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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


Swim Report – December 3, 2016 – Late Autumn Turnover

We were getting a bit spoiled in November with the unseasonably warmer lake temperatures. But Ma Nature sure let us know who was boss this morning! Six of us met out at a chilly but calm lakefront at 7:00am. I tossed in my thermometer to get the surface temperature, and the... Read More


Swim Report – November 12, 2016 – Blaze of Autumn

A hearty crew of eight Lake Monsters met out at L1 on Saturday morning. Thanks to the time change, sunrise came a bit earlier at 6:30am. Although the air temperature was a bit crisp at 39F, we were fortunate enough to have yet another weekend with clear morning skies. So... Read More


Swim Report – November 5, 2016 – Autumn Perfection

The cloud cover over the city broke on Thursday and ushered in a magnificent fall weekend. And we sure took advantage of it! Six of us met out at L1 at 7:15am, and there were already numerous people out at the lakefront. They weren’t runners – and they certainly... Read More


Swim Report – October 22, 2016 – Bright and Brisk

Since we haven’t yet turned our clocks back, sunrise is around 7:05am these days. This later swim time gives us a bit more sleep which we definitely need to help fortify us from the cooler fall weather. Fortunately, we got lucky this morning and managed to avoid the overcast... Read More


Swim Report – October 15, 2016 – Sub 60F zone

We managed to punch through the 60F ceiling at our last meetup, and I was hoping to get something similar this Saturday. And while the surface temp reading came in at a promising 61F, the in-swim mercury read a solid 59F. So fat chance on reversing this trend anytime soon! We... Read More

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