Friday, August 17, 2018

Evanston, August 17, 2018

Another very nice day. There was rain overnight and rain in the area, but no thunder so we, Jody, Bill and I, could swim. It was mostly cloudy and threatening rain, but the rain held off. No obvious wind. The surface water was still 76 but there was a very definite thermocline about a foot below the surface in many places, the water below was in the 60's. We suspect that this is telling us that our warm 70's will not be here long. But so far there is no confirmation from the Wilmette bouy.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Evanston, August 14

I have been gone for several weeks, swimming in the Lake of the Ozarks, not swimming in the Long Island Sound which looked oily. We were to swim yesterday but it was too foggy. Today Jody, Bill (Jody's husband whom she has been grooming to replace me as her open water buddy), and I enjoyed a day that was perfect for a novice lake swimmer like Bill. It was glass flat and 76 degrees. The sun was partially obscured by a light overcast so not glaring in our eyes. We swam to the wall and back with Bill first to arrive, not because he was the fastest but because he is not comfortable yet to stop in the middle of a lake swim to chat. By the time we finished the glass had turned to light ripples so we got the best part of the day.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Yu's Harbor, July 26

An almost perfect July morning. Clear, sunny and 68 degrees at 6:30 AM. The lake had long 1 to 2 foot smooth swells. Seems easy, and mostly it was but the longer the wavelength the more energy in the wave. So these seemingly benign waves could pack a punch and move you around, especially near shore where the breaks were larger than the wave height. The water temp was 71 so we had the unusual situation where the air was colder than the water. Jody actually got cold. I had predicted colder water than we actually had and had a neoprene cap so I was toasty. We did a wall to wall swim and came out happy. The recent weather has brought a lot of 2 inch rocks to shore at the middle of the beach making entry and exit hard, but for some reason there were none up and down from there, so it was easy to avoid.

It seemed like such a great beach day I mentioned to Jody that I wished we were retired so we could spend the whole day lounging around the beach. She reminded me that we were retired but that our day was already scheduled with lots of projects around our homes. So we reluctantly left.

Yu's Harbor, July 26,2018

An almost perfect July morning. Clear, sunny and 68 degrees at 6:30 AM. The lake had long 1 to 2 foot smooth swells. Seems easy, and mostly it was but the longer the wavelength the more energy in the wave. So these seemingly benign waves could pack a punch and move you around, especially near shore where the breaks were larger than the wave height. The water temp was 71 so we had the unusual situation where the air was colder than the water. Jody actually got cold. I had predicted colder water than we actually had and had a neoprene cap so I was toasty. We did a wall to wall swim and came out happy. The recent weather has brought a lot of 2 inch rocks to shore at the middle of the beach making entry and exit hard, but for some reason there were none up and down from there, so it was easy to avoid.

It seemed like such a great beach day I mentioned to Jody that I wished we were retired so we could spend the whole day lounging around the beach. She reminded me that we were retired but that our day was already scheduled with lots of projects around our homes. So we reluctantly left.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Yu's Harbor, July 25.

Now that cubs pitcher Yu Darvish has his home right in the middle of our Evanston place we can give it a proper name. Even though it's Wednesday all three of us independently had the same idea, "let's go to the lake". Snice this a rare week this summer when all of us, Jody, joe, and I, were around we got together and went. It was really pretty good, 70 degrees, sunny with about 1 foot waves. Though small the waves tossed us around a bit making it a bit hard to swim straight so I would only rate today 8 out of 10. We didn't see Yu.

Saturday, July 07, 2018

Evanston, July 7

On the 4th conditions appeared ideal in Evanston but we defered to Joe since he is partial to Ohio St. Since Jody and I have diverging summer plan this may be our last Lake swim together for some time, so we really wanted to go to Evanston, especially since Joe was not available. But the weather has not cooperated, for example the lake has cooled down somewhat and the air more so and yesterday there 4th foot waves. Overnight the waves were subsiding and early this morning they were in the 2 or 3 foot range by the buoy. So we came.

The waves were around 3 feet when we came. The 66 degree water was fine. So with some difficulty we got to the far wall. I suggested trying for the near wall. But the going was harder, which was strange since the waves were from the northeast. So when we got to the beach we bailed and came home.

We felt good anyway, it was such a relief to not being pounded by waves that we should be able to cope with whatever the rest of the brought.

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Ohio Street, July 4

July 4 is the traditional start of Lake Swim season, but we have already been three times so it doesn't have quite the excitement. Moreover, the 4th is generally barely tolerable but today is fine, although not quite as nice as June 30. We are again at Ohio Street because Joe again volunteered to drive. It was a bit choppy, more so at the curve. The water was in the 67-68 range and once we got in we didn't notice the temperature at all. We had actually expected 70 as 70s were seen around the area yesterday. Once again Jody and I swam to the curve and back, Joe made it all the way to Oak Street beach.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Ohio Street, June 30

After our success yesterday at Evanston one might think we would go back today. But due to a downtown appointment for Jody later this morning and the willingness of Joe to drive we headed for Ohio Street. I was not overly excited about this thinking crowds and heat etc. But I was pleasantly surprised. Unlike yesterday's turbulence the water was pool smooth. And the millennials haven't yet discovered 6 AM on the clock so there were relatively few swimmers, we could still find nearby parking and a locker. The big change I noticed was the number of older swimmers with floats. Apparently it is now macho to practice open water using a float in addition to your wetsuit.

The water was a nice 68-69 and while the air was hot, it was not yet oppressive. We had a pleasant swim to the curve and back without, even near, collisions finishing around 7:30. By then the new phenomena of a crowd of open water swimmers was gathering and we boogied out of there.