Wood Lake was lake number 3 of my 2012 10 lakes in one day swim. It is one of the five major lakes found in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Canada. The towns of Oyama and Winfield are situated at the north and south ends of the lake respectively. An end to end swim of the lake has been on my mind for some time so a few weeks ago Angelique and I drove there to scout out a suitable start point and observation points along the road that runs along the western shore line.
Around 9 am we set off. The lake was flat calm, water temp was 17ºC and I had Angelique kayaking beside me. We made our way around the point and headed over to the western side of the lake. Before I knew it we were approaching a beach, which marked the last bit of Canadian soil/sand before the United States of America. It was quite surreal to think that I could take just a few more strokes and be in a different country. Canadian flags where flying to my right and the American Stars and Stripes flew to my left.
It was a long time coming but this past Sunday saw me clock up my first 'real' open water swim of the year. I was hoping for a two hour swim and a repeat of the 14°C water temp I recorded earlier this week but I was out of luck.
Last Thursday was the opening evening of the Ripple Effect museum exhibit. A special event hosted by The Okanagan Heritage Museum, for invited guests including the local media, some of the ‘Ripplers’ with their friends and family and the museum staff that helped put the exhibit together.
Each chapter covers a different muscle group (Arms, Shoulders, Legs etc) rather than each of the strokes. It demonstrates how each of the exercises are important for developing muscle groups for individual strokes, starts and turns using good easy to follow descriptions of the exercises. I particularly like the anatomical diagrams of the muscles worked in each exercise, and the descriptions of how each exercise relates to swimming, not just the strokes but also starts and turns.
A museum exhibit opens in Kelowna next month called The Ripple Effect – Ordinary People Extraordinary Results. The first paragraph on the exhibition website reads, “What do a former police officer, an ultra-marathoner, an overseas volunteer and an official ice swimmer have in common? They are all featured in the upcoming The Ripple Effect exhibit, at the Okanagan Heritage Museum.” If you haven’t figured it out by now I am one of the four people chosen to make up the exhibit and I can’t quite believe it.
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Paul Duffield. Forty something, English guy, wannabe English Channel swimmer. Married to a Canadian girl, Angelique, living in British Columbia.
I only discovered the joy of open water swimming in 2009. It was my first summer living in West Kelowna, British Columbia and I signed up for the annual Across The Lake Swim (ATLS), held in Kelowna. I suddenly realised I had only given myself six weeks to prepare for the 2.1 km swim. Gellatly Bay is only two minutes from my home so began my open water journey there. I fell in love with the sport immediately. The freedom, the nature, the open air and living in the Okanagan I was surrounded by mountains too.
Open water swimming highlights include: ATLS 2009 (read about it here), ATLS 2011 (read about it here), Rattlesnake Island Swim 2011 (2nd placed 40-44 male), English Channel qualification swim 2012 (read about it here). Salish Sea relay swim 2012 (read about it here). One Man, Ten Lakes, One Day swim 2012 (read about it here) . Canada’s first ice swim 2012 (read about it here)Read More