“The Port San Luis buoy was 56.5 this morning. Niel would say it it’s 54.5 though.” That was Pete before we got in the water.
It was a cooler spring day at Avila today. Mostly overcast with the sun peeking through every now and again. As the lifeguard pushed the “No Dogs” sign into the sand, the water temperature conversation continued with the arrival of another swimmer.
“I heard it was cold last week, what is it today?” It was cold last week.
Swimming today was Rick, Duke, John Hampsey, Tom and Pete. The group headed out along the pier to about the halfway point and turned left towards the reef buoy. Pete did his own thing.
“This is definitely warmer than last week. I’d say 54-55.” That’s probably right.
After gathering at the reef buoy, the group swam to the end of the pier and around to the creek mouth. At the various gathering spots, Rick told a story of a serial cheating Iron Woman. “Why would she do that?” someone asked philosophically.
“She claims her dog ate her chip on two of the occasions, and that her race number fell off on the other.” Hmm. Seems like a stretch.
“Let’s keep swimming; I’m getting cold.”
From the creek mouth, we swam back under the pier and in. I’m not sure of the time or the distance – probably about 40 minutes and 1.15 miles.
“Those guys don’t know what they’re f****ng talking about” That was Pete again – after the swim. He had swum by the lifeguard training boat. They told him their thermometer read 51 degrees. He was appalled at this ridiculous notion.
This is what I can tell you: The water today was in fact warmer than last week, but cooler than it’s been in the past. That’s what I know.
As I was leaving, a couple folks were coming down the stairs. I overheard one say to the other, “What do you the water temperature is?”