So here is one that is hardly contreversial at all… cutting off the Livestrong bracelet!  Unlike Lance, I couldn’t avoid the topic any longer.

I got my Livestrong bracelet in 2004, right at the peak of Lance-mania!  And I’ve never, ever taken it off.  I swam (most of the way) across the English Channel with it on… ran for 7 days across the Sahara with it on… swam around Manhattan with it on… and across Lake Ontario… and every day in between.  So it does mean something to me.  Like it did to a lot of people.  I read the books and drank the Kool Aid… I was all in for Lance and a big defender for all those years.  And one of the last to be forced off the sinking ship.

Alain loving every minute of cutting the Livestrong bracelet off!
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But I also did all the research and read every news story out… all with my pro-Lance bias… and I still could not find any way to support him. 

I tried every rationalization I could find, but none of them held up to my own personal logic or ethics.  He raised money for cancer… and pocketed $120 million on his cheating.  We were duped… and most people were very emotionally invested.  But when it was all said and done… he cheated in the most grand manner and lead the parade. 

Whatever… another cheater.  I’ve moved on… and taken off the braclet!



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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!


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