Two waves of Pod regulars went out early this morning, with worm-getters Rob and Ken still making their seemingly endless loops from beach to Causeway to buoy and back by the time Mike Engel (renowned blogographer of the Huntington Masters Swimmers group making his 2010 open-water debut!), Margot, Larry and a bunch of his tri-buddies, and I set out on a surprisingly quick (ya gotta love those slack tides!) run out to the Causeway and an even faster, tide-assisted run back. (Check out Mike's blog at http://www.HUMS.blogspot.com!)
We had just about reached the outer limit of the mooring field north of the beach when we were met by an oncoming horde of 30 or more outbound swimmers surging toward us and churning up the water like a bluefish run! What an incredible vision, seeing that multitude of brightly colored caps and flashing arms just filling the harbor and stretching back as far as one could see! WE OWNED THE WATER TODAY!! Thanks to Bob Miller and his Tri-Masters Swimmers Group for making this morning's swim a truly awesome and unforgettable experience! Let's do it again tomorrow! See you at 8:00!
(Sadly, I didn't get any pictures of the swimmers because I was still in the water and made a second round-trip with them, so all I got was these apres-swim photos...)
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