Thursday, July 28, 2016

Back to School

Next Swim: Friday July 29th 6AM

Last Swims: Tue and Wed July 27th and 28th 6AM
Water Temp: 55 Wed, 58 Thu
Waves: Calm Wed, Choppy Thu
Water Clarity: Super HD Clear
Wed Crew: Capt'n, Gumdrop, Diablo, Panini, Patriarch
Thu Crew: Jack Frost, Crash, Itch, Diablo, Patriarch

This morning's swim was one of the most amazing ever.  We encountered huge schools of small silvery fish, maybe 3-4 inches long.  We've seen schools of fish before but never in these numbers, thousands and thousands, they went on and on and on.  It's mesmerizing to watch them whirl and swirl.  One second they are a shimmering silver curtain billowing and rippling in front of you, the next second they seem to disappear as they as turn away.  They swim in large formations, turning this way and that, forming and reforming dazzling complex patterns.  Individual fish all seem to swim in synchronized tight formation, but the school as a whole darts this way and that, forming fantastic and fascinating  whirlpools of shimmering shiny silver.  It's difficult to describe, you to have to see it.      

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Order Your Personalized Klode Kru Swim Cap Today!

Next Swims:  Wed-Thu-Fri July 27-28-29, 6AM each morning

Last Swims: Sunday 1PM, Monday 6AM, Tuesday 6AM
Water Temps: 50-53
Waves:  1 foot Sunday, Calm Monday and Tuesday
Water Clarity: Excellent
Sunday Crew: Liz, Showgirl, Valerie, Diablo, Itch, Gumdrop, Sir James, Patriarch
Monday Crew: Forger, Diablo, Nivens McTwist, Capt'n, Showgirl, Crash, Panini, Patriarch
Tuesday Crew: Showgirl, Jack Frost, Nivens McTwist, Gumdrop, Diablo, Patriarch
Suit/Skin: 17/5
Shots: 7

Swim cap update from Panini: 

I will be ordering swim caps by Aug 5, which will all arrive by the end of summer. A silicone cap with a stylized logo and the lettering "KLODE KRU 2016" (so y'all can remember it was election year ;) with each person's Klode name will be ordered. Pink seems to be the most popular color, but if other people have strong preferences, let me know. 

So far, here is the list of people who have already ordered. If your name is not here and you want a cap, email me here. Don't miss out on this opportunity to show off being part of the Kru. Hurry, order before Aug 5!!

Real NameKlode NameNo. of Caps orderedColor PreferencePaid?
Emailed me/ verbally requested
JeffJack Frost1NoneNo
Kelly LScarface1PinkNo
MarkHandyman Hank1NoneNo
ReneeNorthshore Nancy1NoneNo
EllenTiny Motha1NoneNo
Grandfathered in
LaneNivens Mctwist1NoneNo

Saturday, July 23, 2016


Next Swims: Sunday July 24th 1PM
Monday - Friday July 25th - 29th, 6AM every weekday morning

Last Swim: Saturday July 23rd noon
Water Temp: Some very cold pockets and some very warm pockets, overall "decent"
Waves:  Dead Calm, heavy fog, eerie as hell
Water Clarity: Crystal Clear, Huge schools of 6 inch fish clearly visible
Crew: Showgirl, Panini, Handyman Hank, Diablo, Itch, Andy, Liz, Jack Frost and his father-in-law John Frost, Patriarch
Suit/Skin:  6/4

Perfect place to be on a hot muggy day.  Because I'm doing the "Plunge" tomorrow, I had intended just a short swim today.  But I was cruising along so easily without exactly knowing where I was because the usual landmarks were obscured in the heavy fog. I finally looked up and there was Itch and we were at mudslide, a half mile down the shore.  It seemed like I had floated there.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Weekend Plans

Weekend Swims:  Saturday July 23rd noon (Capt'n tells me a group of triathletes is swimming at 7AM)
Sunday: July 24th 1PM

Last Swims:
Friday July 22nd 6AM
Water Temp: 47
Waves: Small rollers
Water Clarity: Excellent
Crew: Panini, Diablo
Suit/Skin: 1/2

Thursday July 21st 6AM
Water Temp: 55
Waves: Calm
Water Clarity: Excellent
Crew: Mr Anonymous, Nivens McTwist, Showgirl, Diablo, Lindsay, Patriarch

A pic from Tuesday night's full moon swim.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Plunge Plan

Next Swims:  Thursday and Friday July 21st & 22nd 6AM

Last Swims:
Wednesday July 20th 6AM
Water Temp: 54
Waves: Small
Water Clarity: Excellent
Crew: Capt'n, Super Hera, Diablo, Patriarch
Suit/Skin: 3/1

Full Moon Swim: Tuesday July 19th
Water Temp: 56
Waves: Calm
Water Clarity: Excellent, large schools of small fish everywhere
Crew:  It was a big crew and unfortunately I did not get a chance to write down names and statistics

Jack Frost and Dave and Not Dave's Wife, I want to discuss Sunday's Great Lake Plunge with you to possibly form car pools.  I don't have your contact info so please contact me or stop by the beach.  Showgirl and Itch are also going, but I believe Itch will drive separately to visit someone afterword.  

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Full Moon Swim Tonight (Tuesday)

Full Moon Swim:  Tuesday July 19th 7:30 PM (full moon rises over the lake at 8:06PM)

Wednesday - Friday July 20-22 6AM every weekday morning

Last Swim: Tuesday July 19th 6AM
Water Temp: 46
Waves: Calm
Water Clarity:  Crystal
Crew: Diablo (skin!)

The Today's sunny skies means good viewing of the moonrise over the lake.   And onshore winds mean warmer water tonight.  How much warmer?  Who can say?  Hopefully warm enough to swim.  Either way, you are welcome to buy me beers afterwards.  

Monday, July 18, 2016

Highs and Lows

Tuesday  - Friday July 19-22 6AM every weekday morning
Full Moon Swim:  Tuesday July 19th 7:30 PM (full moon rises over the lake at 8:06PM)
Also, possibly other evening swims if conditions are good, check back

Last Swims:  Monday July 18th 6AM
Water Temp: 45
Waves:  small
Water Clarity: Excellent
Crew: Panini, Diabo, Showgirl
Suit/Skin: 2/1

Sunday: July 17th noon
Water Temp: 56
Waves: 1-2 foot swell no chop
Water Clarity: Very Good
Crew: Dragonfly, Dave, Diablo, Hank, Showgirl, Panini, Itch, Lindsey, Gumdrop, Patriarch
Suit/Skin: 4/6
Shots: 9

You can track my moods on the Atwater buoy webpage:

Up and down, up and down.  When the water temp goes below 50 I don't swim and get very depressed.  With every degree above 50 my mood improves. Get to 70 and I'm in heaven.  Now of course the lake doesn't give a damn how I feel. It's almost pathological to let my emotions be driven by impersonal forces of nature.  

There will be bad swimming days on the beach, OK days, good days and really great days.  It's just part of the deal when swimming in Lake Michigan.  Still, when it's bad, like today, it's hard to be philosophical and remember that tomorrow will likely be better.  

Pass the Killepitsch.