I was really excited to go swim in the ocean today until I actually went outside. After days of too much heat and sunshine I was greeted by a completely fogged in coastline. I was hoping for the best on the drive in because Avila Beach is pretty protected and sometimes doesn’t get fogged in like Pismo but unfortunately it was just as bad. There was no sunshine and you could barely see the boats that we’re anchored just offshore. As a consolation prize we had some of the warmest water temps I’ve seen since working out there. 61 degrees is pretty glamorous when you’re used to sub 60!

I went down onto the beach and set up my stuff and a wondrous funk drifted my way. I couldn’t figure out what it was, but it did not smell good. After much debate 2 out of the 3 of us swimming guessed something was dead somewhere. Eventually we found the culprit, a dead seal on the beach. It definitely wasn’t fresh and there weren’t any bite marks that we could see in it so we felt fine with getting in the water.

We had a longer swim than usual to get to the first buoy. The tide was really high today. Once we got out there we decided to go to the end of the buoy line, turn back towards the end of the pier, swim to the furthest buoy in the other side of the pier and then back to the pier and in. The water was alive today, it wasn’t rough but it was definitely moving. I think that’s what I like the most about open water swimming, you can swim the same stretch of water and it’s never quite the same twice.

I’m glad I finally got back in the ocean. I missed the last 2 weekends because I was out of town. Even though I’m swimming at UCLA next weekend I should be able to get in some ocean time because the meet is on Saturday. Speaking of UCLA, I need to go sign up online!!!


4 Responses to “Fog and Funk”

  1. Tony Austin says:

    That water looks icy

  2. Rob D says:

    The water was surprisingly warm (compared to the usual temps), but with no sunshine it felt a lot colder than it was. I'm still wetsuit-less out there. I'm going to hold out as long as I can!

  3. Swimming for ME says:

    no bite marks huh? Is that how you Californians judge weather to swim or not to swim? open water season is over here in Maine until mid-June. At the warmest this summer we got up to 70 ocean temp! and who's saying global warming is not occuring?

    Well I'm jealous you are still out there. Keep up some posts and pictures of the ocean for all us Mainiacs.

  4. Rob D says:

    Yeah when there's seals on the beach freshness and cause of death are kind of high on the list of things that we look at before hopping in! There was a fatal shark attack at this beach in 2003 so we try to be reasonably cautious. We also look for lots of birds, seals, etc. in our path. If there's too much wildlife we pass on swimming.

    The people I swim with go out all year long so I should have posts and pictures all winter to keep you going! If you're ever in the neighborhood you're more than welcome to come play in the ocean with us :)