Same old beautiful morning for a swim… with a twist!

June 25, 2016... 58F that dropped to 54F... while we were swimming!  All 76 of us!

June 25, 2016… 58F that dropped to 54F… while we were swimming! All 76 of us!

I saw this post on the LOST Facebook page that a prospective LOSTie (Renee Devereaux, whom I’ve never met by the way), wrote that pretty much sums it all up:

“I was on the rocks this morning watching the goings-on to see if this would be a fun group to join. Within minutes I was envious of everyone in the water. Hoping to join soon, and wondering if anyone has suggestions for where I might find a second-hand wetsuit in the Oakville area. I’ll check Kijiji but happy to hear any other suggestions. Anyone looking to get rid of a wetsuit for an average-sized 5’9″ woman?”

Kinda cool.  Within minutes she wanted to join… and get a wetsuit!  I always tell people who are on the fence… come out and watch for one morning… you’ll be hooked!  Well said, Renee!  (And feel free to respond to Renee on Facebook if you have an extra wetsuit!)

Some of the girls from "Feet of Fury"!  Tell me that wasn't fun... even if it was cold!

Some of the girls from “Feet of Fury”! Tell me that wasn’t fun… even if it was a little cold!  The friends make it much warmer!

After 11 years of swimming in Lake O every Saturday in the summer, you’d think I’d know the Lake pretty well… but it still surprises me once in a while.

I remember when I learned about it “rolling over”.  In 2006, I didn’t know anyone that swam in the Lake regularly… well, because there was no one.  So I remember going down one evening to check the water temp and it was 72F, perfect for the long swim I had planned for the next morning.  And I arrived the next morning with my daughter, Maisey, who was going to kayak for me.  She checked the water temp while I got ready.  She said it was 55F!?!?  I got kind of angry with her and told her to stop fooling around and go check it again.  She did.  She left it in longer… and it was actually… 52F!  It had literally dropped 20F degrees over night!

It was actually pretty nice... even for Bud, Loren and Lynn... who went out "naked" for 30 - 60 minutes!  Although there was some shivering and parka wearing after!  Helps that it was sunny and warm after though!

It was actually pretty nice… even for Bud, Loren and Lynn… who went out “naked” for 30 – 60 minutes! Although there was some shivering and parka wearing after! Helps that it was sunny and warm after though!

Well, now we know that the Lake rolls over regularly.  And that is in fact how it warms up.  The roll overs are caused by the wind.  You get nice warm stretches of weather like we’ve had these last few days, which warm the top surface water, but that can’t warm the water at the bottom of the Lake.  Then you get a wind from the north and that blows all the nice warm surface water over to Rochester and Buffalo… which pushes the water on their side down to the bottom of the Lake… and that cold water at the bottom of the Lake then comes up on our side!  Conversely a nice south wind brings the warm water our way and makes the other side of the Lake cold.

And another good way to warm up... with a cuppa coffee at Bean There after!

And another good way to warm up… with a cuppa coffee at Bean There after!

... sitting inside or out!  Wherever you can get a seat!

… sitting inside or out! Wherever you can get a seat!

Eventually this happens several times over the summer and the whole Lake, from the surface to the bottom gets warmed all the way through.  And since water holds its temperature longer than air does, that explains why often the Lake is still warm into September and even October, even though the warm weather is gone.

But the strange thing that happened yesterday, and that I’ve never experienced before was that the Lake was rolling over while we were actually swimming!

Inukshuks to watch over us too!

Inukshuks to watch over us too!

I measured the temp while I was setting up at 7:30… and it was 58F/14C… however by the time I actually got in at 8:30 (after playing the Walmart Greeter)… the temp had dropped to 54F/12C!  So it dropped 4F degrees in an hour, while we were swimming!  That’s amazing!

There is no way the water is the same temp now as when we went in... I'm taking the temp again!  I knew it!

There is no way the water is the same temp now as when we went in… I’m taking the temp again! I knew it!

Having said that… all 76 swimmers got in and had a great swim!  And everyone was in for quite a while, 15 – 45 minutes!  I think everyone is getting tougher already!  It really is amazing how seeing everyone else get in and do it helps you believe that you can do it!

You can't tell me that doesn't look inviting!  Great shot, Chris!

You can’t tell me that doesn’t look inviting! Great shot, Chris!

 

See you next weekend!

Cheers,

Rob

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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