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Gibraltar Strait -Inexpensive wine, siestas and oh yeah a swim to do.

May 25, 2011

The winds have been a blowing like mad for the last two days so there hasn't been that much from a swim update perspective.  We spent the days sleeping in with no alarms set which I never thought would be a luxury, but what a luxury it is.  Then we would meander down to the Atlantic side of the strait and have a nice little paddle.  Ok nice paddle one way, continual slap in the head from the waves going the other way…I mentioned the wind right?  Good news is that I was able to get into a rhythm regardless of the wind and felt really relaxed in the water.  It was nice to be in more my temperature water rather than that warm stuff of Hawaii.  Don't get me wrong, it is beautiful in Hawaii.  However, I'm more built for the colder water climates.  I didn't spend years eating ice cream for nothing.

In the afternoon, we would relax or try to head out and see something.  Yesterday was a trip to Algeciras to hopefully see the market.  I for some reason forgot about the Mediterranean siesta culture, so everthing was closed.  Siestas and inexpensive wine??  I think the US could learn some things about work/life balance from these cultures.  I vote for both these being instituted into law when I get back.  I don't think I would be the only one voting yes on this ammendment.

Not a bad way to spend time while waiting for the weather to cooperate.  And it looks like it is going to cooperate tomorrow.  We met up with Rafael tonight to get a read on Thursday and Friday.  The weather currently looks good for a swim tomorrow.  That means we will be down at the Tarifa harbor at 8am with a probable swim start at 8:30am.  I think if I'm doing my math right this would be a 11:30pm PST May 25th/1:30am CST May 26th/2:30am EST May 26th start stateside. 

I will tweet the swim start update tomorrow @macyswim if you care to follow.  There most likely will not be updates during the swim as we are running with a minimal support crew.

I know that I'm very excited for this swim as it looks to be an incredibly beautiful one.  Now I must go to get the last items completed before resting up for tomorrow.  As for Billy, I believe that he is excited and very nervous.  Current polls show him not using a wetsuit tomorrow and leanding towards a Jammer suit with loads and loads of grease.  I'm sure during the relatively restless night, he will make his final call. 


3 Responses to “Gibraltar Strait -Inexpensive wine, siestas and oh yeah a swim to do.”

  1. Sarah says:

    I'll be sure to be up to receive your tweet, not.
    Have a great and safe swim.

  2. Shanna says:

    Yay!! Glad you are getting a few days to relax and enjoy Spain before the swim – fingers crossed for tomorrow! And maybe reconsider the siesta vote thing…they do have a 30% unemployement rate 🙂

  3. Leroy says:

    Congrats on the swim 😀

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