time of year the early morning workout gets challenging. There is nowhere to get warm and the end of the swim is a cold outdoor shower to get cleaned up before heading to work. The showers will continue for another month until the first good freeze. Then they will shut down the shower for a few months. Perhaps I should sign up for the winter Alcatraz swim again. We shall see how far will power can go in the struggle with hypothermia.