Friday, September 16, 2011

Man-ing Up

Next Swims: Saturday 9/17 1:30PM & Sunday 9/18 11AM

Last Swims: Thursday 9/15 6AM & Friday 6AM

Thursday 6AM Conditions:
Water Temps: 61 (per Bubba-o-Meter) but much warmer 25 meters from shore
Air Temp: 41 & clear
Waves: 2-3ft (3-4 seconds apart)
Water Clarity: stirred up
Crew: The Patriarch, Diablo, Bubba, Capt'n

Firday AM Conditions:
Water Temp: 64 (per Bubba-o-Meter)
Air Temp: 40 & clear
Waves: calm
Water Clarity: clear
Crew: The Patriarch, Diablo, Kahuna, Bubba, Bill, Capt'n

The frequent sizable waves and cold air temps Thursday morning drove the entire crew with the exception of Bubba to climb into their wetsuits. Friday was a different story. The air may have been just as crisp Friday morning as they were on Thursday but the entire crew with the exception of The Patriarch chose to walk the plank skin.

Truth be told though, yours truly also walked the plank initially clad in a wetsuit.....but after a quick journey up to Cedar Grove and back I decided to man-up and ditch the wetsuit for a Garage and back skin swim tour of the Klode bay. (...of course the jeers from M-Power's fitness group on the bluff as The Patriarch and I entered the water clad in wetsuits next to everyone else who was skin had nothing to do with my decision to man-up.)

Remarkably the near shore water remains on the cool side (60ish) while the water just outside of the Klode rock piles and beyond are comfortably in the mid-upper 60's. Strange...but very accommodating for those venturing out for a skin swim.


Ben Speed said...

Where art thou crew of late? The AM swims have had a "skeleton crew" this week. Yes, it's dark. Yes, the air is cool (but not yet cold). Yet, the swimming conditions have been perfect. Just perfect. The plank is still open for business.

Gumdrop said...

Hey crew, glad to see your coxing up.

Kahuna said...

11:00? Can't get to church and to a 11:00 swim. Anybody want to swim at noon, or 12:30? Or do all you endurance athletes have to see the start of a Packers game that we all know how it is going to end?

Gumdrop said...

Diablo can make sure you get a sermon.

Gumdrop said...

Thou shall not miss the Packers kick off.