One of our biggest challenges during COVID-1984 has been new swimmers, a.k.a. first-time swimmers. It has been difficult to tell new folks that want to swim, they can’t, because of the sign-in difficulties, We are now going to open up Saturdays for first-time swimmers at 7 AM (They must still register the night before at 6 PM for your start and parking site for the 7 AM slot. If all the 7 AM slots are filled (40), you will have to wait until the next week. Once You have completed registration and swam, you will be able to join us during any other swims during the week. We are doing one sign-in time at 7 AM on Saturday for first-time swimmers. Please spread the word. We are still limiting the swim to two crossings, unless you are incredibly fast, and can do three in the time it takes ordinary people to do two. You know who you are, and we hate you. Still, no bathroom privileges, sorry; you will have to tie it in the night and sit on it until you get home. Please do not pee in the lake, we have checked, and we have plenty of nitrogen in the water. We appreciate those that wish to contribute, but save it for your own pools.
Again thanks to all the wonderful volunteers that have made this all possible. Extreme thanks to red rocket studios for all the work they have done for our registration process and sign-ups.
Good news we are increasing the number of slots available to swim as of Monday. We will have two start sites with 20 each Monday through Thursday at 6:30 AM. You will still need to register the night before at 6 PM there is no priority registration anymore first come first serve. On Fridays there will be two waves of 20 per start point the first wave will be at 6:30 AM the second wave at 7 AM. On Saturday we will continue with our three waves 7:00am 7:30 am and 8: am, but we will increase the number of slots per start point to 20 per side so 120 people will have an opportunity to Swim. Unfortunately, there are still no bathroom privileges, nor are we passing out swag for milestones. We are also not allowing first time swimmers. When you see a volunteer working please thank them as they are the reason we were able to pull this off. Still a 2 crossing limit unless you are a 17 minute or under swimmer then you may do three.
This is where you register https://register.luckyslakeswim.com/
The sign up/ registration link for Lucky’s Lake swim is below. We are no longer doing the nightly facebook poll sign up (as much fun as that was). Going to this registration page is the only way to sign up now.
We are changing the sign-up system to an automated system for the daily lake swims. Lucky hates doing manual poll sign ups every evening, unlike Jay, who loves mind-numbing tasks such as running board meetings, applying for grants, meeting with politicians etc. Happily, Jay’s wife sides with Lucky on the issue, and even though there was much grumbling from Jay, we were able to distract him by asking him to look into finding an automated system which he did with gusto. Jay has been working tirelessly with Red Rocket studies (Red Rocket Studios is definitely on Santa’s “Nice list” coming this Christmas) to come up with a solution. So, I’m happy to report that the geniuses at Red Rocket Studios has done us a solid by coming up with an automated system that is simple to use and fair.
Since it looks like we are going to be under a cloud of social distancing for the near foreseeable future, we will have to have limitations on the number of swimmers to keep it safe. Sadly, we don’t think we will be able to accommodate any new swimmers at this time.
To register with the new system, you will need to sign up at this site https://register.luckyslakeswim.com/
We will no longer be using Facebook polls to sign up. Watch the video to see the registration process, or you can look at the “Cliff notes” below.
There are four different opening times to register:
6:00 pm for 2000K club members
6:30 pm for 1000K club members
7:00 pm for 100K club members
7:30 pm for everyone else (no new first time swimmers)
How this works is that a 2000K club member can sign up at any time after 6 pm, but if they wait too long, it might fill (we have only 20 slots on weekdays), so they should sign in during their restricted window of 6:00 to 6:30 pm. Then the same thing happens for the 1000K club members at 6:30 pm, and so on down the line.
This is based on the honor system. If you sign up during the 1000K club registration slot and have only completed 23 crossings, you will be shamed and fed a Covid19 cocktail.
Click on the next swim (you can only register for the swim the next day, not several days in advance)
Go to the button that says get tickets and enter (1) You can only register one swimmer per email address( It will list the number of swim slots left at that start site. If it is filled, you can try the other start site). The price is free, but if you wish to purchase a backstage pass, you can enter $10,000 and submit your credit card information.
If you get a full or closed message on both start locations for that day, then all the slots have been taken, and you will have to try for another day.
You will get an email confirming your entry and start location, and you are good to go.
We have the sign up right now going for tomorrow’s swim on the facebook page. As I am typing this we are only 1/3 full (20 of 60 slots available) and sign ups have been open 30 mins. We have 3 times you can start. 7:00am 7:45am and 8:30 am. You must sign up to get a slot. Video explanation of the start HERE
Once 60 have signed up the swim is closed out.
Based on current relaxations and keeping with governmental mandates, we are planning on doing a limited, and I mean limited, reopening of Lucky’s Lake swim. A recent report out of Italy looking at 400 sports and categorizing them For risk of COVID-19 infection. On the scale, 0 represents non-existent risk, 1 weak rise, 2 medium risk, 3 high risk, and 4 very high risk. Open water swimming was considered one of the few zero sports. Due to certain mandates still being in place, there will be several caveats. For this to work, we need everybody’s help in following the rules, or the alternative will be another shutdown. So, here is the way it’s going to go.
- No new first time swimmers. (we just can’t handle the signing in and checking in of new swimmers, at this point, and keeping it safe).
- There will be no bathroom facilities or hot tub facilities available (go before you leave your home)
- We will have a total of 10 slots available at each of two start points for swimmers Monday through Friday at 6:30 AM at two different locations.
- We will continue to follow governmental mandates of no groups bigger than 10. So, we will have two takeoff points of 10 each, one at our regular start and one at the lake house, which Lucky owns adjacent to his property. The ten people swimming from the regular start will park in Lucky’s front yard at the designated parking, which will be marked for adequate separation of cars, so there is no close exposure for individual swimmers. The ten folks that will be leaving from the lake house will park in the Lakehouse front yard in the designated parking areas.
- You will be limited to two crossings.
- It’s not a gabfest, or a time to catch up with people you haven’t seen in awhile, that’s why we have iPhones. We come, we swim, we leave. Everyone will need to practice social distancing, keeping 6 feet apart. We will enter the water by twos 6 feet apart from each other.
- Only one person in the swim shack at a time when you get and put away buoys.
- We will have a lake swim range officer organizing and making sure everybody is following the guidelines. Their word is law.
- Because there will be more people interested in swimming then slots available, we will have a sign-up the night before. No sign-up – No swim.
- The sign-ups will occur as follows with a poll posted on Facebook:
- 6 PM 2000 K club swimmers have priority.
- 6:15 PM 1000 K club swimmers have second priority
- 6:30 PM hundred K club swimmers have third priority
- If the 20 slots are not filled by 6:45 PM, which is unlikely, it will open to everyone else.
- After the slots are filled, we will post which house you will park at and start the swim from.
- If you have an access point from another home on the lake, and you have already been swimming through this access point, we ask you to continue to do this, so we have more slots available for everybody else.
- On Saturdays, in order to try to accommodate more swimmers, we will have three start waves two waves of 10 swimmers each first wave at 7 o’clock second wave at 7:45 in the third wave at 8:30. The rules for the weekday swims still apply for the Saturday swim. There will be sign-ups the night before (at the same time), and we will post where the parking will be after the sign-ups are complete.
- If you sign up and do not show, unless there is an active lightning storm, you will be put on swimming probation for two weeks from the lake swim. If you arrive late for your start time, you will not swim, and be put on probation.
- Everyone’s health and safety is our primary concern. Lucky has discussed this Limited reopening with a former member of the epidemiology department in the Florida Department of Health in Orange County. We discussed the plans for a limited reopening, and the details for doing this safely. He believes that this is the proper approach.
- Needless to say, if you are having symptoms of any illness or are in quarantine because of known exposure to someone infected with COVID-19 do not swim.
- If you have complaints or valuable insights you would like to share, please print this email, fill in this triangle with your suggestions. Δ After filling out the triangle, please sign and have it notarized. Mail the notarized paper to Lucky, certified, and don’t forget to include your Bank Account number, routing number, PIN, and Social Security number. Please also include any credit card numbers that are not maxed out along with their expiration and security code.
Congratulations to Cleve Cooney the winner of our COVID-19 video contest.His Is entry was “Plucky’s pond”. I think everybody else gave up once they saw Cleve’s entry. Cleve, I think you need to start checking your mailbox for your invitation to the Academy Awards 2021.
And a happy COVID-19 hunker down season to you. Some of you may have noticed that there is a COVID-19 pandemic going on. Those of you have not noticed I am very envious of you, but you will most likely die stepping into an open manhole cover, so I’m not that envious. That being said, we are all trying to cope the best we can. The Easter Eat Pray No-swim was a great event. Thank you, Tom, and all the volunteers that made this remote event possible. On the good news side from Easter, we were able to raise over $1000 for the children’s ranch. It’s still not too late to donate. You can go to WWW.LakeCane.com, and all donations through April will go to the children’s ranch. There is also a gear page there, and if you order Eat pray no-swim gear, money will go towards the children’s ranch as well.
The Golden Mile® swim this year has been postponed due to the COVID-19 epidemic. The original date was May 23rd in Orlando, Florida, at Lucky’s Lake Swim. The event is rescheduled to October 11th. We will combine the Golden Mile® with the Rowdy, and Lucky 1 mile swim during the Rowdy Gaines Masters Classic. If you have already registered for the Golden Mile®, you do not have to do anything; your entry is good for the Golden Mile® on October 11th. However, if you would like to pay twice, we would be happy to take your money, and we will discount your second, totally unnecessary, payment by 10%. This race will be a USMS sanctioned open water event. As with last year’s Golden Mile®, there will be top three awards for each age group. For the overall winners and the winners of the swimmer of the ages division, we will have real gold medals. The gold medals are double the gold content of Olympic gold (And nobody’s getting an Olympic gold this year) www.DocLuckysGoldenMile.com Also, the silver medals will be 16 Troy ounces of sterling silver. The bronze medals, well, they’re just bronze. Survivor medallions will begin awarded to all folks that do survive this swim. If you get swallowed by a gator or the lake cane monster, you will not receive a survivor medallion, unless they cross the finish line with you in their belly, and they must notify the head referee.
For the first time in 30 years, the daily Lucky’s lake swim is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lucky’s Lake swim is unlikely to reopen until regular public swimming pools reopen. We will have updates at www.LuckysLakeswim.com; you can sign up for the blog or join our Facebook group page and find out the minute we open.
There are questions about whether or not Lucky’s Lake Swim annual midnight swim will occur on July 3rd. Right now, I think we’re looking at about a 50-50 chance of this going off. Again you can follow Lucky’s Lake Swim on Facebook, and we will keep everybody updated. At the annual midnight swim, we watch a horror film of an aquatic monster eating people, and then everyone swims across the lake at midnight. As you might imagine, this is very popular, as most open water swimmers do not have all of their neurons wholly attached in the correct order.
One of the Golden Mile® sponsors from last year (hammerhead swim caps) has a one day 50% off sale going on. (I suspect swim cap sales are a bit slow now) I have attached their 1-Day 50% off Sale….only valid tomorrow on 4/15/2020. You can go to www.hammerheadswimcaps.com and enter the code “DEAL50” at checkout. Here is a short video Lucky did on the caps last year. Hammerhead Swim Caps
We have had a few video entries into the Lucky’s Lake swim COVID-19 pandemic film festival contest, but we could use some more. Be creative Shoot a short film on TickTock or YouTube and then share your link on our Facebook page; that’s all you have to do to enter the contest. The subject matter should be how you are coping with your aquatic addiction without being able to swim in the lake or pool. Click here To learn more about the video contest.
Beautiful mornings, perfect water temperatures, and the water clarity is getting better and better, but In the COVID-19 world, this still sucks. However, we are still trying to make lemons out of lemonade. So, we will be having a virtual eat-pray-visualize swim for Easter, our attempt at spitting in the face of COVID-19. As part of the event, we have a wonderful pancake recipe contest going on; you can find more about this at www.LakeCane.com.This year, the Easter service will be live online on Luckys Lake swim Facebook page we hope you all tune in and join us. Details on Easter can all be found at www.lakecane.com
We have a highly anticipated virtual Lake Cane Restoration Society board meeting Thursday at 6:30 PM. The exciting thing about this board meeting is that everybody can attend nude. I suspect this will be one of the most popular board meetings that we ever host. Find out more at www.LakeCane.com Everyone can attend sans clothes or not.
Since many of us are stuck at home trying to cope with not having our water time, we have decided to host a video contest. The rules are simple. Shoot a video showing how you are dealing with going cold turkey on your addiction to aquatic exercise. Post on TikTok or YouTube and then post the link to Lucky’s Lake Swim Facebook page. The winner will receive a one of a kind Lucky’s Lake Swim video contest winner T-shirt, (something to live for). Lucky explains the contest in the video below. If you do not know how to film a TikTok video, Lucky explains the TikTok process in three simple steps in the second video. Your chances of winning are very high, currently, as we have precisely zero submissions. You have through the weekend of May 3 to get your entries posted.
It’s official, and I don’t think a surprise to anyone. The Golden Mile® for 2020 has been postponed until October 11. Why? You may ask, well, my answer is here at this link. The new date may cause some conflicts with those that like to celebrate National Sausage Pizza Day on the 11th, but you will still have most of the day to party. We will be conjoining the Golden Mile® with the Rowdy and Lucky 1-mile swim. (To prevent a mass of emails, I will clarify we will not be swimming 2 miles only one. This is unless you email me asking if we will be swimming two miles or two one-mile races back to back, then the answer is, yes, for you only.) We feel this is the best option for everybody. The proceeds will be split between the Lake Cane Restoration Society and the Rosen YMCA Aquatic Center scholarship fund. We will be awarding the gold medals for the overall winners and the winners of the swimmer-of-the-ages divisions. Golden Mile® age group 1-3 awards will also be given for all age groups, and survivor medallions will be presented to everybody that, well, survives.
Lucky’s Lake Swim is still shut down. When will we reopen? Not sure, but if you see hoards of naked people dancing in the streets that is a positive sign, so check the website then. www.LuckysLakeSwim.com
For those of you that were planning on doing the Trans Am Tri, which begins with a 50K swim at Lucky’s Lake Swim, followed by a 4950 Kilometer bike ride with a sprint finish running 480 kilometers, then you are out of luck. It has been coronavirus canceled. Lucky is bummed because he was getting ready to mail in his entry when he got the notice of cancellation.
And now for the good news about the Coronavirus Pandemic.
That’s about it for the good news, but we will keep you updated.
In other news:
Not liking quarantine? Would you like some fun in isolation? Then Eat Pray Swim’s 10th anniversary is for you. That’s right – Corona Virus will NOT stop us celebrating Easter. Entirely virtually, with the most Reverend Tom Welch will sharing the message of the Risen Christ at daybreak Sunday morning, we will gather in the Spirit – and through technology! That’s the Pray part. Stand by for a link and further instructions on how-to and all that (Tom’s looking for a Grace app).
Now for the Eat part – we all know Geno’s fame as a pancake maker and flipper. It turns out – his recipe for pancakes all these years is “open the box, add water and stir”. Let’s come up with some pancake ideas we can all make at home. We’ll compete by sharing recipes with everyone so we can all eat the pancakes of our dreams on Easter morning.
The contest includes three categories for recipes – in each category, a winner will be recognized as “an outstanding pancake maker” by food journalist Marta Madigan! As it is Geno’s tradition to cook in an apron, we will have three aprons made as prizes for the winners – each apron with the 10 Year EPS logo. IF you win, IF you are one of the three “outstanding pancake makers” chosen, then we will ship you an EPS apron of your very own!.
Here are the contest rules:
- Submit (post) your pancake recipe to the LCRS website (there will be a link on the Lucky’s Lake Swim website too) by April 9 – please include a picture(s) of you and your pancakes!
- Three of the contestants submitting recipes will receive recognition as “outstanding” – and anapron! here are the there categories:
(a) Heirloom recipe – can be American or ethnic or whatever Granny taught you to make!
(b) Healthy recipe – using whole wheat, gluten-free, vegan, whatever you think is healthy – Colorado entries cannot cross state lines!
(c) Hilarious recipe – be creative, extravagant, and funny!
- Once you winners receive your aprons, please submit a picture of you in your apron (in speedos and apron or bikini and apron optional)
Now for the Swim part! Um…here is the thing. Lucky’s Lake Swim remains closed to prevent the coronavirus from spreading. As you likely know, each year for Easter, we pass the hat for a local charity. Last year and this year, we chose Edgewood Children’s Ranch. Knowing what a bummer it is to miss Lucky’s swim, we ask that everyone consider a donation to the Edgewood Children’s Ranch to show your appreciation for folks on Easter who really need some help. Edgewood Children’s Ranch has helped Orlando-area families and children since 1966 with no government funding, a belief that a relationship with Christ is a key to healing families http://edgewoodranch.com/ … our pay pal button makes donation easy PLUS if you wish to purchase EPS 10th anniversary gear; a portion of each purchase will go to Edgewood Children’s Ranch, or you could do both!
What happens when Lucky’s Lake Swim shuts down? Well, it apparently turns into to a film studio. Here are three “educational” films on coronavirus, two of which feature Pigmaan, and are clearly more disturbing than the current pandemic.
For the first time in 30 years, we are shutting down Lucky‘s Lake Swim. I always thought if it happened, it would be to a stampede of invasive crocodiles or The Lake Cane monster. But no, it apparently is due to brand-name beer being served all over the World on china plates, who would’ve thunk it. We have swam in fog, cold, storms and hurricanes, but a virus broke our backs. Anyway, we are shut down to demonstrate good citizenship and hopefully save some lives along the way. In a few weeks, we will re-open to viral free waters, and partially clad supermodels will be dancing on the shoreline welcoming our return.
We have not decided on the Golden mile yet, but the horizon is looking grimmer as the time goes on. We will let everybody know by at least April 2nd. Just a reminder the Eat Pray Swim Easter celebration has been canceled, we will have a virtual Easter, though, which amazing members of the lake Cane restoration Society board are working hard to put together. More to come. Stay safe, my friends, And thank God for Netflix.
Hello, Lucky’s Lake Swim Blog followers, normally there is a great deal of hyperbole in these posts, and I want to make it clear that this first section is in all seriousness. After this section below the red line, we return to the typical absurdity of the blog.
First, I would like to discuss recent closings here in town. The Rosen YMCA Aquatic Center has canceled all aquatic events through April due to the coronavirus pandemic. They will remain open for regular programming at this time, which includes Masters Swimming, Underwater Hockey, and Masters Water Polo. They are not, though, allowing out of town visitors to these programs.
EAT – PRAY – SWIM, is canceled for 2020
Lucky’s Lake Swim our daily swim (for the time being) will remain open; however, I highly encourage you not to swim in the lake unless this is your only option. Chlorinated pools are deemed safe for swimming, and I believe rightfully so. The lake does not have any sanitation processes. It is entirely possible to contract the virus through waterborne exposure. Although there is limited literature regarding this risk, other coronaviruses have had waterborne transmission. We do not want to make Lucky’s Lake swim famous for being the seminal case study for the role of waterborne transmission of covid19. Of course, transmission risk increases with the number of individuals that are in the water at any one time. So my recommendation is if you have another place to swim that is a chlorinated, facility, swim there for the next few weeks. If you are a regular local lake swimmer and you have no other swimming options, then we will remain open, but we ask for out of town swimmers to not participate in the lake swim on their visit to Orlando at this point.
Should the YMCA go to level II in their closures (meaning shutting down the Y for all programming), then we will shut down Lucky’s Lake Swim at that juncture.
Regarding the Golden Mile®, we are in discussions on this year’s race. There is a possibility of cancellation, but We will make a final decision on April 2nd.
We are all in this together; Covid19 does not differentiate between political parties, race, sex, etc. It does though have a higher lethality, with the Greatest Generation, the Silent Generation, and the Baby Boomers. Our only defense is to prevent the spread, and we have to do it now. Later is too late. We live in a great country with an extreme amount of resilience. It will be a tough few months, but our country will survive the pandemic and roar back.
Now begins the regular blog
To clarify Lucky has not canceled Easter! He has only canceled the Eat-Pray-Swim celebration of Easter. Lucky has never been responsible for canceling any religious holiday, ever. Unless you count the National hang naked by your feet from a barn rafter, summer solstice, event, of which, he was the only participant.
Great news! To respond to the inconvenience of coronavirus restrictions on Lucky’s Lake Swim, we will be cutting the normal admission by 50% for six weeks following the lifting of travel bans.
Please do not take Lucky’s Lake Swim toilet paper rolls. We have several broad-leafed weeds growing in the yard, and you are welcome to as many of these as you wish to pull.
Since folks may have some extra reading time the next couple of weeks, may I recommend The Immune Ebook version .Audio Book version. A charming little allegorical tale of America and a warning of what not to give up in the time of National crisis. (OMG is Lucky trying to profit off the Coronavirus pandemic? Shame, shame!)
The Below video is of Lucky’s Lake Swim’s beloved start dog, Luna. It turns out that Luna has many talents that may not be known to most of our swimmers. This is a kid-friendly video.
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This is an educational video of one of our most esteemed Lake Swimmers explaining how the Coronavirus is spread. This may not be a kid-friendly video or even adult-friendly for that matter. Viewers have been warned