The Less Than A Dollar Swim
That is what I had today, a 50 degree air temperature and a 49 degree water temperature, which equals less than a dollar. I also swam for 49 minutes so that must be todays number.
It was clear and sunny at Avila Beach at 8 AM with a strengthening offshore breeze. I could thank the that breeze for pushing down the water temperature. Otherwise the water was clear with a bit of chop. Nice swimming conditions for between when you got numbed out and stopped noticing the cold and when you did get cold and needed to get out.
I use a 300mm lab thermometer that is certified to one degree accuracy.
So the water temperature could have been 50. ;-)
I decided to swim out to the end of the pier and do a triangle.
The neoprene cap and the large goggles prevent me from getting a brain freeze headache at these temps, so once my face goes numb it is just my hands and feet that feel the cold.
I'm wearing a Patagonia R3 surf suit and everything that is covered felt OK.
I'll be back on Thursday at 9 AM.