We had nice swimming conditions today, it just could of been sunnier. The high gray clouds were hanging in over Avila and most of the rest of the coast. I could see Shell Beach but not Pismo and the fog was edging over the hills behind the port. There was a slight but steady breeze from the west and a small chop on the water. The water looked very clean, the waves were transparent and the water temperature was 57 degrees. I did not see any birds or seals in the water while I was out on the pier. Swimming today were Niel, Silvia, Duke, Kim, Bianca, Chad and Eric. Bianca is a guard a Paul Nelson Pool and knows Sylvia well. In fact Sylvia taught her to swim when she was 6 months old. Her friend Kim came along to try out ocean swimming, her previous open water experience having been limited to Lopez Lake. We elected to swim down the buoy line to Fossil Point and back. This would be a long mile and as it was all parallel to the shore it would give the new swimmers an opportunity to bail out at any point in the swim. We had a good swim. Sylvia spent some time with Kim, helping her get comfortable in the water. The wind had died down while we were getting ready but picked back up not long after we got started so the chop was building up, especially closet to the point. I had seen two seals in the water while we were getting ready and they tailed Sylvia and Kim for a ways, but they seemed to be more lonely than anything else. Dale McVay came by to say high and fill us in on her adventures in limited training (no biking or swimming) while she is waiting out her 6 week convalescence for a chipped bone in her elbow. She has about a week left before she will be good to go.
Rob was in Chicago this weekend for the Big Shoulders 5K but he and I will be here Wednesday evening. Wednesday swims traditionally continue until the end of DST, but this year we go back to Standard Time on November 7th and it may well be too dark before then. You'll see if here first when we decide to quit Wednesday evenings.