Saturday, November 19, 2011

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"The first time you quit is the last time you try."

Thursday, November 17, 2011

First Time Shivering This Year Swim Around the Pier

So, I have plenty of fat on me to insulate my body from the cold water.  I also have a body thermostat that makes me warmer than typical people.  This is why I can swim in my bathing suit in freezing-ass cold water and deal with it ok.  Well, this afternoon was my first time that I was shivering with cold after my swim while changing my clothes.  Yay!  The water was calm and flat today, with a gentle 2 foot swell to the water every hundred feet or so.  Very small waves with only about 5-10 surfers there.  I got in and lay on my back with fins on today and backstroked out to the end of the pier.  I relaxed and enjoyed a slow, clear swim.  I had to stop for a bit a couple of times to rest my arms as I don't backstroke much.  I freestyled around the end and back in.  I went north to south with a mild current today.  Visibility about 5 feet.  No fish life seen.  Overcast sky.  I found a few good shells.  I'm actually still wrapped up and cold as I write this an hour and fifteen minutes after getting out of the water.  My swim was 29 minutes.  A beautiful hour of time at the beach today in that winter ocean-a deeper blue color with few white bubbles and little foam to the waves.  I was off from work today and got to the beach an hour earlier than usual, so I swam before dark.

"The first time you quit is the last time you try."

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Night Swim Oceanside Pier

So what's going on with the sunset?  I thought that after the time change the days would get longer, but now I think it's the opposite.  I'm swimming in the dark now and it's getting creepy.  The current was strong to the south inside and far out.  A little bit choppy and the swim was kinda' difficult tonight.  I probably should have used the fins tonight.  However, if this darkness thing keeps going on I'm not going to be able to swim the pier after work.  We'll see.

"The first time you quit is the last time you try."

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Swim After Work

I barely got in the water before dark today.  The sun was setting as I swam out and it was dark coming in.  The current was hard to figure out so I wore fins as a precaution.  The current was strong heading south before the end of the pier.  I didn't feel like taking the extra time to swim against the current in the dark so off the end of the pier I turned around and swam in with the current.  Total swim time 29 minutes.  17 minutes out and 12 minutes in.  The water wasn't too cold.  Just a quick, uneventful swim. 

"The first time you quit is the last time you try."

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Pier Swim with Fins Today

Lots of people visiting the beach today.  The sky was blue and the water was good on the south side of the pier.  About 25 surfers were stretched out in the late afternoon surfing big waves.  Waves up to 7-8 foot at the biggest, I'd guess.  Most 4-5 feet.  The waves looked like there was an offshore breeze blowing the curl up, making them look pretty, but the breeze was onshore, as is typical. 
I wore fins and walked south a ways to find a small spot in the waves to get out through.  Even so, the rip close to shore was flowing northward very strongly.  Funny thing was that I swam out smoothly northwest toward the end of the pier, I was gliding effortlessly and peacefully.  When I got to the pier I swam into a new current that was moving southward-this is past the pier now.  The water also got dirty-it was the street runoff from the drains that was in the water-the oily, gravel taste of the street.  This is how the water was off the end of the pier and the rest of the way in.  The beautiful water was a couple of hundred yards south of the pier late this afternoon.  It was glorious there. 
Coming in a rough wave knocked my swim goggles off so I need to get a few more pairs.  I walked back in the water knee-deep and collected seashells on my walk back to the pier.  I got lots of good shells.  It was a very good swim for me today.  Good for my body and my mind.  Glad I went.

"The first time you quit is the last time you try."