Congrats to all the swimmers that came out on T-Day. Below is a coupon which entitles the bearer to get in line first for Thanksgiving Day Dinner! Also check out the Orlando Sentinel today. Lucky’s Lake Swim was listed in Scott Maxwell’s article as one of the “101 Things to Love About Central Florida” Many thanks to the folks that submitted Lucky’s Lake Swim.
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Lucky with swimming legend, eight time Olympic Gold medalist, Matt Biondi. And yes Lucky is wearing high heels and he still looks short.
Jacquie Meisenheimer with multiple Olympic Gold Medalist Nathan Adrian. No plans in the future for a Lucky’s Lake Swim – we’ll have to work on that.
A bunch of ver hungry T-Day swimmers. Ron didn’t do the swim but he still photo bombed the pic . . . no wait that’s Diggers butt, my mistake. You gotta admit with the dark photo it’s hard to tell, honest mistake.
Yes we will be swimming on Thanksgiving. It justifies the gustatory excesses that will occur later in the day. It is also a bucket list icon that you can add to your Lucky’s Lake Swim R value score.
Thanksgiving Week Swim schedule:
Monday 6:30 AM
Thursday (Thanksgiving) 7:45AM
Friday (Black Friday) 7:45AM
I am pleased to announce that the entire Thanksgiving week will be wet suit legal at Lucky’s Lake Swim; black sausage swimmers unite!
Jerry Krannebitter super star volunteer. Thanks to Jerry and all the many other volunteers that make special events possible. Someday we may even see Jerry swim the lake again.
The lighted buoys were a success. Lucky ran into nobody during the swim, of course he was not near anybody with a lighted buoy as he is directionally challenged.
Many thanks to the movers and shakers of the frogman swim. These guys made it all happen . . . except for Lucky who mooched food, won most of the lottery items and spent more time in the hot tub than he did in the lake.
An amazing emblem done by Kevin Curley. This is on display in Lucky’s swimming room with the frogman swim emblem. Photo ops can be taken with each emblem for a small fee payable to Dave Heffernan who is holding the emblem. (ed. update – please ignore the small fee comment Heff keeps hacking into the blog. It should read “Photo ops can be taken with each emblem in exchange for interesting vegan recipes provided to Dave Heffernan.
Lucky thanks Shelly Hughes who spearheaded a memorial fund honoring Cesar Villanueva’s son Giovanni. Giovanni was a star diver at the YMCA Aquatic Center. $2600 was raised in honor of Giovanni and presented to the YCF diving program.
Getting ready for the Frogman swim. My understanding is over $7500 was raised for the Navy Seal Foundation. Strong work to all the participants and volunteers.
Estevan Torres suffered two resuscitated drownings as a child. He has overcome his fear of the water and now is in the 100K club and plays on YCF’s underwater hockey team. If that’s not an amazing come back story I don’t know what is.
Well the first cold snap of the fall is here; however the water is warm 78 even though the air was in the 60s. Great swimming weather. You know it’s spring when the swallows return to Capistrano, you know it’s fall when all the black sausage suits return to Lucky’s Lake swim, although the majority of the folks today made it fine just wearing their speedos.
Many congrats to Gene Augustin (age 85) set the 85-89 lake swim record with a time of 42:46. Strong work Gene!
Don’t forget to sign up for the Lucky’s Lake Frogman Night OPS 5K swim on Saturday November 12th. All the proceeds go to the Navy Seal Foundation. You don’t have to swim the entire 5K you can be on a relay and do as much as you want. For more information click here. This is a World Open Water Swimming Organization sanctioned event (first sanctioned event we have ever hosted at Lake Cane). Do not miss this one. It’s dark, it’s cold and the lake cane monster is tired of feeding on carp, what could possibly go wrong?
If you didn’t see it on facebook Barcroft TV just released a short documentary on Lucky’s Yo-Yo collection. Life is about choices “put your head in an oven and turn on the gas” or watch the “yo-yo video” nearly 20K people have chosen wisely. Will it get more views than “Piranha attack at Lucky’s Lake Swim” I don’t think so, but you decide.
Gene sets the 85-89 record with a time of 42:46 He stayed in the hot tub longer than his swim time. Well deserved reward.
Operation Christmas Child! A great little charitable thing to do this year. It’s simple fill a box with cool things for a kid (who basically has nothing) and Operation Christmas Child gets it to the kids. A great program that has been going on for years. The YMCA Aquatic Center has boxes you can fill them and drop them off there. I always say I am going to do a bunch and then never get around to it (loser – deeds not words) so this year I planned one and got it done (much better than planning 10 and getting zero completed). You can bet some kid is going to get a yo-yo this Christmas, oh yeah.
Be there or be square, need I say more.
The swim on Friday (Oct 7th) time has been changed from 6:30AM to 7:45AM Most folks are off work due the hurricane so we are making a later start time. We are not encouraging folks to swim Friday, but if the lake is swimmable Lucky will be swimming. Saturday’s swim will be at the regular 7:45am start time. The water temp is perfect!
Don’t forget to sign up for the Lucky’s Lake Night Ops 5K Frogman Swim to be held on Saturday November 12th. You can sign up for a team or do then entire 5K solo. For More INFO CLICK HERE!
For those Lake swimmers that were going to either Jr Underwater Hockey or the main team practice on Friday please note that the pool is closed for the hurricane and we will not be having practice, might as well come swim the lake on Friday or Saturday to stay in shape.
Kathleen scores her 500K club cap, please bend a knee to her when she wears it.
Preparing for Hurricane Matthew Lucky is doing his part by collecting all the carp and putting them inside his bathtub for protection. Only 499 to go.
The water temp was finally down into the ” it feels good when I get in range”. We had well over 120 swimmers and 25 first timers. Over 8 different countries were represented and we had at least 6 Olympians (Triathletes) join us as well as a couple of world champions thrown in as well. Scot Moore got to ring the big bell after taking 8 years to get his 100 crossings in and Dobe Cooney broke the woman’s 70-74 age group record also making the Cooney’s a three generation family of Lucky’s Lake Swimmers. Quite a morning! Just a reminder the Lake Cane Restoration Society has a board meeting this Thursday at 6:30PM at Pammie’s Sammies.
Dobe Cooney age 72 breaks the 70-74 age group record and becomes the third generation of the Cooney’s to do the swim. She’s smiling because she knows the 75-79 record slot is still open. See you again Dobe in three years.
Lucky photo bombs the Wollongong Wizards group photo. A bunch of Olympians, world class athletes and Lucky.
Scot Moore took eight years to get his 100 and in his one great photo op “naked guy” photobombs him in the shower. Still, it’s better than being photo bombed by “naked Ron” I think everyone would agree.
Regular swim times this week with the exception of Labor Day when we will be swimming at 7:45am. We are now entering perfect open water swim season which starts around September and goes through mid October. The water temp drops down into comfortable levels, so if you haven’t been out in a while dust off your Speedos and get back into the groove of things.
For those that were wondering who might be taking over the Lochte Speedo contract Click Here
Ray Wiss a Canadian Lucky’s Lake Swimmer just completed his first ironman the Mont Tremblant in Quebec. He has trouble running because he was shot in the knee in Afghanistan. He had to walk the run part ,and he did it in his military fatigues to honor his buddies who didn’t return from Afghanistan. Notice the sliver of green under the official race cap. It is a green Lucky’s Lake Swim cap. How cool. Many congrats Ray and thanks for sharing your story.
Carol Walker scored her 200K shirt and it only took seven years.
Barbara Giles and her 200K shirt. Ron could not photobomb the picture so at Ron’s request Lucky stepped in for him as a stunt double.
Sara Haugh poses with Buddy the Gator (always swim with a buddy) after completing her 100K. Her husband Tim plans on doing a crossing real soon, but he is building up his endurance first by taking lots of showers. You go Tim!
Judy Montana makes the 100k club (Judy is the daughter of Legendary Lucky’s Lake Swimmer George Mann a.K.a Cypress Sam. They are in a select group of two generations from the same family being in the 100 K club.
They say all politics are local and our local elections for county commissioners time is now. Obviously we would like to have a commissioner in our district that is Lake Cane friendly. As the government is the largest polluter of the lake (through directed road run off into the lake) it is nice to have politicians in place that will work to rectify the problem. Our current district commissioner Scott Boyd had worked well with us for many years and has been a great help in improving the lake quality. We appreciate all the aid he has given us from working to stop the “poison pipeline” to hundreds of thousands put into the lake in chemical treatments to keep the lake safe. I would give Scott an A on helping Lake Cane. Scott’s term as District 1 commissioner has come to an end and now we have four candidates that are running for his position. Two of the candidates have visited the lake swim on more than one occasion Robert “Bobby O” Olszewski and Betsy VanderLey, the other two have not. The lake Cane Restoration society asked all the candidates some questions and the only two to respond were Robert “Bobby O” Olszewski and Betsy VanderLey, below are their responses. LCRS is a 501c corporation and cannot endorse a candidate, but we have tried to ask the right questions so you can best judge your choice. Please take time to vote. Lucky
Robert “Bobby O” Olszewski
For all those swimmers who like to complain that the water is too cold, and they don’t have a wetsuit, these are the days you have been begging for. The temp has been between 88 and 90, so for all my cold blooded friends your time is now.
Friends, Family and Special Olympics coaches came Saturday to honor the late Lyn Meena with a swim.
Steve Goodwin gets his halo of yellow.
And they said duck has no friends, This was a spearow that was visiting duck. He was very cranky too. Lucky had to take him away in a pokeball. Lucky is a level 8 for those who care. He wants level 9 real bad so he can start using lucky eggs, which have nothing to do with duck or spearow in case you were worried.
Those that love Sunday swims have we got a deal for you. Do this one swim and it is equal to 7 Lucky Lake swims on a Sunday.
We add another Olympic Swimmer to the wall of Fame Adam Sioui and yes he was a UF swimmer how could you tell.
Hot tub or lake you decide.
Dave Berry scores his 200K club shirt, Tom looks on very happy after collecting the $100 shirt fee, cash only, checks should be made out to the T. Welch Vegas fund, no credit or debit cards.
Midnight swim tonight. (Bring a small flashlight to put in the dry pocket of the swim buoy- a glow stick won’t work) Movie starts at 9:45pm. You must watch the movie and do the swim to earn the patch. Bring your own refreshments. The morning swim (on the 4th tomorrow) is at 7:45am. We will take a photo of those that do both the midnight and morning swim duo (these are a special breed of swimmers). July 4th party starts at 5pm. Bring a swimsuit for water volleyball and something for yourself to throw on the grill and a side dish to share. We will shoot some fireworks off for the kids at dark. May also have a big water balloon fight if Max and his friends don’t use them all up today.
Midnight swimmers from 2014 some who did survive may even swim again this year.
Next event is the midnight swim on July 3rd (Sunday evening). We will start the movie at 9:45pm and the swim will start at midnight. You must watch the movie and do the swim to get the patch. We are letting folks decide which movie they want to watch as Lucky’s pick last year really sucked (He has been banned from all movie review sites for two years). The choices are Black Water or Deep Rising. There is a poll on Lucky’s Lake Swim facebook page for you to vote. The most votes win. Much like our political process the winner still may not end up being very good.
We are trying to get most folks to wear a safer swimmer buoys during the swim. Please bring a small flashlight to stick in your buoy (no Dave, a candle will not work). If everyone has lights in their buoys it looks really cool. And it’s all about being cool.
July 4th the Lake swim will be at 7:45 AM
JULY 4th party at the Meisenheimer’s HOUSE 5PM
Party starts at 5pm, Bring a dish to share and something to throw on the grill. Bring a swimsuit as we will be playing water volleyball. Bring family and friends. We will shoot off some fireworks for the kids when it gets dark. All lake swimmers and family are welcome.
Annika Perez (age 6) got ducked after her first crossing. Her last words before getting ducked were “what a nice duck can I pet it?”
Beth Crepeau scored her 100 K club cap and then fed it to her dog. She is still waiting for it’s return but probably won’t wear it again.
Dennis collected his 200k shirt and 150 cap on the same day. Yes it can happen if you do 50 crossings in one day. Ron says he has done it so it must be possible.
Pete Gould hit a major milestone with his silver 500K club cap. Not much worth living for after that I guess.
Chris Stalder pictured with a cottonmouth. Chris is on the LCRS board. This is what a water moccasin looks like. This is not what we have swimming around the dock. Please note that is why Chris has big pockets in his shorts so he can transport them easier. Photo by Dave Bledsoe
Check out our facebook poll to vote on the movie night movie. If you don’t like either then vote against the one you hate the most. Yes I am talking movies here, I get it though.