Sunday, June 07, 2009

For Heroes Only: The Ja Jolla Rough Water Swim!

Ever had a weekend so bad that you can't wait to go work on Monday?


With all that said, there were two things that kept me somewhat functional this weekend: The first one was that I am lucky enough to have a job to go to on Monday in a city that has an 11% unemployment rate. (In some towns in Los Angeles, County, it's like 20%.)

The second thing is that there is always a SCAQ pool somewhere in and around Los Angeles, CA, where I can jump into and suddenly nothing matters but keeping track of the sets and the interval. But in those rare occasions when there isn't a SCAQ pool because of holidays, schedules or what have you, There is always the ocean or an open water race nearby.

Above are remarkable photos of the La Jolla Rough Water Swim which is a 2.5 hour drive south from L.A.. I have never swam in this race but several SCAQ swimmers do and they all seem to do really well there.

This is probably the finest open water swim in California and if you want a perfect place to race, you can't beat La Jolla.

La Jolla hasn't changed in 50-years and the place reminds me of the fictitious Bay City in a Raymond Chandler novel. If you took those pretentious cars off the street which are ironically European, you would think you were back in the 1940's.

The last photo in the set is of Dan Leonard chillin' post the event in his b70. He placed very well in 2008. He provided me with these amazing photographs and when I first saw them I thought he had a helicopter chasing him.

For info on the La Jolla Rough Water swim go check out their website: [Link]

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