Seeing as the open water season is done for most reasonable people by this time of year it’s become incumbent upon me to make my own fun, and as is my nature I like to over do things a little bit. Normally when someone goes Polar Bearing on New Years Day it’s a quick jog into the water and a much faster sprint back out, well I’ve decided to stretch my Polar Bear swim out a little bit… I’m going for a 10k marathon swim from Avila Beach to the Pismo Beach Pier! I’m expecting about 3 hours in 53-55 degree water, I think that will be sufficient for my 2011 Polar Bearing experience :)
This past year I’ve gotten the chance to swim all over the country including all 5 United States Masters Swimming Open Water National Championships, a lap around Alcatraz in San Francisco, a 12.6 mile swim from Manhattan Beach to Santa Monica, a 5k swim in downtown Chicago, a 4.4 mile crossing of the Chesapeake Bay, and a cold water 5k in Coney Island in November! I’m really excited to take all that experience and channel it into a big swim here at home.
I’ve been wanting to do this Avila to Pismo Pier to Pier swim for years! It’s not really so easy as just hopping in the ocean and going. For starters you need to be mentally and physically ready for cold water, chop, currents, the potential for ill tempered sea life and lots of swimming. Then you need a good team of helpers to keep you safe and on track. I’ll have my friend and ocean training partner Niel leading the way in a kayak and helping me out with my feedings during the swim. In the rear I’ll have a Zodiac Boat from the Seaweed Express there on shark watch and as a safety back up. If I go hypothermic or need to exit the water in a hurry they’re my way out!