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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!

5 useful tidbits about LOST Swimming…

Just some LOST related tidbits I thought you might find useful: 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 … Continue reading

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2 things I hope we don’t see in Lake O this summer…

… Hurricanes and freaky, alien-lookin’ Horseshoe Crabs! So we have 3 kids. Dylan swam NCAA at University of Maryland and will be around LOST Swimming (and GSS) this summer.  Ask him about the $20 video swim clinics that many LOSTies … Continue reading

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The first LOST Swim of 2016… and the new “LOST Mile!”

Hello LOSTies! Okay, I know I’ve been a little remiss in putting up posts over the winter.  I’d like to say that it was because I took a break from open water swimming over the winter, but of course, the … Continue reading

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The Polar Bear Dip… and 100 x 100’s on 100!

Now that’s a fun way to roll into the New Year! Maybe I’m getting old, but New Year’s Eve was no biggee.  And unless I’m going to Time Square it usually isn’t… and I’ve never been to Time Square for … Continue reading

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6th Annual LOST Polar Bear Dip!!!

Come on out to the 6th Annual LOST Polar Bear Dip… it is kind of like the LOST Beer Mile… if you don’t want to participate that’s okay… it’s fun just to watch! But it’s more fun to dunk! Same … Continue reading

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Here is something kinda fun and different… get a team together and swim a relay for an hour against other teams!  Winner gets a turkey! Looks like fun!  Check out embraceopenwater.com for all the details! Cheers, Rob

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The off-season… with EOMAC and the Global Swim Series…

So one nice thing about LOST Swimming is there is an off season!  That’s when I get a bit lazy and don’t put up as many posts (although there is still a ton of stuff on the LOST Swimming Facebook … Continue reading

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Diana Nyad speaking in Toronto!!!

She has done some amazing swims (including a Lake Ontario Crossing in 1974… see the record book, under the Lake O Crossings tab above), but she’s coming to talk about her new book which was written about her biggest swim… … Continue reading

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LOSTies in Kona!!!

Just got this pic from Lambrina of Helene and Brett in Kona, Hawaii… all set for the Ironman World Championships!!! In fact, I’m sure they are more than ready… anxiously waiting for 5 more sleeps!  Sleep tight, kids… its coming! … Continue reading

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The 2015 LOST/Connor’s Runner’s Beer Mile!

Sometimes when I write these posts I have to be a little creative to try and convey the fun we had at a specific event or swim, because it man not seem immediately obvious that swimming in cold water, or … Continue reading

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… I guess calling the season last weekend was right… surf’s up!

So I decided to make the call last weekend to wrap up LOST Swimming for the season.  The waves were pretty crazy, but the weather was warm and the water was still warm too… but I had a hunch that … Continue reading

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Saving the best for last!!!

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!” Yup, LOSTies certainly are an adventurous bunch…because that was one adventurous … Continue reading

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The waves before the storm!

Well that was interesting! Mike and I got down there early to set up (and Mauro was already there setting up… thanks guys!) and there was hardly a ripple on the water… but by the time we got in the … Continue reading

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The warmest swim this year!!!

After what has been a pretty cold summer (at least water-wise!), with one week in the middle of the summer at 45F/7C (that we still swam in), and the LOST Race at 50F/10C (that we still had a good, but … Continue reading

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Caledon Quarry Swim II

LOSTies and those after final Global Swim Series points made up a large proportion of those at the Caledon Quarry Swim II on Sunday, but there were also some really speedy young swimmers from coach Barrie Shepley’s C3 team.  (check … Continue reading

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The Terry Fox… SWIM!!!

Hey LOSTies! Here is a chance to get another swim in this year… and donate to a great cause… in the name of the greatest Canadian! Last year we were asked to put on a Terry Fox “Swim” event instead … Continue reading

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Frank’s Swim for Mental Health!

Hey LOSTies, Here is the information to our fellow LOSTie, Frank Zamuner’s “Swim for Mental Health”!  A great cause and a great guy!  Take a look, donate and participate if you can too!   Cheers, Rob

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TCoB’s Pier to Pier swim! A perfect swim!

The Pier to Pier is always a nice (near) end of season swim.  I was trying to figure out how many years this swim has been going on… I’m thinking around 10 years… I’ll have ask Greg.  The funny thing … Continue reading

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It’s warm, warm, warm!!!

I often find that everyone is keen in the spring… but the water is cold… and then in the fall the water warms up… but interest is waning. But I was proven wrong yesterday, or at least half-wrong!  It did … Continue reading

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3 upcoming races… and swimming in “Scooby Doo Lake”!

Okay, let me start by saying “yes, the water if finally warm!”  So much so that we had a big of fog, making it look kid of spoooky… kind of like Scooby Doo Lake, as Darren coined it! Remember back … Continue reading

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LOST Swimming: Aug 29, another great swim… and LOSTies head to Sweden!

Okay, it was still a bit cool… but not bad.  58F/14C, chilly but not “stupid cold”.  And the proof is in the pudding… we had 42 LOSTies out and we all went for a nice swim, probably a half hour … Continue reading

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LOST Swimming, Aug 22… still good swimmin’!

First of all… I know the pics are from the Embrace SwimFest on Sunday, rather than the LOST Swim on Saturday… but I seem to have lost the pics from Saturday!  Oh well, you get some pics anyway! It’s funny, … Continue reading

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New race added to the GSS… the Embrace Swimfest!!!

Check out the newest race added to the Global Swim Series… great variety of distances, something for everyone! Looks like fun… I think I’ll be doing the 5k! Cheers, Rob

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The 8th Annual LOST Race… “the cold year”…

So this year was shaping up to be a great year for the LOST Race.  Two weeks out we were on pace for record registration (over 130 swimmers), Toronto was under a heat advisory, the Lake was over 70F/21C, I … Continue reading

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The LOST Race celebrity starter: Pan Am Games silver medalist… Zack Chetrat!

So this is pretty cool… Dylan asked his old Oakville Aquatic Club teammate, Zack Chetrat, to be our celebrity starter… and he said “yes”! We’ve know Zack (and his mom!) for years.  Back when he was just one of those … Continue reading

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