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!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Saturday's OWS

Early arrivals at West Neck Beach this morning were greeted by...even earlier arrivals, with the 6:30 early-early group just hitting the waves as the 7:00 group was suiting up! No traffic tie-ups though, as we swam out in opposite directions, the first group heading to the southern buoy and the second making for the Causeway first, intent on a long, 3-mile loop from house to buoy and back to the beach.

A strong outgoing tide and brisk southerly wind made for a choppy ride, especially for the Causeway group, which had to contend with the waves slapping our faces all the way back to the southern buoy -- a long, hard slog! Great practice, though, for the 5K/10K in the Bay!

Chris and I stopped at the beach on the way back and picked up the third wave of swimmers! for the leg out to the buoy and back. Cap-count total for the morning: 22! Tomorrow's forecast promises the same southerly wind, with an outgoing tide after 6:25 a.m., if you're up for a Father's Day Swim! See you in the Salt!

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