No sharks… but watch out for our own LOST aquatic-life!

A good ol' fashion Saturday morning swim with a bunch of LOSTies!

A good ol’ fashion Saturday morning swim with a bunch of LOSTies!

Who knew… the world didn’t stop if I wasn’t there!  haha.  Thanks to Dylan, Darren and the gang for picking up the slack while I was swimming the 10k at the North Shore Challenge with a bunch of other friends and LOSTies!

North Shore Challenge with: Bud, Greg, Michael, Anna, Lynn, Rob, Annaleise, Bob & Loren! The "Aquatic Avengers!"

North Shore Challenge with: Bud, Greg, Michael, Anna, Lynn, Rob, Annaleise, Bob & Loren! The “Aquatic Avengers!”

Dylan was even kind enough to do a little write up for me!… enjoy:

A number of Losties were away this past weekend at the North Shore Challenge down in Lake Erie, but even despite that there was another impressive turnout at Michael, Rob, Lynn, Bud, LorenLOST on Saturday with 84 people showing up!

Cool, Ive never seen a beaver at LOST Swimming before! Always new faces to see at a LOST Swim!

Cool, I’ve never seen a beaver at LOST Swimming before! Always new faces to see at a LOST Swim!

The water was 57F though a number of people said that they thought it was colder (I didn’t even have my dad’s magic rounding up thermometer I swear!) but that didn’t seem to stop anyone from having a good swim.  It’s crazy to think how this year 57F is no big deal for most people to get a solid swim when only a couple years ago a lot of people wouldn’t even get in.

Our cute little team mascot... Mikey the Mink! (on the rocks)

Our cute little team mascot… Mikey the Mink! (on the rocks)

It was a pretty typical morning for LOST with calm waters and everyone having a good time despite the cold, kind of crazy how having 80+ people swim in water in the mid-fifties can be classified as a “typical” morning but that seems to be the case this summer.

On a special wildlife update though, 2 weeks ago we spotted a mink down at the beach and then this weekend while we were setting up the course there was a beaver swimming around in the lake!  So while you don’t have to worry about sharks in Lake O apparently you might be swimming with beavers!  How Canadian is that…

Overall it was a nice day for a chilly swim and a good morning to warm up for coffee at Brett’s after!

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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