Yes, the Easter Eat-Pray-Swim is on for tomorrow morning. The water temp should be in the low 70s, and the morning should be cool but pleasant. I perfect set up for the sunrise sermon at 7:12 by Tom Welch. We will have breakfast as well. Masks are still in vogue. We have had a ton of volunteers working on making this an excellent experience; don’t miss out!
We had about 50 swimmers today, and included in that group were some speedsters. Two records fell, including True Sweeter’s 17-18 record which was the second fastest swim in the lake. Josh Brown broke the 11:35.5 record by a mere .5 seconds making him the second fastest swimmer just behind True’s record time of 11:17.0 set when he was 22. Congratulations to Josh. Josh will be gunning for that gold medal in the Golden Mile® May 29th. Jordan Agliano also has her name on the record board twice now. She currently holds the 11-12 record for women and she just broke the 15-16 record which was held by Alix Roy (12:47) by swimming a blistering 12:43. Congratulations to Jordan.
Check out the video.
In this update.
Water temp is 76 degrees.
We are back to normal start times 6:30 am Mon-Friday 7:45 am Saturday. First time swimmers welcome all days now.
The Rosen Aquatic Center opens April 5th.
Safer Swimmer buoys are required for the first 25 crossings whether you wear a wetsuit or not!
Volunteer for the Easter (Eat – Pray – Swim) Service starts at sunrise 7:12 AM
and more… watch the video.
Hello spring and goodbye COVID-19
Gene Augustine turned 90 on Saturday, and, of course, he swam the Lake. Nobody thought to time him for his swim; they were too busy blowing up 90 balloons and trying to fit 90 candles on the cake. So, still no record for the 90- to 95-year-old age group. Geno has to do it again to get the record. When he ages up at 95, I hope folks remember to time him when he does his birthday swim; there is a valuable lesson in here somewhere.
The Aquatic Center needs your help!!
The great news is that the Aquatic Center has reopened as the Rosen Aquatic Center. As you may or may not be aware, due to COVID-19, The YMCA of Central Florida had to abandon the YMCA Aquatic Center. The permanent closing, of course, was a severe blow to the Central Florida Aquatics community. The prospects for reopening the Aquatic Center looked bleak, and it has been a year since the Y shuttered its doors. Fortunately for Central Florida, the Harris Rosen foundation stepped in for the save. Taking over responsibility for the Aquatic Center is a tremendously risky undertaking for the Foundation as no money is flowing in and won’t be for the near future. The Rosen team has done a fantastic job fixing the center up, and it looks the best it has in decades. In March, there will be a soft opening with four large swimming meets each week, and then the plan in April is to open it back up to the community. The first swimming meet is the Florida Age Group Swimming Championships; it is scheduled from Thursday through the weekend. With the new reopening, they are in desperate need of timers to help with this first event; if you have any time available this weekend, you would be a superstar to volunteer for a timing slot (and tell them you are a Lucky’s Lake Swimmer). Volunteer Here
Happy Super Bowl Sunday and National Serpent Day to everyone.
Great news! We are on for our major swimming events this year. We are going to continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely (except for Lucky, who has had both vaccines and is back to nightly raves, and he has reopened his kissing booth at the county fair – the booth was struggling even before COVID-19). With all the vaccinations and a bigger and bigger percentage of the population already having had COVID-19, we feel that we can safely open up our regular charity events this year. Depending on when the event is scheduled will determine if we still have some safety constraints in place. (to be clear, chastity belts were never a safety precaution here at the lake, we would like to thank Jay for all his excellent contributions to lake swimming safety, but that one was a bit of an overreach). Participating is a personal choice, do not feel pressured to join an event if you think you are at high risk. If you decide to participate, please don’t whine that we are not providing viral proof body armor or Plexiglas separators. If you plan on keeping hunkered down until the eradication of Covid-19 is complete, then we look forward to seeing you again sometime in the 22nd century.
We are completely back to our PreCOVID-19 daily swim schedule, except that first-time swimmers are asked to come on Saturdays. Current daily swimming times are Monday thru Friday @ 6:30 AM and Saturdays at 7:45 AM. The hot tub is open to folks that have had both vaccines, have had COVID 19 already, and those that wish to die from COVID19.
Don’t forget this Thursday is our Lake Cane Restoration Society meeting. There will be dancing girls and guys, fantastic desserts, free drugs, alcohol, gambling and bitcoin giveaways for those that attend the physical event. All of these amenities will not be available at the zoom meeting at 6:30pm. For those that wish to sign up for the physical event please sign up here.
Please watch the below video, and it will tell you all about the 2021 Golden Mile Swim on May 29th, 2021. Or you can skip the video and go straight to registration (my personal choice).
Real-time water temperatures in the lake are now back up and running on the website (which may explain lake swimmers’ recent low turnouts). These low temps are an opportunity to join the swim at or below your age temperature club. To be a club member, you swim in a water temperature that is at or below your age (no wet suit). Club admission is pretty easy if you are Geno and turning 90 this month. However, Jay and Tom did it this week, with the water temp being at 59. Currently, we believe that Lucky holds the coldest record with swimming at 55 degrees when he was age 55. However, with Lucky swimming in the WimpyX pool, he will have to wait until he turns 88 to rejoin the club.
Hello Lake Swimmers. Happy 2021 and goodbye 2020!
In this video we will cover.
Updated swim times.
How you get your hot tub privileges back.
A confirmed date for the 2021 Golden Mile
Superstar Jay Madigan being bullied or trashed talked by Lucky, whatever you might want to call it.
John Tilley’s prep for the Tampa Bay Frogman and more. You can donate to the Navy Seal Frogman swim for John Tilley here: 2021 Tampa Bay Frogman Swim | Created by John Tilley (gofundme.com)
If there is enough time left Lucky will explain why the meaning of life is not the number 42.
Also if you feel your toes being bitten while swimming check out this video and you will find out why.
Saturday, that’s tomorrow, we will be handing out the goody bags and T-shirts for the 2020 Golden Mile® registrants, which was COVID 19 canceled. These are for those who did not transfer their entry to 2021 (Many Thanks). Please, show up to pick up your goody bags. We don’t want to mail them as this is expensive, and the post office wants a blood donation as well. Please, pick up your swag even if you are not going to swim in the lake tomorrow, and by the way, the water is perfect. It is also the last chance to do the “Virtual Golden Mile®; Jay will be doing his virtual mile butterfly. Lucky was going to watch the movie 300, and join Jay, but then he decided watching Jay suffer would be more enjoyable.
We are stopping the check in system for the weekdays Mon-Friday. Yay! The numbers are low enough now (dang gator sighting) we should not have any problems with swimmer volume and everyone has been respectful in following the social distancing rules.
Start times will remain at 6:30 am Monday thru Friday (yes it is dark, but that’s how we get our man card stamped) we will still require masks, social distancing, buoy sanitization etc. The trickle start will also be maintained. This means you don’t have to wait for Lucky to stagger down and mumble unintelligible words before starting.
Because we have a bigger volume of swimmers on Saturdays we will continue to keep the registration the night before and the start times will remain at 7:00 AM 7:45 AM and 8:30 AM.
First timers will only be allowed at 7:00 AM on Saturdays and need to register for a slot the night before. If the gator is visible they will be allowed in the water first.
Lake swimmers, in this video update we cover.
Virtual Golden Mile, Swag bags, turtle feeding, lake pollution sensors, Split Oak Forest and more.
In the attached video you will see updates on Lucky’s Lake Swim and the Golden mile.
-A conversation on making Lake Cane a Hippo sanctuary.
-Final words on the now cancelled 2020 Golden Mile®
-Dates for the virtual Golden Mile Sept 19 and Oct 10th and how to get your swag bags.
I think everybody has already figured out; we are canceling the “postponement” of the Golden mile. Originally it was supposed to be on May 23, but thanks to COVID-19 for screwing up everybody’s life, we postponed it to October 11, which we were hoping would be safe. Sadly, the virus won’t die out, much like fire ants and cockroaches, so it looks like it’s going to be 2021 before we start getting back to normal. If anyone can remember what normal was. If you have already registered for the 2020 Golden Mile®, you have a couple of options. First, you can donate your entry (all proceeds go to the Lake Cane Restoration Society) and get all the swag and T-shirts for the 2020 swim (we will need your t-shirt size), or you can transfer your entry to the 2021 swim, your choice. If you feel bad for taking swag for a swim you didn’t do, you can do a virtual Golden Mile®. We are checking into putting a buoy at the Eastern turnaround point so that you can do a virtual Golden Mile® on any Saturday up to October 11.
Great news! Notch the turtle is back. He has been MIA for two years. Glad to see you back Notch. If Notch can return after two years, so can others. Please encourage them if you know a swimmer with a long absence.
Apparently, the UF mascot being lonely without students, has migrated to Lake Cane. With each sighting, he gets smaller. Now he is down to about 3 feet. At this rate, I expect him to shrink to the size of a tadpole by the end of August. Is it possible to be eaten by a 3 foot alligator? Well, possibly, just like it’s possible to drown in a sidewalk rain puddle. Either way you get your name in the paper, a nomination for a Darwin award and no entry into heaven.
The good news is that we will continue to maintain the daily swims and are planning on staying to this plan until we return to normalcy whenever that is or whatever that is. Again, I can’t thank our volunteers enough for all they do. They are cleaning the buoy’s signing in new swimmers, which still only happens on Saturdays at 7 AM, and all the other groundwork required for keeping the swim operating. Lucky closely monitors all this volunteer work from his massage chair, while eating bonbons and sipping on mint julep’s, in case you were wondering how he maintains clarity and focus.
We appreciate everybody following the mask rules. So far, no visitors from the orange county mask police. If you would like to help us promote the swim, and also put a little cash flow into the Lake Cane restoration society, we do have masks available with Luckys lake swim logos for a $20 donation to the Lake Cane Restoration Society. Of course, all of the volunteers score one of these super-fine quality masks for free.
Next Saturday, we will be having a milestone catch-up session. We will have all the milestone awards waiting for people who have completed their milestones but have not been able to pick up their awards due to the COVID-19 screwup. Whether you have scored your 25K cap, your 100 K baseball cap, your 150 yellow swim cap or 200 K T-shirt, and so on, stop by next Saturday, and we will award you your swag. Speaking of milestones, Geno, age 89, made it into the 2000 K club last week
For those first-timers that did not get swag, we will have that out there as well. If you have the old-style Aquatica 200 K shirt wear it, and we will upgrade you to a shiny new Lucky’s lake swim 200 K club shirt.
And if your life is miserable and boring, you might as well add to it by watching Dr. Lucky’s yo-yo talk Thursday nights live on Facebook at 9:30 PM https://www.facebook.com/DocLuckysYoYoTalk/ or check out past episodes on his Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpnFa5ZGF9mpEy6BQ7zTBGw Warning! If you visit the YouTube channel, you may have to walk through some cobwebs to get to the videos.
So for the first time in a decade, we are canceling our movie night and midnight swim, thanks COVID 1984. There is no way to show the movie without packing us in like sardines, so we are going to skip this year. Some have suggested that we watch the news at our homes, as the evening news is scarier than any movie we can show, and then go for a swim. However, Lucky wants to keep all of his rioting and looting options open for that evening. Happily, that will make 2021s movie and midnight swim that much more special, so put it on your calendar for July 3, 2021.
New first time swimmers can join us on July 3. Since July 3 (Friday) is the official national holiday, We will be allowing first-time swimmers to come in on that day; they will still need to sign up the night before for either of the two time slots either 6:30 AM or 7 AM on Friday. Saturday, July 4, first-timers will be allowed to swim in the 7 AM slot only. Again thanks to all of our volunteers that make this lake swim possible, providing necessary social distancing and sanitation, you keep us all safe.
As the Fourth of July falls on a Saturday this year, the daily swimming times will remain the same during this holiday. Please remember you still need to sign up for swim slots the night before.
Folks want to know about how hot the temperature is currently in the lake. Lucky is not sure, but he just saw a lobster this morning crawl out of the lake and climb into a boiling pot of water to cool down.
Important FYI on Covid 19 from Lucky. “It’s been months since I’ve gone to the store because of COVID-19. I decided to check with Publix to ensure that a mask and gloves were all that I needed to wear to shop. They assured me that a mask and gloves are all that was required to wear to enter their store. They outright lied to me. I walked in, and everyone was wearing clothes. You are forewarned.