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

An awesome kick off swim!!!  And the answer to the million dollar question was… 62F / 16C!!!  So it wasn’t the 70F that it was on Tuesday… but it wasn’t the 52F that it was on Wednesday either.  A very comfortable swimming temp in a wetsuit, (a very comfortable without… if you’ve trained for it!) pretty much ideal, probably between 60F – 65F is ideal, once you start getting up to 70F, you’ll notice that you are getting pretty warm, especially if you are going for any distance.

The next great thing was that we had 14 swimmers out! (plus Madhu, who couldn’t swim but couldn’t miss the big kick off either and came down to send us off!)  A big improvement from the 8 that we had to kick off the season last year… thanks for coming everyone!  As much as it is great to see all the old faces, like Darren, Eileen, Melanie, Bill, Hugh (even if he was late!) and Mike… it was great to see people that I hadn’t seen since last year like Carl and Victor… and even better to see the several new faces, like Claudia, Jeremy, Mathew!  (sorry, I know that doesn’t add up to 14… so I’m making this disclaimer right at the start of the season… I’m not great at remembering names, but I’m trying… I’ve got about the same short term memory as Drew Barrymore did in the movie “50 First Dates”).

Getting set for the inaugural dip of 2010.
Getting set for the inaugural dip of 2010.

We did about 20 minutes out and 20 minutes back, except Claudia who went a bit shorter and then got out and did a nice run, but we’ll cut her some slack as she is on a bit more strict routine as she is training for World Short Course Triathlon Championships, if I heard correctly!  Not too shabby!

We wound it all up with the usual cuppa coffee up at Second Cup… a good time was had by all!  Hope to see you all out next week!



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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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