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Swim Report – August 12, 2017 – Summer in the City!

About ten of us met just before 6:00am at L1. The air temperature was a bit crisp at 61F with a rather pesky breeze making it seem chiller than normal. So most of us waited until the sun peeked out from behind a wall of clouds to the east before starting our swim. Fortunately... Read More

Swim Report – August 5, 2017 – Peak Summer

A much more even-tempered lake greeted us at 5:45am yesterday, giving us almost near perfect swimming conditions. Instead of last week’s 6-8 foot high volume and ultra-chaotic swells, we had steady 1-2 foot waves that were much easier to navigate. But as typical this... Read More

Swim Report – July 29, 2017 – Plan (OS)B

I was really excited when I woke up this morning as the pre-dawn skies were clear and cloudless. So I knew that the sunrise was going to be fantastic. But as I turned onto Lake Shore Drive from Hollywood, I also knew that we were in for quite an ordeal… L1 was a raging,... Read More

Swim Report – July 15, 2017 – Ahead of the waves

A quite sizable group of early morning swimmers showed up at L1 at 5:28am. As expected, we had clear skies and a magnificent sunrise. The water level, though, was a bit of a surprise. The lake was at the highest level I have seen in years. Perhaps this was due to all the recent... Read More

Swim Report – July 8, 2017 – Back to 70F

Four of us met out at L1 at 5:20am, and the lake was rather agitated. The 2-4 foot swells were cresting over the ledge, so we had to move all our stuff back by the bike path to prevent a rapacious lake from sweeping it all out into oblivion. Fortunately for us, the lake temp... Read More

Swim Report – July 1, 2017 – Happy July!

This will be a quick one as it’s a mighty fine weekend, and I don’t want to squander it in front of the computer! Suffice to say, this was another perfect morning for a swim. And despite the 5:20am swim start, we had a good size crew show up – including a few... Read More

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