Got back in the water for the first time today. Did about a half mile "shake down" swim. Everything still seems to work (mostly my body, the gear is all fine too), and once I was warmed up, it wasn't too bad. Air temp was 80. Water about 55.
So what happened to the winter swimming?? Mostly, life got in the way. I missed a few weeks in a row while my husband moved in with me. And during that time the lake temperature dropped significantly. Suddenly it seemed too cold. I'm sure if I'd kept things up those weeks I would have been fine, but with the time off, I couldn't face the cold. May try it again next winter. In the mean time.... it is time to swim through summer.