Saturday, November 3, 2018

Sometimes November offers a gift... was one such day.

Last Swim: Saturday at noon
Water Temp: 47
Waves: 1-2 feet out of the ENE
Clarity: I couldn't tell you, I wasn't going in that water at 47 degrees
Crew: Itch, Linda the Lamprey

The remaining leaves popped in the clear sunshine; people raked their lawns; families took walks; and swimmers took to Lake Michigan.

Thursday was the last day of the Milwaukee Film Festival. I watched Kim Swims, a documentary about the first woman to swim from the Farallon Islands to San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, a distance of almost 30 miles. She over for almost 17 hours! In the course of what is a very good movie, she describes particular pleasure many swimmers feel in the open water. She also shows herself to be totally badass and one hell of an athlete. Check it out here. Go to the "See the Film" link and rent it for $3.99.
It's worth it.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Full Moon Swim  

Last Swim; Tue 10-23-18
Beach: Klode
Water temp: 48
Air Temp: 48
Waves: Sunset/moon rise  lit with lively  2-3 foot swell in about 3/4 time
Water Clarity: mystic
Crew: Moon Daug 
Shore support; Diablo, Wet Tacho, Synchro
Next swim; I think Itch is still holding  5:30 on week days, and noon on weekends, post to be sure 

On the walk down half the crew was on their way up. After a little bit of banter and arm twisting some were convinced to head back down for another look, others were more responsible.  The waves were loud, and the skies relatively clear.  As the close proximity of the rising moon and setting sun put its particular shine on the water, the Viking swim ensued. 

At the after swim celebration party, possible designs for beach saunas, the nature of true love and happiness (possibly related to the fore-mentioned),  and proper beach etiquette (when in doubt one can wear dark sun shades or cheap sun glasses :)) were discussed. Also mentioned was Captn's annual Halloween party (Terror at Ted's). All Klode members are invited This Sat (today)

Monday, October 22, 2018

Hunters Full Moon Swim

Next swim; Tuesday  5:50PM, California Pizza afterwards

Please join us tomorrow for a great changing of the season swim. As the sun is setting at 5:56, the moon will be rising at 5:55. The mingling of the two lights on the colored autumn leaves along the shore promises to be spectacular, as a touch of crisp autumn air heightens the senses. Swim skin, or suite up, for this beautiful but short celebration.

Afterwards, nice warm libation and pizza at California Pizza, where we can ruminate upon the seasons stories (or make them up!) about our fav times/people.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Moon Swim!!

Last Swim:  Thursday, 5:15 - 5:45 pm
Sunset:  6:03
Air Temp:  56 with clear sky
Water Temp: 51
Waves: Fairly calm w/some ripples
Water Quality:  Pretty nice, but not crystal clear.  Water very clean.  
Crew:  Itch, Diablo, Mr. Bubble and out of town guest Mary Ann.
Shore SAG:  HandyMan Hank

It was fun to introduce my co-worker, Mary Ann to the Klode Kru experience.  She's from Effingham, IL, and is an open water swimmer, but this was the first time she'd ever been in Lake Michigan.  It was also the first time for her swimming in cold water and only the second time she'd worn her wet suit.

Overall, it was a great evening for a swim.  Itch and Hank arrived just as Mary Ann and I were getting in our wet suits.  Learned that the Official water temp was 51 degrees, just before stepping in.  Itch came in the water shortly thereafter.  Mary Ann was struggling a little bit, so Itch made sure she was OK.  Diablo swam out just as I was swimming in.  

So, I thought swimming in 51 degree water would be no problem, and it really wasn't.  Until I got out.  I wasn't expecting to shiver like that.  Both Itch and Diablo ask "Where's your jacket?" Sweat pants and sweat shirt weren't cutting it.  

The sun is down and the moon is up when we make our toast "Moon Swim!" Mary Ann's first shot of Killepitsch.  She likes it!  Some debate about whether or not this is a good batch.  

Next Swim - Seems like Itch reliably arrives weekdays at 5:30.  Diablo comes by closer to 6.

This weekend?  Noon again?  Not sure how much interest there'll be if the weather forecast for this weekend holds up.  

Monday, October 15, 2018

The Beach Art Project was much advanced on Sunday.  Working title:  "The Yin-Yonic Implications of [removed.]"  (I believe this groundbreaking work is currently unfunded, and the artists are donating their time. TBD pending final sale, which I hope will in turn help construct the planned LM Swimmers Beach Clubhouse...please share your Gallery connections...)

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

One more fairly nice day

Last Swim:  Tuesday, 5:22 pm
Air Temp:  Mid to upper 70s
Water Temp: 60
Waves:  1 - 2 feet
Clarity:  Murky, some junk along the shore
Crew:  Moon Daug, Handyman Hank, Mr. Bubble, Itch
Late Arrival/Parking Lot Support:  Diablo

Little bit better today than yesterday.  Water not quite as choppy and a tiny bit cleaner.  Air temp about the same on the beach as on top the hill - beach was colder yesterday.  No biting flies!

Next Swim?  

Monday, October 8, 2018

Indian Summer

Next Swim: 5:20 pm Tuesday?
Last Swim:  Monday 5:15/5:30
Water Temp: 59.5 on the shore, felt more like 55.9 away from shore
Waves: 2-3 feet
Clarity:  Nah,  Lots of junk along the shore, cleaner further out but not clear
Crew:  Mr. Bubble, Handyman Hank, We'Taco, Itch, Drangonfly
Shore Support:  Northshore Nancy

Another even warmer warm day.  More in store for tomorrow.
Reportedly lots of heavy wave action earlier in the day.  Small Craft Advisory cancelled by 4 so must have settled down.

Sunset Tuesday is 6:19, so I figured 5:20 would be a little better meet up time.  Earlier times are tough for me, too.  But then again, how many more days like today?