Saturday, April 28, 2012

North County Times Link

I told you Oceanside lifeguards were good.

I hope he fully recovers.

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

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Swim Before the Rain Arrives

There's supposed to be some rain coming tonight so I got my swim in after work today (Wednesday).  I don't want to take a chance that the rain may be heavy and the water might be dirty for a few days.  The sky was cloudy with blue spots and even sunshine breaking through before my swim.  By the time I was out the sky had changed with dark cluds blowing in from the west.  The waves were small initially, 1-2 feet, with a flat ocean.  I wore my fins because I wanted to take it easy.  I did a 30 minute swim and enjoyed it.  It was face-hurting cold getting in, but it warmed up farther out.  In one of my pictures you may be able to see a car on the pier.  Somebody must not have known that you don't drive your car on the pier.  (Real tough to figure that out).  The cops were sorting that out a while later after the car made it's way back in. 
Some rain drops fell on the drive home so I guess I had the right idea.  I am covered for the streak for the week.
There was one other guy swimming around a bit on the south side who I saw after I exited the water.  I have seen this guy before.  He swims a little, and just lazes and floats around in the freezing water near the surfers and just out past them.  He's got his own program going. Good for him.  I need to be moving to keep the body working in the cold water. has the temp today as 58-60. 

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

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

VA Health Care, Oceanside, CA Clinic

You ever wonder why I come up with weird  titles for my posts?  Well, I realized that I get more hits to my blog because the title of the blog post is part of what shows up out there on the web.  If a person types in "VA Oceanside," my blog may show up.
Today, I had a day off to go to the beautiful, new VA, out-patient clinic in Oceanside, CA.  The VA has improved so much that I prefer it to my private doctor/HMO. has the water temp at 58-60.  I'd agree.  58 at the cold spots and 60 at the warm spots.
A 28 minute swim around the pier without fins today.  Sloppy water, a one-foot chop the entire swim.  Clouds overhead, sun blocked out, grayish water at the surface.  Current mild to the south.  Under the surface the water appeared greenish-blue, with visibility about 7 feet.
I felt like I was so slow today with the washing machine water.  The chop made it difficult to breathe.
Afterward, I collected seashells for a while.  A nice day off.

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