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Entering The Food Chain, A Lake Swim Report.


Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Dr. "Lucky" Meisenheimer is a Dermasurgeon, Yo-yo collector, film maker, published author and a pretty good swimmer.

Lucky lives in Orlando, Fl and has opened his home to swimmers 6 days a week, since 1989. He's a former masters national champion swimmer and world record holder. There is much information about him which can be found by doing an internet search, but this blog is about his daily swim meets at his home on Lake Cane in Orlando.

People gather there, every morning except Sunday, and swim across Lake Cane and then back to his dock. It's a 1K round trip.



In my quest for open water swimming locations, I found out about his swim meets. I logged onto his Facebook page and got to thinking that I might try it myself. It's about a half hour drive from my home in Maitland.

It starts early on week days, so I had to set my alarm for 5AM to have breakfast, coffee and get there on time. I was pretty excited and noticed my heartbeat was elevated, in anticipation of making the lake swim attempt.

I arrived early and met up with a couple of other early birds who were cheerful and gave me lots of information about where to swim, what to look out for and where the buoys were. It was still dark out and I could only see the lights across the lake. More people slowly trickled in, and then Doc Lucky came out. He welcomed me and helped me sign a liability waiver - there are alligators in the lake, I could drown, stuff like that was included in the waiver.

Soon enough, it was 6:30, the start time, and we were off. It was still dark, but I could now see the first buoy. Strangely, I had no weird feelings, fears or the panicky feeling of being far off shore that I read so much about. I felt good and strong. Made the crossing feeling good, pacing myself and swimming slowly. My stopwatch said 14:03 for the first half.

When I arrived across the lake, there were a few people standing waist deep in water arms folded across their chests and resting up for the return trip. I did the same. Perhaps for one or two minutes. Oh yeah, while we chatted, I got lots of attention for successfully making it across, these people were happy to see the new swimmer. I might mention that two of these guys were my age or older. There were swimmers of all ages, but it seems this event has appeal to older folks.

So, I dove in to make the return trip. It was a little more difficult seeing the dock and Lucky's lights from this swim angle, but I got my bearings and kept on swimming. It did occur to me that I was in deep water and might get tired, but then I remembered that I'd swum farther than this many times already, and turned off the negative thoughts, and kept swimming, as I slowly approached the dock.

Finally got there, and raised my hands in victory. Someone recognized me as a new swimmer and directed me to the area where I could pick up my swag. A bumper sticker, a cloth patch and a sheet to record future swims.




Then I was given permission to sign the Wall of Fame. The walls were covered with the signatures of my predecessors, and the ceiling had the only available space. Here are some blurry shots of me signing the ceiling.



I was encouraged to return and continue to add my future crossings to my list. You get a T shirt, swim cap and other goodies for certain levels of crossings. Pretty cool for an event that is free to attend.

I will be returning.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JUNEPA 10/21/2013 10:21AM

    So cool

Wish we had something like that in my area.

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LEWILL1982 10/17/2013 2:05PM

    That's awesome! Great swim and great way to meet new people.

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PMRUNNER 10/15/2013 6:14AM

    Very cool!

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FANGFACEKITTY 10/15/2013 4:52AM

    Alligators? !? Seriously? Now that would motivate me to improve my swimming ability and speed! Glaf you didn't enter the food chain just yet!

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LANNIEMANUEL 10/11/2013 7:07AM

    way to go. sounds like fun

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 10/10/2013 2:19PM

    What a great resource!
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MASRITE 10/10/2013 12:28AM

    Wow, that's an experience. Can't believe you weren't freaking out about the alligators. Kudos to you my friend. And, love the pic of you signing the wall!!

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LISAINMS 10/9/2013 1:19PM

    I've read about Lucky's Lake Swims before. Next time I am in Orlando I will definitely be there. What a great thing that he does this for so many!

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JLEMUS1 10/9/2013 12:49PM

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JACKIE542 10/9/2013 11:39AM

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ALMJBS 10/9/2013 11:28AM

    That is very cool and a GREAT accomplishment!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 10/9/2013 11:25AM

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IFDEEVARUNS2 10/9/2013 10:44AM

    What fun!

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DALID414 10/9/2013 10:25AM

    Oh my gosh, after reading the title I got scared thinking you got bitten by something!
Alligators? That would have scared me off!!
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BIGPAWSUP 10/9/2013 10:04AM

    Sounds,wonderful! I'm terrified of open water swims so I'm uber impressed!

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KIMPY225 10/9/2013 9:26AM

    Wow, that is a really neat experience! I am glad you weren't nervous & had a good experience. Good thing you weren't eaten :)

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JACKSGRAN 10/9/2013 9:16AM

    Wow, what an awesome event. What a great find.

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SEABREEZE65 10/9/2013 9:10AM

    Very impressive. So glad you shared this accomplishment and experience. Glad the alligators didn't bother you.

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CHANGE4FIT 10/9/2013 8:58AM

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ONMYMEDS 10/9/2013 8:49AM

    How cool is that!!! Good on you!! Nice job.

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NATPLUMMER 10/9/2013 8:39AM

    Wow!

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FITFOODIE806 10/9/2013 8:27AM

    How cool! What an awesome way to build community.

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BRASKIN 10/9/2013 7:59AM

  congratulations... an amazing achievement... emoticon

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