Saturday, January 21, 2012

Can't Swim After a Rain

I drove to check out the beach Saturday afternoon;  I was needing a swim to get myself going.  Well, no luck because the water was dirty after the rain that we had last night.  I figured it'd be like that, but I was hoping against hope.
Now there's a saying that makes no sense: Hoping against hope.  I'm gonna' look it up now.
Looks like it does make sense to someone--it says that it means one is hoping that something will happen, although it is likely not to.
That fits today perfectly then.
Not a soul in the water.  Very low tide.  Dirty street runoff into the ocean creating a bacterial & pollution hazard to swimmers, surfers, etc.
I didn't feel like getting sick so I returned home unfulfilled.  Tomorrow will probably be dirty water again.  I took a few pictures of the pier scene.

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

Friday, January 20, 2012

Still Going

I have doubles up on some of these photos above.  Oh, well.  I don't want to mess with them to try to eliminate the double.  Swim after work-Friday night.  25 minute swim with fins around the pier.  A visible current moving south to north tonight-the reverse of customary.  Cold water. Trunks and swim cap.  Low tide, pretty flat out there.  Small waves for the surfers inside-not many surfers-about 2 dozen.

I needed help from a few surfers coming in through their stretched out line so that I could find a hole to slip through to get to shore.  No cooperation tonight.  A couple of them didn't want to move a few feet to help this cold swimmer.  I thought about getting mad and yelling, "How about getting out of the ****ing way!"   But they probably think I have some perfect vision of them and their positions in the water, and I'm the one not moving a bit to cooperate with them.  For the record to surfers-a swimmer can't see sh**  swimming through the water with waves, swells, and chop--not to mention foggy goggles and a swimmer lying flat on the surface of the water has no view.  So there!  Now I feel better.
It is supposed to rain this weekend so there may not be swimming.  We'll see.  At least I'm covered for now--I got in with my trunks again and did the pier thing.  Haven't cracked yet.  Still warming up after a hot shower at home.

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

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Cold Oceanside Pier Swim Thursday Evening After Work

OK. is full of it, I think.  Day after day, they say the water temp is 57-59 degrees.  Baloney!
Today the water was COLD.  It was face-hurt cold, and that to me is 55 degrees.  I wore shorts, a swim cap, and fins, and I swam freestyle around the pier in 27 1/2 minutes.

It took a while to warm up in my car afterward.  I have a good car heater.  Then I came home and took a hot shower.  Back to normal temp now-about 1 hour post end of swim.

No camera.  No visibility. Smooth ocean with small chop.  No waves to surf-only a dozen or so die-hards trying to catch waves out today.

Partly-cloudy sky.  Setting sun obscured by clouds.  We're getting to the survival point-the heck with photos.  I'm just trying to adhere to my goal of twice weekly pier swims through the winter months wearing trunks only.  That story remains to be told...

The wimp factor lurks in the back of my mind.

Enough for today.  Aghhhhh.

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

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

After Work Tuesday Kicking w/Fins

No camera today. Wasn't planning on hitting the water today.  Decided to check out the water for cleanliness after the recent rain.  It wasn't too bad so I kicked out to the end of the pier and back with my fins on.  Still resting the left shoulder.  27 minute swim today.  Beautiful bright orange sunset at 5 PM.  No clouds in a blue sky. 

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

Sunday, January 15, 2012

"North Pier to Wisconsin St and Back Swim": Aftermath

No swim today & probably no swim tomorrow.  When I was on my last third of yesterday's swim, my left deltoid/shoulder started hurting.  I'll need to rest the shoulder.  I have my TENS unit pads on it now.
I know what happened.  Because I can't turn my head well, especially to the right, I exaggerate my left arm pull to allow me a bit more time to breathe on the right side.  On the long swim, this strained the left shoulder.  Oh, well.  At least my neck held up well. 

Maybe I'll go in tomorrow for some kicking with the fins on my back...

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