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Swim Report – August 23, 2014 – Swimmers in the Mist

It’s been a while since we had this much fog at a meetup (June 22 to be specific). But even without the sunshine, the lake was quite comfortable with the nice and toasty 74F water temperature! Around twelve swimmers made it out for the 6:00am start time – including... Read More

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Swim Report – August 16, 2014 – Air Show Weekend!

Even though sunrise is closer to 6:00am these days, I kept the meetup time at 5:45am so we could avoid the Air Show crowds and chaos. In the past, the city has shut down the L1 swim area for the event, so we wanted to make sure we could get in a swim while it was still allowed! Twelve... Read More

9aug2014_4

Swim Report – August 9, 2014 – Swimming Chaos at L1

My first official swim back at L1 was a real slap in the face – quite literally at times! With sunrise coming at closer to 6:00am these days, we got to sleep in a bit before hightailing it out to L1. Seven of us made it out, and we were greeted with an angry lake sporting... Read More

2aug2014_5

Your Swim Reports!

Happy August!  As promised, below are some of your swim reports and war stories from the last couple of weeks. See you soon! Steve — Mary Ellen (Lake Monster 185) (Jul 18) Red and I went for a sunrise swim this morning, 7/18. We waited till the sun was above a low band... Read More

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Swim Report – July 13, 2014 – After the Storms

The forecast was sketchy for Sunday morning given the intermittent thunderstorms. But they had all but passed come 5:30am. Nevertheless, Lake Michigan had a BIG surprise in store for us early morning swimmers! The walk out to L1 from North Avenue was very pleasant given the... Read More

OWSwimmers

OWC Mindshare 4: Effective Open Water Sighting Techniques

There’s a lot more to sighting than just picking a target and looking for it during the swim.  But unfortunately, that’s usually all the advice you’ll ever get from most coaches whenever the subject comes up.   The reality, though, is that poor and inefficient... Read More

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