Sunday, November 29, 2020
Saturday, November 28, 2020
Penguin Swim -
Thursday, November 26, 2020
The holiday began with another beautiful day at Avila Beach. It was clear and sunny with an offshore breeze. The surf was larger than usual but not the huge swells that were predicted. At 8:30 the air and water temperatures were 51 degrees.
I got in a bit before Sue. She caught up with me on the west side of the pier and we swam together until we got out.
Congratulations to Grace and Eliot who noted the holiday by swimming around the pier bareback!
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Theresa, Grace, Niel and Sue got in at 8:00 o'clock. The air temperature was 49 and the water 51 with a slight offshore breeze. Other than the temperature the swimming conditions were wonderful. Sue lives in London and joins us several times a year when she is in the Central Coast. When she is home she swims in the Long Water in Hyde Park (google it) year round and always swims bareback. She thought today's conditions were 'lovely'.
I swam two laps of the buoy line while Grace,, Theresa and Sue swam a big triangle; down the buoy line to the creek mouth, to the end of the Avila Pier, to Fossil Point and back. We all got out after an hour.
Theresa and Grace are swimming almost every day.
I am going to earn a piece of pie by swimming Thursday morning at about 9.
Sunday, November 22, 2020
Duke and Niel got in at 7:30. There wasn't a cloud in the sky and the air temperature was 45 degrees. I could tell there was an gentle offshore breeze because out on the pier I could smell the hot grease from the Custom House kitchen getting ready for breakfast. The water temperature was 51 degrees. We decided to do about a mile and a half. Neither of us had been over to the Cal Poly Pier in some time so we plotted a course from the end of the Avila Pier over to the third crossbars, in along the pier to the second crossbars and back to our starting point.
Saturday, November 21, 2020
It was sunny and warm at Avila Beach this morning. The air temperature was 65 and the water 51.5. There was no wind and the surf was 2". David Chaney and I swam a 1.5 mile route.
Duke and I will swim tomorrow morning at 7:30. Probably about 1.5 to 2 miles. Anybody who wants to get done early can join us.
I'll swim Tuesday morning at 8 and Thursday morning at 9 so I will feel virtuous and deserving when I hear the question "would you like some pie?" later in the day.
Thursday, November 19, 2020
I swam at 9 this morning. I saw Theresa and Grace at the showers.
The conditions were much calmer than those on Tuesday with just a offshore breeze and small waves. The air temperature was 58 and the water was up a notch to 52 degrees, but I didn't notice a difference. I did a nice stretch out swim along the triangle. The harbor district began taking out the swim zone buoys this morning and will likely finish the job before Saturday, so we have full winter conditions with no lifeguards or lines of buoys to give structure to our routes. We will plot our courses by landmarks until next summer.
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
StOrMy CoNDiTiOnS -
Sunday, November 15, 2020
Sometimes your are glad that the weatherman is wrong.
John Lindsey's forecast predicted strong to gale force offshore winds developing late Saturday and continuing through Sunday. Offshore winds will push the water temperature down so I was trying to be prepared for supper chilly water this morning. Fortunately for us the winds were mild and the water temperature Sunday morning was still 51 degrees. The air temperature had dropped to 40 and the surf was up with some occasional 4 to 5 footers. There was a light offshore breeze that kept shifting direction.
Swimming at 7:30 this morning were Duke, Brittany and Niel. We decided to do a triangle that began and ended at the end of the Avila Pier. Instead of stopping at the buoy line I'm liking swimming directly to the end of the pier because it takes about that long for the shock and awe feeling of the water on my face, hands and feet to become just cold.
Brittany and I got in at 8AM. It was clear and sunny with a bit of an offshore breeze. The air temperature was 55 and the water was 51, which was 'warmer' than Thursday's 49 but it didn't feel any different to me. I wanted to try and swim an arrowhead shaped route that I don't recall doing before. It would be a bit longer than I have been swimming and would have three possible bail out spots if I started getting cold. Brittany planned to swim the same route until she needed to get out.
Thursday, November 12, 2020
The Frozen Triangle Swim
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
The Less Than A Dollar Swim
Sunday, November 8, 2020
Swimming On Sunday Morning at 7AM With Duke
My baptism by wind
I got to Avila Beach about 6:45 and started getting into my gear. I wanted to be ready when Duke arrived because he had told me that he puts on his wetsuit at home before the 3 minute drive to the beach. The surf had laid down since Saturday morning so we wouldn't be beat up getting in but the wind was already up and blowing, so today's swim would be bumpy and physical in a different way. Hey, welcome to ocean swimming. The water was 55 degrees yesterday but swam like 53 today. Maybe it was the wind but my hands and feet were cold for the entire swim.
I definitly be back next Sunday.I'll swim Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 8:00
Saturday, November 7, 2020
A Full Fall Experience
I was at Avila to swim at 8AM. It had rained overnight and was still cloudy but looked to be clearing. The wind was just starting to pick up and there was storm surf; messy and closeout waves with an occasional 5' to 7' set that made for spectacular but very short rides for the small group of body surfers and boogie boarders that was next to the pier. The water temperature was 55. All of this made it feel very much like winter. Especially because the previous Saturday was one of the nicest days ever at Avila Beach.
Theresa came by to let me know that she and Grace were going to do an adventure swim so I was on my own. I waded out and spent enough time duck diving while trying to find gap that would let me get out to the buoy line. I wished that I had a set of fins. I finally decided that I wasn't having enough fun in the washing machine and got out.
I'm going to swim with Duke tomorrow at 7AM.
Thursday, November 5, 2020
It was pleasant at Avila Beach this morning with a hint of coolness in the air. Theresa and I swam at 9 o'clock. There were thin high clouds and haze on the water. I measured a water temperature of 58 degrees off of the Avila Pier but both Theresa and I felt that it swam colder. My hands and feet felt cold longer than they should at 58 degrees. The water was still flat, clean and clear so there was nothing to complain about.