A chronicle of open-water swimming on Long Island's North Shore
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!
Monday, October 11, 2010
Christopher Columbus, what a fabulous swim!!!
Whatever one's personal/political feelings might be about Christopher Columbus' purported "discovery" in 1492 of the already inhabited "New World," which "discovery" is celebrated today, it's still nice to have the day off! Although the Pod's plans for an 8:00 morning swim were aborted for various reasons (including exhaustion from the last several days' exhilarating but draining swims in ever-colder water!), swimmer's remorse set in a few hours later as the temperature climbed into the 70's and it turned out to be an absolutely glorious day. Fortunately, Gae was the first to come to her swimming senses and call for reinforcements. Carole and I joined her for a 2:00 high-tide swim at West Neck Beach, which was liberally sprinkled with beach chairs and sunbathers as if it were a mid-summer's day! There were even bathing-suited swimmers in the water! -- and we (wetsuit-clad) unhesitatingly plunged in for an exquisitely sublime Causeway swim on this most perfect of all days ever in the history of the world! If yesterday's open-water swim was a "10" (and it was!), then today's was a "12"!
Autumn is truly the best time of the year to swim, and it just keeps getting better and better!