Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Sunday, June 13, 2021
Pat's Thirty Five Hundred
Saturday, June 12, 2021
It was warm and sunny at Avila when I got there at 9. It was 75 degrees and felt like it was going to be a lot warmer. The water was very clear and 54°.
Thursday, June 10, 2021
Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Sunday, June 6, 2021
Pat, Duke, Jodi, Leslie, Sue and Niel at the second crossbars.
After we go out I spoke with Tom Lorish as he was getting in and Paula and Heidi up on the boardwalk. Paula was joining a group of Masters swimmers from Sinsheimer Pool in SLO who were getting in and Heidi is an Avila Dolphin who I had not seen since the pandemic. She has been swimming at Morro Bay and was getting in by herself to get reacquainted with Avila.
I spoke with Sue as I was getting changed. She will swim tomorrow morning before heading back to London. She will be back next month.
I'd like to go back to swimming at 11 on Sundays once I get comfortable with the crowds and how things are going. I miss the group and sitting on the beach. I'll post more when that change seems like the right thing to do
I'll swim Tuesday morning at 8.
Saturday, June 5, 2021
I spoke to Jodi near the second crossbars on the Cal Poly Pier. She was already at 5K+ meters and heading back to the Avila Pier.
Duke, Jodi, myself and whoever wants to join us will jump in at 7:30 Sunday morning.
Thursday, June 3, 2021
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
I had a nice solo swim today. Mornings in Avila are overcast and gray this time of the year and will clear by 10 or 12 o'clock. The air temperature was 54° and the water 53.5°, which surprisingly felt noticeable warmer than Sunday's 52°. I did my two triangles route and pushed the east and west ends out past the last buoys in order to make almost 3,200M. Towards the end of the swim a SW wind and chop was starting up. The chop wasn't very pesky but near the end of the Avila Pier the accompanying current was pulling up deep water and dropping the water temperature by a few degrees. It is sure motivating to swim into that large of a temperature drop!
I spoke to Tom Lorish along the pier and saw Sue on the beach. She had just missed me when I was getting in and we never connected in the water.
Sunday, May 30, 2021
Everyone felt cold this morning. Avila was much the same as yesterday so maybe we were just tired from keeping up with Jodi yesterday. We had the same gray lid, no wind and a smooth surface. There was a SW current that felt much stronger than the small chop that was on top. The air temperature was 57° and the water was 52°. Jodi, Leslie and Niel were joined by Sue, who we have not seen in some time. Sue lives in England and drops in to swim with us when she is on the West Coast. Leslie wanted to cruise the buoy line so we decided to start with her and continue on once she went in. That plan only lasted until we grouped up for the first time at the last buoy on the east end. Sue does all of her swimming bareback and by the time I caught up she was getting cold and had started back along the buoys toward the pier. Leslie suggested that we go to the end of the Avila Pier and then to the west end of the buoy line so we headed off. Stephanie caught up with us at the end of the Avila Pier. At the west end of the buoy line Leslie was ready to swim back to the pier and go in. Stephanie, Niel and Jodi did a point to point swim, figuring out where we wanted to go next at the end of each leg. With the SW current against us the 730M between the ends of the Avila and Cal Poly Piers felt like a lot longer than usual.
Saturday, May 29, 2021
Thursday, May 27, 2021
Three times, three swimmers, three routes and one lucky guy.
Avila was all grey overcast and a light wind. The air and the water temps were 53°.
Leslie got in at 8 and swam parts of the buoy line and to the end of the Avila Pier.
Niel got in at 8:25 and swam two big triangles.
Tom Lorish got in at 9 and swam over to the CP Pier.
I spoke to Leslie on the beach as we were getting out and in the water.
I crossed paths with Tom near the end of the Avila Pier and spoke to him for a few minutes.
There was a small swell surprisingly strong current out of the SW. My route gave me eight exposures to the water conditions and kept my swim interesting.
During my second triangle the sun came out and the wind picked up, which was a reasonable bargain.
The lucky guy was Duke. He didn't make it to the beach because he found a wet floor in his garage and traced it to the kitchen. The story ends well though. The source was his water softener outside and the water was running into the garage under the garage door. He is probably figuring that he just saved enough money for a nice toy!
Google got the problem with the Blogger fixed and I was able to add the image of my route at 6:34PM.
I'll swim Saturday morning at 8.
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
This morning was the nicest Avila has been since last summer. At 7:30 it was 65°, sunny and calm with 53° water, 2 foot plus surf and clean water. Duke, Niel and Sarah got in at 8:05 and swam a couple of triangles. The swim was very relaxing and enjoyable and not being cold when we got out was really nice. The swell was starting to pick up near the end but it was just enough to give the last leg some character.
Sunday, May 23, 2021
It was gloomy gray in Avila when I arrived at 7 but it was calm and 51°. From the pier the water temperature was up to 52° and the water was very clear. The surf was small and there was a slight swell on the water.
Grace, Theresa, Stephanie, Duke and Niel got in at 7:35. 52° is still cold, especially with no sunshine, but the few degrees increase since yesterday took the edge off. We swam a flattened big O.
|Theresa, Stephanie, Grace and Duke at |
the second crossbars on the Cal Poly Pier
Saturday, May 22, 2021
After a very windy and clear Friday, Saturday began cool and cloudy with Avila looking very unspring like with thick overcast, an air temperature of 49° and, thanks to Friday's wind, a water temperature that was back in the 40's at 49.5°.