If you haven’t ever been to the Rosen Aquatic Center on International Drive, you should, as it is one of the finest competition pools in the country, and its record board looks like a who’s who of swimming. Recently, they honored Lucky Meisenheimer by naming the main competition natatorium in his honor. This week, the CEO of Florida Special Olympics also notified him that he is being inducted into the Florida Special Olympics Hall of Fame in November. These honors have created a problem for Lucky as his head has gotten so big he can’t get it through his front door. He assures us that it will return to normal size soon as there is too much frontal drag when swimming, and it is too big a target for underwater hockey pucks.
The Lucky’s Lake Swim Paradox is now in full effect. You may ask yourself, “What is the Lucky’s Lake Swim Paradox?” The paradox is when the lake is unbearably hot in the summer, everyone bitches about how miserable and hot the water is, but when the water temperature drops into the fun, excellent swimming temperature range, the total number of swimmers drops. Some mornings look like January mornings when there is frost on the grass. This paradox happens every year, so go figure.
Harris Rosen of the Rosen Aquatic Center with Lucky Meisenheimer. The Natatorium was recently named in Lucky’s honor. Lucky says: ” This is a great honor even though I have problems spelling the word “Natatorium.”
Only two hundred spots are available and ticket sales opens tonight!
(100% of the ticket price goes to the Step into Swim program for the Rosen Aquatic Center)
You must print out your ticket and bring it to the event to participate. There will be a best dressed zombie contest
Editor’s note: I remain confused; we at Lucky’s Lake swim distinctly remember everyone complaining that the water was too cold to swim in January. With much effort, we had Shawn turn on all the lake heaters, and now everyone is complaining about the water being too hot (except, of course, the brain-eating amoebae, who are reportedly loving it). Which is it, too hot or too cold? Making matters more perplexing is the occasional wetsuit swimmer in 89-degree water. Are they suicidal? Are they on drugs? Are they suicidal and on drugs? Should we attempt to stop them or quietly film the next viral TikTok “Florida Man boils himself.” A moral dilemma for most, however, not for Lucky; you must have morals to have a moral dilemma. I see him setting up his video camera on the dock. Shawn, please turn off the lake heaters; thank you.
Here are some upcoming events:
Monday September 4th Labor Day 7:45 AM
Saturday September 30th Special Olympics Swim for Inclusion. Come join our open-water Special Olympics athletes for a swim—more about signing up in a later post.
July 4th swim is at 7:45 AM. There is no midnight swim this year. The midnight swim is being replaced by the Zombie Cause Night Swim to be held at 8pm on October 14th. More on that swim, and the registration in future blog posts. Everyone have a wonderful 4th.
We have been asked if at the temperature of 87 degrees is Lucky’s Lake Swim wetsuit legal. Yes it is, and it may also be wetsuit lethal, you decide.
Water temp is 81 degrees. It’s time to register for the Golden Mile® it’s only one week away!!!! For more information about the Golden Mile Click HERE.
Swimming the Golden Mile® for charity is a fantastic way to challenge yourself physically while positively impacting the world. Here are six reasons why swimming the Golden Mile® for charity is a great choice:
- Personal Achievement: Swimming the Golden Mile® is a significant accomplishment in itself. Your reward is being alive at the finish and receiving a really swell survivor medallion.
- Raising Awareness: Participating in this charity swim helps raise awareness about the Lake Cane Restoration Society, to which all the proceeds go. As you share your journey with family, friends, and the community, they will think you are insane, but it still raises awareness.
- Pushing Your Limits: Swimming a mile is no small feat, requiring dedication, discipline, and mental toughness. By challenging yourself to swim the Golden Mile®, you’ll push your physical and mental limits, proving that you can accomplish remarkable things when you set your mind to it. Plus, it’s more fun than mowing the lawn or weeding, which you would likely be doing if you were not at the swim.
- Connecting with Nature: Swimming in open water can be a serene and meditative experience, allowing you to find peace and tranquility. This sereness is to be balanced with absolute terror should the lake cane monster decide to swallow you whole.
- Overcoming Fears: Open-water swimming can be intimidating for some very odd people. Taking part in the Golden Mile® for charity allows you to conquer fears or anxieties about swimming in natural bodies of water. Overcoming this challenge can empower and boost your self-confidence, so what if you don’t: nothing ventured, nothing gained.
- Lasting Memories: Swimming the Golden Mile® will create lasting memories you’ll cherish for years, some of them, hopefully, most of them good. The sense of accomplishment, the people you meet, and the impact you make will be a source of pride and joy as you reflect on your experience in the future unless you get PTSD.
Remember, when choosing to swim the Golden Mile® for charity, ensure you have the necessary training to undertake the swim successfully; plus, our water safety volunteers are lazy and don’t want to expend the effort to drag you out of the water.
Here are five acceptable reasons that Lucky will not argue with for not swimming the Golden Mile®
- You have recently been diagnosed with the Ebola virus.
- You never learned to swim, and you get aquagenic urticaria.
- You are over 8cm dilated, and the contractions are strong and 30 seconds apart, one minute before race time.
- You are celebrating your 100th birthday (please weigh this with the fact that this Golden Mile® record is still unclaimed.)
- You are in jail, being held without bond.
There you have it. Everyone else should be signed up already. If you are a procrastinator, please sign up now.
I want to register for the Golden Mile® Because I am a good person, and I don’t want everyone giving me the Stink Eye. Register Here Now
WE ALSO HAVE A 2.4 AND 6.2 MILE SWIM THIS YEAR!!!!!!!
Well, open water swimming season has undoubtedly begun. We had over 160 swimmers last Saturday, and just when you think the lake swim records can’t get any faster three more are broken.
Congratulations to Sara McLarty, who broke the 40-44 record with a time of 13:21.4. Not only does she hold the record for three different age groups, her time is faster than her two previous younger age group records. I’ll have some of whatever she’s drinking.
The men’s 15-16 record which had been broken only a week before, was lowered again to 11:23.3 by local superstar Ryan Erisman. Ryan swam the 3rd fastest time recorded for the lake swim setting his age group record. Lilliana Krstolic, who already holds the 10 and under women’s record returned to break the 13-14 age group record with a time of 12:51.8, which I might add that this is faster than the boys 13-14 record.
Lucky’s father passed early this year, and Lucky is having a giant estate sale not only is it including a lifetime of his father’s stuff, but Lucky is getting rid of all his collectibles as well (not his yo-yos he hasn’t gone crazy). In addition to the household goods and furnishings, there are many antiques, tools, Toys, Comic books (gold and silver age), Baseball cards from the 60’s, Star Wars collectibles, Star Trek, Stamps, old records, muzzleloading rifles, original Nightmare before Xmas on cards, Olympic pins, musical instruments including a drum set, two pianos, antique music sheets and more items too many to mention. The sale starts Friday from 9am-2pm, Saturday 9am-2pm, Sunday 9am-2pm The estate sale is at 7478 Lake Marsha Drive
Orlando, FL 32819 (This is not at Lucky’s House) Come early as it will be a feeding frenzy. For Photos of estate sale items click Here
The Easter Eat-Pray-Swim was a huge success, as always. Thanks to preacher Tom for his wonderful sermon (Tom would like to apologize for forgetting to make a call to the man upstairs requesting a beautiful sunrise) and the countless volunteers who made the event possible. Many congratulations to Mi Hoshino for being the 2023 Wendy May Andrew award winner for volunteerism. A well-deserved honor. And for those who never volunteer but would like to be considered for the award, the nominating committee accepts bribes until the end of the year (cryptocurrency only, please).
Eat-Pray-Swim this Sunday 7:07AM Bring your own chairs or blankets to sit on. You don’t have to swim to take part. Family and friends are welcome.
Okay, okay, it should be called Pray-Swim-Eat; we don’t call school recess “Recess School.” It gives the wrong impression. So, for all the folks with Sheldon Cooper-like tendencies, who have pointed out the misplaced word order, we agree, you are correct. However, we have no plans to change the name. I realize this may require an extra dose of Xanax, or perhaps you can calm yourself by watching an episode of Fun with Flags or Doc Lucky’s Yo-Yo Talk. The references will not be understood by those who are not fans of The Big Bang Theory (the TV show, not the astronomical event), but those folks are dead to me anyway.
Don’t forget to sign up for the Golden Mile® Registration Fees increase Monday!!!