So on Mother’s Day I didn’t feel right about skipping out for the whole morning (and by “didn’t feel right”, I mean, I would have been found floating face down in the lake if I had!) and going for a swim at Gullivers… so I went for a dip in our pool!

I opened the pool a couple of weeks ago, remember… when it was unusually nice.  It was unusually cold yesterday when I decided I needed to do a little cold water acclimatization in the back yard.  The air temp was 6C / 43F… and the water was 12C / 54F… cold no matter where you are! 

It seemed to take me forever to get into the pool… but I finally did.  I was trying out my new surgical tubing teather.  Essentially a rubber band tied at one end to the deck… and the other end to a belt around my waist.  Surprisingly it worked quite well.  As the water was so cold I had to sprint.  I sprinted for about 10 minutes and was spent.  The good news is that I wasn’t really all that cold at all.  I took the belt off and swam around in the pool, put the vaccum in, got in and out a few times… and was fine.

Then I got in the hot tub for a half an hour.  Hey, I may be  crazy… but I’m not stupid!



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I founded LOST Swimming because I like open water swimming and would like to see it grow and thrive in Lake Ontario. I started as a competitive swimmer as a kid and ended up getting as far as a silver medal at Nationals and going to the Olympic Trials in 1988. But I retired after that, I was sick of swimming. So I got into running marathons and have run over 35 to date, as well as a few ultra marathons, including the Marathon des Sables (7 day, ultra across the Sahara Desert). I also kind of fell into triathlons and have done a handful of Ironman tri's too. This gradually got me back in the water and in 2006 I took the plunge and attempted swimming the English Channel. I didn't quite make it across, but the circle was now complete and after 17 years I was a swimmer again! Although I still do plenty of pool swimming, I now much prefer open water swimming and like to say that open water swimming is to pool swimming, what trail running is to treadmill running! As a result I hope to encourage more people to join me for a dip in Lake Ontario as often as we can!


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