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Swim Report – March 12, 2017 – March Freeze

The best thing about these late winter swims is when you first notice that the water on your exposed skin is no longer painful – only somewhat uncomfortable. This is a sure sign that Spring is within striking distance… Two of us met out at L1 at 7:00am where the... Read More

Swim Report – February 18, 2017 – Early Spring?

I parked by Clark Street and was instantly facing a dilemma. On one hand, I needed my coffee after a restless night of sleep. On the other hand, I could see some amazing pre-sunrise colors already appearing on the eastern horizon. Coffee won out, so I really had to hustle... Read More

Swim Report – February 4, 2017 – Plate Glass Edition

Mid-winter mornings in Chicago are crisp, cold, and clear, and today was no exception… The air temperature out at L1 came in at a brisk 18F. The lake reading was 33.4F with perfectly calm conditions. The only glitch was that we had a stubborn and highly mobile ice field... Read More

Swim Report – January 28, 2017 – Back to the Freezer

Fred, Steve, and I all met out at L1 on Saturday morning to see if we could get in one last swim of January. We were fortunate in that the swim area was completely clear and calm. However, we certainly did not have the stellar conditions of last week! The surface temperature... Read More

Swim Report – January 21, 2017 – NAB for the Win!

We really lucked out with the air temperature yesterday. It was already 46F at 7:00am, and the walk out to L1 from my parked car felt more like an April morning than a January one. But my hopes were instantly dashed the moment I exited the pedestrian tunnel out by the Chess... 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

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