Sunday, May 28, 2017

Ohhhhh Cisco

Next Swim: Monday, Memorial Day, noon

Last Swim: Sunday May 28th noon
Water: 51 calm and murky - stirred up from recent storms
Swimmers: Panini, Drangonfly, Itch, Showgirl, Diablo (skin!)
Observers: Patriarch, Scott, Phoenix, Wet Taco

Showgirl was upset that nobody (besides me) got her "Ohhh Poncho" remark in her blog post yesterday.  She was referring, of course, to the old TV show "The Cisco Kid".  Sorry Showgirl but only a person of "a certain age" would remember that.

Showgirl also said something about a monokini, I'm not sure what that is, not sure I want to know.  But I would not be surprised to see her show up at the beach Monday in a sombrero, poncho and monokini.  Ohhhh Pancho!  Ohhhhh Cisco!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Ohhhhh Poncho......

Next Swims: Sunday and Monday, noon

Last Swim: Saturday noon
Water: 55  with chop out of the south
Clarity: none
Crew: Drangonfly, We'Taco, Panini, Showgirl, Diablo, Itch, Gumdrop er... Icecube
Skin/Suit: 2/5

What a difference a few degrees can make.  Plus sunshine.The beach was sunny and beautiful. The water is gradually getting warmer.  Most of us suited up, and we all swam south into the chop to picnic table. It was a lovely swim.

So the garment of the summer appears to be the swim poncho, aka changing poncho. It allows you to change out of your wet swim clothes without the risk of flashing everyone at the beach.  First Itch had one. With the hood up he looked a bit like a bearded grim reaper.  Now Drangonfly has one. I'm going to do a beach towel refashion and make my own.

p.s. post to the comments if you know the origins of the subject line

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Relax. Now you have plans for the weekend.

Next Swims: Noon --  Saturday, Sunday, Monday

Sunday, May 21, 2017

A Little Rain Must Fall

Next Swim:  Tuesday May 23rd 6PM (maybe, if it's not raining as forecast)

Last Swim:  Sunday May 21st noon
Water:  51, calm, poor visibility due to stirred up sand and silt
Swimmers:  Graham (Cracker?), Neo, Itch, Panini, Showgirl, Wet Taco, Drangonfly, all in wetsuits
Shore Support:  Capt'n, Ali, Andrea, Phoenix, Tony, Patriarch

We could use some warm sunny calm days, but the near term forecast is for more clouds wind and rain.  Sigh!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Next Swim Sunday 5/21 Noon

Itch reports that Tuesday the water temp was 55 with a slight roll.  Wednesday was 49 and choppy.  So, as he says, it's a crap shoot.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Spring Swimming

Next Swim: Sunday 05/14, noon

Last Swim:  Saturday, Noon, 05/13
Water:  53, nice and flat
Clarity: excellent
Crew:  Itch, Showgirl, Holly
Shore Support: Phoenix, Andrea, Squeeze o'Showgirl
skin/suit: 1/2

Warm air, flat water, good swimming.

I swam to the birches, and Itch swam to mudslide.

Today Holly made her inaugural swim with the Klode Kru.  It was perhaps more like a watery walk from the beach to the rock pile, but she was in the water, without a wetsuit, so I'm calling that a skin swim.  Welcome to the Kru, Miss Holly!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Days to Celebrate... with swimming!

Next Swims: Saturday and Sunday noon,  05/13,14

Saturday is Mother Ocean Day, and what better way to celebrate than swimming in our own inland ocean?

Sunday is National Buttermilk Biscuit day.  Or if you prefer, National Dance Like a Chicken Day. 

And yes... Mother's Day.

No matter how or what you celebrate, do it like the bad*ss mother that you are, and join us at the beach.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Spitting Us Out

Next Swim: TBD

Last Swim: Sunday. April 23rd noon
Water: 50 Clear and Calm when we started, a raging sea of whitecaps thirty minutes later
Swimmers: Showgirl, Wet Taco, Iceman, Panini, Itch, Mr. Anonymous, and Diablo (our lone skin swimmer)

The lake is warming much more quickly than usual, but as if to warn us against false optimism, conditions deteriorated rapidly during the swim.  Inside of ten minutes the air temperature dropped 20-30 degrees and the wind went from still to gale force and water from dead calm to heavy foaming chop.  Almost as if she was spitting us out.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Next Swim is Sunday

Next Swim: Sunday April 23rd noon

Thursday, April 20, 2017

That Dot Out There Is Itch

As some of the links in the below post by the Patriarch are not working, here's some pic.s from yesterday's swim.  Above, going long to open the season, that dot out there is itch.

Above, the Happy Iceman, post skin swim in 48 degree water.

Above, happy to see the return of the Kru, the Forsythia in Klode are blooming.

Earliest Opening Day Ever!

Next Swim: TBD

Last Swim:  Tuesday April 18th 6PM
Water: 48, 2 ft waves, very rough
Air: cold cloudy and blustery
Swimmers: Gumdrop, Itch
Spectators:  Panini, Kahuna, Phoenix, Showgirl, Patriarch

Even though the water was much warmer than might be expected from looking at the web or looking at the calendar, it was hardly a great day for a swim.   This did not stop Gumdrop who did a loop inside the rockpiles (skin!).  Or Itch who donned his wetsuit for a cruise to "picnic table" (another one of many non-sensical landmark names - the picnic table that was once there succumbed to the elements long ago).

Luckily for Kahuna and I, none of the ladies ventured forth, which of course would have called our manhood into question if we had not followed.

After the swimmers returned to the beach we of course celebrated the opening of the season with our favorite beverage.

The dot out there is Itch.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

A Manifestly Awful Idea

Next Swim:  Tuesday April 18th 6PM (no joke!?)

Last Swim: Diablo and Itch claim to have swum "a couple strokes" last Sunday with the water temp registering 47.  Lacking any photographic proof or accounts from reliable witnesses I'm trying to decide whether to file this report under "fake news", "drunken rant", or just plain "bullshit".

Several weeks ago, after one (or five) too many, Itch declared that he would swim at Klode on Tuesday April 18th "no matter what".  (For reference, we normally start lake swimming in mid to late May, when the water temp reaches the 50's, currently it's in the 30's and low 40's.)  At the time we laughed it off, which was probably a mistake because the more we ridiculed the idea the more he insisted that he would be taking the plunge on April 18th.  In the following weeks nobody would have blamed him if he had just dropped the matter, but apparently his self image does not allow him to back off a pledge even if it's a manifestly awful idea.  (One has the impression that a similar chain of boasts and provacations will lead to World War Trump.)

I want no part of this lunacy but feel responsible in the sense I may have helped to provoke this madness, so I will be there to take pictures, dial 911 and administer Killepitsch to the survivors.  See you on the beach Tuesday at 6PM.  

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Klode Cru Lake Michigan 2017 Swim Season Open!

Last Swim: Saturday April 1st, 2017
Water: Clear Calm 75 degrees

Swimming on April 1st!  Unbelievable!  A warm sunny day and clear calm water made for a perfect day of swimming.  Well almost perfect.   An annoying guy on a jet ski tried to ruin the fun, but Crash decked him with a right cross and a knee to the groin.

After the swim we enjoyed cocktails in the new Klode Hot Tub Tiki Bar, compliments of the generous tax payers of Whitefish Bay.  Thank you!

Those of you who swam with us today please share your experience of this incredible swim by adding a comment.

See you on the beach!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Big Shoulders Registration Opens March 1st

Another sign that spring is coming, and we will soon be back in the Lake: registration for Big Shoulders Chicago Open Water Swim Race opens on March 1st, at 10:00 a.m. This year's race will be held on Sept. 9, 2017.   Last year approximately ten members of the Kru did the race.  If you want to do the race, be sure to put a reminder on your calendar, as registration can close quickly (I think like within an hour of opening).  Cost is $80, and the event is quite a picturesque, given the race's downtown location.  If you can't (like me) do a race on Sept. 9th due to other commitments, you may want to consider another race that some Kru members do, the Great Lake Plunge, in Evanston, Illinois, on July 30th.  Registration for that event is now open.     

Sunday, January 1, 2017