Thursday, August 18, 2011

On The Fritz

Next Swims: Thursday 8/18 6PM, Friday 8/19 5:45AM

Last Swims: Wednesday 6PM, Thursday 5:45AM
Water Temp: high 60's (not sure, thermometer on the fritz)
Waves: Choppy Wed evening, small rollers Thursday morning
Water Clarity: Good in most spots, some areas of murkiness
Wed evening crew: Jeff, Diablo, Mike, Tim, Patriarch, and Steve on his jet ski
Thu morning crew: Ben, James, Chris, Diablo, Cap'n, Patriarch

We've been swimming twice a day for a couple weeks now, and the crew is fraying a bit around the edges. Arms and shoulders are tired and sore. Too much time is spent gabbing on the beach, trying to delay walking the plank and plunging into cool water. The jokes are stale and lame. Our water thermometers need batteries. Even the beach is starting to smell from washed up rotting algae.

All of which is quickly forgotten when the sun rises in a crimson sky, sparkling the waves and illuminating the bottom. Some people watch sunrise from the top of the bluff, some from the beach, but I think the best vantage point is in the water.

3 comments:

James Biles said...

So true!

572 entries in Saturday's Madison Open Water race. That small lake is going to be crowded!

Chris said...

Yes, the best vantage point is in the water. I'm glad I've finally come to realize that.

Here's a photo I snapped this morning: http://www.dailymile.com/people/chrismaertz/entries/9198029

Chris said...

Trying again with the photo.