Created by potrace 1.14, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

First Ocean Swim Complete!

  • 1I am in Southern California at a 2 week training course for my new job.  Right before I left for this trip – my new Xterra Wetsuit arrived in the mail.  I really wanted to do a swim in my suit on Friday before I headed out for my trip – but I did not have the time. 

    Ever since arriving in Southern California, all I have been thinking about was getting out and doing a swim.  I didn’t know where I could do an OWS in Orange County, but I knew one thing, there was no way I was putting on a black rubber suit and swimming out past the break alone!  Have you seen Shark Week? 

    I went to Newport Beach, and I talked to the lifeguard.  He informed me that the “Long Distance Swimmers” all go to Corona Del Mar and swim as there are buoys in the water.  I decided that I would do this swim. 

    I arrived at Corona Del Mar beach on a Tuesday evening.  To my surprise – there were about 6 swimmers in the water already, and there were several on the beach getting readyt for their swim.  This made me feel a little more comfortable. 

    I made small talk with a few swimmers – we laughed about my fear of sharks and looking like a seal in my wetsuit.  They assured me that there were no issues at this beach. 

    Suited up and headed to the water.  The water was colder than I expected – but a comfortable temparature.  I headed for the first buoy and was feeling pretty good.  (Sidenote – I love the new wetsuit!) 

    Immediately I noticed the taste of salt water!  Wow – what a difference from swimming in a fresh water lake!  I was very cautious not to accidently swallow any water.  I also noticed the waves.  They weren’t big waves, but I definitely felt them tossing me around a bit.  When I made the turn at the first buoy, the tide pushed me a bit off course.  Instead of swimming in a rectangle, I ended up swimming in a triangle shape.  I got pushed by the tide, and when I sighted, I picked up the wrong buoy! 

    The swim went very well!  I swam .6 miles.  My pace was much slower than it normally is, but I attribute that to the tide.  The swim felt great and so did the wetsuit.  I am so thankful that the sharks weren’t hungy.  In reality, I wasn’t that worried about it. 

    Overall, this was a great experience.  So glad I went swimming and now have this experience under my belt!

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