Tomorrow, my team Sea Nettle Sandwich will compete in the open water La Jolla Cove Ten-Mile Relay swim. The three of us
myself, Active's own Energizer Bunny Toby Guillette, and Miss "Last-year-I-did-the-race-solo" Carrie Smithhave been a little concerned with the fact that we signed up as "skins." No wetsuits for us. The air temp should be around 60 degrees F for the 7 a.m. start, but the real worry is the water quality.
Today marked San Diego's first rainfall in 150 days. It doesn't take much to predict weather out here (and based on what I've seen, newscasts here haven't progressed all that far from the Anchorman days). But once it rains, people are warned not to go swimming for a least a day. The water washes away all the grime, oils and other bad stuff that collects in the ground, on the roads, and in gutters and drains, funneling it into the ocean. Local surfers and swimmers have recounted to me how they've gotten sick from going in the water after a rainfall.
Despite our governor's leanings toward environmentalism, it seems California still has a ways to go. As for me and my team, I'm hopeful that because the race is in the Cove, the water won't be as affected as if it were off a beach. If the worst part of the swim is the water temp, I'll take it. This will be a marathon swim for me, three laps of one mile each (Toby and I have stuck Carrie with an extra fourth lap). If we each average a half hour per lap, the event should take us five hours. I'm thinking it will be just like championship meets from high school and college, only without the high-pitched screaming.