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!