LOST Swimming: July 4… just about the perfect swim!

57 swimmers, 62F... and flat as a board!  Perfect.

57 swimmers, 62F… and flat as a board! Perfect.

It really was pretty close to perfect.  The water was 62F/16C… which nobody complained about… even the ‘naked’ swimmers!  (although I’ll give you that there was a bit of shivering from some of them!  It was also flat as pool water and the air temp was even nice.  It is amazing how getting out after a swim in 62F water is a whole lot more comfortable when the sun is shining and warm (sorry, that wasn’t a dig at our friends in Dover, England that get this, haha!).

Mike Morton, the King of the Kayakers!... the only guy I hope never learns to love swimming!

Mike Morton, the King of the Kayakers!… the only guy I hope never learns to love swimming!

By my count we had 57 swimmers… everyone had fun.  We probably went for between 45-60 minutes and Mike and Gary in the kayaks and Remi on the SUP had the course set up in a 500m loop.  It really was just nice to stretch it out and glide along.

Let's just say the group pic above the water turned out better than the one below!

Let’s just say the group pic above the water turned out better than the one below!

P7030062 Unlike last week when we had all the visitors from Boston and Virginia, and Adventure TV stars, there was nothing special about this swim… except how nice it was.

Also, for those who don’t usually come for coffee after at Bean There, I must say you are missing part of the LOST Swimming experience!  Make a point of coming, even if you don’t know anyone… especially if you don’t know anyone!  That’s where you get to meet all kinds of very interesting people!  Where else could you have coffee with people who have swum across Lake Ontario, or the English Channel, or around Manhattan and Key West and hundred other cool things!  Besides, what good are the cool experiences if you can’t share them with people!

Good thing Adrian was injured... he made a much better photographer than me!

Good thing Adrian was injured… he made a much better photographer than me!

Oh wait, after I just said there were no people from far away… I remembered we got Gabriel from Colombia this week!  He had heard of LOST Swimming and moved to Hamilton… and took a bus and train and a walk just so swim with us!  Now that’s commitment!P7030026 P7030041

See you next week!

Oh, one more thing… if you haven’t already, check out the Global Swim Series website and please “Like” us on the Facebook page!  (if you haven’t already!)  There are a couple of good write ups about the recent races in Lake Erie, Kelso and Ireland!  (they swam around a castle in Ireland!)



Who ever said I can't keep my mouth shut...

Who ever said I can’t keep my mouth shut…

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A good day not to sleep in!!!

So if you were like most of the millions of people in the GTA you probably looked at the weather this morning… rolled over and went back to sleep.  Bad call.

This was an unexpectedly great swim.

28 swimmers and 61F/15C... and some HUGE waves!!!  Nice.

28 swimmers and 61F/15C… and some HUGE waves!!! Nice.

I couldn’t blame you if you did go back to bed, but there was two good reasons this was a cool swim… the weather and the people.

I’ll start with the people.  We always have some really interesting LOSTies.  I’m sure a lot of clubs say that, but we really do.  And aside from the normal bunch of abnormal people that call themselves LOSTies, check out the cast of characters we got to swim with this morning:Patrick McKnight

Patrick McKnight - I got an email from him a while ago as he wanted to come and join us and do his qualifying swim for the English Channel!  To do that he has to swim for 6 hours in water no warmer than 60F/15C.  Without a wetsuit.  Obviously.  Oh and did I mention that he drove all the way from Fairfax, Virginia to do the swim with

Patrick... 6 hour swim in 60F... English Channel here he comes!

Patrick… 6 hour swim in 60F… English Channel here he comes!

us!!!  He found out about LOST through this very website… and you know how I’m always BS’ing you about what a great place this is to swim and what a great group this is to swim with… well, would someone drive all the way here from Fairfax, Virginia to swim with us if we didn’t have something special going on!  Oh, and did I mention, Patrick just got back from his second attempt to climb Mt Everest, both of which got cancelled by the weather.  Very cool guy.  And a big thanks to Madhu, Loren, Mark and Mike for swimming and kayaking with Patrick yesterday (he swam his test swim yesterday instead of today… good call!  Would have been a tough 6 hour swim today!)… and he made it!  He will be joining our own local LOSTie, Steve Faulkner, in Dover later this summer… to attempt to complete the Mt Everest of marathon swimming… swimming across the English Channel!!!  Good luck boys!

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Harvard Professor Rick Born... wins the award for the best dressed LOSTie!

Harvard Professor Rick Born… wins the award for the best dressed LOSTie!… and the most pumped!

Rick Born - another “International LOSTie”!  He too found us online and took a bus, subway and GO train from York University to the Oakville GO, where I picked him up this morning!  That’s another dedicated open water swimmer, that wanted to be a LOSTie!  Rick made the trip from Boston!  He swims with “Boston Open Water Swimming” (see them on FB).  He was at York U for a conference, you see he’s a professor at the Harvard Medical School… in brain chemistry, no less!  How’s that for an interesting guy to have swim and a coffee with?!paul trebilcock

Paul “Turbo” Trebilcock – now this is a very cool guy.  In fact, I’m envious.  He makes a living at doing things like we LOSTies love to do!  He goes on adventures and races all over the world and makes them into the TV show “Boundless” (on Esquire Network)!!!  I actually had this idea about 10 years ago, but I never did anything with it… and much like the swim today or all the races and events that we do, you don’t get any credit for thinking about things, you are the sum of the ACTIONS you take!  So hats off to Turbo!  Oh and he had so much fun out there today he came over to me after the swim to tell me about it and I thought he was going to kiss me he was so excited!  ;-)  He’s in.  And to show that he is a true LOSTie, he’s doing the O Til O with two awesome swimmers and big LOSTies, Christine and Ross!  (PS. Ross won the LOST Race last year!).  Check out O Til O, a crazy swim-run race in Sweden… that LOSTies Lisa, Art and Nick have done too!

Darren... with a shirt that reads with anticipation of the finish...

Darren… with a shirt that reads with anticipation of the finish…

Darren “Ozzy” Osborne – he’s baaack!  He was just in Australia for work for the past couple of weeks and like the true LOSTie he is, he finds adventure anywhere and everywhere!  I won’t spoil his story because I got him to write it up for me to post later.  He’s also a great writer, so stay tuned for that!

The New Couple – everyone knows I’m notoriously bad with names, so I’m going to say “Beth and Chris”(?!).  There were quite a few new LOSTies today, like there often are, and guess what?  They didn’t have their own TV show, nor were planning on swimming the English Channel or a crazy swim-run race in Sweden or swim in Australia… they were from Toronto… and had just done their first tri.  And it didn’t go that well.  So they joined LOST to get more experience.  And got a helluva day for their first time out.  They confided that much to me after the swim.  But they were still smilin’!  So I think they’ll be back.  I think they had fun too!

And the second part that made this a fun day… the WAVES!!!

I’m not sure if those were the biggest waves I’ve swum in, in Lake O… but they were up there!  The water was 61F/15C, which was cool, but fine.  The air was about the same temp… and windy as hell!  But it was fun.  It was too rough even for veteran kayaker, Mike Morton, to get out there!  So he, Mark and Elizabeth were our lifeguards along the beach… thx guys!  And you know why it was fun… because we got to surf the waves!

Good times!

Congrats to those that swam at the Global Swim Series race in Kelso today, “Mine over Matter”… and I hope to see a ton of LOSTies join me out at the “North Shore Challenge” tomorrow… it’ll be fun and “challenging”!

PS.  the lesson to be learned today:  “have fun and see you next week!”

PPS.  Sorry I couldn’t make coffee… had to get a 180k ride in with Jo and Dylan… it didn’t go well…

a couple of drown rats... yes, we cut it a bit short... the swim was much more fun than the bike!

a couple of cold “drown rats”… yes, we cut it a bit short… the swim was much more fun than the bike!




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The LOST Tri-wear is here… The LOST Tri wear is here!!!

LOST Triathletes at IM Louisville in 2009! (back: Carla, Patty, Cathy, Alexis, Jenn, John, Joanne, Peter, Tim, Paul... front: Bill, Nicole, Melanie, Eileen, Rob, John, Maisey) (click to enlarge)

LOST Triathletes at IM Louisville in 2009! (back: Carla, Patty, Cathy, Alexis, Jenn, John, Joanne, Peter, Tim, Paul… front: Bill, Nicole, Melanie, Eileen, Rob, John, Maisey) (click to enlarge)

Well, technically you will be able to find it in the LOST Store (later tonight)!  Given that there are so many triathletes in the group, including 15 or so of us that are doing Ironman Lake Placid, and lots doing other races like Muskoka, Tremblant, Wisconsin and lots of other shorter distance tri’s, we figured we were due for a new LOST Tri look!

IMC post carbo load Aug. 2011

We did the same thing a few years ago and they were a big hit at Ironman Canada and Ironman Louisville!

But we thought we’d change it up a bit, so here are the new ones!

Now there is one catch for those people (like myself) that want the new tri wear in time for IM Lake Placid… and the catch is that you need to place your order in the LOST Store by the end of the day on Wednesday, June 17!!!

CLICK HERE to view the new LOST Tri Wear!!!          (but order it in the LOST Store)

If you don’t need it before IMLP (July 26), then you can place your order anytime!

I know, I know… we should have given you more time… and I know how everyone would prefer to try it on, but we didn’t have time for them to send a full sizing kit.  I would recommend that you use any current tri gear that you like and measure it and just print out the sizing chart and match it up… or just use your measurements!  Funny how life gets in the way sometimes!  Sorry, but that’s the best we can do!

The good news is they look awesome!  Thanks to Miguel!

Trust me… they’ll be great!



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The 3rd LOST swim of the summer… and we beat “the ratio”!

Well that was a nice weekend.  We got a good swim in at LOST on Saturday morning… and then a fun race in the Caledon Quarry on Sunday (more on that in the other post!)

I can't seem to locate the group shot of the 54 swimmers that showed up on Saturday... but this still gives you an idea of what it was like... well except that it was 52F!  These were the "LOST Sun-Risers!"

I can’t seem to locate the group shot of the 54 swimmers that showed up on Saturday… but this still gives you an idea of what it was like… well except that it was 52F! These were the “LOST Sun-Risers!”

For the 3rd LOST Swim of the year we had another amazing turnout… 54 swimmers!!!  So we beat the “swimmer to temp ratio” for the second time this year!  Because the water temp was still a chilly 52F!  And if you think that is no big deal, well it kind of is… it wasn’t that many years ago when beating the “swimmer to temperature ratio” was a big deal… if it was in Celsius! (11C)… haha.

But, amazingly, everyone was fine with the water temp!  Don’t get me wrong… it was cold.  But it was still swim-able.  In fact, there was a hearty bunch that went out for a half an hour before the swim… naked.  That’s tough.  But it also shows how one can acclimatize to cold water.  If you are tough enough, that is!

For the rest of us mere mortals, 52F in a wetsuit was “challenging” enough.  But you know what, people still did multiple laps of the course we had set up, which was a short 300 m, given the temp.  But lots, if not most, people were still in for 20-30 minutes… without any problem.

Everyone still came out smilin’!  So I’ll call that another LOST success.

Having said that… don’t get impatient… it will warm up.  The Lake actually is right on schedule, which I wasn’t so sure it would be after how cold this winter was and how much ice there was on it!  I had never seen that much ice on Lake O in 18 years!  But my prediction is that we will be in the low 60’s by the end of June!

And in the low 60’s… well that really is totally fine.  All the warm water swimmers are safe to come out then!  It’s reasonably cool without a wetsuit… and perfect in a wetsuit!

So keep it up… and we’ll see you next Saturday!



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The Caledon Quarry Swim 1!

The start of the Caledon Quarry Swim, 2k!

The start of the Caledon Quarry Swim, 2k!

So for those of you who stayed in bed, because it was a gloomy morning… well you missed a good one!

The Caledon Quarry Swim was a fun race!  Yes, it rained… but hey, we’re swimmers!  You’re in your bathing suit or wetsuit anyway… let’s just say that I’d much rather do a swim in the rain than a bike ride in the rain!

Miguel took his life in his hands... taking these pictures!  Good shots though!

Miguel took his life in his hands… taking these pictures! Good shots though!

The long and short of it was: it was good value… $30 for a fun swim in a great swimming facility and free BBQ after!  They had about 85 swimmers in the 3 races, 1k, 2k & 4k.  Oh, and the question everyone wants to know this time of year… yes, it was warm!  67F/19C… and flat as a pancake!  A great practice race for all the upcoming tri’s.

So Dylan and I decided to do it (along with a whole lot of other LOSTies!) together.  We’re doing Ironman Lake Placid at the end of July, so we figured this should be a good test.  But we both wimped out of doing the 4k… we decided to ease into it and just do the 2k.  We’re saving that for the 3.8k race in 2 weeks (the RE7 North Shore Challenge in Lake Erie)… or at least that was our justification for just doing 2k!

I know its probably not the way most people feel... but I love swim starts!  They really are exciting!

I know its probably not the way most people feel… but I love swim starts! They really are exciting!

Oddly, given the amount of swim training I’ve been doing, I felt pretty good.  Hey, once in a while you get better than you deserve… but I’ll take it!  I wasn’t able to keep up with the boy, but at least he didn’t embarrass me!  He cruised to a 29:03 and I was 29:54.  I wouldn’t say I cruised it, but I was able to keep my lungs in my chest, so that was good.  Dylan got 2nd and some good points for the Global Swim Series and I should do okay with a 4th.  At least the 3 kids that beat me were less than half my age… hey when you start getting old you take solace where you can!

Anyway, it was a fun race.

The next GSS races are:

1) Mine over Matter - Saturday, June 27, in Milton (Kelso)

mine over matter, 2014



2) RE7 North Shore Challenge - Sunday, June 28, in Lake ErieNS-Challenge-logo

… they both are going to be great!  See you there!



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Rideau Lakes Cycling Tour!

This is why I had to miss the LOST swim last weekend… we rode the Rideau Lakes Cycling Tour!  (RLCT).

Ian, Andy, Mark, Rick, Eileen, Joanne, Lambrina, Scott, Rob, David, Mike, Peter, Al, Kirsti, Alan.

Ian, Andy, Mark, Rick, Eileen, Joanne, Lambrina, Scott, Rob, David, Mike, Peter, Al, Kirsti, Alan… leaving from Queen’s University!

And it was hard.

We drove from Oakville, past Kingston to Ottawa on Friday.  Then got up Saturday morning and rode 175 km back to Kingston.  Then got up Sunday and rode 175 km back to Ottawa.  Then drove from Ottawa, past Kingston (yet again), back to Oakville.  Let’s just say I’m getting to know the route from Ottawa to Kingston pretty well!

I’m (quite) a bit of an excel geek.  And I have an excel log book going back every day for the last 12 years, logging my workouts and races… for no particular reason, I just like to keep track of the shape I’m in and what I was training for and stuff like that.  But mostly because I’m an excel geek.  Anyway, I also have a list on this spreadsheet of all the major races I’ve done over the years… marathons, ultra-marathons, marathon swims, Ironman tri’s… but noticeably absent from the list is a major cycling race.  I’ve always wanted to do one but the opportunity has never arisen.  Or at least I never really moved it up the priority list so it could arise.  However, when LOSTie, David Brezer, told us that he (and a few other LOSTies) needed to do the RLCT to earn the “Rudy Award” (google it…) and suggested we join them, well it seemed like it would be a good training ride for Ironman Lake Placid!  And I’d be able to check off that “major ride” I’ve always wanted to do!

Beers before the ride... to get psyched up!

Beers before the ride… to get psyched up!

So 15 of us signed up for it.

The weirdest thing I found about this race… was that it wasn’t a race.  It was a “tour”, the 44th year of this “tour”, I believe!  I didn’t quite get it until we got there.  There was no starting line… no starting time… and no finish line… no disqualifications… just a really, really large group ride.  Thousands.

So the 15 of us decided to meet at Algonquin College in Ottawa, the “starting spot” at 7 am on Saturday (except for Andy, who started 45 minutes later… but still caught us!  He’s fast.)  Now the idea was that we were all going to just ride conservatively, especially for the first day, since no one other than David had done 175 k back-to-back before!

... in Perth... 75k into it... no beer yet...

… in Perth… 75k into it… no beer yet…

Naturally, we didn’t.  Everyone put on their best casual, non-competitive face… and proceeded to hammer it.  You’re all outdoorsy people, so I can tell you this… I know how fast our little peleton was moving because each of the 4 times I had to stop to pee… I had to blow my brains out trying to catch the group a km ahead!  Not a great way to preserve the legs for a double long ride!  (or at least that’s my excuse for getting chick’d by the girls in the group!).  Oh yeah… but it wasn’t a race.

Well, let’s just say the ol’ peleton was smokin’ along pretty fast… holding 40+ kph in some long stretches!  Which seemed super-human to me… until we got to Queen’s University in Kingston, the finishing spot, and Peter pointed out that we had a huge tail wind all the way!  Our speed made more sense to me now.

... we made it!  Now we get beer!... um, but we only made it half way... now we have to ride back!

… we made it! Now we get beer!… um, but we only made it half way… now we have to ride back!

Speaking of the weather, man, did we luck out.  It poured rain on the way up to Ottawa… and on the way home from Ottawa.  It was a very chilly +8C when we started on Saturday, but not a cloud in the sky for the whole day, nor Sunday and ended up being a very comfortable mid-20’s C, both days.  Oh, and that tail wind we got the first day… well the wind switched over night… and we got a tail wind AGAIN the second day.  That NEVER happens in cycling.  I liked it.

I was quite happy to have the break while they let a boat through the Rideau Canal Locks!  Beautiful country!

I was quite happy to have the break while they let a boat through the Rideau Canal Locks! Beautiful country!

A long story short… it was an epic ride.  Despite the excellent conditions… it was hard.  350 km in 2 days is tough.  But, like so many of our LOST adventures… it was still awesome.  And pretty much all due the the great group of fun, positive people.  Thanks everyone!

I would really recommend this “tour” to anyone (there are shorter distances too!)… but I think I’ll be a “one and done” guy, thanks.

Some notable events from the ride:

  • Al rode, actually he, David and Andy were the “really fast guys” out there… in spite of Al having had a bad crash the weekend before!  He couldn’t walk… but, boy, could ride!
  • Scott’s line, which became a running joke: “I’m not staying there… it’s a dump!”  Upon walking in and surveying his dorm room at Queen’s for the night. (we didn’t either!)
  • Mike had never ridden more than 40k in one ride before.  But in his defense, he’s 61… and an amazing athlete.  He’s also about the most stoic and deadpan person you could meet… he wiped out and got a good dose of road-rash with 1 KM TO GO!!!  No biggee.
  • Lambrina and Kirsti were nervous (ya, like the rest of us weren’t!) because they are both just getting into triathlon.  Let’s just say they needn’t worry… they crushed it.
  • Alan’s best quote of the weekend: “I can honestly say that I’ve never had so much fun cycling 350k on a weekend!”
  • more from Mike, who wore his backpack with all his overnight stuff all the way to Kingston!:Mike Riley, bandaged

“Well, that was a voyage of discovery … in my case, that cycling jerseys have those deep pocket thingys at the back, making back packs unnecessary.  Who knew?

Thanks for all your great advice and support, which allowed my extreme undertraining plan to pay off big time. All the best at Lake Placid … you guys are going to just kill it!

And thanks to David, our “not the organizer”.  From the baked goods in Kingston, to the perfect weather (now that‘s influence in the central agencies!) it was memorable.

… could get into this cycling thing… just have to work on staying out of the gravel and cutting down on those face-plants…”

  • But I think Andy said it best:  

Great cycling, great company, excellent weather, good food, cold beer….not a bad weekend! Special thanks to Dave for being the catalyst that gets us all going!

We made it... all the way back to Ottawa!  Then we jumped in the car and drove home!... after a quick stop at McDonald's (where we bumped into the Luxton's!).

We made it… all the way back to Ottawa! Then we jumped in the car and drove home!… after a quick stop at McDonald’s (where we bumped into the Luxton’s!).

Yup, lots of fun and adventure… thanks everyone for livin’ life large with us!




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Caledon Quarry Swim 1… this Sunday!!!

Hi LOSTies,

Caledon start, 2014

I just wanted to give the Caledon Quarry Swim this Saturday a bit of a push!  It is a great first race of the season, and great value… a smart test swim for those with triathlons coming up soon too!

It is also the first race of the season in the Global Swim Series, so you can start collecting points in the GSS to build your ranking against swimmers from all across the province, the country and even around the world!  There are 8 races in Ontario… 11 races in Canada… and over 20 from around the world (and more being added all the time!)… including: Ireland, Brazil, Barbados, Mexico, Vermont!!!P7060041

So come on out for a great swim… various distances, clean, clear and calm water, prizes and even a BBQ… great value for only $30!!!

Race description, click here

To Register, click here

I’m doing it… so I hope to see you there!!!

PS. Caron Shepley also has free Stand up Paddle Board lessons for 30min on Sunday at the quarry. So post-BBQ people can be trying a free, 30min Stand up lesson with Caron. They do need to RSVP as she has limited boards, so they can be assured.  Classes at 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30 and 3pm.   You reserve to caron@personalbest.ca






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The second LOST Swim of 2015!

Well, it’s coming along… the water is slowly getting warmer!  Slowly.  Okay, only a degree or two for now… but at least it’s not getting colder!  I missed the swim on Saturday (more about that in the post below!), but Dylan, Miguel, Katie and Caroline did a great job taking care of the shop for me!

33 swimmers... 51F/11C... don't pay any attention to the 2 people in parka's... the air temp was warmer than that, they just went "naked"!!!

33 swimmers… 51F/11C… don’t pay any attention to the 2 people in parka’s… the air temp was warmer than that, they just went “naked”!!!

It is still early in the season and a few less people than last week, but still a great turn out… 40 people showed up for a swim in 51F/11C water!  And much like last week, people are learning that you really can swim in water that cold, especially if you are in a wetsuit… although there were still a brave handful that proved you can also do it “naked” too!  All you need is the courage to get yourself in… and a group of like-minded LOSTies to motivate you!  Of course, your hands, feet and face are cold to start, but as your body adjusts and gets going the warm blood in your body core that is being kept warm by your wetsuit eventually realizes that it is okay to continue circulating warm blood out to your extremities… which is why your hands, feet and face actually start warming up!  It is a bit more of trick to do this when you don’t have a wetsuit on, but with enough acclimatization the same thing can happen then too.

Well, it looks like the Lake is warming up, and with the warm weather we’ve had this week we will almost for sure see a nice increase in temperature this Saturday!  I’ll see you down there on Saturday!

The Caledon Quarry Swim, 2014

The Caledon Quarry Swim, 2014

PS.  I’ll be doing the first race of the Global Swim Series in Caledon on Sunday… hope you all can join me!  It’s warm, clean and cheap!  Check out the details here!  Start collecting your points in the Series and see how you rank compared to swimmers from all over the world… like: Ireland, Brazil, Barbados, Vermont and several others here in Ontario!

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11th Annual Healing Cycle Ride… for LOSTie Denise Short!!!

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!

As many of you know, one of the original LOSTies, Denise Short, lost her battle with cancer last year.  She was a really close friend of mine.  She was a really close friend of a lot of people.  Even her doctor, who is doing this ride for her.

Feel free to donate in support of Palliative Care, via Ian Anderson House… and to remember Denise.

Dr Lynne Benjamin was Denise’s end of life physician.   Lynne and her palliative team worked with Denise to make her last months all that they could be.  Lynne will be remember Denise as she does the ride this year.

Ian Anderson House

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

Thanks to Barb Holland, one of Denise’s best friends, for sending this to me to share with the LOSTies!



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2XU Sale is on this weekend!!!

Thanks to LOSTie, Stuart Hayes, for passing this one along for all the local LOSTies, as the sale is in Mississauga (unlike the Xterra sale, which anyone can use!).

This is another product I can testify to, I have 2 pairs of their compression shorts, 1 pair of their full length compression tights, 1 pair of tri shorts and 1 pair of the calf compression sleeves!  I like their stuff.  And I’ll be at the sale picking up more!

Also… if you buy their stuff I’m sure you’ll end up looking like the people in this flyer!!!

PS.  tell’em your a LOSTie!



2XU sale2XU sale, location

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The latest Xterra deals!!!

So here is the latest deal from Xterra… a great deal on their entry level wetsuit!  All 3 of my kids have this one and they love it!  Great value (for dad)!

You can’t go too far wrong for $99!

If you want to order this one or any other Xterra Wetsuit, click on the Xterra logo on the right hand side of this page and just email me and I’ll give you the code!



Xterra wetsuits 2015, volt

Xterra SUP





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Sorry, no swimming lessons from Maisey this summer…

Last summer my daughter, Maisey, taught swimming lessons to a lot of the LOST gang, because believe it or not, not everyone starts as an amazing swimmer… and she knows a thing or two about swimming!

Maisey, 2014 NEC Championships at MIT.

Maisey, 2014 NEC Championships at MIT.


Lifeguarding at Hilton Head beach, 2015... nice office.

Lifeguarding at Hilton Head beach, 2015… nice office.

And although she said she had a lot of fun coaching and instructing everyone last summer, it sadly didn’t work out for her this year.  She’s going into 3rd year university (or Junior year, as they call it in the US) and had to get a summer job.  She got an office job this year.

She just sent these pics from her office… ocean lifeguarding at Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Check out the office at: shorebeach.com

“Hi”, from Maisey!Hilton Head, 2015

PS. looks like it is over to Dylan and the video clinic!



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Global Swim Series… season preview!!!

Hey LOSTies,

So The LOST Race is part of the new 20 race (and growing!), Global Swim Series!  Here is all the info about GSS…. but please do me a favor and “like” it on Facebook and Twitter and sign up for the emails at GlobalSwimSeries, you’ll want to see what is happening… and where you rank in the world!!!  This is going to be amazing and it hasn’t even started yet!

GSS brazil

June is finally upon us and with the water warming up the start of the 1st annual Global Swim Series season is finally here.  We’ve had a busy past couple months of scheduling and preparing but now it’s time to get down to the fun part – racing!  In two weeks on June 14th the series will officially kick off at the Caledon Quarry Swim Race.

The 2015 season will feature 20 races across the globe and will run from June to December.  There are plenty of different distances and each race offers it’s own unique experience and style.  From beginners new to the sport, to seasoned open water veterans, GSS Races offer good fun and great competition for everyone!

More information on all the individual GSS Races can be found on their respective Race Profiles under the Races tab in the main menu.


1433127697_Canada-Flag Canada – 11 – Caledon Quarry I, EPIC Swim, Mine over Matter, North Shore Challenge, Bring on the Bay, LOST Race, Toronto Island Lake Swim, Sea Dogs Swim, Nanaimo Ocean Swim, Variety Village OWS, Caledon Quarry II

1433127710_United-States-Flag United States – 3 – Willoughby Swim, Kingdom Swim, In Search of Memphre

1433127843_Barbados-Flag Barbados – 1 – Barbados Open Water Swim Festival

1433127791_Ireland-Flag Ireland – 3 Lough Key Castle Island Swim, Hodson Mile, Glendalough National Park Swim

1433127807_Brazil-Flag Brazil – 2 – King & Queen of the Sea Stage II, King & Queen of the Sea Stage III


We encourage all swimmers to get familiar with the GSS rules, which can be read in full on the GSS Rules tab.  The basics are for each GSS race a swimmer does they will be given a point score from 50-100 based on your percentile you finish in (you get 50 points just for coming out and completing the race).  These points are cumulative so the more races you do during the season, the more points you get.  As soon as you complete 1 GSS race you will be ranked against all GSS swimmers around the world!


All GSS Race results will be posted on the site under the Results section after the completion of the race.  We will also update the Global Rankings at the start of each week.  In addition to results and rankings stay tuned to the site for exclusive race reports and event previews.


The 2015 GSS season will feature thousands of swimmers worldwide competing for the ultimate title of Global Champion!  After the conclusion of the last race we will award the 4 Global Champions (one for each division: Male Wetsuit, Female Wetsuit, Male Non-Wetsuit & Female Non-Wetsuit).  These 4 winners will have their names added to the Global Swim Series trophy!


We will also announce age group winners as well (Age groups are by 10 year groups, see the Rules tab for a full breakdown) and the top swimmer in each category for GSS North America, GSS Europe and GSS Latin America.  We will also make recognize swimmer in each division with the highest point average.  This is calculated by averaging the swimmer’s points for their top 2 races.

With plenty of awards and great races all over the world, we are very excited to get the season going and look forward to seeing you out at a race this season!

Be sure to follow us on Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay up to date on the latest GSS news throughout the season!

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7 amazing LOSTies!!!

Yes, LOST is the Lake Ontario Swim Team… but it is really more about the amazing people in the group than just the swimming… although it is about the swimming too… well the adventure really.  And here are some examples of 7 very adventurous LOSTies!

1) John Gayford – Crazy guy on a bike.  Well, that doesn’t really tell the whole story.  You see Johnny is one of our local LOST Aussies, which helps explain a bit of the story.  He’s an Aussie.  But he’s not even a normal crazy Aussie, he’s an exceptional crazy Aussie.  He’s sailed from here to Australia, the hard way, across the Indian Ocean.  If you know anything about sailing, that is one of the toughest sailing routes in the world.  wow.

And he’s done all kinds of other things too, but his latest is his cycling adventure… from Nova Scotia to Toronto!!!

About as close as John gets to a "selfie"!

About as close as John gets to a “selfie”!

Not that it matters, because these trips are incredible regardless of your age, but let’s just say he’s got a couple of years on the rest of us!   To use one of his lines he used to describe the LOSTies to me when we first met, “he’s got a bit of spark to him!”

Check out his blog and pics here

John and Mark... all smiles after the 2014 LOST Race!

John and Mark… all smiles after the 2014 LOST Race!


2) Darren Miller – Darren and I met at the Tampa Bay Marathon Swim.  We were both just regular marathon swimmers then.   He’s also stopped by for a dip in Lake O with me… naturally it was ridiculously cold.  But he has gone on to do a few other amazing things!  He is one of only a small handful of people who have completed “The 7 Oceans” swim, which is completing 7 of the toughest crossings in the world.  Now he is looking to complete the “Sub-3 Squared” challenge.  It’s a new “thing”, only a couple of people have done it, more by accident, but also because it would be very hard to do.  To complete it you need to complete a running marathon in under 3 hours… AND complete a swimming marathon in under 3 hours!!!  (a “marathon swim” in the swimming world is considered anything 10k or longer, kind of like how an “ultra-marathon” in running isn’t a specific distance).

Darren Miller after just swimming the Strait of Gibraltar... an honorary LOSTie! (2012)

Darren Miller after just swimming the Strait of Gibraltar… an honorary LOSTie! (2012)

Of course, putting the 2 events together is the trick.  I could easily do a 10k swim in under 3 hours, but my fastest marathon is 3:20.  Most people are like that, one may be easy or at least do-able, but both… that’s tough.  And in what time frame?  Well, nobody has really established how close the 2 have to be done together… if you could do both in your lifetime that would be a hulluva accomplishment.  Darren is setting the bar pretty high.  About as high as you could.  He’s going to try and do both in 6 hours.  Wow.

Here are the details of when and where his attempt will be:  Sub-3 Squared

Darren Miller and Rob... April 28, 2012... 46F / 7C!

Darren Miller and Rob… April 28, 2012… 46F / 7C!


3) Clara Northcott – one of my oldest running buddies and now a Canadian record holder in the W60-64, 5K… and 11th in the world in the 3K (13:27).  In fact, she has qualified for World Masters Track and Field championships in Turin, Italy… Sacramento, California and now Lyon, France in August of this year!  She wasn’t able to attend Turin or Sacramento so she’s trying to raise money to attend the Championships in Lyon this year!  Check out her Indiegogo page if you’d like to help Clara get there!Clara


4, 5, 6 & 7) France, Pascale, Ted & Bruce – 4 good buddies from our Connor’s Runner’s group.  And they just completed the 50 mile/80 K Cayuga Ultra Marathon in the Finger Lakes… with over 10,000 feet of elevation change!  Sounds amazing!

Pascale, Bruce, Ted, France, Cayuga 2015

If you know France, it’s hard to get a word in edge-wise, so I’ll let her tell you all about it:  (just kidding France, we love ya! ;)  )

“So this is my version of the event…
Pascal had a great experience and his legs didn’t hurt like mine.
He says it is the race where he had the most fun and felt the best….he was talking nonsense with Ted eating diner after the race.
Whatever, I said I’ll come and support and even pace you but anything above 50km is called an ultra for a reason, it’s ULTRA CRAZY!!!
Absolutely incredible scenery, experience and humbling lesson.
Ted crushed it the man is on fire!
Pascal felt great, Bruce did well but had some issues with his stomach and I did really well on the first 40km loop I was only 5 minutes behind the boys but I crashed between 45 and 60km. Me head was fine, I was still smilling but my legs were trashed!
I wanted to drop out at 60km but the volunteer said:”No way, No one drops out at my aid station if you’re still smiling you’re still going”
And Anita offered to get me started again at 60km and run a bit of the uphill with me. She was so supportive and awesome.
Our garmin battery died at 60km so I went without and actually tought :”I tested my legs for a while alternating running and walking. I couldn’t figure out which one hurt most so I decided to run and finish faster cause I could not bare the thought of 4 more hours of this”. I was also really sad to stop at 60km and miss the best part of the scenery. Running without a watch was much better for me. At that point, looking at my Garmin when I walked and calculating how many hours I would have left at this pace was not good for my head. Time kind of stops when you don’t know. I didn’t even wear my regular watch. I had no idea how fast I was going or I far I was, all I knew is I had to make it to the next aid station. Between 40 and 60 km I got passed by maybe 8 people but after 60km I decided that no one was getting by. I passed 4 guys and then 2 more on the stairs to heaven (or hell) at 75km. I kept looking behind making sure no one was catching up. One guy caught up to me and passed me on the downhill (which hurt the most and forced me to slowly walk when steep) but then the first uphill I passed him with a smile. The end is a grassy road of 2km with a slow downhill I started running fast thinking let me out of these woods and my 2km push of course, I was amazed with myself, I didn’t think I could still have energy to do that after 79KM. When I came out there is still 1km of grass to run and Anita and Bruce were waiting for me and ran me in screaming that I was awesome.
This is the kind of experience that bonds friends beyond words. I am delighted to have shared this experience with amazing people like Ted & Karen, Bruce & Anita and my love Pascal. Karen & Anita were great supporters who hugged me and helped me putting on dry socks but most of all seeing their smiling faces at the aid stations made the world of difference for me.Ted crushed it 9:49
Pascal 10:29
Bruce 10:48
France 12:40 OUCHCayuga ultra 2015Amazing volunteers that ran to us asking what do you need, what do you want.
Food was amazing.

Things I learned:

1-You cannot train for an Ultra, water running in the pool for 3 weeks
2- Uphills I am good at even the stone stairs at 75km didn’t hurt I passed 4 guys

3- I need to work my downhill technique. I brake going downhill engaging my quads and knees and I could barely walk the downhills at the end but I smiled at the uphills!!!! After 55kms of trails it’s not the uphill that scared me it’s the downhill.
4-The volunteers are amazing. It was cold and raining and they stand there for hours…I had lots of time to think of something funny to say everytime I came out of the woods. By the end the volunteers got and addition of all the jokes that worked before and people were laughing and I was having fun.
5-If you’re wondering about God….. There is a God I was talking to him and I am pretty sure he was answering
6-The woods are Ithica are magical… After 50km when you close your eyes and open them there are stars that sparkle everywhere!
7-You need a lot of caffeine in an ultra and tons of gels I ran out of caffeinated gels at 30Km!!!!
8- You must eat all the time and A LOT… A lot more then I did. At 50 km at girl with a USATF (a regular at Ultras) passed me and asked how I was doing: I said good but as we are going down the stairs she asked if I was hurting and I said that my quads were killing me. She said: “You are not eating enough, your quads are the largest muscle in your body, they need a LOT of food. Do you have food on you?” I said that I had said datte balls and a granola bar and one gel left. She said: “I want you to eat it all, you’ll feel better in 20 minutes!” I did and she was right, you need to eat a lot……
9-The people that race ultras are AMAZING nothing like road races, the camaderie, mutual support, smiles everywhere. Yes there is a lot of beards and moustaches, a couple guys running in kilts and leather sandals but everyone is so nice and makes you feel awesome.
10-running on the road sucks, my foot did not hurt on the soft part of the trail but the 50meters we did on road inbetween hurt a lot.
11-I can always encourage myself in the tough spots thinking about how hard childbirth was and running hills is easier….. Well, at 70km I was ready to give birth again it seemed a whole lot easier then the 12 hour nonsense. LolPascal LOVED it.
I said I would NEVER do an Ultra and I did……This is far from an advice, but again a crazy long distance seems to have resolved my plantar issue. It’s not 100% good but it’s better then before the race ?!?!?! now I just need to gain control of my quads so I can make it up&down the stairs without pulling and holding myself on the bannister!!!!
I wish we had a bungalow, my bed seems to far from my seat.

Pascale, Bruce, Ted, France... Cayuga 50 Mile Ultra, 2015

Pascale, Bruce, Ted, France… Cayuga 50 Mile Ultra, 2015



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10 years of LOST Swimming… and the biggest first day ever!!!

Well that was amazing.

Saturday was the first LOST swim of the year, our 10th year of LOST Swimming in fact, and considering the first year of LOST swimming there was only one person who showed up (me!), I’d say we’ve come a long way!

The first LOST Swim of 2015... 60 swimmers, 50F... and the 10th year of LOST Swimming!!!

The first LOST Swim of 2015… 60 swimmers, 50F… and the 10th year of LOST Swimming!!!

For the first few years we’d get 6 or 8 or 10 people out, which I was totally fine with, I never had any grandiose plans of growing this to huge numbers.  In fact, I remember one time Carl Messenger Lehmann (from Hyperweb, who helped build and host this site!) said to me after a particularly good turnout early in the season when we had probably 14 or 16 people out, “you watch, by mid-summer there will be 30 or 40 people showing up!”.  I just smiled politely.  But of course he was right.  It just keeps growing!

First LOST Swim of 2010... 62F... 14 swimmers!

First LOST Swim of 2010… 62F… 14 swimmers!

Yesterday we had about 60 people out for the very first swim of the season!!!

And it wasn’t because the water was toasty warm either… in case you were wondering!  Although I have to admit that it was warmer than I thought it was going to be.  Only a few days earlier it was only about 42F/6C.  Which, for those that know me and my measuring system, anything in the 40’s falls into the category of “stupid cold”.  Well we were just outside of “stupid cold” at 50F/10C.  Far from toasty warm, but actually swim-able… kind of.

Ross... flying into the water!

Ross… flying into the water!

The nice thing is that after a particularly cold winter with unprecedented ice on the Lake… it seems like the Lake is on track for a “normal” summer (unlike the weird temps we had in the Lake last year!)

So Mike Morton and Miguel optimistically set up 3 buoys.  Honestly, I figured this was going to be a splash and dash.  I figured everyone would swim out 50 meters to the first buoy and then back in… and pretty much call it a day.  Actually I figured there would be a lot of people who would not even go in, which happens.

Eileen... crawling out... but with a big ol smile!

Eileen… crawling out… but with a big ol smile!  (I think?!)

But after I gave the huge group the instructions on how to swim in cold water and what to expect and how to deal with it… we went in.  Everyone.  And that my friends, is the power of LOST Swimming!  Seeing everyone do something that you aren’t sure you can do gives you motivation to try it… and do it!

Mike had set it up in a small 125m triangular loop and off we went.  And much to my amazement people did more than one loop… and more than 2… in fact, there were people out there doing 6 or 8 or even 10 loops!!!  On top of that, there was probably about 10 people swimming naked! (for the newbies, “naked” is non-wetsuit!  ;-).

Madhu... biding his time.  No, Madhu, its not coffee time yet!

Madhu… biding his time. No, Madhu, its not coffee time yet!

And you know what?… it was awesome.  Everyone had a great swim.  Actually I was speaking with Caroline, one of our great volunteer kayakers, after the swim and there was one new swimmer who did have a bit of difficulty in the cold water.  He swam over to Caroline and her kayak, who assisted him to shore… which was only 50m away.  And he was fine.  No fuss, no muss.  But it was pretty cool to see that after 10 years we seem to have the safety issues set up pretty well.  Good work Caroline… and to the swimmer (I’m not even sure who it was) for keeping their wits about them and doing just as I said, swim to shore and then get things sorted out.

Thanks to Caroline and Mike... keeping a watchful eye!

Thanks to Caroline and Mike… keeping a watchful eye!

So thanks to the ‘yakers, by the way!  Especially Mike who is always there setting up and taking down and keeping an eye out for us!  Always room for more ‘yakers or SUP’ers if you have a non-swimmer that wants to join the fun too!  And while I’m at it… thanks to Darren too!  He was the guy standing in his drysuit at the shore for the whole swim just helping people in and out, out very own “Walmart greeter!”

Darren... the LOST Walmart Greeter!

Darren… the LOST Walmart Greeter!

And as I said to everyone after a very good and much longer swim than I expected, “… the good news is that this will be the coldest swim of the year!”.  After having kept track of how the lake warms up each Saturday for the past 10 years, I can tell you it will now warm up about 5F each week for the next month or so… until we get to the first “roll-over”… but we’ll swim under that bridge when we get to it! haha.

See you next week!



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LOST Swimming starts in 9 days!!!

Hi LOSTies,

67 swimmers... 60 degrees!!!

One from last year:  67 swimmers… 60 degrees!!! (okay, not everyone was in the pic!)

Well, after a long, cold winter we are now only a few days away from the first LOST Swim of the season… Saturday, May 30!!!

Yes... it was a long, cold winter alright!

Yes… it was a long, cold winter alright!

We have a ton of people already registered, but if you haven’t done so yet… get on it!  (just click on the “LOST Store and On-line Registration button to the right).

Also, as usual, the LOST Race is the second Saturday in August, which is August 8th, so feel free to sign up for that at the same time too… we’d love to have you!  This year’s race looks even better that last year’s… electronic timing, blow up finishing arch, the LOST medal and thanks to the generous donation of one particular LOSTie (John Stibrany!) we even have a great loot bag this year too!  Not to mention that the winners get their name on the beautiful LOST Trophy!

LOST Trophy and CNE pics

LOST Trophy and CNE pics

A couple of cool new additions to LOST Swimming this year:

  1. Miguel has been working on new LOST merchandise, which should be available in the LOST Store very soon!  For all the LOSTies who follow us from around the world, you are more than welcome to represent LOST Swimming too!  We’ll ship it to you!
    1. LOST Tri-wear!  There is a very large group doing Ironman and shorter distance tri’s this year… and this stuff looks great!
    2. New LOST T-shirts!  I’ve seen the design and they look awesome!
    3. LOST bumper stickers… just for fun and to show your LOST pride!  (haha?!)
    4. New LOST swim caps (included in your registration)
  2. The LOST Video Clinic!  Dylan is going to be offering a video clinic each Saturday at LOST Swims for just $20… he’s already got a bunch of people who have reserved dates and can only do so many per day, so drop him an email before it fills up!2013 Ironman World Championship

As many of you know, we started the Canadian Open Water Swim Series last year, which was a huge success!  We had 12 races across the country and over 2,000 swimmers in the series!

Global-SS-BannerIn fact there was such interest that we opened it up to the rest of the world  and changed the name to the Global Swim Series!  At present we have over 24 races and about 20,000 swimmers!!!  And more races joining each week!!!  This including races in Ireland, Barbados, Brazil, Vermont, Mexico and even more races in Canada!  Click on GlobalSwimSeries.com to check out all the races!

We just added 4 more local races… totalling 7 local races… so far! The newest additions are: Caledon Quarry Swim 1  and Caledon Quarry Swim 2, Mine Over Matter, and the Variety Village Open Water Swim .

The first race of the season is the Caledon Quarry Swim 1 race on June 14… so jump on this one early and start building your points in the Global Ranking! LOST in the Quarry

That’s all for now, see you on the beach very soon!



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1st Annual, Swim around Lido Key, Open Water Race!

The start of "Swim Around Lido Key"!

The start of “Swim Around Lido Key”!

So one of our LOSTies, John Stibrany, just did his longest race ever and loved it!

He wrote me a little race summary below and sent some pics too!  The race was the “Swim Around Lido Key”… not dissimilar from, probably my favorite race ever, which was “Swim Around Key West”… sounds like I, and I bet the rest of you, would really enjoy it too!

PS.  John has also donated a ton of swag for the LOST Race too!  Gotta love the generosity of LOSTies!  Thanks John!


Robmore kayaks

Hi Rob

Lido Key is a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico near Sarasota, Florida.  I attended this U.S. Masters event last weekend hosted by “Swim without Limits”.  A total of 67 solo swimmers and 27 relays teams competed that day.  The relay teams were made up of 2 swimmers who would rotate between kayaking and swimming the course.  Swimmers came from 16 states, Canada and Puerto Rico.

The race was a 7 mile (11.3km) loop around the island of Lido Key.  All solo swimmers were provided with a kayak escort which provided navigation and nutrition during the race.  Kayakers were volunteers provided by the event organizers. Many were retired residents who lived in the area during the winter months. the start

The race was won by 50 year old Ricardo Valdivia of Miami who completed the course in 2:27:47.  The ages of the swimmers ranged from 16 to 66 with a third of all the solo swimmers over 50 years of age; myself included.  Like the L.O.S.T. Race, swimmers were given a medal as soon as they exited the water at the completion of the race.

Conditions were perfect for the race day.  Clear skies with warm water in the high 70’s.    The most difficult portion of the race was the last mile where you were battling currents to the finish of the race.  After the race, food and beer was provided to all swimmers and Kayakers.  Trophies were handed out to the top 5 males and females, and the top 5 relay finishers.

It’s an event I’ll probably swim again next year; it was very well organized.  Soft sand beaches, shopping and fine dining are all with a short walk from Lido Beach.  It’s actually a good family destination with all there is to see and do in the area.  The organizers were already talking about adding more distance options for 2016.



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LOST “Video Clinic”!!!

So here is one that people have literally asking for… a “Video Clinic”!  Check it out below, or on the tab above.



A “Video Clinic” will be offered to LOSTies on Saturday mornings during the regular LOST Swims!2013 Ironman World Championship

Whether you are just looking for some basic stroke correction, some open water swimming tips, triathlon strategy and skills, sighting skills or learning how open water swimming strokes differ from pool strokes, here is your chance!  You can even do a session early in the season and one late in the season, to see if you’ve been able to improve your stroke!

Essentially what this will involve will be Dylan Kent recording you on a GoPro, above and below the water, from a variety of angles to analyse your stroke.  He will take a few minutes of footage, then take it home and edit the footage and analyse your stroke and send the final copy to you!  Your final copy will include an emailed video of your swimming along with a comprehensive analysis of your strokes and suggested improvements to help you swim faster!

The cost is $20, and you can pay cash at the beach. 

You can book your “Video Clinic” with Dylan at: dylankent0@gmail.com   (you can also sign up the day at the beach if spots remain)

GoPro logoDylan has a wealth of swimming experience and enthusiasm for the sport of swimming. He has been a competitive swimmer for over since 1999 and has swum at the Canadian national level in the pool and competed at high level competitions across North America, he has also held club records as an open water swimmer.  Dylan swam for the top ranked club in Canada, the Oakville Aquatic Club, then attended the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) on an athletic and academic scholarship.  While completing his BSc in Financial Economics he was also a NCAA, Division I swimmer and was part of 3 America East Conference Championship winning teams.  He is also the Vice President of the Global Swim Series and is doing his first Ironman triathlon in Lake Placid in 2015 (along with 14 other LOSTies).

Dylan is an avid fan of swimming and is keen to help you improve your stroke and speed!

Dylan and Rob... the "dudes" hit the Lake!

Dylan and Rob… the “dudes” hit the Lake!

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LOST stats….

This summer will be our 10th year of LOST Swimming!!!

That’s a lot of Saturdays in the Lake.  And I, like a lot of you out there, like stats.  Especially sporting stats.  Not all LOSTies swim to get a “time” in a race.  But a lot do.  We open water swimmers, triathletes, runners, masters swimmers all like to watch the numbers… so here are some LOST numbers for you that I found interesting:

website counter________________________________________________________________








lost email counter


________________________________________________________________facebook logo facebook members facebook pics_______________________________________________________________

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Thanks for being a LOSTie, no matter where you are!





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Xterra Wetsuits!

Hi LOSTies,

I know a lot of you have already signed up for LOST Swimming and the LOST Race… some are planning out their tri races this summer too… so I just thought I’d pass this notification from our Xterra Wetsuit rep on to you in case you needed a new wetsuit!

We get an amazing 60% off most wetsuits and you can usually pick up a decent one for about $100!  LOSTies have purchased over about 200 wetsuits from Xterra in the past few years, and I can personally vouch for them as I’ve owned a couple myself!

Just drop me an email if you need the discount code!  RobertJayKent@gmail.com



Xterra wetsuits 2015

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The “Aquatic Aristotle”…

Dan 2Okay, I just had to share this email below… Dan is far to modest to post something like this himself… but it is so well written and describes swim races and life so well that… well, I wished I written it!

Just shows you how different people have different perspective… someone else might have been ticked off that they were injured and couldn’t swim and just missed the race.  Not Dan.  Not only did he come to the race, he volunteered.  And not only was he not bored watching the swimmers plug away from his vantage point in the patrol boat, he saw swimming and life in a very special way!   Very cool.

(note: the blockquote is of my doing).

Thanks for being a LOSTie, Dan!



... mind you, it was so beautiful at the LOST Race last year that it did one a chance to ponder things...

… mind you, it was so beautiful at the LOST Race last year that it did one a chance to ponder things…


Hey Rob,

Glad to hear you are going to start training again .  I was down at Lake Huron the other day, the water looked so inviting, calm and blue, between the ice flows – would have been a thrill to swim form one flow to the next!

Went to the Northshore Challenge web site and was reminded of last years LOST swim … as I remember it from one of the support boats …

I can’t remember the last time I saw something so human. People striving in an unfamiliar environment, the rhythmic, persistent movement, not knowing what lies ahead or beneath, but moving forward with each stroke, leaving behind the unfamiliar, moving toward the unfamiliar, experiencing each moment, not dwelling on the moment, moving forward, sharing and churning the soup, individually and together, not knowing how close they are, each at their own pace, each a hero, to experience more, learn more, be more.

Quietly, sounds muffled, visions blurred; the coolness of the water everywhere, the bright sun and blue sky, a reminder of a world that exists outside their moment. Each stroke just a splash, combined strokes and rhythmic splashes as relaxing as a gentle waterfall. A beautiful thing, people being people, experiencing the moment.


The way I saw it, from the support boat, LOST Swim August 2014, really quite a miracle to see all these people come together in a foreign envrionment, to experience it individually and together …

Cheers for now,


ps I signed up for the north shore 3.8k!

... a few more of the great volunteers we had at last year's race!

… a few more of the great volunteers we had at last year’s race!

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RE7 North Shore Challenge… price change April 30!

NS-Challenge-logoThis is a brand new race in Lake Erie put on by marathon swimmers Annaleise Carr and Josh Reid… and is also a new member to the Global Swim Series!  (so you points here will count toward your total in the Global Swim Series).

Joanne and I both just entered!

I guess it’s time for me to start getting into swimming shape… yikes!

Looks great and I, like about 14 other LOSTies are training for Ironman Lake Placid in late July, so the timing of this 3.8k swim a perfect pre-IM swim test! (June 28).  I know there are lots of LOSTies doing other

Annaleise swimming her first of 2 Lake Erie Crossings last summer (42k & 30k!)

Annaleise swimming her first of 2 Lake Erie Crossings last summer (42k & 30k!)

Ironman races too, so pull the trigger and sign up for this one!  And if you are training for an Olympic distance tri, or just want something a bit shorter, they also have the 1.5k distance.

Click here to go to the GSS site for details (you can also click through to the official website from there too).

Oh, and it’s only $35 if you sign up before April 30!!!

Hope to see you there!


Annaleise and her swim master (me!) as she finished her swim across Lake Erie!  Amazing swim!

Annaleise and her swim master (me!) as she finished her swim across Lake Erie! Amazing swim!



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Barbados is in!

BarbadosSo the other new open water swimming venture that Miguel, Dylan and myself started over the winter was the Global Swim Series! (GSS)

We have invited races from all over the province, the country and the world to join!

Essentially what it does is allow you accumulate points in any GSS race you swim in… and ranks you against all other participating races from around the world!  There is no cost at all to the swimmers, and only a very small cost to the races to join, so mention it to any races you know, we’d love to have them join too!

The newest race to join is in Barbados!  Check it out here.

There are also several in the application process from Brazil, Halifax and Vermont!  We already have about 8,000 swimmers in the Series!  And it is still growing quickly!  I even know a few LOSTies that are headed down to this one… might even see if I can get there myself… looks awesome!

swimming over sea turtles in Barbados... doesn't get much better than that!

swimming over sea turtles in Barbados… doesn’t get much better than that!



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Register Now!!!

Hey LOSTies and soon to be LOSTies,

The first few keen and eager LOSTies have already signed up… so feel free to join them!  Just click on the icon on the right side of the page and feel free to register for a summer of LOST Swimming (likely starting Saturday, May 30) and/or the LOST Race (Saturday, Aug 8).

See you soon!



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France and the Sea Turtles!!!

This one is right up there with Miguel and Katie swimming with whale sharks this winter in Mexico… France, Pascal and their 5 daughters helped a family of 85 baby sea turtles make it from their eggs to the ocean!  Check it out… how cool is that!!!turtle 4

Here is France’s email to me from Mexico:

Yesterday morning 85 turtle eggs hatched right in front of our house in their sand nest. The manager of the property lay them there to protect them until they hatch since they are hunted and endangered. Me and Hilario dug them out one by one. It is an amazing experience. The girls and I will never forget this day. Today we are watching them and protecting them from birds and other prey and tonight we will release them in the sea at sunset. It’s just awesome.turtle 2
Just a few hours old and gaining strength, so fast to crawl to the sea. The locals save the eggs under tree trunks to protect them from crabs and thieves. Unfortunately these endangered turtle eggs are worth 25 to30$US each on the black market. People believe they have aphrodisiac properties and it’s killing the entire species. 85 eggs hatched and we put them in a cooler for the day to gain some strenght and released them at sunset. Most of them once hatched don’t make it to the sea because of birds feeding on them.  So we made sure that all 85 of them made it to the sea. Survival rate is very low even after that. Maybe 3 will survive. It was an incredible experience to dig them out of the sand and protect them all day. The girls and I are amazed by these little creatures has we wayched them open their eyes and crawl for the first time.
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