Today's route was the same as last weeks, out to the end of the Avila pier, to the mouth of San Luis Obispo Creek and back along the same route for 1.13 miles in a total time of 34:24. Swimming today were Rick, Duke, Amy, John Hampsey, Niel, Tom Lorish and Alex Mark who joined us from the bay area and will be doing his first tri (the HITS in Napa) in two weeks.
The fog cleared earlier today and made our route easier.
Duke and Rick at the end of the pier.
Alex, John and Tom
Tom, Duke, Rick and Alex at the mouth of the creek
Avila Beach was foggy and cool. There was no wind and 2 to 4 foot surf. I could not get a water temperature from the pier. The water temperature over at the port was 57, however, the lifeguard said that she had taken the water temperature that morning at 10 out beyond the surf line and got a reading of 53. I thought it felt like 55 but it was colder on the east side of the pier. Cal Fire was on the beach and in the water doing some training and the lifeguards are back. The guards started earlier this year in order to have the beach covered during spring break. Swimming today were Niel, Jim, Amy and John Hampsey. We were going to swim down the beach to the left but as we were getting in the Cal Fire guys showed up with jet skis, so they went left down the beach and we changed our route to the right. We all swam out to the end of the pier and down to the mouth of the creek. From there John and Amy swam along the beach and under the pier to our starting point while Jim and I doubled back along our route. We covered 1.25 miles.
I'm not swimming today. After the recent heavy rain I'm staying out of the ocean to give the bacteria count a chance to come down. I'll also miss next weekend. I'll be at the Surfrider West Coast conference meeting people from the California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii chapters who are interested in clean oceans, clean waves and clean beaches. ALSO, Daylight Savings Time starts on Sunday, March 13th, which means Wednesday evening swims could start on the 16th. If anyone is interested respond to this blog and we'll link you up. niel