Sunday, August 22, 2010

A Fine Day to Walk the Plank

Next Swims: Mon 8/23 5:45AM Klode

Tuesday 8/24 7:00PM "Howl at the Full Moon Century Swim"
The full moon rises over the lake at 7:23PM. This will also be our 100th swim of the season.
Double reason to celebrate afterwards, perhaps some Killepitsch, and maybe out to eat afterwards?

Last Swims: Sunday - Pirates Plunge
Water Temp: 68
Waves: 3-5 foot swells at the start, but smaller near shore
Current: Very big current pushing south, requiring constant course corrections.
Water Clarity: Excellent
Crew - about 40 people, here are some that swim with the Klode crew:
Megan (1st woman, 1st overall), Cap'n (third male), Gumdrop, Kahuna, Diablo, Ramrod, JJ, Eileen, Sarah, Beth, Jeff, Eric, Patriarch (I'm probably missing a couple - sorry!)

Kudos to "Pirate Steve" for pulling off a first rate event. Except for a glitch on getting bags back to the beach, everything was terrific. There were an amazing number of boats and jet skis providing support. I don't understand why there weren't more swimmers. This has got to be one of the most fun new events in some time.

The big waves and currents added to the fun (at least that's my opinion). The start boat was rolling heavily in the swells, and so it felt really good to walk the plank and get in the water. The water was very clear and clean. I swam directly towards the finish line the whole time, but about halfway through I realized that I was no longer swimming perpendicular to the beach, but at a good angle, the current had pushed me well south. I wonder how far I really went?

Afterwards we celebrated with a shot of Killepitsch, and breakfast at Ma Fischers. Beth, Kahuna, and I could not pass up the Sunday morning Bloody Marys, and before we left Cap'n held a pistol to our heads, and gave us a choice between a shot, or a shot to the head. What could we do?

Saturday's Swim:
Klode 1PM
Water temp: 67, but pockets of very cold water
Waves: Calm
Water Clarity: cloudy, from the overnight rain
Crew: Cap'n, Gumdrop, Diabo, Linda, Eileen, Sarah, Sarah's parents Willy & Kathy, Phil, Walt, Chris, Patriarch, and we ran into Eric who was already in the water.
Here is a picture taken by Eileen:


Beth said...

After the PP, does anyone else STILL have the feeling of swimming in the waves? I figured it would be gone by morning, but I still have it.

Blondie said...

In honor of the first days of school...there will be a Full Moon Quiz at the Howl at the Moon swim tomorrow! Bring those No. 2 pencils again!!! :) Potential prize(s) for the top score(s)...