… and that’s a wrap… LOST Swimming 2014 is over!

The last LOST swim of 2014!... ends with a dip in 48F/8C water!!!
The last LOST swim of 2014!… ends with a dip in 48F/8C water!!!

Yup, that summer came and went very quickly.  It felt like we waiting for it to come and it kind of came and went before we really got into it.  But it was a fun summer of LOST Swimming.  Lots of “cold water training” and a couple of “rough water training sessions” too… as well as just a “perfect swims” too.

yup... that's "crazy cold"!!!
yup… that’s “crazy cold”!!!

People always ask me when LOST Swimming starts and when it ends… and the answer is the same… when the Lady of the Lake let’s us!  We usually start around June 1 (maybe May 1 if you really want to get some cold water training in!)… but the end of season varies a bit more.  Sometimes it ends in early September… and sometimes the door is wide open until early November!  And this year the door was slammed shut pretty early… and clearly.

... but all the crazies still went in!
… but all the crazies still went in!  Looks like a bank robbery… hands up!

Typical of Lake O, there was no warning.  Darren was on a roll… he had been in for a swim 12 of the last 14 days… and couldn’t believe it had rolled.  Believe it.  On Saturday we had a good crowd of about 30 swimmers out… and almost beat the swimmer to temperature ratio!  I took the temp right at shore and it was about 51F…. however upon entering the water with all 40 or so other crazies, I realized it was a smidge colder than that!  It was 48F!!!  As I always say about swimming in the 40’s… that’s “crazy cold”!!!

Lauren, Mark and Madhu (king of the crazies!)
Lauren, Mark and Madhu (king of the crazies!)

Having said that, we all went in for a nice little dip and had a very good percentage of the swimmers come up to Brett’s coffee shop for a nice warm drink after!  And yes, there were even a few that went in “naked”!  Madhu, Cathy and a few other tough guys!

... but half the fun is warming up at Brett's coffee shop, Bean There!
… but half the fun is warming up at Brett’s coffee shop, Bean There!

PB-Caledon-SwimHaving said that, don’t forget that there is still at least one good swim left… The Caledon Quarry Swim II!!!  It is also the last swim in the Canadian Open Water Swim Series!!!  So last chance to grab some more points and improve your standing in Canada!  There will be 1k, 2k and 4k distances… a BBQ and a very low entry fee of just $20!!!  We just want to get you up there and have a fun season ending swim!  Check out the details here: http://www.personalbest.ca/workouts-events-camps/weekly-workouts/83-caledon-quarry-swimBarbados pool and ows

Aside from that there is another swimming event… if you want to travel a little further than Caledon… check out this swim meet and open water swim races at the Barbados Swim Festival in October: http://www.swimbarbadosvacations.com/

So we’ll see you at the Caledon Swims… and stay tuned… more events to be announced soon too!



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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!


  1. Thank you guys for a great short season. I couldnt believe how cold the water was! and I came extra early because I started late the previous week. Madhu said come early and you can swim as much as you’d like 😉 thanks to you guys and a few practice swims I did at professors lake, I was able to finish a 2km swim in Kingston for the swim/bike and am prepared for the 2km swim as part of the half iron in Niagara…Once you go open water swimming and have the lake as your pool, it’s hard to go back to a mere 25m lane! I should note i only learned how to swim 3 years ago, so i’m very grateful for groups like LOST to help me get the practice i need! See you next season. Krisen

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