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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Swimming in Melted Snow

The two-plus mile swim leg of the Coeur d'Alene Ironman competition was a bit dicey in 2007. Choppy, cold water on Lake Coeur d'Alene got the best of some athletes. In 2008 another challenge is presenting itself...the flood waters of recent days. The flood waters are caused by melting snow so the lake temperature is a brisk 49 degrees. Ironman officials are looking for temperatures of at least the mid-50s for the safety of the swimmers. Less than four weeks until the June 22 event so we'll need to see some serious sunshine here in North Idaho. Soon.


Phil said...

Maybe some giant underwater heaters?

Kerri Thoreson said...

I was down on Independence Point dock to watch the swimmers for last year's Ironman so had a front row seat to the sheriff's boats bringing swimmers out of the water during the race. Many well-conditioned athletes had to be plucked from the water. This year another challenge could be so much debris like deadhead logs just below the surface. I guess that's why they call it Ironman and not Easyman. :)