Record turnout for LOST Swim… 112 LOSTies!!!

Record turnout… 112 LOSTies!!! 61F/16C, July 15, 2017

The water was still a bit chilly, 61F/16C, but a helluva lot better than the “stupid cold” it had been (44F & 46F!!!).  The air temp was beautiful too.  Just a nice summer day.

The water was perfectly flat, as all the swims have been so far this year.  I warned everyone to be prepared for a wavy swim one of these days.  If the water isn’t cold, then we’ll find another challenge, or “learning opportunity”!  We’re due.

But it wasn’t to be on this day.  This day was close to perfect.

Just a really nice day for a swim in the Lake.

So I was there a bit early setting up as usual.  And it’s funny because it always seems like no one is going to show up.  At 7:15 there is usually just me.  Then 3 or 4 show up in the next 15 minutes.  Then between 7:30 and 7:45, 20 or 30 more show up.  That’s when I think, “hmmm, must be some races on this weekend or something?  Looks like we’re going to have a smaller crowd out today”.  Then between 7:45 and 8:00 they come pouring in!  And of course, a few people late for the pic too!

You might not have noticed, but there were seagulls all over the place! They were diving into the water… because there also was small fish everywhere too! Never seen that before at LOST Beach!

But when it was all said and done last Saturday… we had the largest turnout ever for a Saturday morning LOST Swim!  112 swimmers!  Freakin’ amazing.

I always like to remember a few years ago, maybe 5 or 6, when we were getting 20-25 people out, which I thought was pretty cool, and Carl said: “you wait, in another few years you’ll be getting 30-40 people out!”

I thought that would be huge.  Neither of us ever thought we’d ever get over 100 swimmers out.  Which incidentally was the previous record.

The water must be okay… even Milo went in… mind you, so did Steve… but not quite warm enough for Joanne… yet!

I was really happy to see this, obviously, just because it is amazing.  But the nice thing is that everyone (and then some!) stuck it out through the (really) cold Saturdays and didn’t give up on the Lake or LOST!

Often we see lots of keeners out at the beginning of the season, just like the first day in the gym after New Year’s… but then the novelty wears off and people get tired of the cold water and attendance dips a bit.  The thing is though, if you pay your dues in the cold water, then when the warm water comes, you are better prepared for it… and it is so enjoyable.

We’ve turned the corner now, but 61F is still a bit chilly without a wetsuit but comfortable with one… and the warmer water is still coming!  So now that we are over the hump, sit back and enjoy the ride, it only gets better and easier from here on it!  (unless it doesn’t, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it! haha).

Why are these two clowns always the last ones in?! (Oh, wait, that’s me and Mark!)

Anyway, hat’s off to everyone that got to enjoy the first nice long swim of the year!  I jumped in the kayak after my swim and went out and helped Mike spot.  Mike had set the loop up in about a 350m loop… and as I was pulling the plug with Mike when we were dragging the buoys in, I asked the last couple of LOSTies how many loops they had done?  One woman (with a great kick!) said she had done 8 loops!  Wow.  Then the last guy in before I turned off the lights, who also had a great stroke, said he had done 13 loops!  Amazing!

So, ya, if you get in and get going, you can get a good solid swim in an hour or so!  Like 4.5 km!  Not too shabby.

Update on the LOST Shed:

The Town is pouring the cement pad today! woohoo!  And because of liability they would prefer it if we built most of it off-site and then just assembled it on site.  So that’s the plan for now.  Hey, we’re just kinda winging it a bit… but it’s lookin’ good!  You might want to bring some painting clothes on Saturday though!

Check out the loot for the LOST Race and LOST Mile too!

 

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If you want something done… ask a busy person.

 

I’m going to skip most of the usual LOST story today.  I’ll just give you the short version here: 59F/14C… very comfortable and pancake flat… 83 swimmers.  Best swim of the year so far.  But that’s not what I wanted to talk about today.

I think it was my grandpa, one of the most common sense guys that ever lived, who told me “If you want something done… ask a busy person”, it has always stuck with me.  And it’s true.

Volunteer Kayaker Jill… and Charterability!!! (thanks Stephen Cull!)

Essentially, it is counter-intuitive.  A busy person should have less time to help you with someone than somebody who isn’t busy.  But the difference is that a busy person knows how to get things done.

The other related truism is that “everyone is busy”.  And I find that the busiest people are not the ones telling you how busy they are.  You just kind of look back at them and marvel.  It gradually comes out that they do a lot.  Again, everyone does a lot.  But these guys do more.

Alex & Charterability always volunteer their boats for the LOST Race!

Now the reason I bring all this up is that it is relevant to most of the people reading this.  Because most of us try to squeeze as much out of life as we can.  We try to do more and more.  Yes, sometimes to a fault, but I’d still argue that that is better than not.

When you are doing an Ironman or major swim or ultra endurance race people always say: “Wow.  How do you find the time?”  This tends to be someone who knows enough to “get it”.  The person who doesn’t know that much about endurance sports thinks that the race is the hard part and is in awe (and justly so) of how hard the actual race or event is.  But my response is: “For most people the race will be the hardest event they will ever do.  But really the hardest part is finding the time to train”.

The Champ… Mike Morton, who always volunteers to watch over you all!

With the exception of professionals (of which there are very few), most of us have other stuff going on in our lives.  The funny thing is that now that my wife and I are empty nesters, I’m a little burned out at doing Ironman tris.  But back in 2003 I did my first Ironman, and then several more after, and a bunch of marathon swims, 40-something marathons and ultras, etc, was also when we had 3 young kids… that were all involved in sports and activities… and eventually all 3 in high performance swimming… and renovating houses… and several internet startups… and working 50 hour weeks on the trading floor… and Joanne worked as an emergency room nurse… and on and on.  Oh, and volunteering every Saturday morning (for 12 years) to running LOST Swimming (PS. in case you were wondering, LOST is a not-for-profit.  No one has ever made a dime off of LOST, including myself.  We charge as little as we can, and put any residual profits back into the club… so it was never for the money).  But we got it done.  And we had fun doing it.  And we wouldn’t have done it any other way.

My point is, it was busy.  And still is.  Just like everyone else.  But my further point is, it is good to give back.  To volunteer.  At anything.

But when your “thing” is triathlon and or swimming (amongst numerous other things, I’m sure), it makes sense to give back to the thing that you are interested in and like.

Honestly, ask yourself how many races you’ve done.  Of all types.  10, 20, 30… 100, 200 races?  And then ask yourself how many times you’ve been the guy handing out the gatorade at the water stations?  1, 2, 3 times? None?

The thing about volunteering is that it is like so many things in life that are defined by the 80/20 rule.  Like sales in business.  80% of the sales are done by 20% of the people.  (At LOST Swimming those 20% guys are: Mike, Darren, Mauro, Dylan, Elizabeth, Mark, Edwin, Miguel, Katie and a few others that I probably forgot).

Same thing with volunteering.  You often see the same people volunteering.  I get all my volunteering done via LOST, but I’m the same, I often duck out of volunteering with the countless other things when people are asking for volunteers.  Human nature is what it is.

The good thing about LOSTies is, even though LOSTies have various athletic skill levels, there are a few things that we all have in common.  Most of us are pretty generous people… and aren’t particularly lazy either… and just given the fact that you apparently like LOST Swimming, you like our culture and community too.

So when it comes to volunteering… most of us just need a little nudge… or a kick in the ass to remind us… but we’re all game to helping build this community.  That is honestly why we have such a great group.  So typically, one just has to ask… so I’m askin’!

The good ol’ days are back… The Maisey Awards are now the Allison Awards!!!  (Alan’s daughter, Allison, volunteered to make these… that my daughter, Maisey, had volunteered to do, years ago!)

So that was your (not so subtle) gentle reminder!  We are looking for volunteers for 2 important things coming up soon:

  1. the LOST Race & LOST Mile on Saturday, Aug 12.   
    1. On-water – ie) kayaks & or kaykers, SUPS and or SUP’ers, etc
      1. contact Mauro at: maurocampanelli88@gmail.com
      2. or contact Claudia: claudia.sofia.policarpo@gmail.com
    2. On-land – ie) registration, handing out medals, parking, assisting, set up, etc.  You can request a post that will still allow you to swim too!
      1. contact Darren to volunteer at: dosborne@ovma.org 
      2. or contact Steve at: steve@3h.ca 
  2. the LOST Storage Shed construction on Saturday, July 22
    1. Construction Guys – for this job, we don’t really need 100 people running around with saws and hammers, but if you have some “construction experience”, we’ll take you!  (Adrian Brackel, who is currently building my house has agreed to lead this!)
    2. Donut Guys – or if you feel more helpful painting, setting up, organizing, or supplying donuts… well that’s helpful too!
      1. contact me: RobertJayKent@gmail.com

PS.  If you can’t help with either, no sweat.  It is more that we all just lend a hand when you can and doing whatever you can.  

Here are a few great examples:

Amy, Duane, Mark, and a few others – some of the regulars that just need a gentle nudge with my talk at the beginning of the swim about volunteering and guess what?  I didn’t say anything, but at the end of the swim they were there helping deflate the buoys, roll up the carpet, etc. 

Brett & Chris – you know Brett from his coffee shop that we always go to after swimming, but he’s also a LOSTie too.  He came down and said “hey, do you need a kayaker this morning?” and jumped in.  And this was after I was a bit short setting up, so Chris jumped into the kayak and set up the course… and hadn’t kayaked in years, but managed to stay dry!

Johnny Cupcakes – couldn’t make it out last week, but gave Mauro a whole box full of cookies for everyone when they checked in.  He owns Black Forest Bakery on Lakeshore and for him it was just a nice, thoughtful… and yummy thing to do.

The LOST Board – all the people that you didn’t even know are essential to making LOST Swimming and the LOST Race happen: Darren, Mauro, Mike, Dan, Elizabeth, Lynn, Katie, Miguel, Joanne, Dylan, Steve, Alex, Mark, Loren, Alan, Bud, Claudia

John Stribany – last year he (and his company) donated 150 LOST pint glasses to the LOST Race & LOST Mile!  This year he is donating 240 LOST pint glasses for the LR & LM and all the voluneers!!!   Oh, and he donated $1,000 for the LOST plaque we are working on too.  Thoughtful and generous.

The point is not that everyone has to do everything… just something.  Just do what you can.  It is really appreciated… and it makes our group better.  

Thanks.

Cheers,

Rob

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The older I get, the better I was…

Etobicoke Masters “GSS Global Championship team”… Luis, Joanne, Jason, Graciella, Bud, Dylan and Rob… 600 swimmers in the 10k and the largest 10k in the world…Luis won!

So way back in the day, I was a decent swimmer.  1988 Olympic Trials, a few national records, and just a step down from the best.

And these days one of my favorite lines becomes more and more relevant: “the older I get, the better I was!”

I still like to swim and still train pretty hard with Etobicoke Masters (EOMAC).  I love open water swimming and still love to race, even though the speed has long since dissipated.  Once you accept that the good ol’ days have come and gone, and that there is still a ton of fun in competing with a different perspective and new goals, it is pretty liberating.

Like a lot of former decent athletes, however, in my mind I’m still pretty fast.  And I still have a pretty good stroke.

However, after viewing the videos below, let’s just say there is always room for improvement!  Have a look at the videos, I’m willing to bet you could learn a thing or two about your stroke too!

Luis at a training camp “a couple of years ago”… that’s him, bottom row on the right… you might recognise some of his training partners… like the guy top row, 3rd from the right… Michael Phelps!

A big thanks to our EOMAC coach, Luis Escobar, who did this video for each of us on the team.  And who has a fair bit of knowledge and credibility.  He was that big step above where I ever got to.  2008 Olympics in the Open Water 10k… several World Championships… and the Canadian Age Group Coach of the year.  Nice guy too.

And I think the saying “you can’t teach an old dog a new trick”… is bullshit.  Keep learning.  Keep improving… and stay thirsty, my friends!

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I got called out… by Lake O!

A very happy (and cold, 44F and foggy!) Canada Day… happy 150th Canada from the 79 LOSTies crazy enough to swim today!

Okay, I know I said last week was our last cold water training session… at 47F/8C, saying that it was going to warm up by the following week, seemed like a pretty safe bet.  But I was wrong.

It got colder!

This week we had 79 swimmers and a water temp of 44F/6C!  That, my friends, is “crazy cold”.  Literally to do an official “ice mile” the water has to be 5C or colder!  We were practically there!

So foggy you could barely see more than 50m… fortunately nobody was going to be swimming further than that anyway!  Although most people did 2 or 3 of the 75m loops!

It made for a bit of a weird day.  It was actually quite nice and warm out.  Which does make a big difference when the water is that cold.  Swimming in 44F water in July is a lot easier to take than swimming in 44F water in December… both of which could easily happen!

But hey, that’s Lake O.  And that’s open water swimming.  I heard there were a few people that were a bit disappointed/frustrated by the cold water.  A couple of weeks of this is one thing, but more than that is a pain in the ass.

… sometimes it’s tempting to just say “screw it… Im going home”.

I get it.  Nobody likes water that cold.  But unfortunately there isn’t much we can do about it.  And secondly, I look at it like getting a flat tire on your bike while on a training ride.  It sucks.  But it you have to make the best of it.  Maybe you didn’t get that nice long ride in, that you had been planning on… but you are probably better at changing a flat now.

A bit of the cup is half empty… or half full.  I like to look at it as it’s “half full”… of freezing freakin’ cold water, in this example.

But like I said last time: it does warm up.  I’ve been doing this for 12 years now and these surprising cold “roll overs” are actually pretty predictable.  Yes, I missed it by a week this year, but it’s coming.  I’m not going to jinx it again for next week, but let’s say just say, I’d be willing to bet quite a lot that next week you’ll be able to have a nice comfortable swim… for about an hour.  We’ll see.  You’ve now paid your dues anyway!

now that’s foggy! The English Channel has nothing on this!

Again, on the bright side, it was kinda fun.  Watching all the crazy LOSTies get in and get it done.  And the surprisingly large number that went “naked”… amazing.  The other thing that was pretty neat was the fog.  The water was like glass and about as heavy of a fog as I’ve ever seen (again, because of the cold water, but I think we’ve beat that one to death!).  Pretty cool though, either way.

So, all this is to say… don’t give up now.  Good swimming is on it’s way!

Darren, back in the old days… when he was “the neoprene kid”… no, they didn’t wear wetsuits in Key West! The water is HOT!

PS.  a big “Congrats” to the LOSTies that did big races last week, including: Mt Tremblant 70.3 IM, Welland Long Course Triathlon, Caledon Quarry Swim (congrats to Barrie & Miguel for hosting a successful mid-week race!), and the most impressive race last week was done by: Darren Osborne and John Stribany both completing the 20k “Swim Around Key West“!  (more to follow on that, when I get their pics and stories! Results here).  And not rub your nose in it… but the water temp there was probably double what we swam in! haha.  Well done boys!

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The Freestyle Experience is going back to Barbados!

Join The Freestyle Experience for a week-long swimming adventure in sunny Barbados – coached exclusively by OLYMPIANS!

The Freestyle Experience Camp Barbados is designed for all levels of masters and open water swimmers and triathletes and takes place in sunny Barbados, at the National Aquatic Centre’s outdoor pool and the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The camp is timed to occur during the Barbados Open Water Festival (an incredible 5-day GSS event) and the camp pool sessions do not conflict with the BOWF so you can participate in both our pool sessions and the BOWF open water sessions if you wish!

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

Your camp will include 9 coached pool sessions,  specialized swim clinics (think butterfly and starts and turns), swim-specific yoga and pilates, stretch and strength sessions, team activities (paddle boarding or surfing for example), some team meals and social events and the opportunity to participate in the Barbados Open Water Festival with a group of new friends and teamates.

Your coaches, all Olympians, will guide you through this fun and exciting week while considering your abilities and goals. It will be challenging, but everyone can do it, and those who do won’t regret it! Change your swimming forever….join us in Barbados!

http://katiebrambley.wixsite.com/freestyleexperience

https://www.facebook.com/thefreestyleexperience/

thefreestyleexperience@gmail.com

613.680.7920 

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And that concludes our “cold water” sessions for the year…

June 24, 2017… 79 LOSTies swimmin’ in 48F/9C! Another beautiful Saturday morning swim!  (remember, you can click to enlarge any pic!)

Yup, it was freakin’ cold yesterday.

What can I say, the Lake only gives us a few cold ones to take advantage of before we start climbing the temperature ladder again.

We usually get 2 or 3 “stupid cold” ones (ie sub-50F/10C)… a handful of “chilly” ones (sub-60F/15C)… and the rest “warm” (60F -70F)… or “hot” (over 70F/21C).

Cold water or not… that’s a beautiful way to start the day and the weekend!

And unfortunately you’ve used up all your “stupid cold” swims for the year.  Yesterday was the first (and always the most drastic) roll-over of the year.  We’ll likely get 2 or 3 roll-overs later in the summer, but they won’t be anywhere nearly as big.  You might get a 70F that rolls to a 60F overnight, but no biggee.  Then they roll back.  That’s how the lake warms up.

Ya… you’re all nuts… believe me, I wouldn’t have gone in if you all hadn’t gone too! All drinkin’ the same Kool-aid… at least it’s made with nice, clean, cold water!

It is actually the wind that is the biggest determinant of water temperature.  If we get a north wind that pushes all the nice warm surface water across the lake to Rochester… which pushes the cold water from the bottom of the lake up on our side.  And a wind from the south does the opposite.  Pushes all the warm surface water over to us.

The nice thing is, that cold water is about as clean as mountain water.  And as cold.

A giant squid in Melkboss, South Africa! So which would you take… a bit of cold water… or a giant squid grabbing your surf board! Call me crazy, but seems kinda cool… helluva story over a pint, that’s for sure!

Ya… that’d be pretty freaky. Not many of those at LOST Beach!

Then there is my daughter, Maisey (and an original LOSTie!)… just another day at work! Her 3rd year as an ocean Lifeguard at Hilton Head Island, SC. Had to bury this poor little guy… a baby blacktip shark! None of those at LOST Beach either!

Anyway, you’ve paid your dues (literally and figuratively!… 189 paid LOSTies already!) with the cold water.  Trust me it’ll be warmer next weekend.  Quite a bit warmer.  So this is when we often lose all those early season keeners.  They come out all gung-ho… find out it is cold… stay for the first 3 or 4 swims and then decide it is too cold for them… and stop coming out… just when it is warming up.  Again, trust me, after 12 years of this I know the pattern.  Global warming or not the pattern is pretty predictable.

Steve, Ted, Lisa & Mauro at IM Mt Tremblant 70.3… well done Connor’s Runners & LOSTies!

… and that was after doing Escape from Alcatraz last weekend!

And honestly, if clean, clear, fresh, cold water on a warm, beautiful Saturday morning is the biggest worry we have… well, then those are nice problems to have.

At least we don’t have sharks or giant squids!  Hey, we have one of the best places in the world to swim… Lake O.  And even on Lake O, not all spots are equal.  Where we swim is one of the best… ironically, because it is cold and clean!

Having said that, you’re all nuts!  I’ll finish with the same line I opened with… “that was freakin’ cold!”.  And 74 LOSTies went in (and came out!)… and trust me, there aren’t many (any?!) places in the world where 74 swimmers go in and swim for 15 minutes in 48F/9C!!!  Yup, not in San Francisco… not in South Africa… not even in Ireland.  You guys are tough.  And ultimately, it will make you better swimmers.  You’ll be lovin’ it when we hit 60F and beyond!

PS. congrats to all the LOSTies racing this weekend!  A bunch at Ironman 70.3 Mt Tremblant, Welland Long Course Tri… and especially LOSTies, Darren Osborne and John Stribany, who did the 20k Swim Around Key West!!! (6 hours, 45 minutes for Darren and 6:58 for John… that’s all I know right now!  Congrats boys… making us LOSTies proud!)

See you on Saturday!

Cheers,

Rob

Mauro bring home the hardware from IM MT yesterday! Well done, Champ!

recognize this shot from the Netflix documentary “Barclays Marathon”?! Mauro has had a busy spring!  (okay, he crewed… didn’t run it… yet!)

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No more waiting…

58F/14C… 85 swimmers! Remember when beating the “ratio” was a big deal?! haha

Yup, the water started this year at 47F… then 53F… and on Saturday it was 58F!

(ok, I rounded up a little on Saturday to 60F, a bit of a psychological boost, if you will!)

No more waiting, it is very swim-able now… and only going to get warmer!  (well, okay, except for the occasional “roll-over”, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it!).  And this was no polar-bear dip… most swimmers were in there for 30-45 minutes!  Well done!

Lynn, Bud, Mark and Madhu… got in a bit early… eventually! Even these old vets took forever to get in! haha… mind you, they were naked… like an ever growing group were!

Oh, and no more waiting for this years’ edition of the famous LOST Swimming cap!  They are in… so come out and pick your’s up, included in your registration!  (replacements only $5, even though they are really nice silicone ones!).  Check them out!

Craig and Amy… modelling the new LOST caps! And not modelling the wetsuits… tough guys!

Anyway, we had a great swim on Saturday!  The stats: 58F/14C… 85 swimmers!  It was only 2 years ago when we used to try and “beat the ratio”.  And by that I mean, we thought it was pretty exceptional if we had more people than degrees.  ie) 58F vs 59 swimmers, was pretty amazing.  Now it’s not even close!  We’ve had 82, 79, 85 swimmers so far this year… unfortunately I don’t see the water temp making this much of a challenge anymore… unless global warming becomes pretty dramatic! haha.

As I usually say, we get about 8 out of 10 days where the water is amazingly flat and calm.  And we’ve had 3 in a row.  It was again beautiful flat water, on a sunny and warm day.  What a way to start the day and the weekend!

So flat the paddlers from the Burl-Oak Canoe Club even ventured out of the creek! And they were moving!

It was so flat that even the flat-water rowers were able to get out of the creek and hit the real open water.  At the end of the swim we saw them streaking by!  Amazingly fast.

We tried something different this week too, we had a mass triathlon start!  Just for practice.  It didn’t work that well because the water was still a little chilly to just be sitting there waiting for the start.  We’ll try it again when the water is warmer.  Just a good skill for the triathletes in the group to practice in a non-stressful situation.

Our mock-tri start!

If you missed the post last week about “having some anxiety” while swimming, give it a read.  I got some good feedback on it.  A pretty common issue for swimmers new to open water swimming.

This week I saw a good question on the LOST Facebook page about being “dizzy” after the swim last week.  I’m glad when people ask questions, because it makes me feel smart! haha.  Only because after the many years of open water swimming I’ve done everything wrong at some point and if I can save you having to do it wrong, then it’s a short-cut for you… and makes me feel like at least I can salvage something from my mistakes!

So the answer to why you might have been dizzy after last weeks’ swim is: because it was cold.  The cold water on your eardrum can make you dizzy.  And there are really only 2 ways that I know of to deal with that.

1) earplugs – I’ve broken my eardrums over 15 times each (I stopped counting), so they break pretty easily now.  So  I always have to wear them.  The benefit is that they actually keep you warm and prevent dizziness.  You can use whatever works for you.  Inexpensive silicone ones from the drugstore or the $100 custom made ones I have, from a hearing clinic at Maple Grove Plaza in Oakville, or lots of other places.

2) you get used to it – lots of people don’t use earplugs… because they don’t need them or only swim in water cold enough occasionally and even then rarely feel dizzy.  But if your body doesn’t get used to it eventually then try earplugs.

Darren and a few of the gang… squeezing in a bike ride and a swim!

That’s about it for this week… see you in the Lake!

Cheers,

Rob

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Told ya it would warm up… from a nippy 47F to a balmy 53F!

June 10, 2017… 53F/12C… 79 swimmers… right on schedule! It’ll be warmer next week too!

Okay, “balmy” might be a bit of a stretch, but at least I was right when I said “it won’t be any colder than last week!”  At 47F/8C that’s a pretty safe bet.  Even for Lake O.

Didn’t matter anyway.  It was such a beautiful day, everyone was game.  Everyone.  And this was not polar bear dip, everyone was in for quite a while.  As in about a half an hour!  That’s impressive, wetsuit or not.  Doesn’t hurt when the water is flat as glass, crystal clear and clean and on a sunny summer day.  What’s not to like.

Good to have Mike “the Kayak King” back in the saddle! Thanks to Peter in the other kayak too! Always happy have more if you have a spouse or friend who would rather take a pass at this temp!

There were probably about 15 or 20 newbies yesterday.  And I singled out one newbie, “Josh”, to use as an example.  In my little pre-swim talk I told everyone that I got an email from Josh.  And the funny thing is that I get almost the same email once a week from the newbies.  It goes something like this:

“Hi, I’m a new LOSTie.  I’m getting to triathlon.  I’ve done a few short ones and have a few more lined up for this summer.  I’m a pretty good runner and a decent cyclist, but swimming is my weakness.  I’m okay in the pool but I get kinda anxious and even a little panicky in open water.”

Sometimes this is after a rough experience in one their first triathlons.  They got their goggles knocked off, or the water colder than what they were used to, or rougher than they had ever swum in, or found their wetsuit too constrictive, especially around the neck, or gulped a bit of water that freaked them out.

(Check out the video that LOSTie, Freddie So and I did yesterday too, posted about this on the LOST Swimming Facebook page too!)

And if you thought 53F was cold… don’t tell this crowd that… they were some of the LOSTies that went “naked”!  Yes, you really can acclimatize to the cold water!

It happens.  The issue is how you deal with in the race.  And the way you deal with it is to be properly prepared.  And the way to be properly prepared for it is to have experienced it and figured it out… preferably in a safe and controlled, but tough simulation.

Like, I don’t know, a LOST swim.

The idea is to train in tougher conditions than you would have to race in.  You do that on the bike and run.  Hills suck on the bike, but you do hill repeats up the escarpment.  And there aren’t many races that have hills like that in the race.  But even if there are, you’d be ready for it.

Cool action shot! Good sighting, Chris!

Same thing with swimming.  There were 2 or 3 LOSTies doing the famous “Escape from Alcatraz” this weekend (congrats!  can’t wait to hear the deets next Saturday!).  And as I said to one of them “the water is always cold there, but after 47F at LOST, you will be the only person there thinking “this is warmer than I swam in last weekend!”.  And it’s true.

The main thing you need to do in a situation where any of the conditions are tough is: breath.  I know, it sounds dumb, but it’s true.  Of course you need to breath in running and cycling too, but it doesn’t effect your mental and physical condition in the same way as it does in swimming.

Nothing wrong with swimming or even racing with a tow buoy!  Look how high the water on the pier is, it is usually about a 4 foot drop to the water!

Now when I say “breathing”, I really mean “exhaling”.  Underwater, of course, not above.  People think “I couldn’t get enough air!”  And by that they mean “air in”.  But really the reason they couldn’t get enough “air in”, is because their lungs hadn’t gotten rid of the old air.  And you can’t bring in new air if the old air is still in there.

And if you don’t get full breath then this is what happens.  You run out of energy quicker.  That’s why you see those guys at the YMCA doing laps that go so hard, with their arms spinning as hard as they can and do 3 lengths and are TOTALLY winded and have to stop.  And the opposite is seeing the great distance swimmer that has that smooth awesome stroke and looks effortless.  Looks like he could go forever.  And he could, because he never gets into oxygen deprivation.  Even when he chokes on water, gets his goggles knocked off, gets smoked by a big wave, whatever.  These things happen to good swimmers too.  But it’s like I said, it’s how you deal with it.

It’s Saul Goodman!
(a little pun for the Better Call Saul crowd!)

So come out and practice swimming in tough conditions… with a 100 people… but in a stress free simulation that ISN’T a race.  That’s how you get better at it.

The real bonus is… I’d be willing to bet that you might end up loving open water swimming!  That’s how we ended up where we are, 12 years later.

RELAX and EXHALE.

Cheers,

Rob

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Lookin’ green for tomorrow!

Looks like it will be around 60F / 15C tomorrow!  That was quick.  See you tomorrow!

Cheers,

Rob

PS.  you can always find the link for this under the “Weather” tab above.

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Well that was cool… a little pun there!

So LOST Swimming is off to a screaming start!  Literally.

Okay, it was a bit nippy.  We had an incredible 82 swimmers out… for a dip in 47F/8C water!  How cool is that!  (I can keep going with these puns all day… or “dad jokes” as my daughter Jillian refers to them!).

It was a perfect morning… and we haven’t had ton of those lately.  Not a breath of wind, not a cloud in the sky, not a wave to be seen.  And FREAKIN’ cold water.

But we swam.

People always email me and ask “so are you cancelling swimming?  I heard it is going to be too ________ (wavy, rainy, windy, cold, etc)”.  Well in the first 12 years of LOST Swimming, I have never cancelled a swim.  Ever.

It doesn’t LOOK cold…

Now, there is a bit of an asterisk with that though.  We have made them pretty short.  And this was one of the shorter ones.  A lot of people got in and swam 100m or so… maybe twice.  That’s what I did.

that is as fresh and clean as glacier water!… ya, and about as cold… seriously…

But I would argue that 60-70% went longer.  Crazy.  They would go in and swim for 3 or 4 minutes.  Which is a feat in itself.  Then come out, regroup, both mentally and physically.  And then go back in.  Numerous times.  Like 6, 7, 8 times!  Wow.  Much tougher than me!

Now for all you out there that say that is crazy… well I don’t have much of a comeback.  But if you think “what’s the point?”  Well, you’d be wrong there.  There really is an actual benefit to swimming in water that cold.  

We live in Canada.  The water is cold here.  Not always, but often.  And people get freaked out by it.  Fair enough.  Nobody “likes” cold water, despite what they might tell you.  However, the definition of cold water can change… as you get better at swimming in it.

And getting “better” at swimming in cold water really means “acclimatizing” to it.  And how do you do that?  You swim in cold water.  And you do EXACTLY like what these die-hard LOSTies did.  You go in for as long as you can (safely) stand it.  Then you get out.  Get yourself collected, mentally and physically… and then you go back in.  And like I said, it still freakin’ cold… but in some weird way… it does get easier.  And repeat.  Not just 2 or 3 times today (or 8 or 9), but also next week.  And the week after.  And the week after.  And the year after.  And the year after that.  And eventually, you get “good” at cold water.

Not only can you withstand it better physically and mentally, but it actually becomes more enjoyable.  Not at 47F/8C though.  That never becomes enjoyable.  But when the lake warms up, and it does, it becomes really enjoyable.  So you can swim at 60F easily.  And 70F you can swim in all day.  And beyond that… well that’s just hot.

And, of course, it is even easier with a wetsuit.

And although cold water swimming (really cold) is never that fun, open water swimming always is.  At least in my book.  I swim 4 times a week in the pool, have a great team I train with, a great coach and a nice pool… and I would still take open water swimming any day over pool swimming.  Like I always say, it’s like road running compared to trail running.  Not even close.

And if you can take the cold part out of it, because “cold” is subjective, well then you’ll be able to enjoy the whole thing a lot more often and for longer periods.

Oh, and I’m a bit of a purist.  Not a big fan of wetsuits.  But, yes, I was not one of the… shall we say “strongly acclimatized” (crazy) LOSTies that can stand 47F easily.  I had my (sleeveless) wetsuit on.  That was cold enough for me.  Well done to the dozen or so that did.  Wow.  Anyone that doesn’t think it makes a difference wasn’t there on Saturday!

So all this is to say: “well done.  And although it may not have been an endurance workout, not every workout is supposed to be.  And being comfortable in cold water will make you a better swimmer (and triathlete).  So it was definitely a very productive workout that will benefit you later this summer and further down the road.  Trust me”.

And, I feel pretty comfortable saying: “it won’t be any colder than that this summer!”  See you next Saturday!

PS.  It was a bit of a tough transition swimming in 47F this Saturday… and swimming in 83F in Cancun, Mexico last Saturday!  (at the GSS – Global Championships!… join us next year… it was awesome!)

 

Cheers,

Rob

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June 3 is the first swim… of the 12th season of LOST Swimming!

1) Register:

It seems like forever since our last swim, last fall.  Which is okay I guess, it give you a bit more of an appetite to get going again now!  But here we go… the first swim is at LOST Beach, at 8:00 am, on Saturday, June 3!

So first things first: register by clicking here, which takes you to the LOST Store & Online Registration.

And, just because I get this question every year, “no, you can’t swim unless you are registered”.  Sorry but with this many people swimming, we need to cover ourselves from an insurance and safety perspective.  And because we are ALL volunteers and have been for 12 years now… every penny goes back into LOST to make it better!  So that’s kinda low to try and pull a fast one (but we always get 1 or 2 that think they have).  Judging by the turnout, I’d have to say it’s pretty fair value too!  And it’s just bad karma, man.

The cool way we keep track of who has registered is (the honour system and) making sure everyone wears this year’s cap!  Once again Miguel has designed a really cool new silicone cap that you get included with your membership at the first swim!  (PS. talk to Miguel if you need any professional graphic design done… he’s awesome!)

2) Best Season Ever!

I know I say this every year (but I’ve been right for the first 11 years!)… but this is going to be “the best season ever!”

Last year we set a new record, with our largest LOST Swim ever… 100 LOSTies out for a Saturday morning dip!  Wow.  By far the biggest LOST Race/LOST Mile ever too!

That was another big jump, as our previous record was 86 swimmers, but even more than the peak number of 100, we averaged between 80-90 swimmers each week.  Wow.  Again.  There was the addition of Sean McNulty’s Mississauga tri team, Feet of Fury, which bumped up the numbers up.  But there was a lot of returning faces, and lots of new faces too.

The funny thing is, it is quite surprising how many individual people join LOST Swimming.  They call or email me and are a little unsure about our group or more often, open water swimming in general, or cold water… but they take the leap.  And I tell them “just show up, I’ll explain it when you get there.  You won’t be the only newbie.  Don’t worry, it’ll be fun!”  And the numbers don’t lie.

So why will this year be the best year ever, you ask?  Well here are a few reasons:

  1. we are getting a plug-in!  Woohoo!  Okay, that alone might not be that big of a deal, but it will help me and our volunteer crew (Mike, Miguel, Darren, Edwin, Duane, Steve, etc) to blow up the buoys and SUP’s much more easily!
  2. we are getting a new storage shed!  Okay, again, probably not that big of a deal unless you are one of the volunteers that is trying make this whole show bigger and better… but it let’s us store more equipment on site (buoys, paddle boards, kayaks, mats, etc), which will make for better, easier and safer swimming too!  It gives us a bit of a presence too, which is nice.  Should be in the next couple of weeks… and I’m going to call on all of you to help us build it, kind of Amish barn raising style!  Should be fun!
  3. we are working on getting a patio and plaque!  Okay this will be really cool.  We have the Town’s “go ahead” to start the process, but there are still a lot of things to work out (permits, formal approvals, fund raising, presentations, etc).  I’m hoping to have it built some time this summer, but it may not be until the fall or even next spring, but it’s coming!
    • the plaque will have: LOST history, LOSTies who have swum Lake O, LOSTies who have done a major marathon swim, and the winners of the LOST Race!  The LOST Board will be putting together the criteria on exactly how one qualifies to get on the plaque… details to follow!
    • the patio will be a large sitting area around the plaque, in the area where we usually change and where the lone picnic table usually is!  Very cool.  Very exciting.

3) Water Issues!

Oh ya, “what about the water this year?  The water level is so high, how will it effect us?”

The short answer is, it won’t effect us too much.  I mean, the beach at the other end has been washed away, but where we are, it’s still okay.  And the water quality?  Yes, pretty much every sewer in the GTA has been cleaned out this spring.  Which sounds pretty gross and kind of is, but this is a big lake and it dissipates over time.  But more importantly, and I’ve said this a million times over the years, but where we swim is really a great place to swim.  It is all about circulation.  Where we swim the water circulates very well.  There is no bay, the water is deep, it’s not sandy, and it’s cold.  This makes it a clean place to swim.

Which takes me to the next point.  It’s cold.  As usual, at least to start.  “But how does the higher water level effect water temperature?” There are 3 schools of thought here.  1) With the addition of several billion new gallons of water to the Lake, it is going to take longer to warm up this year.  2) I believe the second school of thought, that rain water is warmer than Lake water.  So adding new “warmer” rain water will actually dilute the cold water… and the Lake will actually be warmer this summer.  3) Or, it’s a big lake (11th largest in the world)… and this won’t make any difference.

4) Wetsuits

triathlon wetsuit styles (click to enlarge)

This is the time of year when people are thinking about a new wetsuit.  Well we’ve got XterraOR... I’ve got a skype call tomorrow with the largest wetsuit provider in the world who is interested in striking a deal with us (& GSS), so I’m working on trying to get a good deal there too.  

In the meantime, you now have 2 options to order Xterra wetsuits:

1) click on the Xterra logo above and order any of their “Canadian offerings”, no code required.

OR

2) Order any of their wetsuits and get it shipped to a buddy in the US and have them send it to you. Then you can use the LOST code. Just drop Rob an email for the code if you want to order this way, President@GlobalSwimSeries.com

5) Swim/Run Races

I was contacted by a new “swim/run” group called: Stroke & Stride who is putting on a series of races… we have decided to support their series.  What this means is that if we tell all of you about it… you all get a discount on their races!  Click here: 

We’ll see on Saturday.

Cheers,

Rob

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Winter swimming, GSS Global Champs and LOW Art Auction!!!

Hey LOSTies,

So we made it through another winter… without swimming.  Well sort of…

… unless you were among the few crazies that swam all winter in the Lake!  Yes, I’m looking at you: Chris, Edwin, Loren, Richie, et al… or did a little winter surfing… or if you were a little more sane and kept in shape swimming at the Y or with a Masters club… or if you were lucky enough to get away for a nice warm swim!

100 x 100 on 100, Jan 2, 2017

 

Either way… summer is coming!  And so is LOST Swimming!  THE FIRST SWIM IS JUNE 3… mark it on your calendar!

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

First LOST Swim of 2010… 62F… 14 swimmers!  We’ve come a long way, baby!!!

In the meantime a bunch of us are going to do the GSS Global Championships in Cancun!  That’ll be amazing.  The race is actually called “El Cruce”, a 3k or 10k swim from Cancun to Isla Mujares where you swim right over an underwater museum!  Absolutely incredible.  Sorry if you want to go now, it’s sold out!  I believe the 3k is about 400 people and the 10k is about 500 people… making it the largest 10k in the world!!!

Oh well, there is always next year.

Also check out what our friends at Lake Ontario Waterkeeper have going on.  An art gala and auction!  The gala is long since sold out, but you will still be able to bid on the art, have a look:

See you soon!

Cheers,

Rob

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I’m going… you gotta do this one too!!! Maybe the best open water race you will ever do!!!

We just announced it and it is already almost sold out!!!  

443 already signed up for the 10k… capped at 450, and 288 of 350 signed up in the 3k!!!     (I’ll see what I can do about getting a few more spots for us, if needed!)

  1. GSS Global Championships in Cancun, Mexico
  2. only swim in the world where you swim over an underwater museum!
  3. beautiful, warm, clear water… and the beaches aren’t too shabby either!
  4. May 27, 2016… just into off-season, so great prices!
  5. sport your Mexican tan the next weekend… when LOST starts!
  6. and it’s not a hard sell to bring the rest of the family!

This is going to be great!!!

Cheers,

Rob

“El Cruce”, the host of the first GSS – Global Championshps!

The first Tour de France, 1903

The first Olympics, 1896

The first Ironman, 1978

The first Boston Marathon, 1897

Unless you are John Collins or one of the other 14 original Ironmen, you probably missed the first Ironman triathlon in Hawaii in 1978.

And I’m quite sure you weren’t at the first Olympics in 1896, or the first Boston Marathon in 1897, or even the first Tour de France in 1903.

But you do have a chance to be a part of modern sports history and participate in a truly global sporting event… the first GSS – Global Championships!

 

The first “GSS – Global Championships” will be held on May 27, 2017 in Cancun, Mexico!  And it may just be the most amazing swim you’ve ever done!

This Championship Race is open to swimmers from around the world, including the tens of thousands that have swum in any of the 92 races, in the 29 countries in the Global Swim Series!

This race will be the finale in the 2016/17 series of “Global Swim Series – Championship Races”.  The first championship race was the “GSS North American Championships” held in Toronto, Canada last September.  It was followed by the “GSS European Championships in Northern Ireland” in November, 2016 and the “GSS – Pacific Championship” in Sydney, Australia on February 25, 2017.

But as cool as it will be to swim in the first GSS Global Championships, the other thing is that this could be the most amazing swim you ever do!  This swim is also the world famous “El Cruce” or “The Crossing” which swims over an underwater museum in Cancun.

To start the 10k race you wade into the warm, crystal clear waters of the Mexican Caribbean on the shore of Isla Mujeres (Isle of Women).  And almost immediately offshore you will swim right over the unbelievable sunken museum.  The museum was commissioned as an exceptionally creative and artistic way to build an artificial reef.  You will swim right over 500+ stunning and detailed statues that were carefully placed at the bottom of the ocean for you to see and for coral to grow on, creating a whole new ecosystem.  Given the clarity of the water and the shallow depth these works of art can actually be seen as you are swimming in the race.

If the that distance is still a bit much for you, there is a challenging 3k race which is also quite unique, in that you are taken 3k off shore… and then jump ship and swim back to land!

Last year there was over 300 swimmers in the 3k and 500 swimmers in the 10k!  Both distances have numerous fast, world class swimmers, but the majority are swimmers that are there just to experience this amazing swim and the whole event in one of the vacation capitals of the world.  For this first year at least, you don’t have to qualify, everyone is welcome!

El Cruce is truly one of the most unique and spectacular races in the world… and this year, as the “GSS – Global Championship” race it is going to be spectacular and one race you won’t want to miss!

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A new 50m pool in Oakville!

Hello LOSTies!

Okay, the title of this email is a bit misleading… we don’t have a 50m pool… yet.  Buuuut… we are still working on it!

While my kids swam with OAK, I tried for 15 years to get the pool, to no avail.  However, I have passed the torch on to David Shemilt, who has kids that swim with OAK, and am still actively trying to help us get this friggin’ pool!

This is where we stand right now:

– Centennial Pool will be torn down (fairly soon)
– it will be replaced with a 25m pool as part of the new community center that will be built on the old hospital grounds
– so this is a golden opportunity to try and get the Town to make that a 50m pool!

So if you would like to see that pool built as a 50m pool rather than a 25m pool… fill out this survey!  Of course, the relevant question is kind of buried and indirect, but the question pointed at this is:



PS.  The cut-off for the survey is Feb 17, 2017!

Cheers,

Rob

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Xterra is shipping to Canada again!

Just thought I’d let you know that our friends at Xterra, who stopped shipping to Canada about 10 months ago, have now resumed shipping to Canada!

Good news for us… we can once again get the most popular wetsuits in the world at a heavily discounted price!

Xterra, Jan 13 2017

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Well that was cool… LOST Polar Bear Dip… and 100 x 100!!!

The 7th Annual "LOST Polar Bear Dip"... get ready...

The 7th Annual “LOST Polar Bear Dip”… get ready…

Pardon the pun, but that was a “cool” way to start the New Year!

On January 1, 2017 we held the 7th annual LOST Polar Bear Dip at our usual swimmin’ hole, LOST Beach in Oakville.

And like like all things LOST these days, it just keeps growing.  This was our biggest year ever, with 54 dippers and probably more than double that watching!

So at exactly 12:00 noon on Jan 1 we cured a lot of people’s hangovers… including mine.   We were at the King’s Arms for New Year’s Eve!  A buddy of mine and his band, “Taint Pretty” had rented the upstairs for a bit of fun.  Let’s just say I got my money’s worth.

 

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Goooooo!!!!

Goooooo!!!!

Anyway, the PBD is pretty low tech.  The crowd counts us down… we run in… we get the hell out… dry off… and go to the coffee shop and talk about our 30 second excursion for the next couple hours!

Phew... made it! (some guys are just always stylish!)

Phew… made it! (some guys are just always stylish!)

Funny thing, I got a call from CBC about Ice Swimming and the Polar Bear Dip a couple of days earlier.  And they came out and did a little story about the 7 LOSTies that went for a little swim a couple of days before the PBD.  Then I realised I must now be in some data base as some type of aficionado on Ice Swimming/Polar Bear Dips, because the next day I got another call from CBC radio about it too.  I felt like a bit of a fraud because although I have done my share of cold water swimming, I had no intention of going in for a swim.  A dip, yes, but not a swim.  So I passed them both on to Loren.  At least he could add some authenticity by going in and demonstrating for them! haha.  Then I got a call from CFRB 1010 News Talk Radio to talk about the same thing… only it was live!  Yikes.  Then I got another call the next day for a different show but still at CFRB, on the same topic!

The reason I bring this up, other than to let you know that my 15 minutes of fame is being eaten up in multiple 30 second sound bites, is that I noticed a common theme.

Sometimes they asked about Ice Swimming or the Polar Bear Dip… but regardless of what the specific topic was, there always seemed to be a common thread and common question: Why?  Which, of course is a pretty legitimate question.

So I had to come up with some type of coherent and snappy little answer for live radio as to why someone would do something so uncomfortable/stupid/crazy/fun… here’s basically what I said:

“There is no really good answer.  I don’t really buy the supposed health benefits.  Although there may be some, I don’t think any one of us does it to give us a better complexion.  And there is obviously some health risks to cold water swimming too.  But from more of a philosophical point of view, I’d say because in the modern structured environment we live in, it is still nice to be a bit of a rebel… and colour outside of the lines sometimes.  As we all get a bit older, it is still fun once in a while to show that we can still be a bit of the “young and crazy” people we used to be… and maybe continue to be.”

If there is a take-away from this event… that’s probably it.  Colouring outside of the lines once in a while is a good thing.  Life is a participation sport.

Then we had coffee.  Thanks Brett for opening the shop up for the “young and crazy” bunch of LOSTies!

Then we went to bed… woke up the next day… and swam 10 km!

The 100 x 100s on 100 Crew! Jan 2, 2017!

The 100 x 100s on 100 Crew! Jan 2, 2017!

On January 2 at 9:30 am, a group of about 38 of us (many of the same crowd!) made the trek out to the new Pan Am Pool in Scarborough… and swam 100 x 100 on 100!

For the uninitiated that is: 100 meters, 100 times, on 100 seconds (1:40) pace time.  Which equals 10k, in 2:47 minutes.

But like all things LOST, we like to be inclusive.  That was the headline goal, but lots of people modified it, either by adjusting the pace time (there were lanes for 1:40, 1:50, 2:00, 2:10, etc), or the number of 100’s (lots of people did different numbers, 50, 65 & 80 were common jumping off points!).  And on the inclusive note, although this is a LOST initiative, we’ve made it open to anybody, which was kind of cool… a ton of Etobicoke Masters Swimmers (22 of us!)… swimmers from the Beaches (Mitsy, Sarah)… Burlington Masters (Lynn)… North Toronto Masters (Chris, Bill)… and a few that just wanted to come out for a swim (Jill, Stuart, Al’s mom & daughter & friend, Bud’s son Eric, Michael, Martin)… 38 in all… and our biggest crowd!  And up a lot from our first year of 7!

So the long and short of it is that we all got a huge workout, had a lot of fun doing it, met a few new people… and all had a nap in the afternoon.

PS. be thankful I only wore the GoPro for the Polar Bear Dip… not the 100 x 100’s! haha.

 

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Welcome to a LOST 2017! Starting with: the Polar Bear Dip!!!… & 100 x 100 on 100!!!

img_0132Ok, here we go… into a brave new year of open water swimming!

And you might as well start it off by being brave!  So let’s start with the 7th LOST Polar Bear Dip!

So come one, come all… it’s stupid… and it’s fun!

Last year was our biggest year… 35 dippers!!!  Let’s beat it this year!!!

The 7th Annual LOST Polar Bear Dip:

  • when: Sunday, Jan 1, 2017… 12:00 noon, sharp!
  • where: LOST Beach
  • cost: free
  • what: a quick dip… clock strikes noon… get in… and get the hell out!
  • equipment: bathing suit (or whatever!), cap and goggles (if you really think you will be in that long?!), flip-flops(!), towel, someone to dress you after (and to laugh at you), towel… and a whole lot of LOST Courage!
  • follow up: Bean There Cafe (Brett is opening it for our “private function” from about 12-2).
  • bonus: free coffee to anyone that can stay in longer than Loren!

Etobicoke Masters participants (still working on getting the pic with everyone in it!)

100 x 100 on 100… Etobicoke Masters participants (still working on getting the pic with everyone else in it too!)

The second stupid thing to do in the new year: 100 x 100’s on 100!

  • when: Monday, Jan 2, 2017… 9:30 am start, sharp!!!
  • where: TPASC (Toronto Pan Am Sports Center… in Scarborough)
  • cost: $7.50 (I believe is the cost of admission?)
  • what: 100 x 100’s on 100.  Which is really a broken 10k swim.  (100m, 100 times, on 1:40).  And to save you doing the math, on 1:40, it takes 2 hours and 40 minutes.
  • equipment: if you have to ask, then you might not be quite ready for a 10k swim! haha… but the extra stuff you will need is a water bottle or two (put some gatorade or something like that in it too… or you will be bonking by the end!)
  • bonus: yes, we will also have slower pace times too… just like we did last year!  1:50, 2:00, etc

So come out to either or both events… in typical LOST fashion… they are both very inclusive and way too much fun!

Cheers,

Rob

 

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Racing the turtles in Barbados!

About to start the 5k and 10k!

About to start the 5k and 10k!

What an incredible swimming experience in Barbados!  If you’re someone that’s on the fence about doing a destination race for open water swimming, it might be time to take the plunge and sign up for one of the amazing tropical races on the Global Swim Series calendar.

This recently Joanne and I travelled down to Barbados for the Barbados Open Water Festival.  There are a ton of cool races in the Global Swim Series, but like everyone else, we can’t make it to them all, but we were fortunate enough to make it down this year for the Barbados Open Water Festival… and it was incredible!  In four years the Barbados Open Water Festival has turned into a major event on the open water swim circuit and now having experienced it, it is easy to see why!

At the guided swim the day before the race! And straight off the plane!

At the guided swim the day before the race! And straight off the plane!

Upon getting to Barbados, we took part in one of the four “guided swims” that take place on the four days prior to the main event. The guided swims are just very pleasant swims on four of the other beaches in Barbados. They aren’t timed and aren’t races, just a chance to have a nice leisurely swim in warm (hot?!) crystal clear waters with over 100 other like minded swimmers. I wanted to see some of the large sea turtles that everyone claimed were around, as I was really looking forward to that… but no luck. But I did meet a ton of people during the swim and then after when we all went to the local “fish fry” and street festival for dinner.

Everybody swims in Barbados!!!... even the race horses! As we found out having breakfast at our hotel one morning! I'm no Ben Johnson, but yes, I can honestly say I'm faster than a race horse!!!... (at swimming...)

Everybody swims in Barbados!!!… even the race horses! As we found out having breakfast at our hotel one morning! Now I’m no Ben Johnson, but yes, I can honestly say I’m faster than a race horse!!!…   (at swimming…)

The next day was the 1.5k race, which is the largest race at BOWF.  This year will go down as “the rainy year”, just like when we had “the cold year” for the LOST Race!  On Saturday it poured.  Torrentially.  The streets flooded.  The beaches flooded.  Everyone was soaked.  As a race director myself, I know that no matter where you are hosting a race, bad weather is always a major concern.  But the race went off without a hitch and nobody was bothered… we were all getting wet anyway!

I had to laugh when I was talking with one of the many kids from the local open water swim team, The Saltwater Swimmers, that were in the race.  She said this was the most rain they had gotten all year and the coldest day! Being from Canada and even standing around soaking wet it was fine, probably about 77F/25C.  Although it was nice to go into the water to warm up a couple of times.  The water was about 85F/30C!

As for the race, it was awesome.  A single 1.5k loop along the shore with 350 of your closest friends!  And this time I did see a turtle!

I know, I know... dont touch the turtles... but this guy really liked me and swam with me for quite a while and was too much to resist.  I was never very good a following the rules anyway...

I know, I know… dont touch the turtles… but this guy really liked me and swam with me for quite a while and was too much to resist. I was never very good a following the rules anyway…

The next day was the 5k and 10k races.  3×1 mile loops and 6×1 mile loops of the same course.  This was the first year of the 10k and there were an impressive 33 people in it.  The 5k had an even more impressive 130 swimmers!  It seems like if you were going to make the trip to Barbados you want to get in as much swimming as you could, or at least that was my rational, so I did the 10k.

Race Director and all round good-guy, Zary Evelyn, presenting me with a prize for the 10k... (and no, I didn't say that just because I got a prize!)

Race Director and all round good-guy, Zary Evelyn, presenting me with a prize for the 10k…             (and no, I didn’t say that just because I got a prize!)

As a great representative race for the Global Swim Series, there were people from all over the world!  I believe I heard from as far away as Australia and 14 other countries.  I heard that in one of the races, I think the 5k, 80% were international swimmers!

There were swimmers of all types and abilities.  From Olympian and former World Record holder, Alex Meyer and plenty of other fast swimmers, to LOSTie that many of you know, Cam and his girlfriend, Annabel.  Cam completed his first 10k and getting in 30 seconds ahead of the 4 hour cut off time!  Annabel completed the 1.5k, which is pretty cool because it was her third attempt at it!  Congrats.

Racing Sue Ingram, from Austin, Texas... after 2 hours and 29 minutes of swimming... she beat me by 1/10 of a second!  Great race... even though I got chicked!

Racing Sue Ingram, from Austin, Texas… after 2 hours and 29 minutes of swimming… she beat me by 1/10 of a second! Great race… even though I got chicked!

I even found someone my speed to race (Sue Ingram from Austin, Texas as I learned later).  We raced the final 2 laps taking turns drafting off each other and then racing in the final half mile side by side and “sprinting” up the beach to the finish.  I knew it was going to be close so I didn’t even turn to see where she was and I didn’t let up until I was a step away from the finish line timing mat… which is when I saw her leg step across in front of me!  She beat me by a tenth of a second!  What a great finish to a great race!  Oh, and I did get to see more turtles in the 10k… about a dozen throughout the race.  Not much better scenery than that on a 10k swim!

On the final day of our trip we went for another swim.  One of the highlights for me was that an old swimming buddy from when we were little kids, and who I hadn’t seen in many years, was going back down for his 3rd time to the BOWF.  He had brought his whole family down and they are all great swimmers (although I was able to keep some historical pride and edge him out in the 1.5k! haha).  In fact his 2 sons both did their first 10k race and the younger one (15) won the 10k outright!

Taylor, Scott and I diving down to the ship wrecks in the bay... soooo cool!!!

Taylor, Scott and I diving down to the ship wrecks in the bay… soooo cool!!!

So after all the racing we all decided to go out for a fun swim in the sunken ships they have in the harbour.  They are shallow enough that you can swim right down to them.  We also ended up getting right up close to several sea turtles!

While we didn’t take part this year, our good friends at the “Freestyle Experience” hosted their swim camp in conjunction with the festival the week prior and by all accounts it was a huge hit, if a little bit challenging!  The camp was coached by 2 former Olympic swimmers.

Jo & I with one of my oldest buddies, Scott Parker and his swimmin' family! We grew up swimming against each other in the swimming mecca of North Battleford, Saskatchewan!

Jo & I with one of my oldest buddies, Scott Parker and his swimmin’ family! We grew up swimming against each other in the swimming mecca of North Battleford, Saskatchewan!

So there is my first hand experience of what the Barbados Open Water Festival was like.  And if you are an avid swimmer like me and most people on this site… you might seriously want to be planning on doing this race next year!

Taylor Parker (15), Joanne, me, Mathew Parker (19). Taylor won the 10k outright... by a lot! Mathew and I were happy to finish the 10k and Jo did her first 5k race! Smiles all around!

Taylor Parker (15), Joanne, me, Mathew Parker (19). Taylor won the 10k outright… by a lot! Mathew and I were happy to finish the 10k and Jo did her first 5k race! Smiles all around!

Cheers,

Rob

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Darren swims Alcatraz!

darren-swimming-alcatrazSo Darren and Al have shown “how you do it”.  These guys are adventurers that make LOST proud!

First Darren, David and Al did the Canadian Death Race… then Al won the LOST Swimming – Connor’s Runners Beer Mile... and while Darren was in San Francisco he made good use of his time and made his own adventure… he arranged his private Alcatraz swim!  That’s doin’ it right!  Atta go, boys… it is that kind of moxie that makes LOST great!

Here is Darren’s swim report from Alcatraz… enjoy!

Swimmers make great friends.  Two years ago, I was going to San Francisco for a conference and Madhu hooked me up with some guys at the South End Rowing Club.  I had never met these guys before, but because I was a friend of Madhu’s, they treated me like family.   One guy, Joe Butler, took me under his wing and helped me through their annual Anita Rock swim.  After the swim, we were all going into the club sauna to warm up, and I noticed guys were picking up beer as they passed by the cooler.  Joe saw me grab a beer and he called out, “Hey, what are you doing?”  Uh oh, I thought. Maybe it was “members-only” beer, or I had to contribute to the club beer fund.  “Grab two!” he said. “We’ll be in the sauna a while.” Joe and I were scheduled to swim Alcatraz later that day, but stuff happened, and we did not get the chance.

Fast forward two years. I’ll be in San Francisco for work, so I email my old friend, Joe. “Dude, I’m in town.  Want to go swimming?”  He emails me back a few minutes later with a cc to his friends, Ned and Andy.  In his email, he says he will be out of town but that I am long overdue to swim Alcatraz.  He asks Andy to pilot the boat and Ned to swim with me.  He lays out the date, the time, the tides, sighting targets – everything.  As I am reading this, both Andy and Ned (two guys I have never met) email, “I’m in.”  With friends like Joe, it’s that easy.

I arrived at the club the day of the swim, and the weather was perfect.  There was a bit of chop in the bay, but the sun was shining, and the water was a balmy 59 (ish) degrees.  A few days prior, we had decided to swim early in the day because Ned (who happens to be a local rock star) was playing a concert that afternoon.  For me, the timing translated to a stronger tidal current.  We were in the club house changing when I started to get a little nervous.  I had been worried about the water temperature, so just in case, I brought my wetsuit.  I asked Ned if I should wear the wetsuit, and he looked at me the same way the cool kids look at “that kid” who asks if he can walk home with them.  “Naw, fuck that,” he said. “Let’s just go.”   We strolled out of the clubhouse, down the street and into the harbor–Ned in his housecoat, me in my towel pullover.  We met up with Andy and his co-pilot, Kelsey, and headed across the bay.alcatraz-route

It’s only 1.6 miles across the bay, so we arrived in no time.  Once we pulled up next to Alcatraz Island, it was obvious that the current was very strong.  It was the middle of the flood tide which meant the current was coming into the bay.  Andy instructed me to sight to my right because the current would pull me left–hard.  San Francisco Harbor has a lot of boat traffic, so Andy had to radio Harbor Patrol to inform them that we were swimming across.  The patrol replied that there was a sailing regatta about to start so we had to jump now.  Before I knew it, Ned jumped and started swimming.  I jumped in too.

When I hit the water, my first thought was, “Holy shit, is this water ever cold!”  Then I started hyperventilating.  “Just calm down and get into a rhythm,” I was telling myself.  “Just calm down, get into a rhythm, and breath.”

“It’s too fucking choppy to get into a rhythm, asshole,” I replied to myself.   I was less than a minute in, and already I needed help.

I sighted and could see Ned a few feet ahead of me; that was slightly comforting.  But the chop was bad, so I defaulted to a one-stroke breath.  Boy, did I ever want to get back in that boat.  “You look great!” Andy and Kelsey yelled encouragement from the boat. I was still hyperventilating.

After several seconds (or minutes?) I got control of my breathing. I was still very uncomfortable, but I no longer wanted to quit.  Twice, a big wave spun me, and I had to stop swimming to get my sight line back.  Both times, Andy was great.  He would get beside me and point me in the right direction.

Darren getting ready to take the dip... with Alcatraz in the background!

Darren getting ready to take the dip… with Alcatraz in the background!

When I am swimming in open water, I will sight a point on the horizon and head for it.  It might be a lighthouse, the Toronto skyline, or Fort Mason in San Francisco.  I think of the point like a compass heading. When you follow a compass you head west, but you never expect to arrive “West.” In a similar fashion, I rely on my sighting point for direction, but I never expect to get there.  When I get closer, and it actually becomes a place, I start thinking, “Hey, I’m going to make it!”

In contrast, with this swim, I felt like I was sprinting the whole way. I don’t recall thinking of my sighting point as an actual place until I was right there.  I was probably less than a hundred yards from shore when it finally registered that I was going to make it.  Ned was a lot faster than me, so Andy flew off and picked him up at the pier, and they all came back for me.  I was a few feet from the pier when I just quit swimming.  I was treading water, in a daze, when Ned yelled, “Touch land anywhere and it counts!” I swam up to the pier and touched the wall.  I had escaped from Alcatraz.

Back in the boat, Ned told me the swim was just under 30 minutes long, and we had drifted about 1 km with the current.  When I checked the map, I realized I cut it about as close as you can.  If I had swum any more slowly, I would have missed the piers entirely and drifted into the bay.

Big thanks to my friend, Joe, for setting this up, Ned for swimming with me, Andy for piloting, and Kelsey for co-pilot skills and amazing photos.  Thanks also to Madhu for hooking me up with the coolest swim club outside of LOST.

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LOSTies do the Canadian Death Race!

death race logoRemember when I said in my previous write up about the LOST Swimmers beating Connor’s Runners at the BEER MILE… and that that wasn’t exactly true… I mean we did win, that part was true… but that we aren’t “just swimmers”.  A few of the gang also happen to be good runners.  In the case of Darren, David and Al, they happen to be really, really good runners.

Al Wiggins... winner for the second year in a row!

Al Wiggins… winner for the second year in a row!

Check out their “detailed” account of the Canadian Death Race.  Last year David and Darren finished and Al didn’t.  This year it got reversed.

This is one tough ultra trail race race.  Truly worthy of the description as an “Epic Adventure”.

click here: 2016 Canadian Death Race, race report!

PS.  yes, that is Al Wiggins… also the winner of the BEER MILE!

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The 3rd Annual “LOST Swimmers vs Connor’s Runners BEER MILE!”

 

3rd Annual "LOST Swimming vs Connors Runners BEER MILE!

3rd Annual “LOST Swimming vs Connors Runners BEER MILE!

 

Al Wiggins... winner for the second year in a row!

Al Wiggins… winner for the second year in a row!  And broke the 7:00 BEER MILE!

As usual, that was about as much fun as you can stand.  But that’s not too surprising because, to paraphrase a line from some of our swimming buddies in Ireland, “If it ain’t fun, we’re not playing!”

So for the third year in a row we held a beer mile that pitted the runners and against the swimmers… and for the third time in a row… the swimmers crushed them!

In fairness, there are a lot of LOSTies who are very good runners and triathletes… and there are a bunch of LOSTies who are also CR’s… and a bunch of CR’s who we’ve converted to LOSTies… but still, it’s fun to poke a little fun at the light-weight runners!

And to add a bit of “authentic flair” to the swimming side a few of us were even downing the beer that Marilyn Bell Di Lascio gave us as a very “thoughtful” gift when she came out with us on her recent visit!

Rod Stewart? David Lee Roth?... nope... its Ted!

Rod Stewart? David Lee Roth?… nope… its Ted!

It appears that Pascal has some catching up to do!

It appears that Pascal has some catching up to do!

Did you ever see anyone more excited about coming in 6th?!

Did you ever see anyone more excited about coming in 6th?!

Just keep it down Craig...

Just keep it down Craig…

She/he showed up late, but Alex is flying out of the start!

She/he showed up late, but Alex was flying out of the start!

chug... chug... chug...

chug… chug… chug…

Russell, your mother is going to be very disappointed in you...

Russell, your mother is going to be soooo disappointed in you…

Also as a good measure of the level of frivolity of the event, a big tip of the hat to some of the great costumes: Ted Hewitt (CR), as usual had a great one: some kinda David Lee Roth/Rod Stewart-type get up!  Russell Thacker (CR), every great Star Wars nerd!  Alex McMillin (LOSTie) and hula-girl!  Craig Ross (LOSTie) and Hooters Girl!

Some interesting fact from this year that Mauro came up with:

  • Our largest race so far (24 starters)
  • Fastest race so far (avg time of 9:55, versus last year’s 10:34)
  • 5 PB’s this year: Al Wiggins, Mark Luxton (and even drank 4 Tallboys!!!), Dylan Kent, Shawn MacLean and Mauro Campanelli
  • 7 participants that have attended all 3 annual events
  • 15 first timers !! (including our first Olympian… Luis Escobar… for swimming, the Beer Mile isn’t an Olympic event… yet).
  • Largest cheering crowd so far !!
  • here are the results… and Al is putting the results up on the BeerMile.com site too!
  • check out how close some of those times were: 3rd & 4th were 5 seconds apart… 5th & 6th were 2 seconds apart… 7th to 12th were all within 24 seconds!  We have some racers, even in the Beer Mile!
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Well done, one and all!  Thanks for coming out to run and drink and cheer and celebrate after the race with a couple cold ones at the King’s Arms!

You guys are awesome.  Remember… it’s never to early to start training for next year!

PS.  We tend to keep this race discreet beforehand for obvious reasons, but if you’d like to be notified for next year’s race, drop me an email and I’ll add you to the email list.

Next stop: LOST Polar Bear Dip… Jan 1 at noon… and then 100 x 100 on 100, Jan 2!  

Cheers,

Rob

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What a great season ending swim… with Marilyn Bell!

Thats Marilyn Bell on the far right in the bright blue!

That’s Marilyn Bell on the far right in the bright blue!     (click to enlarge)

So that was pretty cool.

And for once I’m not talking about the water temp… it was 67F, by the way, toasty warm, especially for this time of year!  I was talking about having Marilyn Bell Di Lascio and her two daughters, Janet and Jodi, join us at LOST Swimming this morning.

Thats Marilyn on the far right in the bright blue!

… and that’s about 88 LOSTies that were pretty excited to meet her!

I probably shouldn’t have been amazed, but I was, at how many people had a “Marilyn Bell” story.  One LOSTie, Dave Richards, passed me a picture of Marilyn Bell and him!… it was when she was in Victoria to swim the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  Marilyn was 16 or so and Dave was even younger than her in the picture!  And now they got to meet again all these years later!  That’s amazing.

Or another LOSTie, Katherine, who’s mother is quite affected by dementia, but when Katherine told her that she was going to go swimming with Marilyn Bell this morning, her eye’s lit up and said “really?! Marilyn Bell?!”.  There’s a longer story there, both Marilyn and Katherine got pretty choked up over that heart warming story.  Marilyn has definitely touched a lot of people along the way.

Marilyn Bell and me... I think everyone was pretty excited today... including Marilyn and me!

Marilyn Bell and me… I think everyone was pretty excited today… including the two of us!

I suppose I’m like most people, I didn’t really have a Marilyn Bell story, I just knew a lot about her.  Probably the closest I had to having a Marilyn Bell story is  that 11 years ago when I decided I was going to try and swim the English Channel, and what ultimately started LOST, I thought about Marilyn and wondered why nobody swam in Lake Ontario like they used to back in Marilyn’s day.  I also thought it would be kind of cool to try and bring back the golden age of marathon swimming and make it so people swam in the Lake O again.  So to have her and her daughters come out and join us at the last LOST swim of the best season of LOST Swimming we’ve ever had… well, I guess, it feels like it has all come full circle.

The cool thing is, now all 88 of us that swam this morning have a story about the time they swam with Marilyn Bell.  (Okay, to be clear, Marilyn couldn’t swim today because she had just had dental surgery, but she did get her feet wet helping swimmers in and out!  And she still does swim regularly).  My story will be about the time that she called me up and asked if she could join us for a LOST swim.  And how she got to see what LOST Swimming is all about.  And how she got to come back to Brett’s coffee shop and meet everyone… and I do mean everyone!  She and all the LOSTies had a GREAT time visiting and talking about open water swimming!  I like that story.

lake-ontario-waterkeeper-1lake-ontario-waterkeeper-2Speaking of water related stories, or “watermarks”, as Marilyn put it… check out the Lake Ontario Water Keepers website and tell them all about your “watermark” story.  Lake Ontario Waterkeepers is an organization that Marilyn is very close with and something that LOST and many of the LOSTies avidly support.

Lots of coffee, butter tarts and smiles to go around!

Lots of coffee, butter tarts and smiles to go around!

I have to admit that I’m pretty proud of LOST.  How warm, friendly and inclusive everyone is.  And how we all share a passion for open water swimming.  And if that is the criterion to become a LOSTie, well I’d have to say that Marilyn, Janet and Jodi are certainly LOSTies at heart too.

Thanks to all the LOSTies, including Marilyn, for making this the biggest and best season of LOST Swimming yet!  I am still shocked at how big it has gotten… and am hopeful that it keeps growing next year too!

beer-from-marilynPS.  We presented Marilyn, Jodi and Janet with a LOST beer glass (thanks again, John Stribany!) and a Global Swim Series t-shirt (Marilyn loves GSS and is even a bit envious at all the great swimming opportunities we have to swim all around the world through the GSS!)… and they gave me two 2-4’s of beer!!!  Warms the cockles of my heart… kinda weird that they knew I liked beer though?

On a totally unrelated note the next 2 LOST 2015-resultsevents are:

  1. The LOST Swimming Season Wrap Up & Pub Night!!!    (date to be confirmed)
  2. The 3rd Annual LOST Beer Mile!!!  I hope the Connor’s Runners are up to the challenge again this year!  (Friday, Oct 1… more to come on that).

 

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Thanks for a great summer of LOST Swimming everyone!

Cheers,

Rob

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The last LOST Swim of the season is this Saturday… and Marilyn Bell is going to be there for it!!!

bell-swims-lakeSo this is a special treat for all you LOSTies out there!  And a nice way to wrap up the season.

Marilyn contacted me this week to see if she could come and swim with the LOSTies. Her and her daughters, Jodi and Janet, are doing a road trip and wanted to stop in and see us! Pretty cool.

As you can imagine, being as into open water swimming as I am, I have read all there is to read on the subject and know all the names and places and swims.  Part of my goal for LOST Swimming was to “re-start” open water swimming in Lake Ontario, after a hiatus of about a half a century.  And much to my surprise, I’d say we’ve done it.  I would argue that LOST Swimming and the Global Swim Series have made open water swimming as big in Ontario as it has ever been!  Which of course is thanks to all of you coming out and making it a fun thing to do on a Saturday morning.  So with Marilyn joining us, it kind of feels like it has all come full circle.

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

CNE Race, see original caption below, (click to enlarge)

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marilyn_bell_plaque As you likely know, open water swim races used to occur at the CNE back in the 1920’s and ’30’s.  Wrigley, chewing gum company, even used to put up huge prize money that would draw big numbers out for races.  The equivalent of over $150,000 in today’s money!  They kept going for many years after that and they had some very large… and long (15 mile) races too.  There was even a professional race across Lake Ontario in 1976.  But of all these big events that occurred in Lake O, by far and away the most famous was when a 16 year old Toronto girl named Marilyn Bell (her married name is actually Marilyn Di Lascio, but people still often know her as Marilyn Bell) swam across the Lake.  There was actually $10,000 in prize money offered to an American woman who was the reigning world champion marathon swimmer, and Marilyn only jumped in late, almost as an afterthought.  The American never made it, and after Marilyn was part way across, and all of Canada was following her progress, they then offered the prize money to her if she made it.

And she did.  And the rest is history.

marilyn-bellSo come out and be a part of LOST history… but more importantly, come out and have a nice swim with other like-minded swimmers… one of which happens to be Marilyn Bell Di Lascio!

PS.  I asked Marilyn if wanted me to call the media and local dignitaries and stuff… because this is pretty cool… she said “no thanks”, she’d rather ditch the formal stuff and just come and make new friends that share her passion for open water swimming!  Although she did say, she’s happy to do selfies with anyone who wants one with a 78 year old grandma! haha.

See you on Saturday.

Cheers,

Rob

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Frank’s Swim For Mental Health… Oct 16!!!

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LOST Race & LOST Mile…

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Well a picture is worth a thousand words… and the 9th Annual LOST Pier Pic says a lot about all the LOSTies… it was a great race and a lot of fun!

So here is the jist of it… it was our biggest and best race ever!  I know each year I always say this year is going to be our best race ever, and some year I’ll be wrong, but I haven’t been yet!  (at least about that :-p).

First of all we lucked out with the weather.  Totally.  It was supposed to pour rain and thunderstorm and the whole bit… but it held off until a few hours after the race.  And instead we got perfect conditions!  72F/22C… flat water… incredibly hot and humid 35C+… which is fine if you are going for a nice swim!  We also had our biggest turnout ever…

Number of Participants:

  • 2016 – LR – 114 swimmers – 73 wetsuit, 41 naked (36%)
  •           – LM – 55 swimmers – 38 wetsuit, 17 naked (31%)
  • total:          – 169 swimmers – 111 wetsuit, 58 naked (34%)

    The LOST Race trophy

    The LOST Race trophy

… and here are the top placing swimmers in each race… and the ones who will have their names engraved on the LOST Race Trophy and the LOST Mile Trophy!

LOST Race

  • Fastest ‘Wetsuit – Man’: 54:27, Geminio Grossi
  • Fastest ‘Wetsuit – Woman’: 57:57, Megan Dodge
  • Fastest ‘Naked – Man’: 52:29, Dylan Kent
  • Fastest ‘Naked – Woman’: 58:51, Lynn Rodgers

LOST Mile

The LOST Mile trophy

The LOST Mile trophy

  • Fastest ‘Wetsuit – Man’: 24:08, Craig Ross
  • Fastest ‘Wetsuit – Woman’: 31:27, Heather Winmill
  • Fastest ‘Naked – Man’: 24:37, Luis Escobar
  • Fastest ‘Naked – Woman’: 32:23, Sarah Gallagher

And if a picture says a thousand words then the video must be worth a few thousand!  So I’ll spare you all from a book about the LOST Race and let you watch the video!  It turned out pretty well.  Enjoy… and thanks for coming out to swim or volunteer!  See you at the 10th annual LOST Race & LOST Mile next year!

Lots of great pics and video, including drone video too!  Thanks to John Johnston, Branko Vrzic and Phillip McCatty of Drone Therapy for all the great pics that we put together!

Hope to see you all at the Global Swim Series – North American Championship on Sept 4, at Woodbine Beach in Toronto!

PS.  check out a bunch of historical facts, records and pics on the LOST Race tab above!

Cheers,

Rob

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