Okay, it was still cold… 54F/11C. ¬†Actually a degree warmer than last week ūüôā . ¬†But yes, still chilly. ¬†(And you know how I knew it was going to roll over last week… well, don’t get psyched out, I’m quite sure it will be warm again by this weekend!) ¬†But how, you ask, could it have been a “great swim” then?

66 swimmers out... for a chilly one!
66 swimmers out… for a chilly one! (I know… not everyone was in the picture, but that’s how many signed in!)

Well I was thinking about that. ¬†Because the water was cold… but we had 65 swimmers (yes, we crushed the temp/swimmer ratio again!!! ¬†54/65!!!) show up for a dip… and when it was all said and done and everyone was out of the water and walking away… everyone had a smile on their face. ¬†Everyone had fun. ¬†I didn’t hear a single soul grumbling about the water temperature and turning all sour on it. ¬†Okay, it may still have been the topic of conversation (or not), but I guess the answer is that the temperature of the swim wasn’t the only measure of a “good swim”.

The National Lifeguard Champions joined us!
The National Lifeguard Champions joined us!

To use an analogy I used to use with my kids when they were small. ¬†We’ve all been there when it is a beautiful summer day and the kids come moping around saying “there’s nothing to do, I’m bored”. ¬†And as the parent we’d say “there’s lots to do! ¬†You could: go play outside, read a book, go play ball hockey, go for a swim (okay, maybe only at our house), go play a game…” and on and on. ¬†But we knew what they meant… they were bored… but mostly they were bored because they had no one to play with, or at least no one to take the initiative and invent a game… not because there wasn’t a million things they could do. ¬†But eventually they would figure it out and find someone to play with and something to do. ¬†The something to do was easy, in fact the simpler the better. ¬†A sprinkler, some worms or sidewalk chalk went a long ways.

They were real pros and the cold water didn't scare them at all!
They were real pros and the cold water didn’t scare them at all!

Well, here we are 20 or 30 or 40 years later… and things haven’t really change much. ¬†The fun part of LOST Swimming is getting out there and doing something “fun”, like acting like a little kid… but thing that really makes it is having someone to do it with. ¬†Or 64 other like-minded wacko’s to do it with!

A nice little dip... none the worse for wear!
A nice little dip… none the worse for wear!

That’s why there are so many people out… that’s why people drive 1 hour and 45 minutes to get there (Alyssa!)… that’s why you can be a little kid and come out of cold water with a big ol’ grin on your face!

Mike set the buoys up in a pretty tight triangle this week, because it was so cold… but you know what… everyone was still in for quite a while… 15-30 minutes! ¬†Some for several laps… some naked… some twice… but all smilin’!

So… keep comin’ out… because that’s what makes LOST Swimming what it is!

PS.  special thanks to our newest LOSTies, the girls that qualified for the National Lifeguard competitions in France!  (and loaded up a whole bunch of boards and a trailer and drove down from Guelph and have a swim with us!).  Thanks girls, your welcome anytime!

What the beach looks like... without 65 LOSTies on it!
What the beach looks like… without 65 LOSTies on it!

Cheers,

Rob

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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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