This Summer I was swimming in the ocean as usual, and also in a bay a few times, but today I went to a University pool (UCSD) not far from here.
Wow, that was so great: I could concentrate on swimming itself, rhythm and pleasure of moving in the water, and there were no waves splashing in my face from all directions, no crazy surf like the other day on the Torrey Pines beach that you need to cross with some beating to get to deeper calmer waters, and no sharks, - man, I learned yesterday that pretty much every time you enter the ocean there is a shark more or less 100 meters away from you, I woke up at night thinking about it, - and no people on your way (especially disturbing for me were the boaters lately).
It was an amazing time! I did close to 1 kilometer, 40 laps, in under half an hour.
Most of the times I swim breaststroke, adjusted to my needs of swimming in open waters, sometimes backstroke and freestyle, and now I am interested in polishing my style.
The temperature of water was perfect, there was less chlorine than in another pool I tried lately, and some good music was played all the time - not even one annoying song :) I am considering the membership seriously.
And before this, in the morning I went twice down to Black's beach and up - a very steep brisk walk, also in a half an hour.
The whole day after felt amazing! Wish you the same.