DISCLAIMER: Open-water swimming is inherently dangerous. Open-water swimmers risk drowning, hypothermia, hyperthermia, heart attacks, panic attacks, cramping, jelly fish stings, fish bites, boat or jet-ski collisions, collisions with floating or submerged objects (including other swimmers), and other calamities that can be injurious, disabling or fatal! The "West Neck Pod" is an informal association of open-water swimmers who swim "outside the lines" with no lifeguard protection, it has no formal membership, organizational structure or legal identity, and its participants, including the author of this blog, make no representations and assume no liability with respect to its group open-water swims. All swimmers who participate in West Neck Pod group open-water swims do so at their own risk. Be careful out there!

Friday, June 11, 2010

It Isn't Summer Yet...

This morning's swim -- under a cloud-covered sky -- was distinctly chillier than the last several have been (with Newsday pegging the water temperature at a mere 61 degrees. Brrrr. Still, we stalwart eight (Carole, Margot, Ken, Rob, Mike, Chris, Paul and I) plunged in to the glass-like water for what turned out to be a lovely and invigorating "Causeway" swim, with the more fully clad of us (those wearing full wetsuits) continuing on to the southern buoy and back (Margot and I, wearing sleeveless wetsuits, and Rob, wearing hardly anything at all, along with Carole and Paul, opted to retreat to the beach and our sweatshirts. Of course, we're doing it all again tomorrow, with Rob inviting guests to join him for an early ("in the water by 7:00 a.m.") swim, and the rest of us lazies taking the plunge at a more reasonable 8:00 (it is the weekend, after all!). Good news: The gate was open for us at 6:15 this morning; let's see what tomorrow brings! See you on the Beach!

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