After yesterday afternoon's threats of thunderstorms, Friday morning dawned clear and beautiful, and ten early-risers (Rob Martell, Ken, Chris, Nancy, Don, Paul, Margot, Joye, Gae and I) took advantage of the perfect conditions for another long swim in balmy water (definitely bathing suit temperature!). The "Gang of Ten" (not counting Magda, who swims solo and was already in the water when we arrived) bore witness to yet another milestone for Pod member Joye who, having conquered the southern buoy on her 55th birthday several weeks ago, completed her maiden Causeway voyage all the way to the sailboat and back (she even touched it!), accompanied by now-veteran Causeway swimmer Gae, who, after her earlier struggles, made it look easy today! Rob Martell, Ken and Chris continued their swim to the southern buoy and back, with Rob setting a breakneck pace that bodes well for his performance in the upcoming 10K in the Bay, and Ken & Chris not far behind. I'm still having palpitations from my too-close-encounter with a powerboat this past weekend, and feel happiest swimming closer to shore, but plan to revisit the buoy as soon as my post-traumatic stress subsides....! Maybe tomorrow, when we're joined by Bob Miller and his Tri-Masters! Rob & his crew are going out early (6-ish), while the distance-seeking second wave will be hitting the water at 7, which will bring us back to the beach to reconnoiter with the rest of the Pod and Bob at 8! See you in the a.m.!
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!