On the shores of Lake Michigan Chicago’s skyline sprawls, thousands of skyscrapers stretching as far as the eye can see. The city is famous for numerous things, including pizza and sports, but it’s incredible lakeside views top the list for locals and tourists alike. 

Fares was lucky enough to go for a swim in Lake Michigan’s chilly waters — and the view was like nothing else! Check out his epic workout.

Surveying the Scene

Fares headed to Oak Street Beach in downtown Chicago for his swim. This spot has a wide, sandy beach and a bike path — prime for outdoor recreation during Chicago’s mild summers. 

Related: 5 Tips for Beginner Open Water Swimmers

Safety is extremely important no matter where you swim, but it’s a good idea to take extra care when you’re swimming in a new place. Fares did research ahead of time to make sure he understood where swimming is and isn’t allowed, where buoys are located and what boat traffic looks like. Then, he was able to plan his route!

He brought along all of his open water gear, too: 

  • Wetsuit: For warmth and buoyancy
  • Safety Buoy: For visibility, safety and to store snacks and a GoPro!
  • Swim Cap and Goggles: A bright swim cap for extra visibility and good goggles to make it easy to spot buoys and take in the view!

The Workout

After gearing up, it was time for Fares to hit the water! He decided to shoot for at least 1,000 meters. To track his total distance, time, average pace and heart rate, Fares started an Open Water Swim in the MySwimPro app on his Apple Watch. 

Related: The Best Way to Track Open Water Swims with the Apple Watch

As he swam, Fares took in Chicago’s amazing skyline. The view was unlike what he’s used to swimming at home in Michigan! He kept close to shore and focused on having fun and maintaining his feel for the water rather than pushing for maximum distance. When traveling, it’s smart to ease up on your typical workout intensity until you acclimate to your new environment.

Related: How to Swim Straight in Open Water

All in all, Fares’s urban swim was a massive success! Having heard about Chicago’s epic swimming community, Fares felt grateful to be able to experience Lake Michigan’s waters. Numerous races are held in Chicago each year, drawing athletes from far and wide to swim in one of the United States’ largest lakes. Who knows, maybe one day he’ll be back to compete!

Where is your favorite open water swimming spot? Have you had a chance to experience Chicago’s incredible skyline from the water? 

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