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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 – February 4, 2018 – Super Bowl Sunday!

The forecast called for up to five inches of snow overnight, so I was expecting the lakefront to be an ungovernable mess. And while I managed to find a close parking spot on Astor Street, I wasn’t encouraged by the blasting winds that ripped the door out of my hand as... Read More

Swim Report – January 28, 2018 – Blazing Cold

The warmer temperatures this week eliminated all the ice and snow around our world famous swim site, so we had a clear area to swim in at 7:00am. Plus, for the first time in a while, we didn’t have a pesky cloud wall on the eastern horizon delaying the appearance of Mr.... Read More

Swim Report – January 20, 2018 – Positive Wind Chill Edition

Four of us met out at L1 shortly before sunrise on Saturday. Unlike the past two weekends, the air temperature was mercifully mild this time (a very manageable 30F). L1 was covered in a thick layer of ice which required some handiwork from the pick ax. But I waited until we... Read More

(Non) Swim Report – January 13, 2018 – 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

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