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 was just slightly cooler than the air. We had sparse sunlight thanks to some obstinate clouds out to the east, but the weather was a huge improvement over last week!

We all entered the lake pretty quickly, and the water was fairly clear considering that we had a rather vigorous current from the north. This indicates that the lake has competed its Spring turnover – which means no more sub-50F swim temperatures until Fall!

I went with just my jammers, goggles, and neoprene cap and swam just over 1/2 mile total. My shoulder seemed to be tolerating the exertion much better, so the next meetup will likley feature a beach landing for the author!

All in all, another amazing morning out at L1. And it was really great to see some new faces as well as some veteran Lake Monsters coming back out to L1 now that the weather is better.

Hope to see you all soon!



The 5:20am crew


In-swim shots






Heading back


John, Lake Monster 401 (congrats!)


Swim start video


  1. Katherine Chapman
    May 25, 2016

    Hi I would really like to join you for your next swim, what do I need to do, where should I meet and at what time?


    • Steve
      May 25, 2016

      I post the details of our next meetup on this website as well as the OWC Facebook page. Check out the “About Us” page for more details on the swim meetups.

  2. Adolfo Solares
    May 24, 2016

    Hi There Fellow Triathletes-

    do you guys get together every weekend? I am planning on doing my first triathlon this summer, so I need as much practice in the open water as possible.

    Please let me know!

    Thank you,


    • Steve
      May 25, 2016

      Most every weekend. I post the details of our next meetup usually by mid-week, both here on this website as well as on the OWC Facebook page. Be sure to check out the “About Us” page for more details on the swim meetups.

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