As I prepare for 10DL my training grounds in San Francisco. This panorama in full screen will blow you away. This is the water that I swim and row in every weekend (although Adam is encouraging me to put in more miles on the bike in preparation for our mountain ride). Props to the photographer Michael Schrengohst
It’s only natural that people should ask why we love to swim in the San Francisco Bay. Swimming in the ocean sounds perilous and dirty to the unintiated. My answer to this common question is below.
5 Reasons To Train in the San Francisco Bay
- The Bay is clean and has less chemicals than the pool.
- Swimming allows me the feel the strength of my body.
- Time with the people at the Dolphin Club makes me a better person.
- Being among the ocean creatures puts me in touch with nature.
- The colder the water the better the sauna feels at the end.
More adventurous training. Last week I completed two important rows (for myself). I rowed 4-miles to Alcatraz from Ghirardelli Square and 8-miles to the Golden Gate Bridge from Ghirardelli Square. Both rows are done frequently by other members of the Dolphin Club, but they are new to me and therein lies the adventure.
Oh, how quickly I leave the protection of the city. Just a few miles off shore and I am totally cutoff. I see the sky scrapers and houses, but could not scream to them if I capsize. No one can help me out here, I am self-reliant. This feeling of self-reliance is really healthy, I think, to put life into perspective. So much of life has safety nets, it’s nice to feel the pressure of pure objective danger. And it’s nice when I dock the boat and that danger vanishes. If only life were as simple as rowing.