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Friday, October 8, 2010

October 8, 2010 OWS

The water temperature this morning was considerably cooler than the 68-degree water we basked in last Sunday, registering somewhere between 58 and 61 degrees depending on where you pointed the laser thermometer, but other than an initial shock getting in, it actually was warm enough for a delightful swim for Carole, Gae and I.  It was less delightful for our "Wounded Warrior" Rob Martell, there principally to test his Pod-changing-station heaters, and who couldn't resist getting in the water and swimming a bit despite his macerated foot. 

The heaters worked wonderfully, though, and really helped to take the chill out of the 52-degree air!  Also much appreciated was the recently deployed Pod-Sandal-Station, another of Rob's ingenious inventions designed to extend the Pod's open-water-swimming season!

That season continues this weekend, with open-water swims planned for 8:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Air temperatures are expected to be in the comfortably low 50's and the water temperature should be about the same as today. Long-sleeve wetsuits and double-caps are recommended, as are insulated booties if you happen to have them... The tide will be incoming -- perfect for a Causeway swim! See you in the Salt!


  1. Rob looks way happier in that photo than he was. ;)

    Both yesterday and today were glorious swims (glad to see he got an unaborted swim in today).

    Meanwhile, goals for next season: erect Posh Pod Shack in the sunny spot on the alee side, and navigate our next "unconquerable" swim through the cold winter months in our mind.

  2. Yes. Unhappy yesterday but happy to be at least in the water. ( hence the "smile" ) Today was a wonderful swim day. Can we just freeze time , but not the water, for a while longer??

  3. Glad to see you all "pushing the envelope" of Open Water Swimming on Long Island -- the longer you can go, the shorter the winter wait will be! See you in the pool eventually... Mike

  4. And Sunday was even better tha Saturday.