Just in from No. Section Recurrent, Lance Keene, who provided the following remarks about the recheck swim this past weekend at the Training Center in Manhattan Beach at 26th St., as follows:
Since you asked me for my impressions of the swim portion of the re-checks, I jotted down the following. I hope it is helpful to the groups that follow...
As we arrived, the buzz in the air was that this year's swim would be tough. The guards noticed it looked longer, but the water was warm and smooth as glass and we figured we'd just have to "go for it." As the day wore on and headed to the scheduled swim (right after the Chief's talk around noon), the wind picked up and put a chop on the water. Because of the choppy conditions, the two buoys were tough to see and Baywatch was not yet in place to provide a visual.
The anticipation or dread was building and people were chattering about whether they trained enough. The warm up proved that yes, the water was warm, but there was a current pulling south on the inside. There was also confirmation of the bottom conditions that would limit running out of the water at the end of the swim. This was going to be bumpy and long and, with the lack of real surf, probably a slim chance of catching the customary wave in.
Once the swim was underway, what I noticed was the choppy water going out made it difficult to navigate and spot the buoys. So, settled into following the pack and looking for the guards on paddleboards. The chop continued to make the swim a challenge, but after circling the first buoy, I felt great and started picking up the pace. Going around the second buoy I felt the push of the ocean and my speed picked up. I started passing swimmers and used the current to assist my swim in. However, I noticed that most of us were drifting to the south with the current, forming a gigantic triangle course...exiting about the same place we entered.
As for catching waves in, there were a couple I thought I had a chance at which proved to be "fat" and just rolled under me with only a slight push. I caught a little one at the end for about 10 feet and it died out. Three more strokes and I was up on my feet sprinting up the beach to the finish line.
My advice for the next crews? Increase your yardage in the pool, train in the ocean, rest your body and, well, pray.
Good luck, my friends,
*** Many Thanks to Lance for sharing his experience. Spread this around to your fellow Recurrents asap! They won't be getting such information from any other source and we, unfortunately, do not have all the email addresses of all active LACo Recurrents.
Until next time......
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