20 EPIC accomplishments by LOSTies this summer!!!

Do Epic ShitSo just like that… summer 2014 is pretty much over.  (Caledon swim still coming mind you!).  It seemed like a bit of weird summer actually… never seemed to get here, even after the never ending winter… and then it was gone.  But having said that… it was still a pretty special summer… check out all these amazing accomplishments by LOSTies and friends!!!  A pretty incredible summer by any measure!Christine van Warmerdam

  1. Christine van Warmerdam qualifies for Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.  The catch with Christine’s Ironman is that it was her first!  And no long history of tri’s at all.  One of the biggest shockers of the whole summer!  Way to go Christine!!!

    David, Al and Darren at the start of Death Race!

    David, Al and Darren at the start of Death Race!

  2. Darren Osborne, David Brezer and Al Wiggins run The Death Race.  125 km with 17,000 ft of elevation change!  (not to mention the 80k race they did as a training race and finished in the top 12!)
  3. Darren Osborne swims across Bondi Beach in Australia… sharks aside not a huge athletic accomplishment… but one of the coolest!  (check out his whole adventure in a post below)

    Darrens swim across Australias Bondi Beach!

    Darrens swim across Australias Bondi Beach!

  4. Annaleise Carr swims 42.2 km across Lake Erie!Annaleise swimming across Lake Erie
  5. Annaleise Carr completes a second marathon swim in Lake Erie of 30 km… and in case that wasn’t enough… she raised $200,000 for a kids cancer camp… after having raised over $300,000 two years ago when she swam across Lake Erie!

    Annaleise landing in Port Dover after 30k swim

    Annaleise landing in Port Dover after 30k swim

  6. Miguel and I were privileged enough to be the Swim Masters for both of Annaleise’s swims!

    Swim Master for Annaleises Lake Erie Crossings!

    Swim Master for Annaleises Lake Erie Crossings!

  7. Brett Titus qualifies for Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii at Ironman Wisconsin!

    Brett... the LOST Coffee Guy... the only coffee shop in the world where they wear wetsuits to work!

    Brett… the LOST Coffee Guy… the only coffee shop in the world where they wear wetsuits to work!

  8. Hugh climbs Mount Kilimanjaro!  The highest point in Africa!

    Huge at the top of Kilimanjaro!!!

    Huge at the top of Kilimanjaro!!!

  9. All of the Ironman triathlons that all the LOSTies did this summer!  Muskoka, Lake Placid, Mt Tremblant and a few others!  Awesome.Ironman-Kona-Hawaii-2010
  10. World Aquatic Championships in Montreal… lots of LOSTies and swimmers from BMSC and Oakville Masters too!

    Burlington Masters (and LOSTies!) at World Aquatic Championships in Montreal!

    Burlington Masters (and LOSTies!) at World Aquatic Championships in Montreal!

  11. Trinity Arsenault becomes the second youngest person to swim across Lake Ontario… at 14 years old!!!trinity_with_bathing_cap.jpg.size.xxlarge.promo
  12. Colleen Sheilds becomes the oldest person to swim across Lake Ontario… her 3rd successful crossing… at 60 years old!!!

    Rob, Colleen Sheilds (3 Lake O Crossings) , Darren

    Rob, Colleen Sheilds (3 Lake O Crossings) , Darren

  13. Said goodbye to a LOSTie original, Denise Short.  Not an accomplishment, but a special moment for a special person. (see post below).

    The whole gang, at Brett's birthday at the King's Arms... (that's me with my arm around Denise in the front row).

    The whole gang, at Brett’s birthday at the King’s Arms… (that’s me with my arm around Denise in the front row).

  14. Started the Canadian Open Water Swim Series (COWSS.ca)! COWSS logo
  15. Michael Parker finishes 20th in the World Triathlon Championships in Edmonton!(sprint distance)… way to go, Mikey!

    Madhu, Lynn, Michael and Bud...

    Madhu, Lynn, Michael and Bud…

  16. Ross, Beth, Annaleise  and Bill win the 4 divisions in the 7th annual LOST Race!

    Winners of the LOST Race, 2014!  Ross, Beth, Bill and Annaleise!

    Winners of the LOST Race, 2014! Ross, Beth, Bill and Annaleise!

  17. Art and Nick Chasovskykh  finish 38th overall in the OtillO (the largest Swim/Run race in the world, in Sweden)… joining Lisa Neidrauer as the only other LOSTie who has done this race, which is considered one of the toughest in the world!

    O Till O swim-run race in Sweden!

    O Till O swim-run race in Sweden!

  18. Greg Streppel gets a silver medal in the 3k open water at Worlds in Montreal (and a silver in 200 IM too!).  One of the greatest competitive open water swimmers in the world… still has it!
    Greg Streppel getting silver in 200IM  and silver in 3k open water too!

    Greg Streppel getting silver in 200IM and silver in 3k open water too! (right)

     

  19. LOSTie, Chris Willer completes Ultraman Canada… 10k swim, 420.2k bike, 84.3k run!!!ultraman
  20. Sheila Treleaven and Maisey Kent win at the Toronto Island Lake Swim!
    Sheila gets 1st woman overall and 1st woman/wetsuit division!

    Sheila gets 1st woman overall and 1st woman/wetsuit division!

    ... the sweet taste of victory!

    … the sweet taste of victory!

Of course the problem with lists is that you inevitably forget someone… so sorry in advance if I did (but let me know and I’ll fix it!)  Regardless of the weather, that was a pretty amazing summer for those LOSTies and for the rest of us that just sat back and watched in awe… and just enjoyed a few races and dips in the lake.

Well done everyone, makes me proud to be associated with all of you!

Cheers,

Rob

PS.  this one pretty much says it all… I love it!!!

Do Epic Shit

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… and that’s a wrap… LOST Swimming 2014 is over!

The last LOST swim of 2014!... ends with a dip in 48F/8C water!!!

The last LOST swim of 2014!… ends with a dip in 48F/8C water!!!

Yup, that summer came and went very quickly.  It felt like we waiting for it to come and it kind of came and went before we really got into it.  But it was a fun summer of LOST Swimming.  Lots of “cold water training” and a couple of “rough water training sessions” too… as well as just a “perfect swims” too.

yup... that's "crazy cold"!!!

yup… that’s “crazy cold”!!!

People always ask me when LOST Swimming starts and when it ends… and the answer is the same… when the Lady of the Lake let’s us!  We usually start around June 1 (maybe May 1 if you really want to get some cold water training in!)… but the end of season varies a bit more.  Sometimes it ends in early September… and sometimes the door is wide open until early November!  And this year the door was slammed shut pretty early… and clearly.

... but all the crazies still went in!

… but all the crazies still went in!  Looks like a bank robbery… hands up!

Typical of Lake O, there was no warning.  Darren was on a roll… he had been in for a swim 12 of the last 14 days… and couldn’t believe it had rolled.  Believe it.  On Saturday we had a good crowd of about 30 swimmers out… and almost beat the swimmer to temperature ratio!  I took the temp right at shore and it was about 51F…. however upon entering the water with all 40 or so other crazies, I realized it was a smidge colder than that!  It was 48F!!!  As I always say about swimming in the 40’s… that’s “crazy cold”!!!

Lauren, Mark and Madhu (king of the crazies!)

Lauren, Mark and Madhu (king of the crazies!)

Having said that, we all went in for a nice little dip and had a very good percentage of the swimmers come up to Brett’s coffee shop for a nice warm drink after!  And yes, there were even a few that went in “naked”!  Madhu, Cathy and a few other tough guys!

... but half the fun is warming up at Brett's coffee shop, Bean There!

… but half the fun is warming up at Brett’s coffee shop, Bean There!

PB-Caledon-SwimHaving said that, don’t forget that there is still at least one good swim left… The Caledon Quarry Swim II!!!  It is also the last swim in the Canadian Open Water Swim Series!!!  So last chance to grab some more points and improve your standing in Canada!  There will be 1k, 2k and 4k distances… a BBQ and a very low entry fee of just $20!!!  We just want to get you up there and have a fun season ending swim!  Check out the details here: http://www.personalbest.ca/workouts-events-camps/weekly-workouts/83-caledon-quarry-swimBarbados pool and ows

Aside from that there is another swimming event… if you want to travel a little further than Caledon… check out this swim meet and open water swim races at the Barbados Swim Festival in October: http://www.swimbarbadosvacations.com/

So we’ll see you at the Caledon Swims… and stay tuned… more events to be announced soon too!

Cheers,

Rob

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My buddy, Denise Short…

The whole gang, at Brett's birthday at the King's Arms... (that's me with my arm around her in the front row).

The whole gang, at Brett’s birthday at the King’s Arms… (that’s her and I with our arm’s around each other in the front row).

My good friend, Denise Short, passed away Saturday morning from cancer that she had been fighting for about 7 years.  But she was everyone’s friend though too.  Everyone loved Denise.

I really don’t know what to write about her except that she really was a great person.  And I’m going to miss her.

Denise and Joanne after Denise's first Half Ironman at the Steelhead, in Benton Harbor, Michigan

Denise and Joanne after Denise’s first Half Ironman at the Steelhead, in Benton Harbor, Michigan

I saw her last at coffee at Brett’s coffee shop, 2 weeks ago.  Where we always go for coffee after LOST swimming.  And on this Saturday her good friend, Barb, came to coffee without her and told us she had just passed away.  She had actually passed away about an hour earlier, at 8:00 am, when we were just getting the water for our LOST swim.  Kind of an odd coincidence, I suppose.

I don’t want to make this about her and LOST swimming, because although she was one of the very original members of LOST, she was so much more than that.  To me and to everyone.

Barb brought up the point that she had survived much longer than the doctors thought she would, but that our group are all so healthy that it wasn’t surprising.  The funny thing about our whole athletic group is that we probably are much healthier than your average person, but even within that group she stood out.  She really was a great athlete… but that isn’t what made her special… she was simply one of the most perpetually happy and positive people I have ever met.  I think that is more likely what kept her going longer than most people could have.  I try and surround myself with positive, fun, up people… and nobody was more positive, fun or up than her.

Annette and Denise (and Lambrina with long hair!) at the Polar Bear dip!  A couple of the original "F.A.B.'s".

Annette and Denise (and Lambrina with long hair!) at the Polar Bear dip! A couple of the original “F.A.B.’s”.

So when she came down for LOST coffee 2 weeks ago, she was completely bed ridden and obviously not doing well.  But Barb and some other friends helped bring her down in her wheelchair.  Even though she only lived about a block from “Bean There” it was still a

At the first LOST Race... she was one of only 8 swimmers!  That's her with the white cap on and the Ironman wetsuit, from IM Canada she did the previous year!

At the first LOST Race… she was one of only 8 swimmers! That’s her with the white cap on and the Ironman wetsuit, from IM Canada she did the previous year!

major ordeal to get her there.  She had put on all kinds of weight from the medications she had been on and was not looking good and barely recognizable.  As soon as I saw her I walked over and gave her a big hug and a kiss and promptly put my foot in my mouth… I said “oh, Hi Denise, how are you?!”  She’s laying there looking awful and I asked such a dumb question… and what did she say in her same squeaky, perky little voice?  “I’m good… how are you?  How was LOST swimming this morning?  I heard the water was nice.  How many people were out?”  It was still Denise.  And typical Denise, she had no interest talking about herself and was always more interested in all the other fun things everyone else was doing.

Denise and Joanne at the Mississauga Marathon!

Denise and Joanne at the Mississauga Marathon!

She was really a nice, warm and exceptionally fun person to be around.  I am really glad I had her as a friend.  But I’m also really sad that I won’t see her anymore.

Out watching the Bruins game at "Four's"... just before the Boston Marathon in 2008.  (Joanne, Denise, me, Joe, Nicole)

Out watching the Bruins game at “Four’s”… just before the Boston Marathon in 2008.  That’s her with her Boston Marathon jacket from 2006!  (Joanne, Denise, me, Joe, Nicole)

Here are some pictures that I have of her that I thought I’d share.  At least those pictures and memories make me smile a bit when I think about her.

Love ya, Denise.

Rob

laughin' it up at before the Boston Marathon over a pint!  (me, Joanne, Nicole, Denise, Joe)

laughin’ it up at before the Boston Marathon over a pint! (me, Joanne, Nicole, Denise, Joe)

Swimming Hugh in at the first LOST Race... she was being nice dropping back for Hugh... because Hugh's swimming sucked back then!

Swimming Hugh in at the first LOST Race… she was being nice dropping back for Hugh… because Hugh’s swimming sucked back then!

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And after the first LOST Race… tucked in between Madhu and Huge!

 

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Kathleen Wynne warns against marketing stunts that scare people after Bell’s Lake Ontario ‘shark’ hoax

Jake Edmiston | July 15, 2014 7:10 PM ET More from Jake Edmiston

Framegrabs from the video.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is expressing concern about a marketing stunt that had people thinking a shark may be lurking in Lake Ontario.

A YouTube video purporting to show three men surprised by a shark while fishing off a dock was posted a week ago, but it was only on Wednesday that Bell Media revealed it fabricated the video to build hype for the Discovery channel’s upcoming Shark Week programming.

Real or not, the video had some in Wolfe Island, Ont., afraid of swimming and also prompted Ontario Minister of Natural Resources Bill Mauro to warn that people should stay safe and report any sightings of the animal.

Wynne says she can’t comment on the tactic the company used, but says people who produce ads and promote them need to use common sense when they try to entice or frighten people.

She says everyone needs to recognize that people can get scared by what they’re seeing and they need to quickly be able to understand what’s really going on.

The premier says the turnaround needs to be quick enough so people don’t actually become terrified.

Some local residents on Wolfe Island, where the video was supposed to have been filmed, said the video had frightened them.

It’s concerning that somebody would come up with a wild hoax

Upon learning the video was a fake, Wolfe Island Mayor Denis Doyle said it was rather concerning that people “do those kinds of such dumb things.”

“It’s concerning that somebody would come up with a wild hoax,” said Doyle, who had previously insisted that the rumoured shark was the equivalent of the Loch Ness monster. “I guess it gets a little personal with some people … I think they probably intended it in good fun.”

Those behind the fake video said they decided to come clean after seeing the frenzy of speculation sparked by the clip.

A Bell Media news release on Wednesday sought to “quell the concerns of Canadians,” informing them that the creature in the footage was actually an “incredibly life-like prosthetic model shark.”  Before the revelation Wednesday afternoon, University of Guelph marine biologist Jim Ballantyne said the creature portrayed in the video couldn’t be a shark — judging from the way it moved. Prof. Ballantyne said it looked more like a harbour porpoise, judging from its up and down movement through the water.

“It sort of seems a bit unethical to frighten people,” he said Wednesday, after learning of the prank.

Paul Lewis, Discovery’s president and general manager, said his team started working on the concept six weeks ago with the full intention of making the video “go viral.”

If we upset anybody, of course I apologize for that

“[But] we didn’t want it to be something that would negatively impact people’s summer,” he said. When his team saw reports about concerns in Wolfe Island Wednesday, Mr. Lewis decided the responsible call was to cut the marketing campaign short and announce the video was a fake.

“It’s unfortunate that some people took what we did so serious,” Mr. Lewis said. “If we upset anybody, of course I apologize for that.

“It would be totally counterproductive for us to go out there and upset and disturb our audience.”

Erin Whalen, a waitress at a restaurant on Wolfe Island, said Tuesday she heard her customers talk about multiple sightings of a bull shark as well as a video of the creature.

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World Triathlon Championships!!!

Madhu, Lynn, Michael and Bud...

Madhu, Lynn, Michael and Bud…

So the World Triathlon Championships are on in Edmonton this week… and a few LOSTies are there… and one particularly quick one just told me in the most understated way… he had “a good day”!

Congrats to Michael Parker… top 20 in the world in the sprint distance tri!!!  Wow.

(click to enlarge)

Michael Parker, world tri champs

 

Cheers,

Rob

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4 up-coming swims!

  1. Okay, I'll admit it... I do have a bit of Burlington "beach envy"!  What a great spot!

    Okay, I’ll admit it… I do have a bit of Burlington “beach envy”! What a great spot!

    ... and after the jump from the pier... they're off!

    … and after the jump from the pier… they’re off!

    The TCoB “Pier to Pier” swim – this is a great annual swim that we LOSTies always do with the TCoB’ers.  Greg, Margaret and the gang put it on, it’s very low key, not really a “race” per se, more of a “swim”, but lots of us still race it!  It’s about 2.2 km, can be choppy and you often get lots of weird currents in that corner of the lake.  But it’s lots of fun and you get to land on the nice sandy beach!  Here are the details from Greg or check the TCoB website or Facebook page:

    “we are doing our annual pier to pier swim Monday Sept 1.  Plan to meet at the Waterfront hotel at the bottom of Brant street for 8:00 to car pool or car pool on your own.  Jump off the lift bridge pier at 9:00 am.  No cost.
    Also if you have any contacts with kayaks and/or motor boats. Their support would be greatly appreciated.”
    Thanks Greg.   http://triburlington.ca/event/pier-to-pier-swim/                          
  2. Variety Village swimThe Variety Village 2nd Annual Open Water Swim at the magnificent Buttermilk Falls Resort on Boshkung lake in Haliburton. Come and swim along side the queen of the Great Lakes, Annaleise Carr, as you challenge yourself on our fantastic 1.5 and 3.8 weed free courses.  September 6, 2014.

    Registration includes an après swim, dinner, hot tubbing on the beach, s’mores by the fire and Prizes, Prizes, Prizes!  All proceeds from the event go to Variety Village.
    Please visit www.vvopenwaterswim.ca to register.

    For further details please contact Kathryn Haggis at 416.699.7167 x 251 / khaggis@varietyvillage.on.ca
  3. The Terry Fox Swim 

    Hey Losties! Mike here – you know, the guy that spends all his time on the kayak instead of in the water… ;)   I wanted to bring your attention to a fantastic and unique opportunity for LOST and open-water swimmers in our area.terry fox swim

    The Chair for the Oakville Terry Fox Run, Pam Damoff, has approached us with a crazy, off the wall idea – having swimmers participate in the Terry Fox Run this year – not pounding the pavement, but in the water! As you can imagine, Madhu and I were all in as soon as Pam suggested it ;)

    The idea is that any swimmers that are interested will join Pam’s fundraising team, and on September 14 as a group we will get in the water at Coronation Park and do laps while the runners are doing their thing. Pam suggested even that we could go in a bit earlier, so she could bring attention to us, and have the crowd cheer us on!

    So why is this different? Well, it is the Terry Fox RUN, and we would be SWIMMING – so there is that… but also, this year the theme revolves around water – specifically the water jug that Terry dipped in the Atlantic and had planned to dip in the Pacific. Pam felt that adding swimming was a great tie in to this, and we agree.

    If you are interested (why would you NOT be!) in swimming as a part of Pam’s team, sign up here by clicking here: “Join Our Team”

    You should also email me (mike at webtraxx.com) to let me know you are IN, so I can contact you once we have all the time/details finalized.

    What we DO have finalized, is that we will likely be in the water before 10:00 (the official run start) and you can stay in as LONG as you like – one lap, ten laps, whatever! If you just want to hang out in the water and chat with Madhu – you can do that too ;) The swim will take place at Coronation Park (where the run also takes place).

    You are under NO obligation to raise money (tho that is the point right?) and there is no cost for this at all. I would suggest that if everyone participating raised or donated $25 or $50 dollars, that would go a long way for this fantastic organization.

    Even if you do not want to swim, you should all find a way to spend an hour or so doing a Terry Fox Run to support them on Sunday, September 14 in your local city, or come out and support the swimmers @ Coronation Park!

    Finally – I am looking for 2 more volunteers with Kayaks to help out – it is a small course, so we do not need too much on-water support – but my job is so much more fun with more people ON the water ;) Message me or email me at the address above if you can make it out to help.

    Thanks for your support everyone!

    Mike

  4. PB-Caledon-SwimThe Quarry Race II - this is the second race at the Quarry in Caledon and the last race of the season for the Canadian Open Water Swim Series.  It is about a 1 hour drive north of Oakville and will be on Sept 20.  This is hosted by Barrie Shepley’s C3 Tri Team.  It is a great facility and clean, warm water, even later in the season.  They have various distances and a wide variety of swimmers including several C3 swimmers vying to make the Rio Olympics in Triathlon!  Check out the details here:   The Quarry Race II                                                                
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Darren’s amazing swim… that never was… told in full Tim Dorsey style…

Here is a special little story from the twisted mind of LOSTie, Darren Osborne, that I thought bore repeating.  Recall his report (scroll down a few stories) from his hilarious trip to Australia a couple of weeks ago, if you liked that one, you’ll like this one!

Cheers,

Rob

Darren is never taking his medal off... and framing this picture too!

Darren is never taking his medal off… and framing this picture too!

Dave and I and Brett were all ready to go to the buoy and then Madhu was all – trust me, it looks good here but out there on the open seas it will be rough.  We will have trouble getting back.  With no support and the warning from Madhu, we swam along the shore.

Just imagine….

We get to the bouy just as darkness sets in and a we notice a Greenland Shark circling our location. The shark must have overheard my discussion with Alan Gow in Australia when he told me dusk can be king of “sharky.”  Just as the shark comes in for Brett, a bull shark, who was still in town for Shark Week rams the Greenland Shark and the two get into a huge shark fight.  Some national geographic photographers who were following the Bull Shark cruise up to our location.  They are accompanied by an “in the news” starlet hoping to narrate a nature documentary and erase the shame TMZ inflicted on her when she was caught naked and drunk at some famous LA nightclub.  They shoot the footage of the shark fight with us prominently in the foreground.  We go on the talk show circuit and are turn out to be a huge hit with focus groups who love the wetsuits and orange pull-bouys.  We are discovered by an action movie director and we go on to make buddy cop dramas where the cops are always

Not entirely sure... but think that's Darren...

Not entirely sure… but think that’s Darren…

swimming around Santa Monica and keep finding bodies in the ocean.  We call the show, CSI – H20.  There is a move that starts with the sequel, CSI-H2O2: The Case of the Peroxide Blonde.   Brett and I are the cops, David is the forensic scientist and Madhu is the sergeant who keeps yelling at David and I to “stay inside the markers”.  We shoot the whole show in our wetsuits.    The formulaic content of the show is hot for about two years, by which time the four of us have developed very bad and expensive habits.  The show finally flops and with no way to support ourselves we go on a crime spree and die in a haze of bullets.  It turns out we were easy to spot with the orange pull-buoys still attached.

Darren... and the only other animals that spent more time in the lake than I did this weekend!

Darren… and the only other animals that spent more time in the lake than I did this weekend!

So, Alex and Madhu, you guys saved our lives.

Darren Osborne

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Casting call!!!

casting callOkay, I get all kinds of weird calls and emails… from swimmers, race directors, the media and clubs from all over the world… questions about marathon swimming, racing, sharks in Lake Ontario… just about anything about open water swimming, you name it and I’ve heard it.

But this was a first.

Last night I got an email and phone call from a real Casting company!

And talk about your niche requirement… they need open water swimmers for a casting call for a big commercial they are doing for broad sports project!… and yes, it is legit!

And yes… you get paid!

So here is what they are looking for, if you are interested contact them directly.  But feel free to drop me an email if you send an application in, I’d just be interested in knowing who’s applying… I know one person has already… no, not me… apparently they need people 16-30 years old… I said “what about 30-ish?”  Apparently I’m a little to heavy on the “ish” part!

Jigsaw Casting is looking for swimmers for a commercial!
Pays $300-$1,500 if selected
Shoot: September 4th-13th (one day only.)
Please submit the following to info@jigsawcasting.com by Thursday, August 28th at 5pm

  1. Name:
  2. Age:
  3. Contact Info (phone & email):
  4. Photos of yourself:
  5. Bio of your athletic experience:
  6. Video link of yourself:
Thank you!

director__spanGood luck you super-stars!  Just remember us little minnows when you make it to the big time!

Cheers,

Rob

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The Terry Fox… swim!!!

Hey Losties! Mike here – you know, the guy that spends all his time on the kayak instead of in the water… ;)

I wanted to bring your attention to a fantastic and unique opportunity for LOST and open-water swimmers in our area.

The Chair for the Oakville Terry Fox Run, Pam Damoff, has approached us with a crazy, off the wall idea – having swimmers participate in the Terry Fox Run this year – not pounding the pavement, but in the water! As you can imagine, Madhu and I were all in as soon as Pam suggested it ;)

The idea is that any swimmers that are interested will join Pam’s fundraising team, and on September 14 as a group we will get in the water at Coronation Park and do laps while the runners are doing their thing. Pam suggested even that we could go in a bit earlier, so she could bring attention to us, and have the crowd cheer us on!

So why is this different? Well, it is the Terry Fox RUN, and we would be SWIMMING – so there is that… but also, this year the theme revolves around water – specifically the water jug that Terry dipped in the Atlantic and had planned to dip in the Pacific. Pam felt that adding swimming was a great tie in to this, and we agree.

If you are interested (why would you NOT be!) in swimming as a part of Pam’s team, sign up here by clicking the “Join Our Team” button:

http://bit.ly/1tfOVYJ

You should also email me (mike at webtraxx.com) to let me know you are IN, so I can contact you once we have all the time/details finalized.

What we DO have finalized, is that we will likely be in the water before 10:00 (the official run start) and you can stay in as LONG as you like – one lap, ten laps, whatever! If you just want to hang out in the water and chat with Madhu – you can do that too ;) The swim will take place at Coronation Park (where the run also takes place).

You are under NO obligation to raise money (tho that is the point right?) and there is no cost for this at all. I would suggest that if everyone participating raised or donated $25 or $50 dollars, that would go a long way for this fantastic organization.

Even if you do not want to swim, you should all find a way to spend an hour or so doing a Terry Fox Run to support them on Sunday, September 14 in your local city, or come out and support the swimmers @ Coronation Park!

Finally – I am looking for 2 more volunteers with Kayaks to help out – it is a small course, so we do not need too much on-water support – but my job is so much more fun with more people ON the water ;) Message me or email me at the address above if you can make it out to help.

Thanks for your support everyone!

Mike

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Toronto Island Lake Swim!!!

So Steve and Bill pulled off another great race!  The 2nd Annual Toronto Island Lake Swim!

Toronto Island Lake Swim!

Toronto Island Lake Swim!

Now in case you think that being a race director is hard… it is.  Of course, you have all the regular things to take care of that you would at a running race… but you also have: the water!  And in case that wasn’t enough, you have the ever-so-moody Lake O!  And she was in one of her moods! Literally the day before the race the water temp was 50F/10C… which is very cold, and as I like to say about swimming in the 40’s… it is “crazy cold”!  So Steve and Bill were worried sick about what to do.  Do you cancel the swim? (after months of organizing!)… do you move the swim some place warmer? (like the Quarry in Caledon, not a small feat!)… or do you just wait and see what Lake O has in store for you on the day of?  No matter what you do… there is a lot of worrying involved, because you want the best and safest race possible. So what did they do?  They camped out on the island to monitor the conditions the night before!!!  Now that’s dedication!  And I guess the Lady of the Lake liked their dedication… because by the next morning the Lake had gone from 50F to 60F!!! Anyone who is not familiar with Lake O might find that hard to believe… and it is… but it’s also true.  They just don’t make lakes that are more fickle than Lake O… which is a big reason why swimming across it is so hard.  (PS.  good luck to LOSTie, Rebekah Boscariol, who is attempting her second Lake O Crossing tomorrow!!!  woohoo!!!) The long and short of it is… it worked out perfectly.  The water was 60F.

France, Marie, Dylan, Maisey and Rob

France, Marie, Dylan, Maisey and Rob

My son, Dylan and daughter, Maisey decided to do the 1.5 km (there was a 750m, 1.5 km & 3.8km races), so I wimped out and just did the 1.5 k too.  No training will do that to you.  But in an effort to redeem myself from last year (when I wore a wetsuit!), I decided to go naked… as did Dylan and Maisey.  Partially because we wanted to stay in the same division (naked) to earn more points for the Canadian Open Water Swim Series (COWSS.ca) from the ones we collected at The Quarry Swim and the LOST Race too! Well, to make a long story, short.  They both kicked my butt.

Steve presenting Maisey with her award for 1st place, women's/naked division!

Steve presenting Maisey with her award for 1st place, women’s/naked division!

Sheila gets 1st woman overall and 1st woman/wetsuit division!

Sheila gets 1st woman overall and 1st woman/wetsuit division!

Maisey won the women’s naked division!  Bill Leonard came 1st and Dylan came 2nd in the men’s naked division… the same placing as they were the weekend before at the 3.8k LOST Race!  Sheilia Treleaven won the women’s wetsuit division too!  A good race for LOSTies!  Congrats!  Also a big congrats to my running buddy and LOSTie, France… and her daughter, Marie, who swims for the Oakville Aquatic Club and did her first open water race too!  Well done! And congrats to Steve and Bill for putting on another great race!

Happy Maisey!

Happy Maisey!

... the sweet taste of victory!

… the sweet taste of victory!

Cheers, Rob

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An Early Start to Winter

Well since Rob was lazy and skipped swimming this morning (running a 34km trail race or something) it looks like I’m the guest columnist for this week’s LOST update.

For those of you who showed up this morning this goes without saying but for those who took the sleep in… you made the lazy (read: smart) choice.  This morning was cold.  48F/8.8C cold.  To put that into perspective, today’s water temperature off the coast of Alaska was almost 4C degrees warmer.   Combine that with the cooler than usual air temperature and this morning felt more like the beginning of November than the middle of August.

Still, even after the race last weekend and even with Arctic temperatures we still got a group of about 20 hardcores/crazy people out this morning.    Even before most people had shown up Madhu, Loren, Mark and Rebekah went out for a half hour swim without wetsuits.  I feel obligated to again say that the water temperature was 48F.  That’s stupid cold.  So great job to those 4 for a crazy cold swim.

When everyone else showed up and finally got motivated we actually ended up having a pretty good swim.  Thanks to a fully neoprene-clad Darren for the pump-up speech. “My advice to you is DON’T go in the water,” is the only quote I can remember from the speech but everyone including Darren decided not to listen to that advice.  We had a few people make the wise/wimpy choice to stay on land (looking at you Bud) but most people I think went in for longer than they thought they could.  There was a lot of screaming and a lot of head-up freestyle, but all-in-all it was actually a pretty decent swim despite the mind-numbing cold.  Everyone that came out this morning definitely deserves a pat on the back for that.

The calm conditions and nice sunrise almost make the lake look warm

LOST swimming was held in the Arctic today apparently.

But this morning I think everyone would agree that the best part of the LOST Swimming was LOST Coffee at Brett’s.  Probably the first time too that there might have been more people out for coffee than there were swimmers.

Madhu was already waiting in the water for everyone...

Madhu was already waiting in the water for everyone…

So it was a cold cold swim followed by a much warmer coffee.  Just goes to show how strange of a lake we have.  On the bright side it looks like the timing for the LOST race last weekend couldn’t have been more perfect.  On the downside those doing the Toronto Island Lake Swim tomorrow, myself included, are in for a cold one.

Hope everyone that came out this morning is warmed up by now!

Cheers,

Dylan

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The 7th Annual LOST Race… the whole story!

LOST Race, 2014!!!

The 7th Annual LOST Race Pier Pic!  woohoo!!!

So this year’s race planning started early with the LOST Board and myself getting things underway a while ago.  As most of you know, I like to gradually try and add new and better things to the race, as funds allow.  (which, by the way, ALL the money we make from LOST swimming and the LOST Race gets reinvested into LOST).  Well we’ve saved up for a few years and this year we blew the bank!

This year we added electronic timing (excellent job by Enfield timing, btw!)… we got some great prizes donated by our sponsor, Xterra Wetsuits (thanks Xterra)… Miguel did a bunch of leg-work and got a great deal on silicone caps and bags from China (and came up with a cool new logo too!… he’s a great graphic artist too!)… having Olympic triathlon coach and professional TV race commentator, Barrie Shepley, as the race announcer was awesome!!!

You can by one of Sharon Donnelly's "My Float" swim bags in the LOST Store!

You can by one of Sharon Donnelly’s “My Float” swim bags in the LOST Store!

… except that he made my public speaking look bad! ;) … also a big thanks to our newest sponsor, Sharon Donnelly… she’s an Olympic triathlete and new LOSTie (she was going to volunteer to help at the race, but we had it all covered and when she saw how perfect the

Maisey Kent, Josh Reid, Sharon Donnelly, Dylan Kent (and me... just photo bombing!)

Maisey Kent, Josh Reid, Sharon Donnelly, Dylan Kent (and me… just photo bombing!)

water was she wanted to swim anyway!… she came second to her old buddy, Beth Primrose, the 30 year professional triathlete!… Sharon also donated a couple of prizes from her new company “My Float” (a water tight bag that you can put your clothes in and inflate and pull behind you while you swim!)… but my favorite part of the new contribution was the trophy!

LOST Trophy and CNE pics

LOST Trophy and CNE pics

While Miguel was off sourcing stuff in China on the internet, I was sourcing out a trophy.  But instead of new and inexpensive stuff from China, I found an old and expensive(!) trophy in England!  I had never bid for anything on Ebay before and had no idea how to do it… in fact, I was livid (with myself) when I missed a great deal on 2 trophies, I didn’t know you could automate the bidding and was beat out by the computer!  Good thing though, because all the trophies I had seen to that point were old and beautiful, but they were all engraved.  I wasn’t too keen about getting a trophy that had “The 1928 Ipswich Farmers Festival” on it, but it didn’t seem like there was much choice.  But I stumbled across 2 that were not engraved, a real rarity.  I bid on one for the Canadian Open Water Swim Series… and got it with no competition.  Easy-peasy.  Then I bid on another un-engraved one for the LOST Race… but some @#$%^& ! sod in the UK wanted it too.  This one came down to the wire… but ultimately I won it!  (Joanne laughed when I yelled “I won it”… clarifying that I had just “bought” it… not “won” it!  Whatever… I like to think I “won” it!  :)081

Then I got a bit carried away.  My buddy, Ron Collins, who runs the Tampa Bay Marathon Swim (which I swam in 2012… great race, btw!), posted a really cool picture from a race at the CNE in the 1930’s!  I figured I was on a roll, so what the hell… they would be a great addition to the LOST Race and club and would be great on display.  Being the wiley ol’ Ebay vet now, I contacted the owner in LA and got a good deal on all 4!  They are “Press pictures” and are awesome… but read the captions on the back, that’s what really makes them!  Despite what many people think, swimming races in Lake Ontario didn’t start in 1954, with Marilyn Bell’s historic crossing… Lake O races go back way before that… as these pictures from the 1930’s show!!!

CNE Race, #1, see original captions below, (click to enlarge)

CNE Race, #1, see original captions below, (click to enlarge)

CNE Race, #2, see original captions below, (click to enlarge)

CNE Race, #2, see original captions below, (click to enlarge)

CNE Race, #3, see original captions below, (click to enlarge)

CNE Race, #3, see original captions below, (click to enlarge)

CNE Race, #4, see original captions below, (click to enlarge)

CNE Race, #4, see original captions below, (click to enlarge)

CNE race captions.  I told you Lake O has always been a great place to swim!  PS. call me cheap, but I didn't put up the $7500 in prize money they had in 1933... let alone the $119,000 inflation adjusted amount!  (click to enlarge)

CNE race captions. I told you Lake O has always been a great place to swim! PS. call me cheap, but I didn’t put up the $7500 in prize money… let alone the inflation adjusted equivalent of $119,000!  Amazing!!! (click to enlarge)

Colleen's Crossing, 2014... way to go, Colleen, third successful Crossing!

Colleen’s Crossing, 2014… way to go, Colleen, third successful Crossing!

Anyway… on to the race.  As I said earlier this was going to be the best LOST Race ever.  And it was.  Partially because of all the reasons stated above… but also because Lake O was in a really good mood and decided to be nice to us… so we ended up with the best swimming day so far this year!  (congrats to LOSTie, Colleen Sheilds who was also a beneficiary of the perfect swimming conditions… as I pointed out to everyone at the pre-race meeting… she was enroute to her 3rd successful Lake O Crossing of 52 km… while we were swimming a mere 3.8 km!  Way to go Col!)

Absolutely perfect conditions… flat as glass… perfect sunny day… no current… and water temp was 67F/20C… and note that wasn’t a “Rob temp” (I wasn’t allowed to take the temp, so it was real!).  What an awesome day._IGP6109

Oh yeah… then there was the swimming part.  A bit smaller crowd than usual, but that was expected because a lot of our masters swimming buddies were in Montreal for the World Aquatic Championships (congrats to Oakville Masters, Burlington Masters, Etobicoke Masters and Toronto Masters too!!!).  Everything started out perfectly, although there was one swimmer who had a bit of a panic at the beginning and wanted to stop in the first 100 meters.  However, one of our very capable kayakers helped him… he collected himself and went on to finish the race!

They're off!!!

They’re off!!!

And speaking of the finish… this was the best/worst/most exciting finish ever!!!  One second separating first and second!

William Leonard (a fast and experienced open water swimmer who made the trip from Ottawa for the race… and won the Welland 10k race the next day) and Ross Shepard (McMaster Varsity Swimming alum) battled it out.  Ross went out hard and was 100 m ahead of Bill at one point.  But Bill reeled him in later in the race.

Some days you are the fisherman… and some days you are the fish.

It's never pretty getting out at LOST beach!  Julie Moss has nothing on this crawl to the finish!  (google Julie Moss's crawl!)

It’s never pretty getting out at LOST beach! Julie Moss has nothing on this crawl to the finish! (google Julie Moss’s crawl!)

But by the time they got to within 100m of the finish they were swimming elbow to elbow.  A barn real burner!  And as I told everyone at the meeting, this year we would have a “land finish” and swimmers would have to run about 15m up the beach and across the electronic timing mats.  As everyone knows, getting out of the water at LOST swimming is never easy… or pretty… but they both knew this and made it look easy… Bill got a step ahead of Ross and headed up the mat… and promptly fell!!!

To borrow the ol’ line from ABC Wide World of Sports, for those who remember the days “the joy of victory… and the agony of defeat!”

Bill jumped back up, but Ross stepped ahead and won the 7th Annual LOST Race!!!

The good news is… they are both deserving winners… and because Ross was wetsuit and Bill was naked… they were in different divisions and will both get their names inscribed on the LOST Race trophy!  
Along side the former professional triathlete (for 30 years!!!) Beth Primrose… and Annaleise Carr, first in the women’s naked division!  You might remember Annaleise from 2 summers ago when she, Madhu and myself all swam across Lake O… she also just completed a 42.2 km swim across Lake Erie, that Miguel and I were swim-masters for… and will be again when she completes a second 30 km later this month!

The 4 Champions: Ross Shepherd (1st overall & 1st male/wetsuit)... Beth Primrose (1st female/wetsuit)... William Leonard (1st male/naked)... Annaleise Carr (1st female/naked)

The 4 Champions: Ross Shepherd (1st overall & 1st male/wetsuit)… Beth Primrose (1st female/wetsuit)… William Leonard (1st male/naked)… Annaleise Carr (1st female/naked)

4 worthy winners… big Congrats to Ross, Bill, Beth and Annaleise!  And to everyone who came out for a whole lot of fun in big ol’ Lake O!

In the end… a good time was had by all!!!

John and Mark... all smiles after the race!

John and Mark… all smiles after the race!

Smiles before the race too!

Smiles before the race too!

 

Time to put our feet up and celebrate with a beer... and the LOST Trophy!

Time to put our feet up and celebrate with a beer… and the LOST Trophy!

 

RESULTS:   http://www.enfieldtiming.com/l-o-s-t-race/

 

Welcome to the finish!  Thanks Enfield Timing!

Welcome to the finish! Thanks Enfield Timing!

 

Lots more pics on the LOST Swimming Facebook Page too!!!

 

Kayaker Jill... and Charterability!!! (thanks Stephen Cull!)

Kayaker Kim… and Charterability!!! (thanks Stephen Cull!)

PS.  Thanks to all the volunteers… the kayakers(!!!), Barry Shepley, Alex (and his boat and crew… Rick!), Stephen Cull and his boat Charterability and crew,  the registration crew (Joanne, Katie, Stacey, Shirley, Lisa, Maisey & Jill), Mike Morton, Darren Osborne, Miguel, Bob and Dot, Matthew, Elizabeth and Dan, our LOST photograher Branko and all the other photographers that sent me pics,… and everyone else that made this event happen!!!… and of course, all the swimmers!!!

Alex and Rick on the "martini boat"!

Alex and Rick on the “martini boat”!… with Jackie and Pete seeing if they really serve Martini’s!

Still several weeks of good swimming left before we have to go back to the pool… see you soon!!!

Cheers,

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 … PS.  If there is a more beautiful 3.8 km swim course in the world, I don’t know where it is!!!  I pity the poor swimmers who only breath to the left!!!

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LOST Race results!!!

woohoo!!!  What a race!  The 7th annual and best LOST Race ever!!!

Absolutely perfect conditions… flat as glass… perfect sunny day… no current… and water temp was 67F/20C… and note that wasn’t a “Rob temp” (I wasn’t allowed to take the temp, so it was real!).  Awesome day… and a good time was had by all!

I’ll come back with more commentary later, but if you are like me you want to know the results… so here they are!  Thanks to Enfield Timing… great timing system, the onsite monitors were very cool too!

RESULTS:   http://www.enfieldtiming.com/l-o-s-t-race/

We have a ton of pictures, still to come, so check back later.  (those that took good pics send them to me and I’ll put them too!)

Thanks to all the volunteers… the kayakers, Barry Shepley(!), Alex (and his boat), Stephen Cull and his boat Charterability,  the registration crew, Mike Morton, Darren Osborne, Katie, Miguel, Shirley, Bob and Dot… and everyone else!!!… and all the swimmers!!!

Cheers,

Rob

 

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10 reasons why this will be the BEST LOST Race ever!!!

LOST Race logoI know, the “10 reasons” thing is a little over-done… but it’s true… the 7th Annual LOST Race will be our best race ever!  Check it out:

  1. COWSS – automatic entry into the first season of the “Canadian Open Water Swim Series”!!!  You will be able to see your National Ranking from this and other races in the Series on the COWSS.ca website!  Check it out, the Toronto Island Lake Swim is the next local one in the Series, the following weekend!
  2. Electronic Timing – yes, we are out of the dark ages and given the number of participants now, we can justify using electronic timing.  Cool and quick results… and it makes our lives easier too!
  3. More Stuff – everybody likes free stuff… well this year we’ll have: the coveted LOST medal, specially designed LOST Race silicone caps, LOST Race bags for the first however-many swimmers (I forget how many we ordered, but lots of them)… and a nice little snack after the race too!

    The LOST Race Trophy!!!  (circa 1940)

    The LOST Race Trophy!!! (circa 1940)… with names yet to be engraved for fastest: men’s/naked, women’s/naked, men’s/wetsuit, women’s/wetsuit for each year!

  4. The second coolest trophy in Canada – I bought this really beautiful antique trophy on ebay from England yesterday (hope it gets here in time for the race!)… we’ll have 4 winners on it from each year, going back 7 years… men’s/naked, women’s/naked, men’s/wetsuit, women’s/wetsuit.  Wait until you see this!!!  (okay… I’m giving the Stanley Cup first place…).  (PS. I also got a great one for COWSS too!)
  5. Lots more equipment – we’ve been helping out our new buddies in the COWSS with our swimming knowledge and our large group of swimmers… and they are helping us out by lending us some great equipment… a huge finishing arch, exit mats, podium, tents, sound system, more buoys… and bunch of other things that are going to make this an even better race!
  6. Barrie Shepley – the Canadian Olympic Triathlon coach and race announcer for televised triathlons all over the world… is going to be our race announcer!  Very cool!
  7. Talent – now I haven’t gone through all the entries yet, but you could be lining up next to: Olympians (Owen von Richter won it last year!), open water world champions (the likes of Greg Streppel), numerous young super-stars from the C3 group who are vying for the next Olympics in Rio, marathon swimmers who have swum the English Channel, swum the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, Swim Around Key West, Tampa Bay Marathon Swim, Boston Light Swim, Catalina Channel… and yes, several who have swum the toughest of them all… across Lake Ontario!  (but don’t worry… most people are mere mortals!)
  8. Volunteers – as much as we have improved the race… it’s still a pretty “grass roots” race… and we will have a bunch of awesome volunteers, both on land and in the water who are just family and friends who want to help out and be a part of it all!  So if you have friends or family who aren’t racing and want to be in on the action… we could always use a few more!  (just email me at the5kents@msn.com)
  9. “The LOST Picture” – a chance to get in the annual LOST Race picture on the pier after the race!  One of my favorite parts of the race!
  10. Because it’s fun!… but still challenging! –  there just aren’t a whole lot of open water races around quite like the LOST Race… so come on out and try it… you’ll have a great time!

    The 6th Annual LOST Race, 2013... every picture tells a story, don't it?!

    The 6th Annual LOST Race, 2013… every picture tells a story, don’t it?!

Cheers,

Rob

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Ironman Muskoka… will be a full IM in 2015!!!

This will be a great race!… but after much consternation… a bunch of us have entered Ironman Lake Placid instead!!!  Join us… it’s still open as I write this!

Cheers,

Rob

 

TriMuskoka is absolutely ecstatic about IRONMAN Muskoka coming to our community as triathlon has been an integral part of the Huntsville and Lake of Bays community for over 25 years.  Having a full IRONMAN distance event truly reinforces the fact that Muskoka is not only Ontario’s vacation playground, but is a mecca for endurance sports and most notably our triathlon events of every distance.  Athletes coming to our community will find themselves amidst the natural beauty of the landscape that is carved out of the granite and forests that make up the Canadian Shield.Acclaimed by many amateur and professional triathletes alike, the IRONMAN Muskoka and 70.3 Muskoka courses provide a balance of a physical challenge that is a true test of an athletes’ ability.  This same physical geography – the lakes and rivers, the towering forests, the granite outcroppings, the hills and valleys – combine to produce a very beautiful physical environment that can distract athletes from the gruelling task at hand during an IRONMAN event.

Undoubtedly, Muskoka’s prestige and popularity is second to none when it comes to summer and winter tourism in Ontario.  And in Muskoka, we take relaxing as serious as seriously as we embrace endurance sports and triathlon.  With over 11 triathlons in our region each summer and a history of this sport in our area for over 25 years, we can truly claim stake that we are Canada’s Triathlon Country.
With triathlon being such an integral part of our community for so long, our community residents welcome visiting athletes and their families and friends with open arms.  Our local volunteers have been acclaimed to be some of the most enthusiastic and energetic that triathletes have ever experienced.
The IRONMAN Muskoka race course has recently been redesigned to offer spectators the opportunity to follow their athletes throughout their journey on all parts of the IRONMAN Muskoka experience.  This will enable families and support teams to celebrate the efforts and the accomplishments of the athlete throughout their IRONMAN Muskoka experience.

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See you at the start line in 2015!

Rich Trenholm
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LOST… Down Under!!!… (or Darren hits Bondi Beach!)

Here is a story from one of my best friends and a “true LOSTie”.  A really good athlete… and fun-lovin’, crazy… and always up for a great adventure!  Almost makes him sound like his an Aussie, doesn’t it!  Nice one Darren.

SMFAO... because they are sexy and they know it! (click to enlarge... if you must!)

SMFAO… because they are sexy and they know it!
(click to enlarge… if you must!)

Darren is never taking his medal off... and framing this picture too!

Darren is never taking his medal off… and framing this picture too!

Darren Osborne, The Neoprene Kid! (58F)

Darren Osborne, ready to go! Gulliver’s, May 8, 2010 (58F)

Cheers,

Rob

 

Last week I had the opportunity to travel to Sydney Australia for the swim of a lifetime.   On my Australian To Do List was, in order of priority, get drunk with some Aussies, swim across Bondi Bay, surf at Bondi beach and run across Sydney Harbour Bridge.  I was there for work and only had two days to myself; time to get busy.  Day one consisted of a run across Sydney Harbour Bridge and an afternoon of surfing at Bondi Beach.  The evening of the first night I attended a work related reception where I met up with a couple of Aussie colleagues (now BFFs) to get good and drunk.  At the end of the first day I was able to check most things off my list.

Day 1a-bottle-of-fosters-beer-stands-near-a-freshly-poured-glass-

sydney bridge run

sydney bridge run

  • get drunk            check
  • run the bridge   check
  • surf Bondi           check

    Not entirely sure... but think that's Darren...

    Not entirely sure… but think that’s Darren…

  • swim Bondi         tba

I thought my accomplishments on day one were pretty good considering I was going on 4 hours sleep from a 23 hour overnight flight from Toronto to Sydney. That translates to four hours sleep over 51 hours.  Needless to say, at the end of my first day in Sydney I was tired and I crashed pretty hard.   Just before my trip, Madhu lined up an entree for me with Alan Gow from Icebergs Swim Club via his buddy Joe at the South End Rowing Club. Icebergs Swim Club has the number one rated public pool in the world.  The club is located on Bondi beach where the members regularly swim across the Bay.  I woke up Saturday morning and saw an email invitation from Alan to swim across Bondi.  My excitement turned sour when I when I saw Madhu’s subsequent email urging me “get down there and not to miss this once in a lifetime opportunity.”  That was when I noticed the invitation was for a 9:30 am swim and it was already 10 am.  I passed on my regrets to my host Alan who was nice enough to invite me for a beer later that afternoon and show me around the club.  I went for a long run in the morning and met Alan later in the afternoon at the club.  In stereotypical Australian fashion, one beer turned into four or five and we had a great time. I told Alan that I was lecturing the next day and could swim the bay either early in the morning or during a 4 hour gap between my lectures.  He said the early morning swim was out because the bay was, “kind of sharky in the morning.” Even though he was involved in their weekly swim meet the next day, he said he would arrange to get a few people together to swim me across the bay during the break in my lectures.

I wrapped up my morning lecture in record time and ducked out of the room to catch a cab for Bondi.  The moderator of my lecture asked if I was sticking around formorning tea and I evasively told him I had other plans.  He asked where I was going.  “Here’s the deal,” I said, “I wasn’t going to say anything because I didn’t want to worry anyone but I am going to whip out to Bondi Beach and swim across Bondi Bay.”  He was visibly rattled.  I assured him I would be back in time for my next lecture and bolted. bondi_beach_ poster

Thirty minutes later I was standing on the observation deck at the Icebergs pool at Bondi Beach  – still in my blue suit, bowtie and Florshiems.  There was a swim meet going on so there was over a hundred swimmers milling around.  I was pretty easy to spot considering I was the only guy in suit and tie.  Actually I think I was the only guy in pants.  I found a few guys I had met in the bar the day before and they helped me find my host Alan who was just getting ready to swim a timed relay.  He told me that he had arranged three young ladies to accompany us across the bay in just a few minutes.  He said he would meet up with me after he finished his race.  I changed into my swimsuit, met up with the rest of the gang and headed down to the water.

The entrance to ocean is at the back of the Icebergs pool where the waves were crashing against the sea wall.  There is a small stair case that takes you down to a shallow rock ledge where you wait for a break in the waves and swim out.  Alan instructed me to dive into a wave, swim out 100 meters past the breakers and wait for the rest of the gang.  The girls said the water was clearer than it had been in weeks and just before I dove in I heard one of them joke, “that means you can see the shark coming from a mile away.”   As I was diving into a wave I kicked what I think was a grouper that was hanging around the rock shelf.  I thought, “what a great start to a monumental swim.” bondi-beach 3

The water was so clear you could see 90 meters out and the image of the white sand bottom 4 meters down was so sharp you could have read a book off it.  After a 100 meters out we all regrouped and Alan pointed out the sights around the bay.  What a great perspective.  The famous Bondi Icebergs swim club was on one side and as I panned around I saw dozens of surfers waiting for their waves, the iconic beach (birthplace of Speedo), the concessions and the condos rising up the hill.  Probably one of the best perspectives I have ever experienced.

The bay is 800 meters across and Alan suggested we all regroup again in the middle.  The water was a very comfortable 19 degrees and the low rolling waves moved you around enough to make it interesting.  I swam beside Alan and at one point we drifted about 10 meters apart.  I glanced over to spot him and the water was so clear he looked like he was flying through the air.   The bottom of the bay is nothing but drifting white sand.  My wife asked me to bring her back a shell from Bondi Beach but there were none.  Bondi has nothing but pure white sand, water and waves.

Bondi Beach ocean pool... home of the Icebergs Swim Team!

Bondi Beach ocean pool… home of the Icebergs Swim Team!

Alan and I stopped in the middle of the bay and waited for the girls to catch up.  I was please with myself for being able to keep up with the host this far into the swim and was complimenting myself for swimming faster than the girls.  When they caught up with us they apologized for taking so long; they had stopped for a watch a sand shark.

Sand Shark

Sand Shark

We continued across and the wind picked up a bit and made the water a bit choppy.  Just before we got to the other side of the bay, Alan pointed out a Manta Ray swimming off to our right.  We swam up to a rock ledge and I could see thousands of tiny fish swim around us playfully.  After a short regroup we headed back.  Thewind was stronger on that side of the bay and the water was a little choppier than when we started.  Cold water started to drift in and I started to get a bit of a chill.  I cranked up my stroke rate to get warm and really enjoyed the second half of the swim.  Alan stayed right with me the whole way back so I worried less about sighting our landmark and had a great opportunity to enjoy the sights below the water. The white sand was drifting lazily below me and I thought, this has got to be the greatest swim of my life.  My favourite thing about swimming in open water that you can really appreciate openness of a body of water.  In a pool you can enjoy your swim, but you have to be mindful of your lane, the wall, other people and just when you get going, the wall is right there.  With this swim, the “end” was so far away you could focus on the mundane aspect of your stroke and relax the rest of your mind. pee wee herman

After the swim, we warmed up with a hot shower and a sauna then it was off to the bar for a quick beer.  Where else but Icebergs pool could you get all that in one place. I can see why it is ranked the best public pool in the world.  Three hours later I was back in my lecture wearing my blue suit, tie, Florshiems and this big smile that just would not go away.

Thanks Alan for the friendship, the swag and one of the most memorable swims in my life.

Madhu and Joe, thanks for the in.  What a great swimming community we have.

 

Darren

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A great swim?!?

Okay, it was still cold… 54F/11C.  Actually a degree warmer than last week :) .  But yes, still chilly.  (And you know how I knew it was going to roll over last week… well, don’t get psyched out, I’m quite sure it will be warm again by this weekend!)  But how, you ask, could it have been a “great swim” then?

66 swimmers out... for a chilly one!

66 swimmers out… for a chilly one! (I know… not everyone was in the picture, but that’s how many signed in!)

Well I was thinking about that.  Because the water was cold… but we had 65 swimmers (yes, we crushed the temp/swimmer ratio again!!!  54/65!!!) show up for a dip… and when it was all said and done and everyone was out of the water and walking away… everyone had a smile on their face.  Everyone had fun.  I didn’t hear a single soul grumbling about the water temperature and turning all sour on it.  Okay, it may still have been the topic of conversation (or not), but I guess the answer is that the temperature of the swim wasn’t the only measure of a “good swim”.

The National Lifeguard Champions joined us!

The National Lifeguard Champions joined us!

To use an analogy I used to use with my kids when they were small.  We’ve all been there when it is a beautiful summer day and the kids come moping around saying “there’s nothing to do, I’m bored”.  And as the parent we’d say “there’s lots to do!  You could: go play outside, read a book, go play ball hockey, go for a swim (okay, maybe only at our house), go play a game…” and on and on.  But we knew what they meant… they were bored… but mostly they were bored because they had no one to play with, or at least no one to take the initiative and invent a game… not because there wasn’t a million things they could do.  But eventually they would figure it out and find someone to play with and something to do.  The something to do was easy, in fact the simpler the better.  A sprinkler, some worms or sidewalk chalk went a long ways.

They were real pros and the cold water didn't scare them at all!

They were real pros and the cold water didn’t scare them at all!

Well, here we are 20 or 30 or 40 years later… and things haven’t really change much.  The fun part of LOST Swimming is getting out there and doing something “fun”, like acting like a little kid… but thing that really makes it is having someone to do it with.  Or 64 other like-minded wacko’s to do it with!

A nice little dip... none the worse for wear!

A nice little dip… none the worse for wear!

That’s why there are so many people out… that’s why people drive 1 hour and 45 minutes to get there (Alyssa!)… that’s why you can be a little kid and come out of cold water with a big ol’ grin on your face!

Mike set the buoys up in a pretty tight triangle this week, because it was so cold… but you know what… everyone was still in for quite a while… 15-30 minutes!  Some for several laps… some naked… some twice… but all smilin’!

So… keep comin’ out… because that’s what makes LOST Swimming what it is!

PS.  special thanks to our newest LOSTies, the girls that qualified for the National Lifeguard competitions in France!  (and loaded up a whole bunch of boards and a trailer and drove down from Guelph and have a swim with us!).  Thanks girls, your welcome anytime!

What the beach looks like... without 65 LOSTies on it!

What the beach looks like… without 65 LOSTies on it!

Cheers,

Rob

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A bit nippy this weekend…

… assuming you call 53F/11C nippy.  So 2 weeks ago it was 68F… then we got a bit of a roll over last week that took it down to 60F.  Which at the time I recall saying that is a pretty mild roll over for the July 1 long weekend.  Turns out it just wasn’t quite done yet.July 12, 2014

I happened to be down at the Lake on Tuesday as well.  And happened to have to occassion to stick my hand in.  And it was “stupid cold”… as in, it hurt to put your hand in.  Naturally I had my trusty thermometer with me as well… it was 45F/7C!!!  P7110049

That’s the roll over I was expecting.

P7110045The good news is that it had warmed up 8 degrees by Saturday… the bad news is that 53F is still pretty freakin’ cold!

However, when Saturday morning rolled around we still had the LOST faithful show up… 47 LOSTies in fact… (almost beat the temp/swimmer ratio like last week!)… and it was a bit chilly.  Sure it's a bit chilly getting in... but look at that water... and sky! Beautiful!

Mike and crew set up the course, pretty short, given the temp… just a 300 m loop.  But that weird thing happened again.  We’ll call it the “LOST effect”… everyone got in!

But not only did they get in… something most sane people wouldn’t do in water that cold… they swam!  100% did at least on lap.  Most did 2 or 3 laps.  Several did as many as 6 or 7 laps!  And several of those were naked!!!  Amazing the power of positive thinking… and just seeing everyone else doing it!  Works every time.

It didn’t hurt that outside of the water on dry land, it was HOT!  There is big difference between getting out of cold water… only to find the air cold too… vs getting out and finding it is a toasty warm, sunny summer day!  Nice.P7110048

Smart thinking on behalf of several LOSTies too (Dylan, Chris, Maryellen and Roger come to mind), for coming out to LOST to literally test the waters yesterday, before the Toronto Triathlon Festival that was today!  Lucky for them the water wasn’t as cold and because of their LOST swim they were physically and mentally prepared for it, even if it was!  Congrats on your races guys!

Cheers,

Rob

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Al, David and Brett… LOST conquering hero’s!!!

Just a quick shout out to 3 LOSTies who have just completed a couple of amazing races.

Cousin Al (he’s not my cousin, mind you, but he must be somebodies cousin) and David (probably somebodies cousin too… but he doesn’t get the moniker) are both training for the Canadian Death Race!  (I was supposed to be joining them, considering it was my idea… but I begged off)… actually so is Darren, but he didn’t do this race… and he’s doing a totally different training plan.

Somebody should be doing a study on this.  Darren is essentially just getting in really, really good shape by doing tons of short, quality stuff.  Even cross-training with swimming.

David and Cousin Al are doing it old school.  Just packin’ on a ton of really tough, grueling miles.  As in, last weekend they ran 7 hours of trails… finished at 2 am… went home, slept… for 2.5 hours… got up and ran 2 more hours in the Rotherglen trails with the “normal people”.  And that wasn’t an exception.

So instead of doing a run like that, but longer, this weekend, they elected to do a “training run”.  They went down and did the Finger Lakes 50 Mile Ultra-marathon (80k… and that’s on a TOUGH trail!).  As a training run.

Cousin Al came 5th overall.  And won his age group, 45 – 49… time: 9:05.  Davie came 12th overall and second (?) in his age group, 50 – 54… 9:54!!!

Al's medal... the coolest medal ever!  A cow crossing sign... because they have signs on the course when they have to cross cow pastures and open and close gates... "Don't let the cows out!"

Al’s medal… the coolest medal ever! A cow crossing sign… because they have signs on the course when they have to cross cow pastures and open and close gates… “Don’t let the cows out!”

In keeping with my thoughts at the Caledon Quarry race… if you are going to get beat… get beat by fast guys… we went out for our usual Wednesday night, 11k tempo run… a recovery run after the 80k trail race 3 days earlier… I couldn’t keep up.  Even for these two… they are in Super-human shape!

The only trick now will be getting to the starting line… healthy… in 3 weeks.

And Brett… he’s a sub-3 hour marathoner and 10 hour Ironman… who never gets injured.  Until recently.  It finally caught up to him.  With a vengeance.  The poor guy had a groin/ab injury that couldn’t be diagnosed for months… and finally got better.  Then almost instantly got a very severe pinched nerve in his neck and couldn’t move his arm for months.  Absolutely nothing.  Nothing.  For months and months.

I’m sure he got sick of people asking him “how’s the recovery coming?”… because it wasn’t.  For months.  But finally this spring he could start to move his arm.  And run pathetically slow (slower than me).  Well, he seems to be doing better.

Brett, 3rd place in Peterborough Half Ironman... 4:42!!!

Brett (in blue), 3rd place in Peterborough Half Ironman… 4:42!!!

He did a 4:42 Half Ironman on the hilly and hot Peterborough course.  And came 3rd in his age group.

Ya, we can all stop asking him how his recovery is coming.  He’s back.

Congrats guys!

Cheers,

Rob

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Caledon Quarry Swim… the first local race in the COWSS!!!

Epic Swim, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia!

Epic Swim, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia!

On June 28, 2014 the first ever race in the Canadian Open Water Swim Series took place… The Epic Swim in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia!!!vowsa logo

Then on July 1, 2014 the second race of the inaugural year of the COWSS took place, The Canada Day Challenge, in Port Moody, British Columbia!!!

And so the first local race in Ontario in the Canadian Open Water Swim Series took place in Caledon, Ontario on July 6, 2014!!!

P7060041And I swam in it.  As did about 120 or so other people!  I didn’t win though.  You can imagine my disappointment.  Actually I took solace in the fact that some of the fastest young triathletes in Canada were there!  Hey, if you are going to get your butt kicked, you might as well have some fast swimmers do it!

Olympic triathlon coach, television broadcaster, coach of C3 Triathlon Club and owner and head coach of “Personal Best” tri training… Barrie Shepley… was the Race Director and founder of the race.  He took time to introduce a few of the new “young guns” who all all major national and international stars in the world triathlon scene… and all with a very good shot at making the next Olympics!  How cool is that!

Olympic prospects!

Olympic prospects!

Actually, I shouldn’t say they beat me… they didn’t.  We were in different races.  Phew.  They were all swimming the 4k race (close to the 3.8k Ironman distance swim).  But there were 1k, 2k, 4k & 5k races.  I wimped out and went in the 2k.  My daughter, Maisey, convinced me to go in the 2k with her.  At least I went naked… I had to, the water was a very warm 69F… I never would have lived it down if I had worn a wetsuit in that!  And I would have over-heated… it was a very comfortable temp.  And flat as a pool.  A great swimmin’ hole!  Definitely worth making the trip up for the second race there later this summer, if you are considering it… check out all the details at COWSS.ca.

Start of the 4k Race!  (I almost got trampled!)

Start of the 4k Race! (I almost got trampled!)

So my illusions of grandeur were crushed in about the first 100 meters.  I was hoping to try and keep up with, or at least within sight of Maisey for the race.  Ya, not so much.  But like I said, if you are going to get beat, get beat by somebody fast… makes for a better story.  And she’s pretty fast… she a Div 1 swimmer for Bryant University in Rhode Island.  Takes some of the sting away from being beat by your 19 year old daughter.  Some.

The sting came back when I got to the finishing arch and trotted across the line looking for her.  I found her.  She was the one standing there all dried off with a shirt and shorts on, sipping on a Gatorade.

Oh well, it was a lot of fun.  And I can’t wait to see how I am placed in the National Ranking of COWSS!!!  I hope they have that out soon!COWSS logo

Oh wait.  That’s Dylan and I (mostly my son Dylan though) that’s doing the stats for that.  So that’s our next project!  We should have them out shortly!

Thanks Barrie, Miguel, Katie and C3 for a great race in the Quarry!

Cheers,

Rob

 

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We beat the temperature/swimmer ratio!!! woohoo!!! (July 5, 2014)

67 swimmers... 60 degrees!!!

67 swimmers… 60 degrees!!!  (okay, not everyone was in the pic!)

Okay, so I’m running a bit behind, but this is the report from last week… and the cool thing about this swim was we beat the “temperature to swimmer ratio”!  In my little statistically oriented mind that’s quite an accomplishment!  We’ve only done that a few times… pretty good sign of happy swimmers… especially at this time of year… maybe everyone is just getting tougher!P7040004

So what is the temperature to swimmer ratio?  It is when you have more swimmers out for a swim than you have degrees on the thermometer.  It only counts when you do it in Fahrenheit.  Not nearly as impressive if you do it in Celsius.  ;)

Pretty sure that's Lynn!

Pretty sure that’s Lynn!

So the week prior, the water was a balmy 68F (18C)… but good ol’ Lake O knew that that was getting a bit ahead of itself for this time of year… so she rolled over.  And it dropped to 60F (15C).  As I always say, in my mind 60F is the cut off… above is warm… and below is starting to get cold.  If you are naked.  Which is one of the reasons the English Channel is as tough as it is… 34k is a long way to go… in 60F water.  However, in a wetsuit… 60F is perfect.  You won’t overheat and you won’t freeze.

Celine, becoming one of our regular kayakers!

Celine, becoming one of our regular kayakers!

So the temp was 60F… and we had 67 swimmers out!!!  Pretty cool.  Probably about 20% naked too.  Not too shabby.

Kim having a great paddle too... perfect conditions for the SUP!

Kim having a great paddle too… perfect conditions for the SUP!

Pretty flat… and lots of fun.  As you can see from the pics… 60F takes a minute to get into, but once you are in and get swimming… it is beautiful.  Lots of smiles and time to fool around in the water after the swim and take some pics even.  Actually a few extra pics this week because I took the camera in the kayak this week… thought I’d see how the other half lives above the water!  (actually I had a ear operation this winter and it was flaring up a bit so I thought I’d give it a rest).

Adrian... muggin' for the camera!

Adrian… muggin’ for the camera!

As usual… thanks to all our kayakers!  We’d be lost without you.  (do what you want with that double entendre!).

See... there's a few naked swimmers!

See… there’s a few naked swimmers!

Anyway… a great swim and a fun time had by all… thanks Lake O!

A nice swim shot with the Toronto skyline in the background!

A nice swim shot with the Toronto skyline in the background!

Cheers,

Rob

 

 

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Oakville marathon swimmers featured in new book!

Hey LOSTies,  

So if you missed the swim last week or had to run after the swim (literally or figuratively), you missed Laura Young’s book launch of her book “Solo, yet never alone:  Swimming the Great Lakes.”  It was great for everyone to meet Laura and ask her questions about her experience writing the book and talking to all the amazing swimmers that she interviewed for the book.  Quite an amazing collection of very impressive swimmers were on hand and lots of mutual book signings took place too!

Thanks Laura and good luck with the book!  If you are interested in buying a copy from Laura you can get her at:  leyoung552@gmail.com or 705-522-3977.

Cheers,

Rob

Also, here is the story from the Oakville Beaver about the launch!

Jul 08, 2014 

Oakville marathon swimmers featured in new bookMembers of the Oakville-based Lake Ontario Swim Team (LOST) will have particular interest in Laura Young’s first published book.

The Sudbury author was at the Central branch of the Oakville Public Library Saturday for a launch promoting Solo, Yet Never Alone: Swimming the Great Lakes, a book that describes swimmers who have swum across the large lakes in southern Ontario.

Featured in the book are LOST swimmers Rob Kent, Madhu Nagaraja and Melanie Price, who all have their own individual chapters. Price successfully crossed Lake Ontario from Port Dalhousie to Oakville in 2011, and Kent and Nagaraja followed suit the next year.

Among the other subjects interviewed for the book are Marilyn Bell (the first person to swim across Lake Ontario, 60 years ago) and Vicki Keith (the first to swim across all five Great Lakes, doing so in a two-month period).

Many LOST swimmers attended Saturday’s launch after their regular two-hour swim in Lake Ontario. The launch included a panel discussion and an audience question-and-answer period about the challenges of swimming the Great Lakes.

Rebekah Boscariol, 19, also attended the launch. Boscariol crossed Lake Ontario from Niagara-On-The-Lake to Toronto in 2011 and will attempt another crossing later this summer.

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Xterra wetsuit deal!!!

xterra wetsuits, $119At least once a week in the winter and several times per week in the summer LOSTies (and friends of LOSTies) ask me about wetsuits… let me save you a few steps and answer some of those questions:

- first of all… we get an amazing deal through our sponsor Xterra… 60% off!  That’s pretty hard to beat.

- they are good wetsuits... and, if I’m not mistaken, they are the most popular wetsuit out there.  I would guess that over the past 3 years or so, LOSTies have bought over 200 wetsuits… and I haven’t heard any complaints.  And if there are any issues, we always seem to get good account managers that are willing and able to take good care of us… probably because we sell so many of them, but they are good to us too with prizes for the LOST Race too.

- sleeveless or full sleeve? - my standard answer is: if you are a good swimmer (however you want to define that!) go for the sleeveless.  You get almost all the benefit of extra warmth and buoyancy, but have much more freedom to swim!… and if you are newer to open water swimming and cold water swimming, go for the extra warmth and buoyancy of a full sleeve.

- sizing?  Xterra doesn’t have a store where you can try them on… but they have a great sizing chart and of the 200 or so that LOSTies have ordered I’m pretty sure you could count on one hand the ones that needed to be sent back for a different size.  And they are very accommodating if they need to be sent back.  Myself and my family are all generally freakishly tall and skinny… and we’ve all found ones that fit us well!

- price?  Like I say, we get a great deal.  Even the cheap ones are good.  It’s not like you need to get a top of the line one and the rest are crap… they all range from “good to very good”.

- ordering?  Just drop me an email (the5kents@msn.com) and I’ll send you the code.  And they usually come very quickly.  I’ve seen them come as quick as 2 days… but usually around a week!  (they are coming from San Diego).

Here is their latest deal… $119 for a good sleeveless… shop it around, you won’t find a better deal than that!

Why am I always pumping Xterra?… What’s my angle?… no angle… I just like to get more people out swimming in open water!!!

Having said all that… real swimmers don’t need a wetsuit anyway!!!   :-)

Cheers,

Rob

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Book launch!!!

Hey LOSTies!

Don’t forget about the book launch tomorrow (July 5), immediately after our LOST Swim!  We’ve even arranged to have it just up the street at the library… and if that wasn’t enough… they are supplying the post-swim coffee and donuts!  See you there!

Cheers,

RobSolo, yet never alone

My friend Laura Young has written a book about Lake Ontario Crossings!!!

There really hasn’t been a book about swimming the Great Lakes since the excellent book by Conrad Weneberger: Wind, Waves and Sunburn, which is about marathon swimming back in the glory days in all the Great Lakes, but Laura’s book is all about Lake O Crossings and is up to date as of 2012!  (which mean, yes… even, lil’ ol’ me is in it!)

Even better, you can pick up an autographed copy of the book from the author!  And even better than that… we’ve arranged a book signing and a little panel discussion with the author and 3 people in the book… me, Madhu and Melanie!  And it is going to be at the library just up the street from our Saturday morning LOST swim on Saturday, July 5 at 10:00 am!  Perfect!

Here is the press release:  (for printable versions of both, click below):

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Press Release Oakville June 16 2014

Solo, yet never alone, press release

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2nd Race in the Cdn Open Water Swim Series (& BBQ)… and it’s only $20!!!

PB-Caledon-Swim Swim with Personal Best in the clean, clear, safe, fresh, warm Caledon Quarry on Sun July 6th & Sat Sept 20th 1k, 2k, 4k, & 5k swim distances, wetsuit & no-wetsuit categories.

JULY 6TH INTRODUCTION KICK OFF & BBQ

The Klean Athlete Caledon Quarry Swims are a part of the Canadian Open Water Swim Series. The July 6th Caledon event is an introduction to the Series, a chance to meet the event race directors, get in a low-frills fun Sunday afternoon open water swim and a great post-swim BBQ with Olympic and international athletes & coaches.

FUN FOR EVERYONE

Swimming is a life-long physical activity and the organizers of the Canadian Open Water Swim Series (COWSS) are creating a series of safe, fun open water swim events that will allow your entire family a race distance that they can successfully accomplish. The July 6th Caledon Quarry Swim # 1 (note there will be a series ending swim on Sat Sept 20th) is a low-frills introduction to the race series. COST: $20.00 includes a timed swim (1k, 2k, 4k or 5k) as well as a post-race BBQ & draw prizes open to all.

JULY 6TH SCHEDULE:

  • 11:30am gates open/registration
  • 12:30pm 4k & 5km swimmers start
  • 1:15pm: 1k & 2k swimmers start
  • 2pm Post Race BBQ & Social

LOCATION: James Dick Quarry in Caledon Village 17847 Hurontario Street (hwy 10) Caledon Village

SEPT 20TH SCHEDULE:

The series ending event in the Canadian Open Water Swim Series (COWSS)

  • 11:30am gates open/registration
  • 12:30pm 4k & 5km swimmers start
  • 1:15pm: 1k & 2k swimmers start
  • 2pm Post Race BBQ & Social

EVENT: The series ending event includes

  • Timed races (1k, 2k, 4k, 5k)
  • Race Series Gift
  • Post race meal, awards, prizes

Click here to register:  http://personalbest.ca/workouts-events-camps/weekly-workouts/83-caledon-quarry-swim

$20.00 for the July 6th event
$40.00 year end  September 20th event
COMBO: Race 1 (July 6th) and Race 2 (Aug 20th) combined $50.00

Cheers,

Rob
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