Monday, November 28, 2016
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Evanston, Indigenous day, October 10
So we delayed our start to let the sun warm the air a bit and arrived at the beach around 9:30. From the beach conditions looked very much like last Wednesday, about 2 foot waves by our beach but larger waves south of the south wall breaking over the wall. Jody's college friend Laurie came along dressed to swim. But Laurie is a flat water swimmer and decided not to swim so she guarded our stuff on the beach. With air temperature about 57 the water felt cold but not dangerously, so Jody and I decided to give it a try. It wasn't that bad, the waves were fairly well formed and not choppy so swimming was not hard. After about 200 yards I could get a temperature reading, 60.8 which was plenty warm, especially with a strong sun. We continued out to what we consider the half way mark and decided not to make Laurie have to wait too long and also to limit our swim since the combined air/water temp was 117.8, sort of the hypothermia warning temperature of 120. But swimming was good, even against the wind so we did go all the way back to the south wall to check for rip currents. There weren't any on that side of the wall so we swam in, we were in the water about 30 minutes.
Fortunately the bathrooms were open, so quickly changed out of our wet swimming gear, no wetsuits of course, and into dry clothes. One thing we have learned in the last year is that the biggest hypothermia danger is that after getting out of cold water and ceasing hard exercise the body can lose 5 degrees quickly. To further our warming we headed to Starbucks for hot coffee and warm chocolate croissant at a sunny outdoor table. If this is it, a great way to end the season.
Wednesday, October 05, 2016
PostScript: 2016 season, October 5.
The beach was mostly deserted, no other dogs, birds or geese so my non-swimming dog was bored. So we took a walk along Sheridan Rd to the next park. He thought this was much more fun. I put my dog, he's relatively small, on a flat rock by the Lake so he could see the waves breaking below him and he liked that. The Lake seemed rougher from this vantage point.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Evanston, September 24
Sunday, September 18, 2016
Big Shoulders Redux, September 17
However when we went we around the curve we could already feel it getting colder. I measured 68. So it would not be surprising if it was much Cole in Evanston. We later found that as close as the Chicago crib it was 57 just a little later in the morning.
Saturday, September 10, 2016
Big Shoulders September 10
Joe, Jody and me at Big Shoulders 2016.
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Fun in the rain at Ohio St, August 27
After some dithering based on the weather and tomorrow's triathlon Jody and I decide to swim Ohio rain or no rain and waves or no waves. Indications are that the northern beaches are cold and will be wavy. The forecast of 1-3 foot waves held true for Ohio street, 1 foot near the beach, 3 feet by the curve. But they are nice swells which are pleasant to swim in. The rain is steady but moderate with occasional cloud bursts, fortunately no thunder. And the water is a pleasant 67. When we get to the beach at 6:30AM it is still very dark, the traffic signals at Chicago Ave stand out as a beacon. But, surprisingly, even with dark goggles the water is clear enough that the bottom is visible. Most notable is that all the people are gone, we only see two other swimmers in the water, both strong swimmers but without wetsuits, or even caps. All the triathletes must be resting up for tomorrow or are afraid that their wetsuits will get wet in the rain. There are still many runners on the path, but we figure that we have the better deal, it feels nice and dry in the lake and hardly notice the rain at all.
The most interesting part of the swim was from the rusty poles to the curve. There was clearly a current along with the heavier waves which were somewhat disorganized between the buoy and the curve. Coming back against the current was the day's challenge, like climbing a 500 ft ladder. Pausing to rest was not an option as one would be pushed back by the current. But Jody loved it, explaining that it was a "good" tired feeling unlike a "tired" tired feeling after a hard workout. After Chicago Ave the current seemed to be going the other direction so it was an easy swim in.
Although superficially it looked like the Big Shoulders 2010 race, today was much warmer and more fun. Jody and I were glad we came.