This weekend was Seafair in Seattle. That means hotter than average temperatures (yes, this is statistically the weekend least likely to rain) and a performance by the Blue Angels. Their show was scheduled for 1:30 each day of the weekend, and the majority of Seattle takes to the water to watch. So I had to schedule my swims carefully.
Saturday I was at the lake around 11:30. It wasn't hard to park, there were still 10 or so spaces left in the lot. But the park already felt crowded, and there were tons of boats out. I did a half mile (I had food poisoning this week, so hadn't worked out and really needed to take it easy). The water was choppy from the boat wake. I felt like I was in the ocean, not the lake. And the water was cloudy. Not a bad swim, but I spent a lot of time with my head up looking out for motor boats.
Sunday I got to the lake earlier-- about 9:30. The water was flatter and clearer. Again I only did a half mile-- this time because I had a time deadline. But it was good to get in the swim before things got chaotic.
I swam with the swim saftey device on my Saturday but not on Sunday. I broke the valve a few weeks ago, and in repairing it, ended up taking it out all together. Now it doesn't stay put. I'm going to look into trading it in for a new one. I've had it for less than a year.