SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah man swam one mile in in the icy waters of the Great Salt Lake to join a league of elite ice swimmers.
A thermometer showed the water temperature at 37 degrees, cold enough it could be life threatening for an untrained swimmer. To reduce the risk, a kayaker follows along for the entire sprint while an EMT waits on shore.
“The first two laps aren’t going to be an issue, it’s the third and fourth that are going to start to hurt,” ice swimmer Gordon Gridley said.
Athletes work up to a swim like this, it’s not something you could just jump in and do. Goody Tyler supported Gridley during his swim, and he said it’s an intense experience.