Saturday, December 1, 2012

Rough Saturday Swim Around the Pier

So the air temp was 68 today and the water temp is 58-60 degrees.  The sky was half overcast and the water was quite rough and disagreeable: just like me.  Maybe that's why I crave it.  There was a mild southerly current and pounding 2-4 foot waves.  Pounding, white water waves.  I wasn't sure whether I could get out through the surf zone.
The chop was 2 foot, washing machine, and an incoming tide.  It took me 6 minutes to get through the surf.  Then, swimming out continued to be challenging.  Definitely no water craft to get in my way today.
Total swim time 32 minutes, which was a good workout pulling with the arms.  Very few surfers and no visibility.  I have photos but have to figure out how to get them posted.  A disc popped back into place in my low back and I've had lots of pain relief.

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

Friday, November 30, 2012

Swimming in the Rain Friday

Well, I took pictures today but I can't figure out how to post them.  My message says Google Drive and Picasa Files have to be purchased.  Who knows?  The air temp was 68 degrees Friday afternoon and it was raining lightly at the Pier when I went in.  Water temp was 59-61.  The waves were biggest on the south side of the pier with some pounding 4-5 feet sets.  Lots of rough white water near there.  Other waves 2-3 feet but still pounding.  Visibility maybe 3 feet.  No current.  Choppy water with medium gentle swells far out--like 4-5 foot swells, but friendly ones.  Just float up and down with them.  A nice day to swim.  I like this overcast sky with water conditions that many people would think were inhospitable for a swimmer/surfer.  Nice hour at the beach.  You know, that is all the time that I spend at the beach when I go; I'm not a guy who will relax and catch a suntan on the sand for a few hours.  I'm in the water, around, and then gone. 

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

Dip Me in Cold Water and I Come Out Happy

Well, I had my camera and took photos Thursday.  However, since I am an idiot I could not get the pictures on the blog.  I got some message like "Picasa space used up, buy more."  There was also a message like "Add another Google drive."  Oh, man.  I ended up losing the pictures.  Now I don't know what to do with the blog if I can't use pictures on it.
My Thursday swim was choppy and cloudy.  Air temp 68 and water temp 59.  I whooped and hollered getting in but I got used to the water quickly after that.  There was a 1-2 foot gentle swell coming in near the end of the pier and out past it.  It took me 28 minutes to get around the pier.  2-4 foot waves on the south side; 2 foot waves on the north side.
It drizzled a bit and the visibility was nothing in the water.  I enjoyed a solo swim with a little bit of action to the water.  Not too much pain after either.

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