Friday, October 21, 2011


Gae at West Neck Beach 10 21
Despite high winds and chilly air hovering
only around 55 (not counting the wind chill),
and a marineforcast reporting 3 ft waves and
a small craft advisory, a few lucky Pod members and I
snuck away at 10:30 this morning for
an open water swim. 

The wind gusts in the parking lot were so intense
they snapped our car doors shut as we tried to emerge,
so we opted for stretching on our wetsuits on the alee side, before even attempting to venture to our usual changing spot at the lifeguard station, to get our swim caps and goggles and remaining supplies on.
Carol Moore changing at her car
The waves (and white caps) were kicking. Just trying to get my hair conditioned and under my swim cap, left my fingers numb. We fretted aloud about the water temperatures.

Luckily, the sky was too pretty to turn back, so we waded in tentatively, our girly screams and f-bombs peppering the air as the cold swept into our wetsuits. Then, as always, we put our heads down and started to swim.

It was one of the most exhilarating swims I've had to date. When we'd swum our day's course, it was hard to force ourselves out. My wetsuit drying on my stoop makes me happy to have seized the day. As always, I am never ever sorry I went in.

Here are just a few reasons why:

convinced yet?



  1. Wow, those conditions sound much like last Sunday when I accompanied my daughter to the beach while she tried to shoot two rolls of film for her college photography class. Of course I was fully dressed and NOT entering the water. The sand was whipping and I was trying not to let it in my eyes but it was definitely exhilarating, just being there. We were there for nearly an hour and in the end most of her shots didn't come out. But it was still a great day to be at the beach =)

  2. I'm glad you love it so much. I've been a runner who would go in anything, and those crazy conditions moments were always amazing at the end. Anymore, I am sort of a weather wimp, but I have a team getting running again, so maybe with the social layer, we will get so I might like it again.

    That is definitely pretty. It just makes me cold looking at it.

  3. Inluv, there's something about the beach, isn't there. . . Hart, anything to spur those endorphins! The nakeder the better, eh? ;)