Sunday, February 27, 2022
Saturday, February 26, 2022
Jodi, Tiki and Niel got in at 8. Jodi's plan was to swim from the end of the Avila Pier over and back between two spots on the Cal Poly Pier. First we went to the second crossbars and then to the end of the CPP.
Friday, February 25, 2022
Make Up Swim
I'll be back tomorrow at 8 AM. It should be a bit warmer.
Thursday, February 24, 2022
It was cold this morning, in the low 30's. Tom and Sue swam around the Avila Rock.
That is a great picture! It wasn't quite that cold. The conditions were beautiful. Clear blue skies, glassy water with a slight bump to it. Sue joined me for the swim. We went around Avila rock. All around nice swim!
I will be swimming Saturday morning at 8.
Tuesday, February 22, 2022
It was sunny when I got out and with only a little breeze so getting changed was comfortable.
I'll be back Thursday at about 8:45.
Sunday, February 20, 2022
The Avila Dolphins were a bit thin on the ground (sand) today. Tom and I were the only yellow caps out there. Duke is out with a bad back, so was Jodi. Tiki, Stephanie, Leslie, Pat and David were MIA. I didn't see Maria and and Heidi sharing their usual muffin after their early morning swim, but the more wintery conditions weren't encouraging hanging out. At the beach it was 56° with a solid gray sky, no sum and no warmth. No fog either but a hazy sun and a slight breeze. It was not sitting out weather but a fair number of holiday weekenders were making a brave attempt at a nice day at the beach in their coats. The water was 56° and almost glassy.
Saturday, February 19, 2022
Thursday, February 17, 2022
At 8 it was 36°. At 9:30 it was 74°. All sunny with an offshore breeze and a mixed bunch of swells to make the swimming interesting. I measured a water temperature of 55° from the pier. There were colder and warmer spots out there. Tom with no sleeves estimated 53° to 54° so maybe a farmer john feels about two degrees colder than a full price wetsuit.
The swells put up quite a resistance as I swam out along the Cal Poly Pier, enough to cause me wonder if the had lengthened the pier and to consider reconsidering my swim plan. Things got easier after the turn and I stopped thinking about going short. The swells were not slapping my hands but they were sure torquing me around until it smoothed out as I was coming back to the Avila Pier along the buoy line. Somebody didn't put the lane lines in today!
I'll be back at 8 on Saturday.
Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Niel and Tom got in this morning. Duke was sitting out with back problems.
There was no fog at Avila, just patchy high clouds and an offshore wind. The same 2 to 3 foot surf and clean water. A 47° ait temp and 56° water. I got in at 8 and Tom at 9. Tom and I met along the buoy line on the east side of the pier for a quick hello. I'll call this route the Buoy Line Triangle - Plus because I push the ends of the triangle out further and swim around the reef buoy which puts a lap over 1600M instead of the 14 - 1500M I'd cover if I stuck to last summer's buoy line. I do not know if the harbor district just drops the buoys kind'a where they usually are of if they use GPS. The placement seems somewhat random so maybe next summer's buoy line will be a mile.
Tom and I will be back on Thursday morning. I'll get in about 8:45 and Tom more like 9. Or if I see him on the beach we could swim together.
Sunday, February 13, 2022
It was just Jodi and Niel at 11 today joined by Kris, a drop in from the Simi Valley who swims at Carpentaria. She joined us one Sunday last summer. Duke and Pat were MIA. Tom, Heidi and Maria swam earlier.
It was a beautiful day at Avila with superb swimming conditions. At 10:30 the air temp as 70°+, the water was 57°, flat, almost glassy and exceptionally clear. The only downer was a personal watercraft that cruised all of the way in to the surfline on each side of the pier. Too bad it wasn't summer with the lifeguards on duty to send him packing.
We opted for a shorter than usual course, swam out to the end of the Avila Pier, looked around for Mr. PWC, didn't see him anywhere and headed over to the end of the Cal Poly Pier. We swam in along the pier, back over to the Avila Pier and in. Coming in along the Avila Pier I could clearly see the bottom at 15 to 20 feet.
Saturday, February 12, 2022
'Let's Swim Over To That Boat'
Jodi gets the prize for suggesting today's route. There has been a rumor that on some of his swims Tom Lorish has gone west of the Cal Poly Pier to The Far Side and into the pleasure craft anchorage. Jodi suggested we swim over there today and so we did and had a new adventure.
Jodi, Niel and Tiki swam out and over to the second crossbars on the CPP. Tiki needed to swim short today and headed back from there. Jodi and Niel looked west and Jodi said 'let's swim over to that boat' and so we entered The Far Side. We swam to our first boat and continued with that plan with the idea of swimming a circular route that would take in some or most of the boats in the anchorage. This made our swim a bunch of short legs. Our route circled about half to 2/3's of the pleasure craft. Some were anchored too far out and others were way west most of the way to the Port San Luis Pier. The distance worked out nicely. We were stalking Tom but didn't see him. He may have figured out our plan.
Thursday, February 10, 2022
Wow, we slept with the windows open last night and it was 20 degrees warmer this morning than on Tuesday. I got up, watered the plants, did a ZOOM meeting and headed to the beach.
At 8:45 the air and water temperatures were 55°. Totally sunny and calm with our usual 3 to 4 foot surf and several small swells on the water to make the swimming more interesting.
I like this photo of me and Tom as Ra, the Egyption god that has the tall crown with the sun disk above his head.
I'll swim Saturday morning at 8.
Tuesday, February 8, 2022
I go in at 7:50, got out at 9 as Duke was getting in. He was later than planned because he had trouble getting into his new wetsuit. Tom didn't get in until 11+. It must have been too cold for him at 9.
All of the conditions were as they have been except the air and the water were colder at 33° and 53.5°. The swimming was great. All of the legs seemed shorter than they usually do.
Sunday, February 6, 2022
Saturday, February 5, 2022
It was Jodi, Jacki, NIel and Tom in the water at Avila Beach this morning. Jacki had not been in for quite a few weeks and swam along the 'buoy line'. Niel and Jodi swam out to the end of the CP Pier, to the second crossbars, over to the end of the Avila Pier, hooked around the reef buoy and came back to our starting point. Tom and I met as he was just starting out down the 'buoy line' to do the route I did Thursday, so we will have close to the same distance today.It was sunny and clear with the offshore breeze just starting up. The water was nice and clear with an occasional 2 to 3 foot wave. At 8 o'clock the air temperature was 38° and warming up. The water temperature was 54°, swam more like 53°, except there were some cold spots that got my attention.
Thursday, February 3, 2022
This was another solo Thursday for me. I walked out just as Tom was walking in so we spoke for a minute. We got mobbed by all of the dogs on the beach, they seemed to find us to be the most interesting things to sniff and get pets from. Maybe Tom had some treats stashed in his rash guard?
I'm swimming Saturday AND Sunday at 8.
Tuesday, February 1, 2022
Three Old Men Go Swimming -
I'll swim on Thursday morning at 8:45.