Huddled together in the West Neck Beach parking lot, a chilly and disconsolate group of seven would-be early morning swimmers contemplated the wildly rocking sailboats and madly fluttering flag before conceding that swimming in the maelstrom created by a rip-roaring northwesterly wind would be crazy!
After e-mailing a “heads-up” to the 7:30 crowd, we (Carole, Gae, Evelyn, the-other-Ken, two AquaFit guys and I) went our separate ways. Carole and I consoled ourselves with bagels and coffee at the marina at Huntington Harbor, which we found to be virtually windless and unruffled.
Curious to know if our early mass-exodus from the parking lot was a case of “premature evacuation,” we headed back to West Neck Beach, where we found three more Pod-ites – stubborn remnants of the 7:30 crop who had to “see for themselves.” One look at the still-dancing sailboats was all it took to convince Sue, Kaitlyn and Joye that tomorrow might be a better day to swim....And so we will! The consensus seems to be for a somewhat later start, so there’s a group swimming at 7:00 – See you in the Salt!
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!