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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 – December 10, 2017 – Into the Basement

People sometimes raise an eyebrow whenever I tell them that it’s actually much more difficult to swim in December than it is in January. The reason for this is that you have to overcome tremendous physical and psychological resistance this time of year – all internally... Read More

Swim Report – December 3, 2017 – Heat Wave

I made it out to the lakefront about 20 minutes before sunrise, and there were already photographers set up all along the North Avenue Beach wall. That’s a sure sign that there’s going to be a spectacular sunrise. And Ma Nature certainly did not disappoint! Five... Read More

Swim Report – November 26, 2017 – Autumn Plunge

Four of us met out at L1 at 6:50am this morning and were greeted with picture perfect swimming conditions. Perfect, that is, if you enjoy a lake in the low 40Fs… The air temp was a crisp 30F, but we had clear and sunny skies with some magnificent fall colors. The lake... Read More

Swim Report – November 12, 2017 – Autumn Ice

Nicole, Tim, and I met out at L1 at 6:30am yesterday. On the plus side, the overnight rain had stopped, giving us a small aperture of time to get in a swim in a very calm lake. However, we still had to contend with a very cold lake! The surface temperature came in at a crisp... Read More

Swim Report – November 5, 2017 – November Nose Dive

Five intrepid Lake Monsters met out at L1 to get in a swim. Fortunately for us, the wind gods decided to sleep in, giving us a completely calm and flat lake. But the Autumn spirits never give anything up for free as we found out once we got in the lake! The surface temperature... Read More

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