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Wetsuit, for swimming

I like to swim in open waters. In Europe I did it mostly in seas or lakes, and here in California I risk to go into the Ocean. 

My 10-years older cousin and his friend had thrown me into deeper waters in a warm see the Summer I just turned 5, I made it back and loved swimming ever since, especially the wild type: outdoors. I used to swim through my childhood and youth in Summers, during two-three months daily, mainly in two seas and two rivers. I was born next to one of the rivers, and lived closed to another.

On the Black Sea I used to swim straight into the depth of it, away from the shore, and challenged myself to get back after I already was tired. The feeling to be back is unforgetful. 

I swim for fun, medium or long distance. 

Today, I'd like to share with you my most favorite routes in San Diego area - they are beautiful, in this places it is relatively easy to get in deeper waters crossing the surf that can be just crushing you down sometimes, and there are not so many disturbances.

Swimming in the Pacific Ocean 3.5K

Today I did one of my longest swims in open waters: over 3.5 km (3.5K), not counting curves, waves, zigzag swimming to avoid kelp, kayakers, fishermen, birds, and even one big seal.

This is my 3rd consecutive day swimming in the ocean, ~ 2 km (2K), ~ 2.7 km (2.7K) in two previous days, plus brisk walks up and down the hills (~ 110 m slope) 5 km (5K), 7 km (7K), and 10km (10K) today. Earlier this Summer I swam 3-4 times a week, but not regularly.

William of Ockham

Entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C, or L-ascorbic acid, or ascorbate, is an essential nutrient for humans, a water-soluble vitamin. Humans, unlike most animals, are unable to synthesize vitamin C, so it is an essential dietary component. 

  • Vitamin C is required for the biosynthesis of collagen (an essential component of connective tissue), L-carnitine, and certain neurotransmitters, it is also involved in protein metabolism.
  • Vitamin C is also an important physiological antioxidant and has been shown to regenerate other antioxidants within the body, including alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E). Vitamin C regenerates vitamin E by reducing vitamin E radicals formed when vitamin E scavenges the oxygen radicals. 
  • Vitamin C plays an important role in immune function and improves the absorption of nonheme iron, the form of iron present in plant-based foods.

Approximately 70%–90% of vitamin C is absorbed at moderate intakes of 30–180 mg a day. At doses above 1 g a day, absorption falls to less than 50% and absorbed, unmetabolized ascorbic acid is excreted in the urine. 

Insufficient vitamin C intake causes scurvy, which is characterized by fatigue or lassitude, connective tissue weakness, and capillary fragility.

Cells accumulate vitamin C. The total body content of vitamin C ranges from 300 mg (at near scurvy) to about 2 g.

  • High levels of vitamin C are maintained in cells and tissues, and are highest in leukocytes (white blood cells), eyes, adrenal glands, pituitary gland, and brain.
  • Relatively low levels of vitamin C are found in extracellular fluids, such as plasma, red blood cells, and saliva.

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