25 swimmers and 73F!!!  What a day for swimming... in September!
23 swimmers and 73F!!! What a day for swimming… in September!

After what has been a pretty cold summer (at least water-wise!), with one week in the middle of the summer at 45F/7C (that we still swam in), and the LOST Race at 50F/10C (that we still had a good, but shortened race), we now are reaping the rewards… it warm.  It was 73F/23C!!!  The water was even warmer than the air.  The air was only 62F/17C.

Funny thing was, I woke up like I do every Saturday morning in the summer at about 6:45 and rolled out of bed to get ready for LOST Swimming.  But today I looked out the window and it look crappy out.  I briefly considered going back to bed, because it was rainy and cold out.  No one was going to show up for LOST Swimming.  But I knew a couple of people still would, so I would too.  Motivation in numbers.  I got down to LOST Beach and no one was there yet.  Then a couple people showed up to swim in the rain.  Then, low and behold the rain stopped… and more people showed up.  We ended up with 25 swimmers!

The water was actually quite wavy and didn’t look inviting at all with the overcast cloud cover too.  But at that first moment when you dip your toe in,  there was a sudden relief… it was really warm.  And that changes everything.  The menacing, rolling waves suddenly turn into nice rollicking waves to play around in!  We didn’t bother setting up the buoys (partially because I didn’t think there would be many swimmers!), so we went old school and just did a 1 km out and back, for 2 km total.  The water was so comfortable that about a dozen of us ended up bumping into each other about 1km down the shore and “sat” there and chatted for a while, I joked we should have had a floating coffee raft (like they have at the Tremblant Ironman!)… but I think it would have tipped in the waves!

Anyway, we had a great swim and the sky even cleared up by the time we went for coffee.  Another nice swim.

Looks like this Saturday might be the best swim this summer… we are supposed to get some unseasonably warm weather and I’m sure the water will still be warm too!

Jenny and Roger in visiting... and in for a dip... from Portsmouth, England!  Great to have international swimmers!
Jenny and Roger in visiting… and in for a dip… from Portsmouth, England! Always great to have international swimmers visit us!

PS. it was nice to meet Jenny (and Roger!) who joined us for a swim… who were in town visiting from Portsmouth, England!  Always cool to have some international visitors come swim with us!!!



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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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