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2006-04-27 1:13 PM

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Subject: Open Water Swimming???
So when do people start practicing Open Water Swimming? I think the Gravel Pond opens this weekend, but it's probably a little cold? So where do people here in CO swim? And when do you start?

I really need to practice this before the 5430 in June. Only about 7 weeks away.


2006-04-27 6:09 PM
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I swim at Boulder Rez since it's the closest place for me....but it sucks that you can only swim when there is a guard there and only in the roped off area.  So, for that reason, the gravel pond is best! 

Yep, it's going to be darn cold for a while.....a wetsuit is smart.  As far as when to start....well that depends on how many times you think you need to go before your race - my opinion anyway!  for me, since I suck at OW swimming, I'd start as early as possible! 

2006-04-30 12:35 AM
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Another suggestion is Bear Creek Lake Park, in Soda Lake. You can only swim in the roped off area, but from one end of the area to the other is about 75 yds, and about 8-10 feet deep.  If you go early in the morning, it is completely empty of other swimmers, and there is never a guard on duty.  Also, it's free if you ride your bike in. Then you can do a great brick afterwards, with a ride over the dam and back.

It's VERY cold, so you might want to wait until June or else wear a wetsuit. 

2006-06-13 12:13 PM
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Sorry for bringing this up from so far back. My question is how early is too early for Soda Lake? I will be riding through Beark Creek Lake Park on my commute to work and wonder how early is too early to swim there. If you have any insight please let me know.

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2006-06-13 2:27 PM
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Bad news.  I heard they just had a sewage spill in Big Soda Lake, so it's closed for swimming.  You may want to check out their website.

 As for when you can swim, I went at the end of June last year and it was tolerable, but I about froze my butt off without a wetsuit. I think it's a great place to start OWS, but you are only allowed to swim within the roped area, but it's about 75yd from end to end.  It's also nice that it's open anytime to swim, since there are no guards.

 

2006-06-13 2:34 PM
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You can swim at the Aurora rez - and they are having some Open Water swim clinics July 5th, 12th and 26th from 6-8. I emailed the staff there asking for more information on the OW swimming and the clinics and this is what I got back just today....

 

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Hi! The open water swims are $10 each and that includes park entry. We
will have kayakers and ranger boats for safety. It's basically a course
set up similar to what Danskin, My Way or the Tri Way, Rattlesnake and
the other tri's swim. It runs from 6-8pm and you can swim as little or
as much as you want to in that time frame.

The lap lane in the swim beach area is basically open the same hours as
the park. The area has lifeguards from 10-6.>>>>>

 

It costs (I believe) $5.00 per car to get into the park from dawn to dusk. Seems like a pretty good deal to me. Let me know if/when people want to go over there - Maybe we could car pool and get in some good OWSimming.



2006-06-13 3:16 PM
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Thanks for the info! I called Beark Creek Lake Park and they said that the lake was open for swimming. Perhaps it has cleaned itself up already if there was a spill.

Edited by bigslowguy 2006-06-13 3:17 PM
2006-06-13 4:19 PM
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A very cool place in Colorado :)
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does anybody know off hand where you can OWS up here in Fort Collins?? i have 2 kids mostly full time and it would be difficult to shoot down to denver more than once or twice to meet up with anybody (though i will try to hit up those clinics, thanks for getting that info, carrie!)

thanks!

2006-06-13 6:41 PM
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Can you swim at Horsetooth?  If not, the closest place that I am aware of is Union Reservoir in Longmont.  They have specific days/times/prices there. 
2006-06-14 7:04 AM
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I think I made the mistake... My wife said the spill was in the lake, but I think it was in the creek/stream leaving the lake. They supposidly got it contained and everything was o.k. A sewage truck flipped... Wouldn't like to clean up after that wreck...
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