Avila was gray and wintery looking but there wa no rain or fog and the water was flat, so things were lined up for a very different swim that the week before.
I measured a water temperature of 53.5 degrees from the pier.
The view to Shell and Pismo Beaches to the east did not look like a regular June day.
Swimming today were AnneMarie, Niel, Duke, Heidi, John, Jonny, Loranne, Tom, Sara and Emily. The A Group (Niel, Tom, Duke and Emily) swim was 1.5 miles, out to the end of the Avila Pier, over to the end of the Cal Poly Pier and back along the same route. The Group B (John, Jonny, Heidi, Amy Sara and Lorraine) swim was along the buoy line to the left, to the end of the Avila Pier and in for about a .8 mile swim. AnneMarie is getting familiar with ocean swimming by going out to the first buoy and back.
Yes, the plot keeps going. I hit the Start button after getting out and continued the track all the way to San Luis Obispo.
Tom, Duke and Emily at the end of the Avila Pier. Wading in was a big surprise for everyone, my toes were telling me 51 -52, not almost 54. Emily's face was bright pink from the cold.
Niel Dukw, Tom and Emily at the end of the Cal Poly Pier.
The distance between the ends of the two piers is about 716 M,
a nice opportunity to stretch out and think about your stroke.
The water was still pretty clear (for the Central Coast) without the fog
of plankton that comes with the warm(er) water during summer.
Duke and Emily saying it more like it was,
'I'm cold and I don't feel like smiling for the camera'.
Instead of doubling back the way we came with us Duke decided to swim in along the Cal Poly Pier and then over to our starting point. This was 1.55 miles and we arrived at the beach at almost the same time.
Except for the water temperature we had great swimming conditions. I'm ready for numbers above 55.