I think Darren said it first, but 3 or 4 other people came up to me after the swim yesterday and said “that was the best swim this year!”

Yikes!!!  Too late now John!
Yikes!!! To late now John!

P9266392Yup, LOSTies certainly are an adventurous bunch…because that was one adventurous swim!

... a little "lumpy" out there today!
… a little “lumpy” out there today!

It was kinda weird.  The weather was nice.  No real wind and the air temp was about 70F/20C… certainly didn’t seem like September 26.  And it seemed like it should be a nice quiet and calm send off for the last LOST Swim of 2015… but it was anything but quiet and calm!  This has been a bit of an odd ball year really.  Colder and rougher than most other years.  But, hey, that’s open water swimming!  That’s what makes it a lot more interesting than swimming in the pool!  And, boy, it was interesting.

... but these are LOSTies... a few little wave just make it more fun!
… but these are LOSTies… a few little wave just make it more fun!
well we won't be getting in on LOST Beach today!
well we won’t be getting in on LOST Beach today!
Adrian... "aaaahhhh!!!"
Adrian… “aaaahhhh!!!”
...watch that first step, Dylan... it's a doozy!
…watch that first step, Dylan… it’s a doozy!
Stewart, I'm not sure putting you car keys in your buoy was such a good idea!  ;-)
Stewart, I’m not sure putting you car keys in your buoy was such a good idea! 😉

Mike and I got there early to set up and oddly, before you even got to the water you could hear it!  I pulled the kayak out of the jeep and headed down to the water and as soon as I saw the water I dropped it and Mike and I had a good laugh.  There was no way we were going to be able to launch the kayaks from LOST Beach… the waves were huge!  Biggest waves I’ve ever seen there.  We stood there in awe and just watched for quite a while.  We tried to guess how big the waves were, without the typical BS that usually accompanies peoples biased measurement of wave height… I put the waves at 6-8 feet!  A few might have been higher!

The good news was that the waves had quite a nice long wave length… which made them very swim-able… if you could get in!

Clearly we couldn’t get in on LOST Beach, although Darren and Fanny did get an earlier swim in from there and after helping them get out over our rocky beach we confirmed that would probably not be the best thing to do!  Even though the first words out of a “kelp” covered Darren was “That was awesome!”

A bit further down that it looks eh, Mark?!
A bit further down that it looks eh, Mark?!

So we tried something different.  Something kinda fun and exciting.  We all went down to the end of the pier and jumped into the creek side and then had a great swim back to our usual spot!  It worked out well because we were able to get out on the ladders at the same spot on the creek side too.

The water was 63F, so temperature was not an issue… but the waves, well it was hilarious!  I think it was Mark who summed it up after by saying: “It was crazy, I was swimming and looked UP and saw Miguel above me!”  You could be 6 feet away from someone and in the trough of the wave and see someone 6 or 8 feet above you on the crest of the wave!  May not be unusual in big waves in the ocean, but totally unusual for Lake O!

Darren: "I swear there is SOMETHING down there!"
Darren: “I swear there is SOMETHING down there!”

There was 28 LOSTies that were rewarded for their loyalty by coming out a few days before October with a very memorable swim!  The Blue Jays aren’t the only ones that had a great September!

A good September for LOST Swimming... and the Blue Jays!
A good September for LOST Swimming… and the Blue Jays!

Well that’s it for 2015.  Thanks to all the LOSTies that were able to get out and enjoy some fun swimming this summer… and to all the LOST supporters who followed along too!  (special thanks to Mike, Richie and Stuart for getting such great shots of this amazing swim!… here are Stuart’s pics!)

Mike, Miguel, Dylan and myself, along with all our volunteer kayakers over the summer put in a lot of work every Saturday morning for no reason other than to have a little fun… and honestly, it wouldn’t be any fun or worth doing if we you weren’t there and if we didn’t have the support from all the LOSTies and friends of LOST Swimming.  So my sincere thanks to you all!

Ian: "well that was CRAZY!"
Ian: “well that was CRAZY!”

Next official LOST Swim… Jan 1, 2016 at noon… for the Polar Bear Dip!  (and good luck to all the LOSTies going to Barbados for one of the last races in the Global Swim Series this year!… more to come on that!)

See you then and thanks for a great season!



Thanks for a great LOST season LOSTies!!!
Thanks for a great LOST season, LOSTies!!!


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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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