Went for a real swim today out in Avila to cool down from yesterday’s excitement in Santa Clarita. We ended up with a pretty healthy group… 5 swimmers… which isn’t bad for 54 degree water in March. One of my swim friends from Santa Maria showed up kinda late so I hung out with her on the beach while everyone else got in. I knew what the course was so we just made sure to catch up when we got in. All told we swam a little more than a mile today.
We started on the north side of the pier and did the buoy line since the buoys on that side of the pier are still actually there (the south side is a mess, half are gone and the other two are way out of place). I got used to the water pretty quick since I had been in a few days earlier without a wetsuit. Me and Dani caught up to the rest of the group at the first big turn. From there we aimed for the end of the pier. Since we had 2 newer swimmers I stopped every once and a while to let them pass me and make sure everybody was doing ok.
I had a bit of an issue sighting on the way to the far corner of our triangle on the south side of the pier. Without glasses it can be a little hard for me to pick out a white buoy a quarter of a mile away! I got there just fine but I had to stop a few time to try and actually spot it with my goggles off.
As you may have noticed I managed to get some pictures! I tied a string to my wetsuit zipper and my camera. While I was swimming I tucked the camera into the front of my wetsuit. My system worked out pretty well I think! I put a few pics in here for you guys, the rest are over at my Facebook Fan Page.