- A couple of years ago myself and a few others did CPR on a runner that collapsed near the end of the Hamilton Marathon (that’s another story, but a very cool one, scroll down and you can find the long version). A large part of it was because we were able to start quickly and because we had an AED to shock his heart back to life. We worked on him for 15 minutes and shocked him 5 times… and he survived. I spoke with him and his brother (Ted and Don Guloien) a couple of days ago and they are going to donate an AED to LOST Swimming. How cool is that.
- France told me of a good place to get custom ear plugs. As you might know I’ve literally broken my eardrums dozens of times and had one eardrum replaced twice. I always swim with earplugs. They protect your eardrum from rupturing and believe it or not, they keep your eardrum and head warm. France got a pair for her daughter at Connect Hearing in Maple Grove Plaza, $63 each. They aren’t cheap, but they are worth it.
- I saw this kayak and paddleboard on sale at Home Depot (of all places). Cheap and cheerful, $400 for the paddleboard and $300 for the kayak. Pretty decent prices. We are always happy to have more kayakers and paddleboarders out for LOST Swims and the LOST Race!
- We always get about 65% off on Xterra wetsuits and paddleboards. So click on the Xterra Wetsuits logo on the right hand side of the page and have a look around. If you find something you like, drop me an email and I’ll send you the code. LOSTies have bought over 200 wetsuits through Xterra, they love us!
- Support a good cause and get a good deal on a paddleboard or kayak! Charterability, an organization that takes handicapped people out on the Lake to see the beauty that we get to see all the time, is having a dinner to raise money for their program. Charterability always lets us use their pontoon boat for the LOST Race! They are also having a silent auction with over $10,000 worth of prizes (this is a good one!)… including paddleboard, 2 kayaks, big screen TV, 10 laps in an exotic car at Cayuga Speedway… and a ton of other items!
1) click on the Xterra logo above and order any of their “Canadian offerings”, no code required.
2) Order any of their wetsuits and get it shipped to a friend or relative in the US and then have them send it to you (or use this company in Niagara Falls for $6 and free shipping! cbiusa.com). Then you can use the LOST code. Just drop Rob an email for the code if you want to order this way, President@GlobalSwimSeries.com
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LOST Motto:Life is a Participation Sport! _________________________
"To make this team is going to be sweet, to fail is going to be very painful. Either way, the sun will come up the next day and life will go on. But those who strive, those who leave nothing on the table, those who will take the risk, will all be winners. Life is truly sweeter for those who truly live it. The world belongs, and will always belong, to the people who participate. Those who stand on the outside, who never risk, who never fail, cannot now, nor will they ever, understand the beauty of each breath of life. So don't feel sorry for those who fail, feel sorry for the majority that never participate. They'll just never understand, let alone feel, all that life can and should be."
- - Dick Jochums... (legendary swim coach, on making the 2000 US Olympic Swim Team, from the classic swimming book "Gold in the Water")
What Marathon Swimming (& Life) is all about…
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."
- - Calvin Coolidge, President of USA, 1923 - 29