We had a nice morning at Avila Beach today. At 7:30 it was sunny and still, 46° and what light fog there had been was almost burned off. The water temperature was 53° and the water was clear and glassy.
Sunday, May 9, 2021
Saturday, May 8, 2021
This morning I had decided to go to the SLO Farmers Market at 8 and to swim at 10. That turned out to be a good and not so good thing. At 10 AM Avila Beach was sunny, clear and warming up nicely. It was about 60° on its way into the 80°'s. Ther water was 53.5° and flat but there was a lumpy surface swell from the NW that was starting to wrap around the Port San Luis breakwater and work into where we swim. That was the good part. Not so nice was that Avila was already crowded and only about 10% of those present were wearing masks. I found myself continually trying to decide whether to keep wearing my mask or not, always wondering what was safe. Yuch, extra stress.
Thursday, May 6, 2021
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
The weather in Avila at 8 o'clock was clear and sunny with a swell out of the SE and occasional 3 to 4 foot surf. The air was 50° and the water 53°. I was wading in at 8 when Duke was coming down the stairs. We never connecting the the water but I did speak to Tom Lorish on my second lap down the eastern line of swim zone buoys. I swam out to the first buoy, turned right and swam two triangles made up of the buoy line and the end of the Avila Pier. I thought it would be closer to 3K but I got a bonus.
Sunday, May 2, 2021
Sunday morning at 7:30 Duke, Niel, Jodi and Sara waded in to swim. The air temperature was 50° and the water was 53° . It was sunny, no clouds with the wind already picking up. Duke wanted to be out by 8:30 and Jodi and I were not looking for a repeat of yesterday so we planned about 2000M.
Saturday, May 1, 2021
Warm Water, Long Distance
Jodi and I started off the month of May with a long warm(ish) swim. At 8 Avila Beach had high thin clouds so there were shadows but it wasn't warm. It was calm with an air temperature of 52° and a water temperature of 55°! I checked it twice to be sure. The last time I measured a water temperature above 52° was a 55° reading on November 11, 2020, almost five months ago.
Having begun swimming at Avila this year Jodi had never been in 55° water so she thought a long swim would be a good idea. Thinking that I'd like to do about 4K I suggested that we go down the swim buoys to the east end and back along the whole line to the mouth of the creek, over to the second crossbars on the CP Pier and out to the end of the pier. From there we would decide how to complete our swim. I was thinking some kind of route back to the Avila Pier and in.
It had been smooth swimming until it started to get bumpy as we came out along the length of the CP Pier. At the end of the pier there was a good chop and push out of the SW.
At the end of the CP Pier Jodi suggested that we swim to Fossil Point. That would be a leg of 14 or 1500M but we would have a push from the swell so I said fine.
We'll swim tomorrow at 7:30.
Thursday, April 29, 2021
I got in the water at 8:30 this morning. Avila was sunny and feeling like summer at 60°. There was a light breeze and swell/chop out of the SE. The water was 52° and getting a bit cloudy. I was on my own and looking for something predictable so I did my two triangles with a swing out and around the fabled 9th buoy, which is not a swim zone buoy but marks some rocks about 200M farther offshore than the last swim zone buoy on the east side.
My next swim will be at 8AM on Saturday.
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
At 8 AM Avila Beach was pure springtime, sunny, clear, cloudless and calm, with an air temperature of 44° and the water at 49.5°. The water was nice and clear and the surf was 1 to 2 foot. I was by myself and was feeling the need for some kind of a push so I selected a course that would be around 3200M and swam it with just one stop for a photo. The ocean can be so nice that way, the water to yourself with no lane lines, no turns and three 600M to 700M legs between navigation points.
Sunday, April 25, 2021
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Sunday, April 18, 2021
An Adventure Swim In The Fog
Saturday, April 17, 2021
Stephanie, Jodi, Niel, Grace and Theresa got in the water a little after 8. It was 50°, overcast and still with flat 50° water. We decided to do two triangles and then, because the buoys are not as far apart as we have been swimming, added one more triangle to make 3200M.
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Duke and I planned to get in at 9 today instead of our usual 8 to 8:30 start. I'm not really sure why we did that except when Duke suggested it on Tuesday it sounded like a nice chance to sleep in a bit. Sara joined us today for the first time. She has swum by herself on the weekend and was a welcome addition to the group. Being 9 o'clock Tom Lorish was getting in so he joined us. The plan was to first do a triangle on the east side of the pier. Duke and Sara would probably get out then. I was going to do a second triangle on the west side to make about 3000M and to swim by all eight buoys. The air was about 50° and the water 49°. There was a light breeze, small surf and hte water has dirtied up to a red brown, almost the color of a plankton bloom color but the water is too cold for that to be happening.