Lynn and I decided to get some distance… and confidence… with one week remaining before we and several others make the trip to Key West, so we met down on the beach on Sunday morning ready for a nice long swim.  My daughter, Maisey, was nice enough to kayak for us… and Madhu dropped by to see us off after his earlier swim with Michele for an hour down at Coronation Park. 

(more on the SAKW later in the week… check out the details on the “LOST Travel Team” tab!)

Maisey, Lynn and Rob... ready to head out for a 7.6 km swim!

The water was 60F / 16C.  We both wore wetsuits and planned on getting in 2 – 3 hours of beautiful open water swimming… the water was as flat as glass.  Perfect.

We decided to swim the LOST Race route and reassess things then.  It was totally uneventful.  Nice.  We got to the turn around and Lynn was getting cold.  I was fine.  I’m also packin’ a little more heat than Lynn though.  If you know what I mean.  No, I didn’t have a gun in my wetsuit… but let’s just say my spare tire is a lot bigger than hers… her spare tire isn’t the size of bicycle tire.  Despite a few warm patches we swam into, it wasn’t enough to keep her warm… when we stopped to feed from Maisey’s kayak I found a great warm spot… but I think it might have been “man-made”, if the truth be told.

A nice perk I have with LOST Swimming... it's fun to do cool stuff with your kids too!

Lynn was getting really cold on the way back.  I told her she could always walk back, which she didn’t need to do, but we did swim closer to the shore… just in case.  She did say it was nice having that there as a back up though… a lot more comforting mentally than if we were in the middle of the lake swimming back in.  She was getting the claw… when you lose all muscle control in your hands (much like Madhu did… see story below), nothing wrong with that, just signs of increasing hypothermia to be aware of… as long as one is cognizant of it and prepared, you are fine.  Otherwise, it’s what we call “good cold water training”.  We ended up doing 7.6 km (double LOST Race route) in a bit under 2 hours.  Funny thing is… she’s going to be swimming in water that is 88F next weekend.  Okay, then we just call it “mental toughness training”.  We got back… warmed her up… and after 20 minutes with a good case of the shivers… she was fine.  Ironically, it was really hot out, 30C or so… Maisey was cookin’ in the kayak!  Well done Lynnie!

A little shout out to Nick and Art… with about 100m left in our swim, we also bumped into Art and Nick, who are also doing Key West next weekend!  They were on their way out to do a 10k swim!  We are going to have an impressive LOST Travel Team in Key West next weekend… way to go boys!




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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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