Hey LOSTies!

Don’t forget about the book launch tomorrow (July 5), immediately after our LOST Swim!  We’ve even arranged to have it just up the street at the library… and if that wasn’t enough… they are supplying the post-swim coffee and donuts!  See you there!

Cheers,

RobSolo, yet never alone

My friend Laura Young has written a book about Lake Ontario Crossings!!!

There really hasn’t been a book about swimming the Great Lakes since the excellent book by Conrad Weneberger: Wind, Waves and Sunburn, which is about marathon swimming back in the glory days in all the Great Lakes, but Laura’s book is all about Lake O Crossings and is up to date as of 2012!  (which mean, yes… even, lil’ ol’ me is in it!)

Even better, you can pick up an autographed copy of the book from the author!  And even better than that… we’ve arranged a book signing and a little panel discussion with the author and 3 people in the book… me, Madhu and Melanie!  And it is going to be at the library just up the street from our Saturday morning LOST swim on Saturday, July 5 at 10:00 am!  Perfect!

Here is the press release:  (for printable versions of both, click below):

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Press Release Oakville June 16 2014

Solo, yet never alone, press release

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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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