Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Pier to Wisconsin Pole Round-Trip From Tower 2

Incredible beach day. I swam the round-trip from north of the pier to the Wisconsin pole and back in an hour and 40 minutes.  The water was too warm.  Visibility just a few feet.  Fairly strong waves. I was pulled at least 100 yards north as I was trying to get out of the water.  Just neat to have the whole ocean to yourself out there. 

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

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Gorgeous Day Oceanside CA for Surfing, Swimming, and Strolling

It was a special day today at the Pier.  I took some photos before the swim and there were surfers stretched out along the southern beach and a half-dozen or so on the north side.  Most of the waves were 2-3 feet with a long interval, but lots of them closed out. 
They are still surfing in trunks and rash guards, as the water is a comfortable 68 degrees. 
I only had a little over an hour and my swim turned out to be 55 minutes.  I was concentrating on my arm pulling backwards instead of pulling back and down, as I have a bad habit of doing.
I swam out on the north side and headed south.  I turned back at about 25 minutes so the parking meter wouldn't expire on me.  The meter was expired when I got to my car but no ticket.  On the return swim north, the water was choppy  and breaking right in my face.  I got a good workout pulling my way back into that.
There is something going on at the bottom of the water about 50 yards out: a brown cloudiness covers quite an area.  Perhaps this is the beginning of an algae bloom?  I haven't heard anything of it yet.
It was a neat day at the Pier!

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