Saturday, June 16, 2012

Placid Pier Swim Sat Evening

There was a variety of things happening at the Pier late this afternoon and early evening.  Some kids were doing some crazy dancing.  The surfers had decent waves to ride.  The water was clean, warm, and beautiful, so many folks were having fun in the water.  I had a 40 minute swim and felt good. 
That golf cart in picture number six ticked me off--they always have--because as I was walking up that ramp, the driver beeped this loud horn twice, right near me, and just about gave me a heart attack.
Also newsworthy is that my goggles leak in my left eye so I'll have to break down and get a new pair. 

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

Friday, June 15, 2012

Friday Evening Pier Swim. Lots of 'Race Across America' Cyclists & Vans

Nice afternoon at the beach under a partly cloudy sky.  Beautiful water with small waves.  Warm water.  I swam out and was surprised that the small chop was a pain swimming through.  I didn't have energy and air today.  Just not a great swim.  It hit off the end of the pier at 20 minutes and got in at 39 minutes.  Farther out the water was clean and clear for Oceanside.  It was an OK swim but I was just off today.

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

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Buy Jammers from

Really pretty ocean today.  Clean, warm water, flat, waves 2-4 feet with good shape for the surfers.  Great weather and not many beachgoers at all.  The Race Across America cyclists are still around some; I think they have been leaving in stages day by day.
I was extremely stressed and agitated from work today so I got this plan in my mind that I would swim straight out to sea for 30 minutes, turn around, and return to shore.  It was beautiful swimming out, just relaxing and beautiful.  However, it starts to get creepy after a while out there alone.  I was probably a little over a half-mile out and my watch read 19 minutes.  I decided to wimp out and turn around.  Eleven more minutes and I would have been so dang far out that the fear would have gotten its seeds growing in my imagination.  At 19 minutes the ocean was turning this deep, gorgeous, clear blue color; I think it was getting deep.
So, I turned around and swam in to about 100 yards from shore.  I still had lots of energy to burn so I swam back and forth until I had hit 55 minutes for the swim.
I feel very good now.  Relaxed.  And I even remembered the camera.  I'm getting braver showing off my chubby body in my jammers swim suit.

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

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Bicycle Race Across America Starting to Get Ready at Oceanside, CA Pier

Today's swim was a repeat of yesterday's in that I did the same swim in the same temp water in the same time.  I had a bit of a chop to the water today but it was very nice.  Not many people down there but a number of bicyclists preparing their cycles and gear for the upcoming bicycle Race Across America. 

link to North County Times article

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

Sunday Swim Oceanside Pier

Wow, the beach water was warm yesterday in Oceanside. had it at 65-67 degrees.  It was flat, no current, waves about 2-3 feet.  I just swam out past the end of the pier on the north side , looked at my watch; it read 19 minutes; and returned the way I came.  It was a 37 minute swim.  Even so, a wave did almost pull my goggles from my head as I came in.  Nobody was on the north side.  I just took my time and relaxed in the bath-like water.
No pictures because I had my camera set on "movies" and I got several mini-movie pictures.  Maybe I'll try to post a few of those now.

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

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Avila Beach Swim

On Thursday, June 7th, I swam for 35 minutes at Avila Pier while we were on a trip for our daughter's college graduation at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.  The water was cold with a moderate current moving to the south.  I'm guessing the temp was 52 degrees because last week when I swam there in 54 and 53 degree water, I was not as cold as the Thursday swim.  My head and face hurt for a good ten minutes and I started to get used to the water at about 15 minutes.  I stayed cold and never felt like I was generating any heat at all; my heat was just being drained from me.  I went a little past the end of the pier, then went south around a small, round red float, back to the pier against the current, and then in to the beach.
I'm glad I got the swim in at about 2 PM.  Avila's summer water temp is about the same as Oceanside's winter temp.  Interesting.

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