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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Evelyn "Cruises" Through Her Last OWS of the Season!!

Despite the "warmish" air temperature of 48 degrees, the steady northwest wind made the prospect of plunging into the icy water at West Neck Beach at 9:30 this morning a daunting one, particularly to Evelyn Cruise, who was determined to earn her Pod swim cap -- a red one, she decided. After an earnest parking lot consultation, the tri-Pod of Evelyn, Carole Wickham and I decided to proceed with our open-water swim, but at a different venue, more sheltered from the wind. 

We rendevouzed at the new site a short while later, coffee cups in hand, and enjoyed a gentle, relaxing open water experience in the clear, calm waters of the Carol(e)s' hot tub!  With my ubiquitous camera swim mask in place, I documented the event for posterity (including capturing images of all of us proudly wearing our new brightly colored Pod swim caps!

There, Evelyn took her last few strokes of the 2010 open water season, demonstrating the smooth, effortless, high-elbow form she perfected over the last several months, and bid a sorrowful goodbye to the open water...until next year!

Meanwhile, some members of the Pod remain unconvinced that the open-water-swimming season is over, and will be convening at West Neck Beach tomorrow morning at 8:00 to prove it.  Of course I'll be joining them!  See you in the Salt!


  1. Evelyn,

    The stroke looks good. Nice high elbows with early vertical forearms!

  2. thanks Rob - I was just shooting for high elbows so the vert forearms is just a bonus! can't believe you'll hit the salt today- let me know if you want to borrow my swim socks for the next insane jaunt

  3. I can see how swim socks are a good thing. Feet hurt the most today. Even the cold sand bothered them on the way to the water. It took about an hour to get the feeling back in them. That can't be good. I also read cold water can be damaging to the inner ear. Something else to worry about!