Saturday, February 20, 2021

Saturday, February 20, 2021

 In The 40's

Today makes one week that the water temperature has been 9.5°C/49°F. In my experience water temperatures at Avila Beach in the 40's are rare, so we are in record territory. The only upside is that we have been swimming in water that was 50 - 51 degrees for a couple of months so 49 is not the shock it would have been if we were having a more typical winter with water temperatures in the mid 50's. But it is noticeably colder and my feet and hand are feeling it. 
It was sunny, clear and 50 degrees at Avila with strong offshore winds. The wind was gusting to 20 MPH at my house in San Luis Obispo and it felt somewhat weaker at the beach. There was a good wind chop and 2+ foot surf for an easy walk out. 
Stephanie, Jodi, Leslie and Niel swam at 8AM. We went out to the end of the Avila Pier, to the end of the Cal Poly Pier, in along the pier to its second crossbars and back to Avila Beach.

Jodi, Stephanie and Niel getting in. Leslie got in after we did and swam about the same course as we did in the opposite direction.  
Jodi and Stephanie had new wetsuits and were hoping to be more comfortable that they had been earlier in the week.  They both were happy with their new suits.

Jodi, Stephanie and Niel at the end of the Cal Poly Pier.
The wind chop was breaking out here.

Leslie. We met along the length of the Cal Poly Pier.

This otter was keeping an eye on us on the leg back to the Avila Pier.

Stephanie, Jodi, Duke and Niel will swim tomorrow morning at 7:30.


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