Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The air and water were 58 degrees. There had been some showers earlier but we did not get any rain while we were at the beach.  We had storm conditions; a steady wind and swell out of the south pushing towards the beach. Tom, Leslie, Niel and Erik swam.  Rick came by but he and Rhonda decided to join Duke and Angela for breakfast.  The water quality along the beach was OK Thursday but the creek had high numbers so we stayed on the east side of the pier.
Sylvia stayed out and rested on her 2014 National Masters Rankings. 
She deserves a big congratulations from all of us!  She placed in the top 10 in all of her events AND her relay team is ranked No. 1 !
She is still kicking butts at 77 and has been top 10 ranked since 1984!  Nothing like setting a high standard for all of us younger folks who think we are hot stuff.

We swam out along the pier, angled towards the beach to the big rock at the end of the sea wall and came back to the pier.

Leslie getting in

Leslie and Tom at the end of the pier

Leslie, a mystery swimmer and Niel at the end of the sea wall 

Next Sunday Tom is busy, I'll be out of town and Sylvia will be competing in Pasadena.


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Sunday, February 15, 2014

Avila Beach, Sunday February 15, 2015

OK, I admit that it was bad of me, but I could not resist sending this photo to my nephew in Boston.
Yes, Avila Beach was showing off for the holiday weekend; sunny, windless, warm and 59 degree water.  The beach didn't seem to be that crowded but there was no parking to be found when I left at 1.
We had 10 swimmers today; Niel, Sylvia, John Hampsey, Amy, speedy Paula Dooley and her daughter Claire, who we don't see often enough, John Harmse, Roxy, Rick and Dale. Paula and Claire and Sylvia trunked it.  

John began with a novel technique to putting on his wetsuit and had to rethink his approach. 
We decided to do a clockwise triangle to give Paula and Claire a chance to get comfortable while we were close to shore.  At the end of the sea wall we all turned and headed to the end of the Avila Pier.   That is Paula and Claire, right and center.

Paula, Claire, Dale and Roxy headed in from the end of the pier. The rest of us completed a short version of the creek side of the route.  The water was really nice, the sun was warm and we all had a great time.


Sunday, February 1, 2015

Sunday February 1, 2015

As you can see the drought is hammering us here in Central California. No rain, just one absolutely beautiful day after another and unseasonable nice swimming conditions. Our yards may all be dead and we may not have any water to drink this summer but the winter swimming conditions are spoiling us.  Another Sunday that is sunny, warm, just a little windy with a water temperature of 58 degrees. This time last year the water temperature was running 51 to 54 degrees and in 2013 it was between 49 and 53 so this winter is like summer in more ways than just the lack of rainfall.  We had three groups swimming today; Niel and Tom wanted to go to the Poly Pier so they started first. 
We swam to the end of the Avila Pier and over to our usual rendezvous spot along the Poly Pier. On the way over to the Poly Pier we were heading into a slight wind so we had to work against a small chop and steady current.  We looped back to our starting point having covered 1.23 miles. 
This shadowy figure is Tom Lorish and the Poly Pier

Niel at the Poly Pier.

Stephanie, Amy, Dale and Rick swam out to the end of the pier, over the the mouth of the creek and back along the buoy line. Doug and John Hampsey got in later. I'm not sure what route they swam.