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Swim Report – February 6, 2016 – Over the Hump

This time of year is typically a “break through” point for us. Since we’ve been coming out to the lake fairly consistently, we’ve finally managed to acclimate to the point where the whole winter swimming thing is now quite tolerable – or at least... Read More


Swim Report – January 30, 2016 – The Pool is Open!

Three of us met out at L1 earlier this morning just in time for yet another magnificent sunrise. And even better, the ice floes that had been at the shore had now moved out about 100 feet, forming a thin breakwater sheltering a perfectly calm swim area. So we suited up as soon... Read More


Bonus Swim Report – January 13, 2016 – Shipwreck Beach

While L1 is still the finest swim spot on the planet, it’s always a treat to see “how the other half swims” during the winter months… I was fortunate enough to have an opportunity to return to Kauai earlier this month, and I wasted no time getting back... Read More


(Non) Swim Report – January 23, 2016 – Frozen Out

The air temperature was a fiery 31F this morning out at the lake, but an east wind had forced all of the ice onto the shoreline. So despite checking out multiple sites on the lakefront, we could not find one single patch of swimmable water. Nevertheless, it was a very photogenic... Read More


Swim Report – January 16, 2016 – Cold Swells

Three of us met out at L1 during a veritable heat wave. The 27F air temperature was downright balmy compared to the single digit temps a few days earlier, and the skies were completely clear outside of a peevish cloud wall on the eastern horizon. The water conditions, though,... Read More


Swim Report – December 19, 2015 – Hints of January

In stark contrast to last week’s meetup, yesterday’s swim was more akin to something we’d normally experience in mid to late January… I arrived a bit early and decided to park in the NAB lot since the air temp was a biting 18F (-7.7C).  I joined the... Read More

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