IMLPHey LOSTies,

Hi from lovely Lake Placid!  Just laying on the bed relaxing the afternoon away… before the Ironman tomorrow!

The weather has been hit and miss… sunny, rainy, cloudy, windy… and that’s every half hour!  We have no idea what it will be like tomorrow… but I think we would all prefer to not have the rain!  Especially since this is one of the toughest bike courses of all Ironman!  Yikes.

One of my all time favorite race pics... Maisey, me and Dylan... IMLP 2003!
One of my all time favorite race pics… Maisey, me and Dylan… IMLP 2003!

Actually this was my first Ironman… 12 years ago in 2003!  Peter, Alex, Deanna and I all did it.  And that was back before any of us had ever even heard of anyone ever doing an Ironman, let alone met someone that had done one!  Amazing how things have changed.  But the one thing that doesn’t change, even if Ironman triathlons become popular… how hard they are… and they are all hard.

Alex, Deanna, me and Peter... "How hard could it be?!"
Alex, Deanna, me and Peter… “How hard could it be?!”

One thing that has changed though, is that when I did my first Ironman 12 years ago, my son (Dylan) was 12 years old… now he’s twice that old… and will be racing me!  Also, 12 years ago, my wife (Joanne) was dragging around a 5, 8 and 12 year old in the pouring rain to watch daddy struggle to a 13:39 Ironman.  This time she will be completing her 5th Ironman!  And I will be trying not to get “chick’d”!P1010066

We will also be doing it with a bunch of our LOST buddies, who’s names and bib numbers are below… in case you are really bored for the whole day tomorrow and you want to track us! haha.P1010056

Thanks for all the good wishes.  Should be “fun” (?!)

... remember don't listen to the doubters!  (including yourself!)  Thanks for the inspiration, 6 year old Jillian!
… remember don’t listen to the doubters! (including yourself!) Thanks for the inspiration, 5 year old Jillian!

 

Alan, Lambrina, Brett, Julia, Joanne, Rob, Al, Dylan, David, Eileen, Ron, Darren... LOST in Lake Placid!
Alan, Lambrina, Brett, Julia, Joanne, Rob, Al, Dylan, David, Eileen, Ron, Darren… LOST in Lake Placid at the pre-race dinner!

F45-49
164 Eileen Luxton

F50-54
1249 Joanne Kent
1266 Lambrina Nikolaou
1275 Julia Rutledge

M 18-24
1356 Dylan Kent

M40-44
2016 Ron Marek

M45-49
2347 Darren Osborne
2456 Allan Wiggins

M50-54
2477 David Brezer
2563 Rob Kent

2663 Roger Storer
673 Bret Titus

M55-59

2770 Alan Swankie

Rob, Joanne and Dylan... fast forward 12 years!
Rob, Joanne and Dylan… fast forward 12 years!
The athletes... and all the "athletic supporters"!
The athletes… and all the “athletic supporters”!  😉

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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