When, bent by the heat, I shuffled into Alex Astilean’s new Speedfit studio off Newtown Lane in East Hampton the other day — the hottest of the summer — he asked me if I thought I was fit.
I replied that while I played tennis doubles twice a week and took Pilates and stretching classes at the East Hampton Y.M.C.A. RECenter, I didn’t really think so. Looking over at his treadmills, I allowed as how I hadn’t run in years, knee replacements in my 60s having persuaded me to give it up.
Some 131 swimmers, twice last year’s number, who ranged in age from 8 to 62, participated in two-mile, one-mile, and half-mile ocean swims early Saturday morning to benefit the Montauk Playhouse’s aquatics center.
The two-miler, which spanned Kirk Park and Ditch Plain Beach, was won by Rod McClave, 37, a world-class triathlete from New York City who has said the swimming races overseen by the Volunteer Ocean Rescue Squad here have impressed him as “the best-run and safest I’ve ever been in.”