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The OWC Winter Swimming Guide: (Almost) Everything You Need to Know About Year Round Swimming

NOTE: This was originally published in November 2015. I am reposting it and will likely keep it at the top of the blog page for the remainder of the winter season. ______________________________________________________________ Introduction (Please Read this First!) Here at... Read More

(Non) Swim Report – January 13, 2017 – Icy Swells

L1 was a total bust this morning. The lakefront path was completely shut down due to the ice from yesterday’s monster waves. While the lake had settled down a bit by 7:00am, we still had some very high volume swells that “closed the pool” for the day. But... Read More

Swim Report – January 6, 2018 – Happy 2018!

The first official OWC swim of 2018 proved to be quite a challenge – and not just because of the 32.1F lake and 7F air temperature! I arrived at L1 and was quite delighted to see that the lake itself was not completely frozen over. There were some slushy patches around... Read More

Swim Report – December 23, 2017 – Happy Winter!

Four of us met out at L1 for our first official winter meetup, and it was a rather brisk morning out at the old’ swim site. But not enough to keep us out of the lake! The water temp came in at an estimated 36F, but the air temp was a chilly 30F with intermittent gusts... Read More

Swim Report – December 17, 2017 – Ice Monster Territory

The lake was a bit more agitated this week, so I couldn’t get an accurate surface temperature with my pool thermometer. The reading came in at 39F, which we all agreed was likley way overstated. So the four of us geared up right away and eased into the lake – with... Read More

Swim Report – December 10, 2017 – Into the Basement

People sometimes raise an eyebrow whenever I tell them that it’s actually much more difficult to swim in December than it is in January. The reason for this is that you have to overcome tremendous physical and psychological resistance this time of year – all internally... Read More

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