Everyone felt cold this morning. Avila was much the same as yesterday so maybe we were just tired from keeping up with Jodi yesterday. We had the same gray lid, no wind and a smooth surface. There was a SW current that felt much stronger than the small chop that was on top. The air temperature was 57° and the water was 52°. Jodi, Leslie and Niel were joined by Sue, who we have not seen in some time. Sue lives in England and drops in to swim with us when she is on the West Coast. Leslie wanted to cruise the buoy line so we decided to start with her and continue on once she went in. That plan only lasted until we grouped up for the first time at the last buoy on the east end. Sue does all of her swimming bareback and by the time I caught up she was getting cold and had started back along the buoys toward the pier. Leslie suggested that we go to the end of the Avila Pier and then to the west end of the buoy line so we headed off. Stephanie caught up with us at the end of the Avila Pier. At the west end of the buoy line Leslie was ready to swim back to the pier and go in. Stephanie, Niel and Jodi did a point to point swim, figuring out where we wanted to go next at the end of each leg. With the SW current against us the 730M between the ends of the Avila and Cal Poly Piers felt like a lot longer than usual.
Sunday, May 30, 2021
Saturday, May 29, 2021
Thursday, May 27, 2021
Three times, three swimmers, three routes and one lucky guy.
Avila was all grey overcast and a light wind. The air and the water temps were 53°.
Leslie got in at 8 and swam parts of the buoy line and to the end of the Avila Pier.
Niel got in at 8:25 and swam two big triangles.
Tom Lorish got in at 9 and swam over to the CP Pier.
I spoke to Leslie on the beach as we were getting out and in the water.
I crossed paths with Tom near the end of the Avila Pier and spoke to him for a few minutes.
There was a small swell surprisingly strong current out of the SW. My route gave me eight exposures to the water conditions and kept my swim interesting.
During my second triangle the sun came out and the wind picked up, which was a reasonable bargain.
The lucky guy was Duke. He didn't make it to the beach because he found a wet floor in his garage and traced it to the kitchen. The story ends well though. The source was his water softener outside and the water was running into the garage under the garage door. He is probably figuring that he just saved enough money for a nice toy!
Google got the problem with the Blogger fixed and I was able to add the image of my route at 6:34PM.
I'll swim Saturday morning at 8.
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
This morning was the nicest Avila has been since last summer. At 7:30 it was 65°, sunny and calm with 53° water, 2 foot plus surf and clean water. Duke, Niel and Sarah got in at 8:05 and swam a couple of triangles. The swim was very relaxing and enjoyable and not being cold when we got out was really nice. The swell was starting to pick up near the end but it was just enough to give the last leg some character.
Sunday, May 23, 2021
It was gloomy gray in Avila when I arrived at 7 but it was calm and 51°. From the pier the water temperature was up to 52° and the water was very clear. The surf was small and there was a slight swell on the water.
Grace, Theresa, Stephanie, Duke and Niel got in at 7:35. 52° is still cold, especially with no sunshine, but the few degrees increase since yesterday took the edge off. We swam a flattened big O.
|Theresa, Stephanie, Grace and Duke at |
the second crossbars on the Cal Poly Pier
Saturday, May 22, 2021
After a very windy and clear Friday, Saturday began cool and cloudy with Avila looking very unspring like with thick overcast, an air temperature of 49° and, thanks to Friday's wind, a water temperature that was back in the 40's at 49.5°.
Thursday, May 20, 2021
Avila was warm and windy this morning. 59° and an offshore wind that was strengthening. The water temp was 54°, a nice surprise because an offshore wind usually pushes the water temperature down. Tom got in a bit before Sarah and I. I do not know where Tom swam. Sarah and I swam a big clockwise triangle, she got out and I did one more. The wind continued to build so my second lap was a lot more work.
We will swim at 8 on Saturday.
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
I was a beautiful morning at Avila Beach today. It was sunny, the clouds were clearing off, 53° with 55° water. Strong winds were predicted but it was still when I let at 10+ AM. Duke got in at 7:30, swam a hard 1100 yards and headed for work. Sarah got in after Duke but before me. I got in at 8 and didn't see her in the water, but I did stop to speak to Tom who had gotten in at 9. It was almost flat the whole time with just some hint of a swell starting up on the west side of the Avila Pier. I was really nice having it warm(er) and still when I was changing.
It is weird but since Sunday it seems that someone moved the buoys. I have done the route I swam today several times before and was thinking that it was about 4K meters. It seemed like a long swim today and when I stood up in the surfline I had 5166M and 1:45. That fit how I was feeling but I need to go back and check my old plots for this swim.
What a dufus. My old plots for this route were for ONE time around, for about 2800M, not TWO. I conned myself into a long workout.
I swim Thursday at 8:45.
Sunday, May 16, 2021
Saturday, May 15, 2021
50° air, 52° flat water and misty/drippy low clouds. I was getting wet just getting into my wetsuit, but the swimming conditions were really nice so Stephanie, Leslie, Niel, Jodi and Theresa and Grace had a nice swim this morning. We had a plan to start by swimming down and back along the swim buoys on the east side but we threw that over when we first formed up at the last buoy and decided to head to the end of the Avila Pier. From there it turned into an all of the way over to there and back course. This may have been the first time I've swum a complete return trace of the route out.
Leslie's shoulder is giving her trouble so she headed back from the end of the Cal Poly Pier where we picked up Theresa and Grace who stayed with us for the rest of the swim.
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Niel, Sara and Duke Swam this morning at 8. It was foggy but not dense enough to make navigating along the buoy line a problem. The water temperature was 54° and the air was a slightly drippy 50°. It was still and the ocean's surface was glassy. By 8:30 the surface would have a ripple on it and at 9 the morning chop had arrived.
Sunday, May 9, 2021
We had a nice morning at Avila Beach today. At 7:30 it was sunny and still, 46° and what light fog there had been was almost burned off. The water temperature was 53° and the water was clear and glassy.
Saturday, May 8, 2021
This morning I had decided to go to the SLO Farmers Market at 8 and to swim at 10. That turned out to be a good and not so good thing. At 10 AM Avila Beach was sunny, clear and warming up nicely. It was about 60° on its way into the 80°'s. Ther water was 53.5° and flat but there was a lumpy surface swell from the NW that was starting to wrap around the Port San Luis breakwater and work into where we swim. That was the good part. Not so nice was that Avila was already crowded and only about 10% of those present were wearing masks. I found myself continually trying to decide whether to keep wearing my mask or not, always wondering what was safe. Yuch, extra stress.
Thursday, May 6, 2021
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
The weather in Avila at 8 o'clock was clear and sunny with a swell out of the SE and occasional 3 to 4 foot surf. The air was 50° and the water 53°. I was wading in at 8 when Duke was coming down the stairs. We never connecting the the water but I did speak to Tom Lorish on my second lap down the eastern line of swim zone buoys. I swam out to the first buoy, turned right and swam two triangles made up of the buoy line and the end of the Avila Pier. I thought it would be closer to 3K but I got a bonus.
Sunday, May 2, 2021
Sunday morning at 7:30 Duke, Niel, Jodi and Sara waded in to swim. The air temperature was 50° and the water was 53° . It was sunny, no clouds with the wind already picking up. Duke wanted to be out by 8:30 and Jodi and I were not looking for a repeat of yesterday so we planned about 2000M.
Saturday, May 1, 2021
Warm Water, Long Distance
Jodi and I started off the month of May with a long warm(ish) swim. At 8 Avila Beach had high thin clouds so there were shadows but it wasn't warm. It was calm with an air temperature of 52° and a water temperature of 55°! I checked it twice to be sure. The last time I measured a water temperature above 52° was a 55° reading on November 11, 2020, almost five months ago.
Having begun swimming at Avila this year Jodi had never been in 55° water so she thought a long swim would be a good idea. Thinking that I'd like to do about 4K I suggested that we go down the swim buoys to the east end and back along the whole line to the mouth of the creek, over to the second crossbars on the CP Pier and out to the end of the pier. From there we would decide how to complete our swim. I was thinking some kind of route back to the Avila Pier and in.
It had been smooth swimming until it started to get bumpy as we came out along the length of the CP Pier. At the end of the pier there was a good chop and push out of the SW.
At the end of the CP Pier Jodi suggested that we swim to Fossil Point. That would be a leg of 14 or 1500M but we would have a push from the swell so I said fine.
We'll swim tomorrow at 7:30.