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!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Wednesday's OWS

True to Deputy Town Supervisor Laure Nolan’s word, the gates at West Neck Beach were open wide to welcome us at 6:00 this morning – an auspicious contrast to the dramatic and traumatic prelude to yesterday’s open-water swim.

This morning the weather welcomed us as well, with the sun poking through a cloud-mottled sky, and not even a ripple lifting the surface of the water (which has resumed its warming trend, I’m happy to report!).

Our Pod hero Joye, after much arm-twisting, reluctantly posed for us in front of the lifeguard stand (per Carole’s instructions), and then we all (nine of us!) plunged in for a long, delightful and uneventful swim!(except for Margot’s having forgotten her goggles and having to swim ocularly-impaired!).

Seems like Thursday will be a day of rest for most of us – anyone looking to swim tomorrow should reach out for your like-minded brethren and sisthren by e-mail – and we’ll see the rest of you on Friday.

Those of us who are training for the July 11th 5K/10K in the Bay are planning on starting at 6:00 to get in some extra distance – otherwise we’ll see you at 6:15!

1 comment:

  1. i keep coming back and looking at these photos and realizing how lucky i am to have found this group who makes me feel safe enough to do this when I've never been either that daring or that athletic.

    it's just magical out there.