It was the first open water swim of the unified 2017 season (no more separate spring and winter results) at Lake Pleasant, where the water temperature was 68 degrees and actually very pleasant -- once we got started. AZ Open Water was working out kinks in the new timing system (with timing chips on your wrist, you hit a timing pad while going through the gate each lap) that started all the races at least 30 minutes late. That's a lot of standing around in the sun in a wetsuit, so it was a relief to start swimming. It took less time to swim than the delayed start and the incredibly long awards ceremony took, or so I'm told; I had to leave right after I finished to get to an aufruf at the New Shul.
1:01:06, which is 29 seconds faster than last year. They initially had my results in the open category, but in the correct wetsuit category, I was 7/12 men's masters, 7/12 all men (we were all 45+), and 8/20 all swimmers. I finished only seconds behind someone else who passed me when I had to stop to reset my falling-off swim caps and goggles on the third lap (you beat me fair and square, David Hicks!).