Thursday, September 29, 2016

Swimming in October

Next Swim: Saturday October 1st noon, possibly Sunday noon as well, check back

The water temp Thursday evening was a very swimmable 55, but the waves too big and rough.  Friday's prediction is for even rougher seas, but the waves should diminish by Saturday.  This weekend may be our last hurrah.  (Or at least my last hurrah, Itch and Wet Taco are determined to swim until Thanksgiving!).   Come to the beach and help us make it happen.  Impress your friends with tales of swimming in Lake Michigan in October.  (Or appall them.)

October or Bust

Next Swim:  Thu September 28th 6PM

I could not be at the beach last night, but I got a report from Itch that the water was too rough to swim.  The water temp was 54.

Looking at today's forecast, 5-7 waves are predicted.  One might conclude that it was not a good day to swim, or even that the season might be over.

Balderdash I say!  We are going to swim into October.  It might be too rough tonight, but we won't concede defeat without at least trying.  And if it doesn't happen we'll try again tomorrow and on the weekend.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Surprisingly Good

Next Swim: Wed Sept. 28th 6PM

Last Swim: Tue Sept. 27th 6PM
Water: 54 clear and calm
Crew:  Gumdrop, Itch, Patriarch, and Handyman Hank stopped by to spectate.

I didn't expect much on this cool drizzly autumn day, but it turned out to be a very nice swim.  We may make it to October after all.

Perhaps it's time to begin planning a season end pizza night.  Maybe Friday?

Monday, September 26, 2016

Lured In

Next Swim: Tue September 27th 6PM

Last Swims:  Mon Sept 26th 6:30AM
Water: 51 Calm and Clear
Crew: Diablo, Panini, Patriarch

Sun Sept 25th 1PM
Water:  57 murky, 2-4 ft waves with an occasional 5 footer
Crew: Wet Taco, LL Cold Jay, Drangonfly, Diablo, Itch, Patriarch

I made three major mistakes this morning.

First I let Panini talk me into scheduling a 6:30AM swim. It sucks to get up in the cold and dark.

Next I let her talk me into taking the plunge even though I usually don't when the water is so cold.

But worst of all, once I got over the initial shock I talked myself into thinking that the water wasn't really that bad.  In fact I was having a great swim.  The combination of calm water and the added bouyancy of a full wetsuit made it feel more like gliding than swimming.  So we ended up swimming a half hour.

What I hadn't taken into account was how cold and windy it was on the beach.  After we got back I cooled down very quickly.  My hands were so cold I couldn't turn the key on my bike lock and had to ask a guy in the parking lot to do it for me. Is that pathetic or what?

What's even more pathetic I let this happen even though I should know better by now.  That's what the Lake does to you.

I'm such a sap.  I'll do anything a pretty lady asks.

Lured In

Next Swim: Tue September 27th 6PM

Last Swims:  Mon Sept 26th 6:30AM
Water: 51 Calm and Clear
Crew: Diablo, Panini, Patriarch

Sun Sept 25th 1PM
Water:  57 murky, 2-4 ft waves with an occasional 5 footer
Crew: Wet Taco, LL Cold Jay, Drangonfly, Diablo, Itch, Patriarch

I made three major mistakes this morning.

First I let Panini talk me into scheduling a 6:30AM swim. It sucks to get up in the cold and dark.

Next I let her talk me into taking the plunge even though I usually don't when the water is so cold.

But worst of all, once I got over the initial shock I talked myself into thinking that the water wasn't really that bad.  In fact I was having a great swim.  The combination of calm water and the added bouyancy of a full wetsuit made it feel more like gliding than swimming.  So we ended up swimming a half hour.

What I hadn't taken into account was how cold and windy it was on the beach.  After we got back I cooled down very quickly.  My hands were so cold I couldn't turn the key on my bike lock and had to ask a guy in the parking lot to do it for me. Is that pathetic or what?

What's even more pathetic I let this happen even though I should know better by now.  That's what the Lake does to you.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Riding the Waves Into October?

Next Swims:  Sunday September 25th 1PM
Monday September 26th 6:30AM

Last Swim:  Saturday September 24th 1PM
Water: 58 murky, 2-4 foot swells
Crew: Mike, Itch, Wet Taco, Panini, Kahuna, Lenore, Gumdrop, Patriarch

October is less than a week away.  We we still be swimming?  Latest poles show a dead heat (dead cold?).  It was still pretty good yesterday, a bit wavy but rolling waves not choppy, fun swimming.  

Thursday, September 22, 2016

It Ain't Over Yet, Is It?

Next Swims:  Saturday September 24th and Sunday September 25th, 1PM both days

Last Swim: Thursday September 21st 6PM
Water: 50 calm and clear
Crew: Itch and Gumdrop in the water, Patriarch on shore

Even though it's the first day of autumn and even though the current water temp is only 50 the season can't be over yet.  No way.  No how.  Hell, the trees have barely started turning.  I can remember lots of swims in late September and early October.  There just has to be some good days left.  Right?