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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 – January 14, 2017 – Montrose for the Win

L1 was completely iced over – as was most of the lakefront on Saturday morning. Fortunately, we found a patch of somewhat navigable water a bit farther north… Even though 2017 started off a bit colder than normal, I still held out hope that the gusty winds from earlier... Read More

Swim Report – December 24, 2016 – Xmas Eve Edition

Three of us made it out to L1 on Saturday morning for a quick Christmas Eve swim. The lake temp came in at 34.0F lake temp, and the air temp was a balmy 32F. The real treat, though, was the perfectly calm water – which certainly wasn’t the case the following day.... Read More

Swim Report – December 17, 2016 – Polar Vortex Edition

Winter arrived a bit early this year, and last week’s air temperature plunge really brought the lake into the basement on Saturday. Still, five of us made it out to the ole’ swim site and managed to get in a workout while we had a break in the snow storms! The air... Read More

Battle of the Bulge – December 16, 1944

Swim Report – December 10, 2016 – Late Autumn Chill

After flirting with 40F lake temps over the past couple of weeks, we finally broke through the floor this weekend! Five us came out on Saturday morning, and the surface temp gave a reading of 39.6F. However, the official in-swim temp came in at 37.4F, which is about average... Read More

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