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Swim Report – May 21, 2016 – Gettin’ Warmer!

It’s turning out to be a beautiful weekend, so I’m keeping this brief so I can get back outside! A larger than expected group of swimmers showed up at 5:20am to get in a brisk and choppy Lake Michigan. The official water temperature came in at 54.7F (surface), which... Read More


Swim Report – May 14, 2016 – Lake Monster #400!

A 52.6F lake and a blustery 43F air temperature didn’t dissuade us from getting out to L1 for a swim on Saturday morning. In fact, it was much more preferable in the water than it was waiting outside in the wind! For a short while, it looked like we were going to get some... Read More


Swim Report – May 7, 2016 – Another perfect morning!

A small but determined group of us managed to get in a swim during the brief window of time when the water was calm, the sun was out, and the air temperature was downright balmy! The forecast called for colder air temperatures at 6:00am due to the expected thunderstorms. However,... Read More


Swim Report – April 30, 2016 – Month End Chops

April ended on a rather savage note weather-wise, but we were still able to get in a swim in this morning’s blustery, choppy lake! Sunrise was officially at 5:47am, so I got to Old Town rather early and managed to secure decent parking. Since I had 20 minutes to spare,... Read More


Swim Report – April 23, 2016 – Happy 400th!

By seven o’clock I’ll get you such a ladder. I spy a black, suspicious, threatening cloud That will encounter with our glorious sun. It is a great morning. Come, away!— Who’s there? The sun doth gild our armour; up, my lords! I’ll to the Tower with... Read More


Swim Report – April 16, 2016 – Fishing Edition

Due to a string of three consecutive 70F+ days, I have not updated the site. So here goes! The clear skies and 54F air temperature brought lots of early risers out to the lake on Saturday morning. The lakefront path was already crowded with fair weather runners, and the vicinity... Read More

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