Niel and Duke met just before 8 and planned a relaxing swim. Something easy to swim and navigate that would just get the kinks out. The swimming conditions don't get much better then they were this morning with clearing skies, a 59° air temperature, 59.5° water that was very clear, no wind and a glassy surface.
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Sunday, July 18, 2021
Sunday With A Chance of Thunderstorms
Saturday, July 17, 2021
But Not Enough To Beat The Competition
Conditions permitting, I was wanted to go long today, so I added a couple of gels to my kit with the camera and car key. I never have gotten comfortable with hiding my key on someone's tire, so I have a 'dumb' version that I carry with me in the water.
I'd done the route I had planned once before and it came out at almost 4900M. If today's conditions stayed flat enough I was going to do a solid 3 miles today.
At 8:30 the conditions looked very nice. It was grey, overcast and still . The air temp was 57° and the water 58.5°. There was a bit of a swell out of the SW, so it was not as dead flat as Thursday but still looked nice. While I was out on the pier getting the water temperature I saw three swimmers heading towards the Cal Poly Pier. Could of been Jodi, Stephanie and Leslie if they go in at 8. I don't know. I didn't meet them in the water or after.
Tom was getting ready to get in so we planned to swim the same route for a while. Tom is a faster swimmer so I left first and we would meet up at the end of the Cal Poly Pier and when I arrived Tom was waiting for me. I don't know where he passed me, maybe I mistook him for some fast moving water creature. We swam down and back along the CP Pier, apparently passing Theresa and Grace going the opposite direction. From the end of the CP Pier Tom went to the Avila Pier and in for about 4K M. I doubled back on my route until I was at the first buoy. I had one gel left and didn't want to be short of 5K so I ate the gel and swam around the Avila Pier for 3.5 miles and 2 hours in the water.
Thursday, July 15, 2021
The Flat Earth Swim
We had wonderful swimming conditions today. The air temp was 60°, the water was 58.5° and it was completely still so we had a very flat and glassy ocean. Niel got in a bit before nine and Tom soon after. We swam roughly the same route out to the end of the Cal Poly Pier and down the pier to the second crossbars. From there I went in to the west buoy line while Tom went back out along the CP Pier to its end and then back to the beach. The sun was just starting to burn through and it was still calm when we got out so we had great conditions for the whole swim.
The water was so flat that Tom said that he could see the horizon when he breathed.
Tuesday, July 13, 2021
Summer morning s at Avila Beach are all about the same; fog and/or low clouds until the wind comes up and the sun comes out. This morning was right to the program with low grey clouds, and air and water temperatures of 58° and 59°. There was no fog so the visibility for swimming was fine. Duke had texted me at 5:07 AM to say that he wouldn't be swimming this morning so I got there early and got in at 7:45. I had planned a simple solo hour. On my second of three passes by the end of the Avila Pier Duke grabbed me. He had decided to do a short swim and ride from Avila. It was nice to say Hi. Tom and I passed each other at my car as he was heading to the water.
Sunday, July 11, 2021
The morning fog was clearing late. When I arrived at Avila at 10:20 there was a hole forming over Avial with sunny skys west towards the port and still clearing to the east towards Shell and Pismo Beaches.
Duke and I hung on the beach for a while soaking up the perfectly comfortable sunshine.
A Big Congratulations!
Jodi's nephew has made the US Olympic water polo squad and at 6'-1", 185#, he is the smallest member of the team. They have two swimmers at 6'-7". Duke, who's collegiate water polo carrier was a while ago, cannot imaging what the game must be like now.
Duke and I will swim Tuesday morning at 8.
Thursday, July 8, 2021
The chop made this swim was slower and harder. I spoke with Duke afterwards and he was feeling a bit used by the conditions.
I saw Tom getting in as I was leaving.
I'll swim at 9:30 on Saturday and Duke and I will swim at 11 on Sunday.
Tuesday, July 6, 2021
I'll be back on Thursday morning at 8:30.
Sunday, July 4, 2021
Niel and Theresa Join the 4th of July Boat Parade
Theresa was my swim buddy today. We decided to go west along the buoys, over to the second crossbars on the CP Pier, to the end of the pier and from there swim the long leg to the reef buoy which is past the end of the buoys on the east side of the Avila Pier, and come back along those buoys to our starting place.
Thursday, July 1, 2021
Avia didn't put on anything special for the first day of July. I arrived about 8:30 and parked next to Duke's car. He was already out on his 1000 yd. sprint route. That is not an otter or other U.S.A. (Unidentified Swimming Animal) in the center of the frame but Duke bringing it home. The photo couldn't capture the impressive wake he was pushing up.
Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Sunday, June 27, 2021
Avila was it's same self this morning, 58°, overcast, calm, small surf and 57.5° water. The red tide was worse with yucky water off of the Avila and Cal Poly Piers although I did find some really clear water along the west buoy line and off of the kelp beds between the mouth of San Luis Creek the CP Pier.
Today's group was Theresa, Duke, Jodi, Margarite, Niel getting in at 7:40 and Tom Lorish at 9.
Thursday, June 24, 2021
A strong northernly flowing ocean current combined with
the lack of upwelling has brought a warmer body of seawater
to the California coastline. Last week, the Sea Surface
Temperature (SST) was 51 degrees at Diablo Canyon; today,
it is 60 degrees.
Seawater temperatures will range between 57 and 61 degrees
through Friday, decreasing on Saturday into Tuesday.
The warmer water has also brought the summer conditions of red brown yucky tasting water.
I hooked up with Duke at 8:10. He did is 1000 yd. spring and I had a lot of junk running around in my head so I swam for 89 minutes before getting out.
I am planning on switching back to 11 o'clock on Sundays beginning on July 4th. I'll be on the beach in our old spot.
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Sunday, June 20, 2021
I saw Tom Lorish as I was leaving. He had been swimming in the same neighborhood as we were but we never met up.
I'll swim Tuesday morning at 8.