… assuming you call 53F/11C nippy.  So 2 weeks ago it was 68F… then we got a bit of a roll over last week that took it down to 60F.  Which at the time I recall saying that is a pretty mild roll over for the July 1 long weekend.  Turns out it just wasn’t quite done yet.July 12, 2014

I happened to be down at the Lake on Tuesday as well.  And happened to have to occassion to stick my hand in.  And it was “stupid cold”… as in, it hurt to put your hand in.  Naturally I had my trusty thermometer with me as well… it was 45F/7C!!!  P7110049

That’s the roll over I was expecting.

P7110045The good news is that it had warmed up 8 degrees by Saturday… the bad news is that 53F is still pretty freakin’ cold!

However, when Saturday morning rolled around we still had the LOST faithful show up… 47 LOSTies in fact… (almost beat the temp/swimmer ratio like last week!)… and it was a bit chilly.  Sure it's a bit chilly getting in... but look at that water... and sky! Beautiful!

Mike and crew set up the course, pretty short, given the temp… just a 300 m loop.  But that weird thing happened again.  We’ll call it the “LOST effect”… everyone got in!

But not only did they get in… something most sane people wouldn’t do in water that cold… they swam!  100% did at least on lap.  Most did 2 or 3 laps.  Several did as many as 6 or 7 laps!  And several of those were naked!!!  Amazing the power of positive thinking… and just seeing everyone else doing it!  Works every time.

It didn’t hurt that outside of the water on dry land, it was HOT!  There is big difference between getting out of cold water… only to find the air cold too… vs getting out and finding it is a toasty warm, sunny summer day!  Nice.P7110048

Smart thinking on behalf of several LOSTies too (Dylan, Chris, Maryellen and Roger come to mind), for coming out to LOST to literally test the waters yesterday, before the Toronto Triathlon Festival that was today!  Lucky for them the water wasn’t as cold and because of their LOST swim they were physically and mentally prepared for it, even if it was!  Congrats on your races guys!



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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!


  1. Rob! Thanks for making us newbie’s so welcome Saturday morning! After my teeth stopped chattering it was nice to meet so many awesome Losties……..the water at the Toronto Tri yesterday was a balmy 17C – felt like bath water!


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