Next week, my son's swim team moves from their usual indoor heated pool to
an outdoor 50 meter pool for the remainder of the long course season. Last
year, we had an unusually cold and cloudy June and the water temperature
didn't get much above the low 70s for a couple of weeks. As a result, he
came out really freezing, and almost got to the point of hating to go to
practice...something which has never happened before or since.
Does anybody have reliable information regarding cold water workouts and
what temperature it is safe &/or reasonable to swim in?
I seem to remember a post which stated that heat loss actually accelerates
if you exercise vigorously in cold water. Can anyone verify this?
I also seem to remember a post which said that heat loss in cold water is
worse for younger boys. (My son is 11 y/o, about 40 kg) Especially if they
are thin. (He has little adipose.)