So I go all the way to Maryland which is famous for crabs, spend like 2 1/2 hours in the Chesapeake, and never ever see a crab. Tonight I take a quick mile long shot around Avila and see my first non-hermit type crab that I’ve ever come across in California. How does that work? It’s all very suspicious… maybe the crab people are following me. If I see another one this weekend in Colorado I’ll know what’s up :)
I was a little worried about tonight’s swim for two reasons… 1, my body is still feeling a little rough from this weekend 2, the move from 70+ degree water back to mid 50′s really sucks. At least there was one other dude going wetsuitless tonight so someone else would be feeling my pain. I was pretty slow getting in the water and I was the last person to actually start swimming. Our first leg was down the left side of the buoy line and by the end of it I caught a couple of the other swimmers. On the way out the water was really killing me… my muscles were really tense and the cold was cutting pretty deep. Niel measured it at 57 degrees which would usually be fine but after playing in the Chesapeake this past weekend my cold water tolerance is all off again. At least I didn’t have to resort to wearing a wetsuit this time.
From the end of the buoy line we decided to aim for the end of the pier and then we’d probably split into two groups for the rest of the swim. I started feeling a lot better on the way out to the pier, but it was still pretty chilly. I did run into a few clumps of plant life on the way that scared the crap out of me. I was really jumpy tonight for some reason.
At the end of the pier we decided to send one group down the pier to the beach and the other group would do the right side of the buoy line and then swim in. I decided to swim straight in. I was just out for a good swim to stretch out my muscles. We probably swam a little less than a mile. Afterwards I hung out on the beach for just a little bit and then made my way home. The pool in Santa Maria is closed this week so I’m not sure what I’m doing with Thursday, and then Friday I’m off to Colorado for my 6k!