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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!

Racing the turtles in Barbados!

What an incredible swimming experience in Barbados!  If you’re someone that’s on the fence about doing a destination race for open water swimming, it might be time to take the plunge and sign up for one of the amazing tropical … Continue reading

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Darren swims Alcatraz!

So Darren and Al have shown “how you do it”.  These guys are adventurers that make LOST proud! First Darren, David and Al did the Canadian Death Race… then Al won the LOST Swimming – Connor’s Runners Beer Mile… and … Continue reading

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LOSTies do the Canadian Death Race!

Remember when I said in my previous write up about the LOST Swimmers beating Connor’s Runners at the BEER MILE… and that that wasn’t exactly true… I mean we did win, that part was true… but that we aren’t “just … Continue reading

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The 3rd Annual “LOST Swimmers vs Connor’s Runners BEER MILE!”

    As usual, that was about as much fun as you can stand.  But that’s not too surprising because, to paraphrase a line from some of our swimming buddies in Ireland, “If it ain’t fun, we’re not playing!” So … Continue reading

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What a great season ending swim… with Marilyn Bell!

So that was pretty cool. And for once I’m not talking about the water temp… it was 67F, by the way, toasty warm, especially for this time of year!  I was talking about having Marilyn Bell Di Lascio and her … Continue reading

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The last LOST Swim of the season is this Saturday… and Marilyn Bell is going to be there for it!!!

So this is a special treat for all you LOSTies out there!  And a nice way to wrap up the season. Marilyn contacted me this week to see if she could come and swim with the LOSTies. Her and her … Continue reading

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Frank’s Swim For Mental Health… Oct 16!!!

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LOST Race & LOST Mile…

Well a picture is worth a thousand words… and the 9th Annual LOST Pier Pic says a lot about all the LOSTies… it was a great race and a lot of fun! So here is the jist of it… it … Continue reading

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Secret swim last week… the LOST Race & LOST Mile this week!

So what was the big secret surprise swim last week?  It was the test run of the LOST Mile! As you hopefully are aware, at the LOST Race this year we are introducing the LOST Mile as well!  We got … Continue reading

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Wow!… what a week… big waves, Crossings, Long Island and Mountains!

Ok, I know I’m a little slow getting this out from last week’s swim, but when see everything that has been going on this week you’ll see why! First of all thanks to Mauro, Miguel and Katie for picking up … Continue reading

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The LOST Race: 1.6k, 3.8k, medals, beer glasses, trophies and mansions!

Each year we try and make the LOST Race better.  And aside from controlling the water temp (haha) we’ve been able to do that.  And this year is the 9th Annual LOST Race on Saturday, Aug 13th and it is going … Continue reading

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LOSTies pay it forward… and LOSTies swim the English Channel!

So we had another great swim day on Saturday… the stats: 87 swimmers, 57F/14C. I could go on and on about how 57F is still pretty chilly, or how it is weird that 87 LOSTies found it no problem to … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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FREE GLOBAL SWIM SERIES T-SHIRTS!!!

Hi LOSTies and LOST friends! So the big “LOST Race” and the new “LOST Mile” are coming up very soon… Saturday, August 13!  I hope that you have all registered and will swim it… but we need a few volunteers … Continue reading

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nice to get that out of the way… my 6 hour qualifying swim!

Loren and I both have a big swim coming up in the next few weeks.  Loren is doing a Lake O Crossing of 52k… and I’m doing the race tied for the longest distance in the Global Swim Series… Swim … Continue reading

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Come out of the cupboard, you boys and girls…

With apologies to The Clash… but the sentiment is right!  If you went into hiding after last week’s 48F dip, it’s time to come out and play!  Not that 92 swimmers is a small group, by any stretch!  Our second … Continue reading

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The Canada Day… Polar Bear Dip!

I’m always saying that we have one of the best places in the world to swim… and we do… a little cold at times (like this weekend was!)… but if having beautiful, cold, clean water is the worst thing… I’ll … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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Find your LOST Clothing here!

Sorry, but I can’t help you with you’re “lost clothing” from the party on the weekend (but send me an invite next time!)… but I can help you with some great “LOST Clothing” from the Lake Ontario Swim Team! So … Continue reading

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A new milestone for LOST Swimming… 100 swimmers out yesterday!!!

I guess Dylan said it best as he and I laughed at ourselves and the incredible number of swimmers that came out for a great swim this morning: Dylan: You do realize this is starting to look a little cult-ish! … Continue reading

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Told ya… and that’s why you don’t cancel…

I must have got a dozen people email me asking me if we were going to cancel LOST Swimming on Saturday because there were thunderstorms forecast for the area.  I told them my usual line, we’ll wait and see on … Continue reading

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… a tough workout… and Ali and Howe!

Embrace swim coach, and my right hand man at LOST, Miguel Vadillo, arranged a “long swim” at the Caledon Quarry on Sunday, (and then paddled around for hours, helping us feed!) for a few of us that are planning some … Continue reading

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LOST Swimming… and the weather…

So several people have asked me about the weather tomorrow as it is supposed to be 30C and possible thunderstorms… are we going to cancel?  When would we cancel a swim? Of course the number one priority is safety, and … Continue reading

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11th year of LOST Swimming starts with biggest turnout ever!

    Well that was really something… 11th year of LOST Swimming and we are still having lots of “firsts”! First of all, that was the warmest opening day ever… June 4 and 64F/18C!  Wow.  Flat as pool water too. … Continue reading

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LOST Swimming starts this Saturday! And how it all started…

For the 11th consecutive year I will be down at the beach by the Navy Street Pier at 8:00 am on the first Saturday in June to go for a swim (and every Saturday after, until September or so).  The … Continue reading

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