TCoB’s Pier to Pier swim! A perfect swim!

TCoB'ers and LOSTies... getting ready!

TCoB’ers and LOSTies… getting ready!

The Pier to Pier is always a nice (near) end of season swim.  I was trying to figure out how many years this swim has been going on… I’m thinking around 10 years… I’ll have ask Greg.  The funny thing is it isn’t really a “race”, or even an event, as Greg would say.  It’s just a bunch of swimmers swimmin’!

A very cool shot by Celeste in the kayak!

A very cool shot by Celeste in the kayak!

Connor's Swimmers?!  Who knew the guy could swim too?!  Well done, Steve!

Connor’s Swimmers?! Who knew the guy could swim too?! Well done, Steve!

TCoB started it as a nice swim for their triathletes quite a few years ago.  And then as we got to know Greg, Margaret and the gang at TCoB, and with a bit of “cross-pollination” between the two groups (Joanne joined TCoB and Helene and several other TCoB’ers have been LOSTies), we were invited to the swim.  And now there are a ton of LOSTies enjoying this fun swim too!

Quite literally a picture perfect day!

Quite literally a picture perfect day!

It looks farther than 2.4 km!

It looks farther than 2.4 km!

So the stats: chatting with Bobby, who was good enough to run the clipboard this morning, I believe there were 65 swimmers… and the water was around 70F/21C… pretty flat, but a bit of chop by the end, even perfect water quality (David!).  A very nice swim, maybe the nicest of the summer!

As I mentioned, it’s not a race.  Most people just enjoy a good solid swim across Lake Ontario.  The shortest Lake Ontario Crossing, a 2.4 km crossing! haha.  However, that didn’t prevent some of us from racing it anyway!P9060018

Just out touched by Dylan... and just out touching those bubbles behind me (Chris!).  Good "non-race"!

Just out touched by Dylan… and just out touching those bubbles behind me (Chris!). Good “non-race”!

I love racing.  Any kind of racing.  I never win, but I still just love giving it and pushing myself.  At my age, the speed goes away, but the competitive spirit doesn’t!  So I was one of the first dozen to jump in off the pier and quickly caught the leader.  And figured therefore I should be able to hold the lead easily.  Then I felt someone drafting tapping my toes.  Damn.  So I picked it up a bit.  And they were still drafting off me.  Damn.  Then my cap slipped off and took my goggles

Chris, Dylan and Rob

Chris, Dylan and Rob

with them.  Damn.  But I got to see who was drafting off me.  My son… and someone else.  Damn.  Then I had to sprint and catch them again.  I passed the second person, who stayed on my heels.  But couldn’t catch Dylan with only 400m left.  However, I saw that he was making the rookie mistake by not accounting for the current, which was pushing him wide.  Being the wily ol’ vet, I knew about the current and held a better line… and was now even with him.  And pulled ahead of the person on my heels (it was bugging me that I didn’t know who that was, because I thought I knew everyone my speed, but obviously I didn’t!).  100 meters left and we were all close… anyone’s race… um, or “non-race”, as it were… and the little brat pulled ahead for the victory and all the prize money!  I rolled in for second with, what turned out to be, Chris Jocelyn, on my heels!  I didn’t feel so bad having him on my heels, he’s a very good swimmer (and biker and runner!) and is joining Brett and Helene at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii in a couple of months!   Pier to Pier finish (click for video, thanks for the proof Steve!… and the warm welcome, Madhu!)

Margaret and Shawna on kayak duty!  Thanks to the kayakers and boaters!

I’m surprised they let the 2 co-Presidents of TCoB out in the same boat!  Margaret and Shawna on kayak duty! Thanks to the kayakers and boaters!

Anyway, it was a very fun “non-event”!  Congrats to all for completing the swim and enjoying a beautiful swim in the Lake!

The Caribbean had nothing on that swim!

The Caribbean had nothing on that swim!

… and here are some more pics… just because everybody loves pics!  Enjoy!

The 3 Amigo's... Chris, Gerry and John!

The 3 Amigo’s… Chris, Gerry and John!

Elizabeth, always lending a hand... even to Dan!

Elizabeth, always lending a hand… even to Dan!

More runners becoming swimmers!  Well done Mauro and Wesley!

More runners becoming swimmers! Well done Mauro and Wesley!

Greg Pace... why are you always the last one in?!  Thanks for the "non-race", bud!

Greg Pace… why are you always the last one in?! Thanks for the “non-race”, bud!

One of three swimmers on their way to Kona soon!  (Brett, Helene & Chris!) Great swim, Brett!  (and by that I mean, nice drafting off Joanne!)

One of three swimmers on their way to Kona soon! (Brett, Helene & Chris!) Great swim, Brett! (and by that I mean, nice drafting off Joanne!)

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Cheers,

Rob

4th and 5th, Emma and Bud... ouch, that must really sting Bud... getting beat by your kid!

4th and 5th, Emma and Bud… ouch, that must really sting Bud… getting beat by your kid!

About LOST Swimmer

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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