Alligator attacked and eaten by Lucky’s Lake swimmers this morning, and Lucky’s Lake Swim Course record broken! plus more…
April Fools on the gator being eaten, but not on the broken course record.
Lucky’s lake swim course record of 11:17, held by True Sweetser, a former national champion in the mile, was thought by many to be impossible to break. Others believed that it was improbable but as likely as seeing a panda bear taking a soak in the hot tub after a Lucky’s Lake Swim (Heff has claimed to have witnessed this occurrence, but it was after a tour of microbreweries, and he also remembers he was riding a walrus when he made the observation). For those people, the impossible and improbable happened today. 17-year-old Matt Marsteiner from Raleigh, N.C., who swims for the New Wave swim club, shaved 3 seconds off of the course record for a time of 11:14.4. In setting the course record, he also broke the 17-18 age group record held by last year’s Golden Mile® champion Josh Brown. His brother Sam Marsteiner busted the 15-16 record of 11:55 held by Hayden Curley with a time of 11:27.0, and their teammate Jackson Scheiber posted a 12:12, one of the top ten swims in the 1K course. Congratulations to all these swimmers; they are encouraged to join us for the Golden Mile, where they can win $1500 for breaking the course record and an actual gold medal.
I turns out we have a lot of masochist swimmers, your complaints have been addressed. This year we are offering at the Golden Mile® not only the one mile race, but 2.4 and 6.2 mile events. Feel the pain! You know you love it! Sign up now before the entry prices increase on April 10th.
The water is in the mid-70s, and we see fewer black sausage suit swimmers (BSSS). For those who don’t speak lake swim slang, “BSSS” are swimmers who wear wetsuits. The only lower form of lake swimmer is an indoor Swimex swimmer, also known as LUCKY.
We have significant events returning for the spring season; first, the Easter Sunday swim on April 9th. Yes, that is on a Sunday (we always get at least one person asking if the Easter Sunday swim is on a Sunday); for those folks, keep asking, as preacher Tom is a very tricky fellow, and one day he may decide to do the Easter Sunday swim on a Tuesday to test us.
The Easter Sunday swim date is also important because that is the last day you can register for the Golden Mile® with the discounted rate of $95. The entry fee jumps way up the following Monday (of course, the Lake Cane Restoration Society appreciates the extra donation if you are a procrastinator).
And Speaking of the Golden Mile®, we have evolved into a swimming spectacular this year. Not only is the Golden Mile® available, but you can also choose a 2.4-mile swim or a 10K swim. The masochist swim lobby has been petitioning for years for a 10K, so here you go. You can register to do the one mile and the 2.4 or 10K together; we will have awards for the 2.4mile and 10K (not the real gold and silver medals like for the golden mile) and survivor medallions for all distances. Following the swim, we have our usual excellent breakfast. If you don’t get an endorphin high after your race, we will provide free drugs (however, these will be limited to Tylenol and aspirin). You can sign up for this fantastic experience by REGISTERING for the GOLDEN MILE® HERE.
We are sad to report that this year’s Blacks ops frogman 5K Night Swim is canceled. The swim guzzlers are experiencing event fatigue and want to spend more time at microbreweries. We thank them for their eight extraordinary years of events and the 10s of thousands of dollars raised for the Navy SEAL foundation.
Rumors of a zombie swim in October are partially true if the technology can be developed; more on that in the next blog.
Saturday, March 28th, we are having a special Olympic training swim around 9:00 AM. If you see some of our Special Olympic athletes, give them a high 5.
Saturday, April 1st, we will have slightly extended swim times in the morning. We will start at 7:45 AM and keep the course open until 11 AM. We have a local team doing a 12K training swim that morning. This longer session is an excellent opportunity to do a long swim for everyone who needs punishment. Some folks like to be flogged, others like long-distance swimming. Make sure you bring hydration (the non-ETOH type) if you plan a long swim.
You may have missed your opportunity to get in the sub-60-degree club (the extreme idiocy club) and earn your patch. We had two days, Tuesday and Wednesday, when the lake temperature dropped below 60 degrees. It is unlikely the lake will be below 60 for the rest of this year, but happily, for those off their meds, there is always January 2023. To be inducted into the sub-60 club, you must swim a crossing of the lake without a wetsuit with the water temperature below 60 degrees.
Seldom do we have swims on Sunday (Easter being the exception), but this being New Year’s Day, we will be swimming at 7:45 AM. Please note after this Sunday; this will only happen seven more times this century.
There is no patch for swimming on New Year’s day, but you will be honored with eternal glory, and we will take a group picture, which nobody will look at except those in the picture, and any psychotherapist you may be seeing.
The water temp is 68 degrees, as of today, and we are seeing the percent of black sausage-suit swimmers out number the non-wetsuit swimmers. This will continue until we drop below 65 degrees. Then we enter the “Lucky’s Lake Swim cold water paradox” as the non-wetsuit swimmers begin to outnumber the wetsuit swimmers.
Here is the schedule for the rest of the year.
All swim times are at 7:45 AM Monday thru Friday and Saturdays Dec 19th -31st
No Swim on Christmas Day – Merry Christmas to everyone!
NEW YEAR’S DAY SWIM 7:45 AM
Happy Thanksgiving to all Lucky’s Lake Swimmers!!! If you didn’t join us we know you were here in spirit.
Black Friday swim time 7:45 AM
Poker Night at Lucky’s and Jacquie’s tomorrow (Black Friday) at 6pm sign up here
The 3rd annual Lake Cane Restoration Society poker night happens on Black Friday!
Unfortunately, we have only 40 player slots, so sign up now.
Yes, the Florida- Florida State football game will be on the big screen so that it can be a night of poker and college football. Lucky and Jacquie’s house is the venue (the site of Lucky’s Lake Swim)
There will be food and drinks provided.
Even if you have never played poker, the dealers will have a training session starting at 6 pm, so you can play like a professional when the tournament begins at 7 pm. It’s easy to learn to play. Buy-in is only $40, and all proceeds go to the Lake Cane Restoration Society.
$500 in cash prizes up for grabs.
Sign up by clicking here or scanning the QR code.
Hello Lucky’s Lake Swimmers,
The Water temp is still around 75 degrees, so still a leisurely swim temp without the need for black sausage suits. To be clear, it is okay to wear black sausage suits (fashionable, no, but okay to wear) and nobody will bully you if you do suit up (unless spitting on you is considered bullying).
We have a holiday coming up, Thanksgiving (AKA eat until you feel you need to purge, others like to celebrate being with the family, it is, however, okay to combine both.) To justify the upcoming gustatory excess, we always have a Thanksgiving Day swim where you can burn off a few more calories early to make that third piece of pumpkin pie emotionally okay.
Here are the swim times for Thanksgiving Week
Monday 6:30 AM
Tuesday 6:30 AM
Wednesday 7:45 AM
Thanksgiving Day 7:45 AM
Black Friday 7:45 AM Poker Night 6 PM
Saturday 7:45 AM
Don’t forget to sign up for the Lake Cane Restoration Society’s (LCRS) Third annual Poker Night on Black Friday. Food and snacks will be provided. We only have 40 slots, and we are already ½ full so sign up now. Buy-in is $40 with the opportunity to acquire more chips. The winner takes home $300, the second $200, and the third $100. All proceeds will go to the Lake Cane Restoration Society unless Jay gets an opportunity to buy some magic beans, and then who knows where the funds will go. Beginners and practice sessions start at 6pm. Poker tournament starts at 7pm.
And speaking of Jay, the LCRS just scored another major award (no leg lamp with this award) from Water Rangers. LCRS is now the GROAT (Greatest Ranger of all Time) . . . . . . for the month of November. We don’t know what the physical award was, as Jay went on a celebratory binge and misplaced it, but he is determined that Lucky should turn over his prized leg lamp to the LCRS. Thank you to all the great volunteers that do our water testing. You are all heroes of the LCRS, and your reward will be distributed in heaven … for some of you.
Tonight at 6:30 PM is a LCRS board meeting. All lake swimmers are invited to attend; you don’t have to be a board member. We will have a photo contest, poetry contest, business meeting, debauchery, and more. Here is the link. Click here to sign in to the zoom meeting; the Meeting ID is 889 9450 5528, Passcode 774728
Sadly, the open water swimming gods are displeased, and the 2022 Rowdy and Lucky 1.5 K open water swim has been canceled this year. However, those that have registered for the open water swim will get to swim a 1500-meter pool event at the Rosen Aquatic Center. The decision to remove all the lane lines and add natural lake bacteria and wildlife to the pool during the 1500-meter event has not been decided on yet. The Rowdy Gaines Masters Classic short course meters meet will be run as scheduled. The reason to cancel the open water swim was multifactorial, including the recent hurricane, a sudden unexpected tripling of the insurance premium, and the angry open water swimming gods. To appease the gods, we have sent Jay Madigan to Egypt. There are no open-water swimming gods there, but Jay is unaware of this fact. However, we know that human sacrifices to Nile crocodiles reportedly do please open water swimming gods wherever they reside. Please text or email Jay, and encourage him to take a swim in the Nile during his visit.
If you haven’t heard, there is a hurricane. Therefore, being wise and prudent we are changing the Lucky’s Lake Swim times to 7:45am for Thursday and Friday. To be clear we do not recommend first timers doing a swim during a hurricane. We also don’t recommend swimmers in the 1000K club doing a swim during the hurricane or anyone else for that matter.
Many thanks to all those that participated or donated to the Special Olympics Swim for Inclusion. We raised over $15,000 for Special Olympics open water swimming.
Lucky’s Lake Swimmers Team members that swam the event and raised funds as well as those that donated include:
Swim for Inclusion this weekend – Saturday 9AM – At Lucky’s Lake Swim
Please join us with our annual open water swim with Florida’s Open Water Swimming Special Olympians. Lucky’s Lake Swim is an official sponsor of Special Olympics Florida Open Water Swimming. This is Special Olympics largest fundraising event, and we would like as many Lucky’s Lake Swimmers as possible to join us as a team member. This swim will start at 9Am right after the regular Saturday Morning Lucky’s Lake swim (7:45).
Here’s what you do to become a team member: (I know there was a computer glitch before that prevented some from signing up, but this has been fixed.)
Go to this Link: Click HERE to become join the Lucky’s Lake swimmers team.
Try to raise or donate $100
If you raise or donate $100 or more and complete the one-kilometer swim you will get:
1. A swim for inclusion patch
2. Swim for inclusion T- shirt
3. A BBQ ticket for right after the swim.
4. A warm feeling in your heart
5. Your next 23 Lucky’s Lake Swims will be FREE! And you can bring a friend for free!
We will still have our normal Saturday Morning lake swim at 7:45 but feel free to do both.
This is a message from our sponsor of the Lucky’s Lake Swim Calendar. The best way we can have high quality drinking, fishing and swimming water is to protect our rivers, lakes and underground wells (did they mean to leave out ponds? Please no backlash from all the pond lovers out there I’m sure it was only a typo) . Keep them free from pollution all the time (in another words don’t pee in the lake, unless someone is drafting off you and you can’t shake them, then it’s okay) – it’s easier and less expensive to keep water safe and healthy by preventing problems. Protecting our water sources effectively reduces public health risks. Better health that costs less money? (Why is there a question mark after this statement? It gives me pause. Maybe better health costs more money. Yes, I have just confirmed this with 2 big pharmaceutical lobbyists, better health should cost lots of money, and they wouldn’t lie.) Two very compelling reasons to join LCRS in all that we do to support Lucky’s Lake Swim, Water Equation and the American Water Works Association in protecting plants, trees and animals that all thrive alongside clean water! #ProtecttheSource #SourceWaterProtectionWeek
Please hashtag our sponsors and don’t mention any of the editorial comments.