Thursday, January 21, 2021

Thursday, January 21, 2012

Avila was looking mighty nice this morning. It was sunny, in the 40's, the offshore wind was dieing, and the ocean was almost flat. The surf was 2 to 3 feet.  The water was 51 degrees but Theresa and I both felt that it was colder. 

Theresa and I decided to swim to the end of the Avila Pier, to the end of the Cal Poly Pier, along the pier to the second crossbars and back to our starting place. We swam 2700 M.

Theresa and Niel at the end of the Cal Poly Pier

and at the second set of crossbars

I'll swim Saturday morning at 8 and Sunday at 7:30 with Duke. Theresa and Grace may join us.


Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

Duke sent this along from his swim this morning. He said that high winds made for a rough swim.  

I'm planning on swimming on Thursday morning at about 9.

Not sure yet if I'll be at Avila or Olde Port Beach.


Thursday, January 14, 2021

Theresa and I swam at Olde Port Beach at 9. I went short because I had a Dr's appointment later in the morning.  More on that below.  It was very clear, breezy and warm. The air temperature was 71 and the water 51. The surf was small, 2 to 3 foot, but surprisingly powerful with chest high foamy stuff sending me back towards the beach. There was a head high wind chop out of the SE.

I swam over to the third crossbars on the Cal Poly Pier and back.
Theresa continued on to do a lap out to the end of the pier and back.   

Theresa and Niel at the buoy line.

Theresa and Niel at the third crossbars on the Cal Poly Pier.

At my Dr's appoint I learned that the heart monitor that he wanted me to wear for a week was not waterproof so I'm beached until the 21st. It will be riding, running and just showers for a week. Sounds like a low tech gadget to me, but it is not raining so riding is a nice option. 

If anyone wants to send me a swim report or photos I'll post them.



Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

This morning's swim began with two nice surprises. There was thick fog from San Luis Obispo to about a half mile from the beach, then from Avila over to the port was sitting in a hole in the fog.  The second surprise was Duke showing up to do a short swim before his ride this morning, so it was Duke, Theresa and myself at Olde Port Beach. The air temperature was 38 degrees and the water temperature has been stuck at around 51 degrees since November 10th. The week previous to that was the last time I measured a water temperature above 52 degrees. The surf had laid down so we would have an easy walk out into the water. 

We have not done much swimming at Olde Port Beach so we are trying out routes. We have agreed to avoid swimming over towards the port because of the increased risk of boat traffic.Today's route would be over to the first crossbars on the Cal Poly Pier and out to the end of the pier and back.  Duke was in for going to the pier and heading back so he got about 1600M in. Going to the end of the pier doubled that. 

Duke and theresa wading in

Duke, Theresa and Niel at the first crossbars on the Cal Poly Pier.
We don't swim to this spot from the other side because the line from the beach will take you into the kelp and rocks on that side. 

Niel and Theresa at the End of the Cal Poly Pier

Theresa and I will be swimming at Olde Port Beach on Thursday at 9.  
Drop ins are welcome.  :-)


Sunday, January 10, 2021

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Avila Beach had 3 foot plus waves, beautiful clear skies and an offshore breeze. Outside the surf line the water was messy with several swells from different direction with the wind chop on top. Niel, Theresa and Duke got in at 7:30. The air temperature was 37, the water was 51 and nice and clean.  The smaller waves today were a nice break. The swell was predicted to start building this afternoon and we will have large surf next week. 

Theresa, Niel and Duke is one space to the right.
Even our cars do social distancing.

Once out past the surf we went under the Avila Pier and over to the second crossbars on the Cal Poly Pier. We then did a out and back lap around the pier and retraced out route back to the beach in Avila.    

Duke and 

Theresa ready to head over to the Cal Poly Pier.

Niel, Theresa and Duke at the second crossbars.

Duke at the end of the Cal Poly Pier
This one was for Duke's daughter in Seattle who was going snowshoeing this morning and wanted to see what silly stuff her dad was up to.

Niel and Duke with Theresa (just out of the frame to the right)
at the end of the Cal Poly Pier.

Theresa and I are going to swim at Olde Port Beach at 8 on Tuesday.


Saturday, January 9, 2021

Saturday, January 9, 2021

This morning in Avila Beach it was sunny, 51 degrees and there was a strengthening offshore wind. The surf at Avila Beach was overhead plus so I decided to drive over and check out the conditions at Olde Port Beach.  It looked nice with 2 to 3 foot waves. Even with the hills behind this beach the wind was getting in and there already was a chop on the water.  

I swam to the buoy near the boat launching ramp, to the second crossbars on the Cal Poly Pier and back to where I got in for about 1.5 miles.

The leg towards the Cal Poly Pier became steadily rougher as the chop and current built up. It was coming over my left shoulder and pushing me to the right. Near the Cal Poly Pier the shore gets rocky and there were waves rebounding off of the rocks and adding to the toss.   

At the Cal Poly Pier. Behind me is a wave coming off of the rocks towards me.

This swim was fun and different. There are several 1.5 to 2 mile routes from this beach so I'll probably be back.

I'll swim tomorrow at 7:30 with Duke. We'll meet at Avila but may wind up here.



Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Tuesday mornings conditions at Avila Beach were much like Saturday and Sunday's, just with slightly smaller surf. This mornings largest waves were 6 feet plus in well spaced out sets of three. In between the largest sets the waves were 4 foot +/-. It was sunny, 51 degrees in the air and the water with an offshore breeze starting up.  Out past the surf line the water was still a mess of several swells of different heights and directions. This was fun as I had a different set of conditions to work with in each direction of each leg of my route, which made for a great swim. I hadn't expected anyone else to be there and got in at 7:45. 

I'll be back on Thursday morning, swimming at 8 o'clock.


Sunday, January 3, 2021

Sunday, January 3, 2021

 Duke and I were to swim at 7:30. I arrived and started getting changed at 7:20 and Duke drove up a few minutes later. He walked over to say Hi and talk about our route. Conditions were much like yesterday with the big waves in the sets running 6 to 8 feet, maybe a bit larger than Saturday. Well, 15 minutes later we were still standing there half changed talking about everything but swimming. We were just not feeling it so we packed up and went home.

I will be back on Tuesday morning at 8.


Saturday, January 2, 2021

January 2, 2021 - MOVEMENT

For the first swim of 2021 we had water with lots of movement. The largest waves were 6 to 8 feet but if you waited long enough there would be a lull when getting out was easier. Outside there was a mix of swells that were of different sizes and periods and directions making physical but fun swimming conditions. There was no chop so you didn't swallow any water, it was just a very messy surface.  The air temperature was 44 at 9AM and the water temperature was 52.

I actually was thinking of bailing on swimming by myself when Duke showed up. He was going to ride this morning but had a flat, which is time consuming to fix with tubeless tires, so he caught me in time and we both had someone to swim with. Duke suggested we swim down to off of Fossil Point and then to the end of the pier and see what looks good from there.   

Duke and Niel out past the surf zone. 
Getting out through the waves was not too rough but timing your start was critical. 

Niel and just a piece of Duke (sorry) off of Fossil Point. The water was really messy down here; this area is more exposed to swells that are wrapping around the breakwater at Port San Luis so it is always rougher and there were waves reflecting back off of the point meeting the incoming swells.

Duke and I at the end of the Avila Pier. We had had enough fun at this point and came in.
We were very lucky on our timing and were able to swim directly to shore without having to duck under any waves.

I saw Theresa, Elliot and Grace when I was at the showers. They had had trouble getting out through the waves and had bailed on swimming at Avila.

I'll meet Duke tomorrow morning at 7:30 for an early swim. We'll decide to swim based on the conditions. Company is welcome.


Thursday, December 31, 2020

Thursday, December 31, 2020

 A New Year's Eve Day Swim

I got in a bit after 9 and Leslie got in about 10 minutes later when I was arriving at the end of the pier.  She managed to chase me down and we completed the two triangles route I had planned.  The air temperature was about 55 and the water was 53 degrees. That doesn't sound like a big deal but the water temperature has been between 49 and 52 degrees since November 15th. The surf was 3 foot + and there was a lot of movement in the water outside the surfline with 3 different swells moving through.

Leslie and Niel at the end of the Avila Pier

I'm going to swim Saturday morning at 8 and probably at 7:30 on sunday with Duke.


Tuesday, December 29, 2020

A Nada Tuesday

 I didn't swim today. My shoulder has been starting fell less that totally happy, so I have been thinking about doing some easy swims. I was at the beach before 8 but the surf was large enough that I would have to be willing to sprint in order to get out, so I watched the surf and talked with Sue. She is back in town for a week to do some production work and wanted to get in the water, but didn't want to swim by herself.

As far as the rest of the week goes, it is a big maybe. Sue would like to get in any day if another swimmer is available. Duke may swim Thursday morning at 7, depending on Calvin showing up. I'll swim at 8:30 to 9 on Thursday if my shoulder feels better and the in and out is easy enough. NOAA predicted that today would be the last day of large surf, but today's prediction has the surf advisory continuing through New Year's Day.  

Sorry about the lack of firm plans but it looks like wer are just going to make this up as we go along.


Sunday, December 27, 2020

Sunday, December 27th, 2020

Jodi and Niel got in at 8 o'clock. The air temperature was 53 and the water was 50.5 and still extremely clear. It was cloudy but would clear and be sunny by the time that we got out. The surf was larger than yesterday with the largest waves in the 6 to 8 foot range. The biggest sets were a long time apart so we had to deal with 4 to 6 footers getting in and out. 

We swam from the end of the Avila Pier over to the third crossbars on the Cal Poly Pier, along the pier to the end and back to the Avila Pier. 

Jodi and Niel at the third crossbars
Niel and Jodi at the end of the Cal Poly Pier.

The surface of the water doesn't look too bumpy in the photos but there were 2 to 3 foot SW swells running through putting a lot of movement into the water. We were fortunate in our timing and arrived at the surf line at a low point so getting back in was pretty straightforward. The white water had a lot of power in it so I needed to get far enough in to really get my feet under me before I could start walking out.

It should be sunny on Tuesday and the surf should be going down so I'm planning on swimming at 8.

My apologies for the goofy way today's blog looks. Google is doing some updates and things are not working correctly. Hey, you get what you pay for and Blogger is pretty good and free.


Saturday, December 26, 2020

Saturday, December 26th, 2020

Avila Beach had grey skies with low clouds but no rain. The air temperature was 54, the water was 51, the surf was up since Thursday with the largest waves in the 4 to 5 foot range. The water was incredibly clear for Avila. The waves were translucent and when swimming the water was a beautiful blue green.

I was by myself and did a couple of triangles. The western was got a bit short and I did not take a shortcut under the pier. My  time seems slow but I clock from getting in to getting out without stopping the watch when treading water or taking photos, so the today's time reflects the fooling around I need to do to time my push through the surf. Actually that was twice because I went too early the first time and got pushed back in.

At the end of the Avila Pier.

Duke is spending the weekend with his family and won't be swimming tomorrow morning so I can start later than our usual 7:30. I'll get in at 8.



Thursday, December 24, 2020

Thursday, December 24, 2020, Christmas Eve Morning

 Winter Comes To Avila Beach

This morning we had low clouds that were holding rain, no wind, a glassy ocean, 50.5 degree water and a 44 degree air temperature. The water was exceptionally clear. Duke suggested a route that would take us to near Fossil Point,to the end of the Avila Pier, over to the third cross bars on the Cal Poly Pier, along the pier to the second crossbars and back to our starting point.  I clocked just short of 3,400M.
Also getting in were Paula Dooley, Tom and some others from the Masters group at Sinsheimer Pool. They swam their own route. Leslie was in the water when Duke and I got out. It is nice to have her back.    
Niel and Duke
Nobody looks like they have cold toes yet.

Duke near Fossil Point. 
On the way to here I swam past the buoy on the reef that we swim around sometimes. 
The water was clear enough for me to see the rocks on the bottom.    

Duke and Niel at the Avila Pier

Duke at the third crossbars along the Cal Poly Pier.

Other than the cold, this was a great swim; a nice route and distance with clear and flat water.
I'll swim at 8 on Saturday and at 7:30 with Duke on Sunday.


Craig Bowman shared this link to a great story about the English interest in cold water immersion/swimming. I'll have to remember to ask Sue about this.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

This morning at 8 Avila Beach was sunny, clear and calm with 2 to 3 foot surf and very clear water. The air temperature was 54 degrees and the water was 50.5. 

Duke likes swimming along the Cal Poly Pier with it on his left side since he breathes on that side so I suggested that we could get our distance by swimming out along the pier on the west side, from the second crossbars to the end and back along the east side to the second crossbars. I've swam the length of the CP Pier many times but I don't recall ever swimming on the west side, so this would be a first for this route.   

Niel and Duke getting in.

We swam out along the more or less buoy line to the creek, over to the CP Pier, around the pier and back to the Avila Pier. A lap around the Avila Pier made my swim 2+ miles. 

Duke at the second crossbars on the far (west) side of the Cal Poly Pier

Duke and Niel at the end of the CP Pier

Niel and a peek of Duke back at the second crossbars.

Duke and I will swim at 9 on Thursday morning.