… 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.
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!!!
That’s the roll over I was expecting.
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.
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!