Sunday, August 7, 2022

Sunday, August 7th, 2022

What a day! We had Hillary, Niel, Justin, Sue, Sue's sister and Sue's son Archie in the water. 
Sue and Justin and Hillary and Niel buddied up based on speed and did two similar swims.
It was 70°+ at 11 and rising to quite warm after the swim. It was the first time in a while that I had to wear sandals because the sand was too hot for bare feet. There were no clouds or fog and a slight wind with a small swell out of the SE.  The water was 61° and 62°west of the Cal Poly Pier. The plan was to swim left along the buoy line to the end, around the reef buoy and to the end of the CPP, in to the third crossbars and to double back for about 4,000M.Justin and Sue are much faster than Hillary and I and when we arrived at the end of the CPP we didn't see them anywhere so we decided to have a bit of an adventure and go further west over to the pleasure boat mooring area. It turns out that Sue and Justin had gone in along the CPP to the second crossbars and doubled back. The didn't find us anywhere along the pier so they swam the planned route back.    

Today saw the return of Hillary's Official Avila Beach Party Boat complete with GoPro, shark and flamingo hula dancers, swim flags and Ducky, who has a water temperature thermometer in his/her back.

Sue and her sister getting in. 
Our water was too cold for Sue's sister so she stayed close to shore. 

Justin getting in.

Sue, Archie and Hillary and her flotilla at the 4th buoy. 

From the end of the CPP Hillary and I decided to swim over to this long abandoned boat. Hillary said that years ago the Harbor District gave the boat to someone who promised to move it but that hasn't happened. 

Hillary at the stern of the Heavy Mettle. 
The boat is either aluminum or steel so I guess the pun is intended. 

Me at the same spot. An easy operator error resulted in a video instead of a photo. 

 Hillary and Sue back at out starting point.

Tom was out there earlier in the morning and had a great swim.

There were a lot of watercraft out there today; kayaks, SUP's, pleasure boats, the harbor patrol, and a personal watercraft with two Cal Fire lifeguards aboard ripping up the waves and running up on the beach in front of the east lifeguard tower. I've no idea what was so important that they brought a boat through the swim zone. 

After today I feel like resting up a bit before swimming on Tuesday morning at 7. 


Saturday, August 6, 2022

Saturday, August 8th, 2022

The swimming conditions this morning were great. The water temp was about 60°, the air was 62°, the water was flat and glassy and the sky was grey.
Jim and Adam joined me today. Jim has swum with me once before. He is getting back into the open water thing after an absence. Adam was in San Luis Obispo from New Hampshire with his son for orientation at Cal Poly and dropped by to get in the water. We swam the Cal Poly Pier loop.  

This egret was perched on the pier checking out the breakfast buffet. 

Adam and I at the end of the Cal Poly Pier. 

I'll swim tomorrow at 11.


Thursday, August 4, 2022

Thursday, August 4th, 2022

The surf was still up but was more like 4' instead of 5'. At 7:45 when I got in it looked like the clouds were breaking but it became more overcast as I was swimming until it was completely gray when I got out. There was still some swell and chop out of the SW and there were areas of red brown water. The air temperature was 62° and the water was 61°. 

A lap around the Avila Rock sounded nice so I headed out and turned left.
I went around the rock clockwise this time. 
I've had it in my head that this swim was a mile and a half but maybe 
that was from per-Garmin days.   

Me, the rock and some pelicans.

Compare the two photos and you can get a sense of the size of the swell.

Tom got in at 10:30 so we missed each other today.

I'll swim Saturday at 7 and Sunday at 11. 
You have to enjoy the warm water while it lasts.


Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2022


Sunshine turns gray with the warmest water temperature so far this year. 

Today's stats were: air temp, 61°; water temp, 17°C/62.6°F; no wind; that big swell that has been talked about for days showed with 5' +/- waves in the big sets; stinky water inside the break and clear skies and a nice sunrise at 7AM but the clouds/fog moved in so by 8 is was all gray. 

I did the right side YoYo starting from the end of the pier, so I swam out to the end of the pier, did my route and swam back in along the pier.  An interesting way to do 2+ miles and not feel like I went much of anywhere.

I was bummed that I waited to take pictures of the sunrise and had it turn all gray..
Idling out at the end of the Avila Pier I estimated that the peaks and troughs of the swells were marking 5 feet on the pilings. Just like winter I could really feel the swells at the buoy line and after swimming in another 50M I waited for the gap in the sets before coming in.

I didn't see Tom but he sway a loop out, over to and back from the CPP.

I'll be getting in between 7:30 and 8 on Thursday.