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Lucky's Lake Swim

by Meghann on April 24, 2010

We came. We Swam. We biked. We Conquered!


Basically we rock and don’t you forget it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Surprisingly I was not nervous at all for my open swim this morning. Unlike last year when I attempted my first open water swim with no training what so ever, this time I felt a little more confident thanks to the pool work I’ve been sneaking in at the gym the past couple of weeks. ๐Ÿ™‚

Before I headed to the lake I had two tiny slices of pumpkin nut bread with almond butter, superfruit spread, and chocolate chips. And an apple.


I met Katy and Kelly at Lucky’s Lake Swim just before 8:00am.


Lucky is a man who is passionate about swimming and has done quite well for himself. He has a huge, beautiful house that site right on the banks of a beautiful open lake. Every weekday and Saturday morning Lucky opens up his backyard to any swimmer looking to get an open water training swim in. His open water swim can attract up to two hundred swimmers on any given Saturday! There is no fee and after the swim everyone is welcomed to use his shower facilities or warm up in his hot tub.


The swim is a complete 1 km distance – 500 meters out and 500 meters back.

Last March Kelly and I attempted Lucky’s Lake Swim the week before what was suppose to be our first triathlon. Unfortunately, Kelly had her accident a couple of days later and was unable to perform in the tri. ๐Ÿ™

Last March the water was COLD. You can read the complete recap here, but trust me it was a struggle. The water was so cold that Kelly had to give up and turn around about a quarter of the way out. I finished the swim, but it was a struggle and took a lot of repeating my mantra ‘I am a machine’ to get me to the end.

Today was completely different. I felt more confident in my stroke and endurance, the water was much, much warmer, and we had our official swimming rock star on hand to push us through.


Not only is Katy an accomplished triathlete, she is also a certified lifeguard, a former swim coach, and has completed Lucky Lake’s Swim over a dozen times before. She was our rock this morning.

The three of us decided to stick together during the swim. Katy is a fantastic coach and did nothing but encourage Kelly and I the whole swim. Kelly and Katy are faster swimmers than I am, but I tried my hardest to at least keep their feet in my eye sight.

The first half was really the most difficult. I needed to take a few breaks and swam on my back a few times. The other side of the lake didn’t seem to be getting any close, but I kept chugging along.

Once we did reach the other side I felt this huge sense of accomplishment already. I knew if I could do half, then I could do it again.

The first half must have just been a warm up because I felt like I was kicking ass on the way back. Despite a strong current that was causing us to drift to the left, I didn’t need half as many breaks and I was moving much faster than the first time.

Before I knew it I was just a few yards from Lucky’s backyard and was sprinting to the finish. Swimming rock star? Damn straight!


Kudos to Kelly who was able to avenge her last visit to Lucky’s Lake. Not only did she complete the 1 km open water swim, but she did it with a smile! She even said next time she’ll do TWO laps!


Everyone who completes Lucky’s Lake Swim has the honor of signing the great wall on the back of Lucky’s house.


Look! It’s me!


Kelly couldn’t wait to add her name to the wall (which has now expanded to the ceiling!)


Go Kelly!



Swimming – Check!

Time for a bike ride!


We turned our open water swim into a brick work out this morning by tagging on a 14.5 mile bike ride.


For the first 8 miles we rode around the surrounding neighborhoods at a leisurely pace. Kelly was starving at this point and had to say good bye.


After Kelly left Katy kicked into overdrive and we cycled our little hearts out for the remaining miles.


Next time I’m bringing my running shoes. I still had so much energy after the bike, I really wanted to go on a quick run. All I needed was a 2.5 mile run and I would have basically ran my sprint triathlon this morning. ๐Ÿ™‚

Kelly had brought us a few Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies she had baked last night.


I had one on my way back home.


I still feel great!! This morning’s brick work out has me very excited for my upcoming sprint triathlon at the end of May. I have never been more confident that I can do this and with just a little more training I know that I won’t only complete this, but I can do it in a killer time.

Bring it on! ๐Ÿ™‚




My baby is 1 years old today!!!

We’re celebrating with puppy party at the dog park tomorrow. I know Maddie is counting down the hours until then. ๐Ÿ™‚

1 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs April 24, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Hey well done!!! Open water is 10 X harder than a pool, so that’s brilliant! You must be proper chuffed ๐Ÿ™‚
Wow, quite a day in your household ๐Ÿ˜› no doubt Maddie will be having a giant party later right ๐Ÿ˜‰ ?

2 Kim @ LEO the lion says GER April 24, 2010 at 12:23 pm


Your arms look SO toned, it’s amazing!

3 kate April 24, 2010 at 12:23 pm

I would love the opportunity to swim in an open lake like that! I need to find the Iowa equivilant of Lucky! Happy Bday Maddie!

4 Bec April 24, 2010 at 12:27 pm

congrats sounds like a great way to kick off the weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

5 Becky April 24, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Lucky sounds like one fun guy! What a great workout! Nice job tackling the open water.

Happy Birthday, Maddie!

6 Sana April 24, 2010 at 12:32 pm

What a GREAT swim and workout! You have so much energy! I love it!

7 Beth April 24, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Wow that is so cool that guy opens up his water for anyone to do a swim! I’m impressed your Saturday morning… much more accomplished than mine!

8 Beth @ fatbustermack April 24, 2010 at 1:01 pm

what a fun way to do an open water swim! That’s so generous of lucky and fun for you guys ๐Ÿ™‚

9 Mandy April 24, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Aww that is one of the cutest doggie pictures ๐Ÿ™‚

Congrats on your awesome swim!

10 Run Sarah April 24, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Lucky sounds awesome – what a neat thing to do for other athletes! Congrats on completing the swim.

11 Marina April 24, 2010 at 1:29 pm

I wonder how it is to swim in a lake..I think pretty scary, so congrats on doing it!
And happy birthday to sweet puppy ๐Ÿ™‚

12 Samantha Angela April 24, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Wow, great job on your lake swim!!

and Happy Birthday MAddie!

13 jentrinque April 24, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Rock on, Meghann! That is so cool! I am so happy you had so much energy left at the end – you’re totally going to kick the triathalon’s ass when you do it!

14 Snowflakes and Sunshine April 24, 2010 at 2:11 pm

You girls all look fab – yay for bikini (or bathing suit) confidence!

15 amanda April 24, 2010 at 2:30 pm

you do such fun things. that swimming trip sounds like a blast. especially getting to sign your name. so cool.

happy birthday to your pup!

16 Jenna April 24, 2010 at 2:33 pm

What a fun morning! Way to rock the swim and bike ride. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MADDIE!!!!

17 Erin April 24, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Awesome job! Looks like a lot of fun and a gorgeous day. :mrgreen:

18 tramey1 April 24, 2010 at 3:14 pm

Gosh, I heart swimming! Wish there was more opportunity here in TN! PS that bread always makes me jealous! Looks so good!

19 Courtney April 24, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Congratulations!! Y’all are so inspiring!

And happy birthday to Maddie!!! She’s precious! ๐Ÿ˜€

20 Emilyeatsclean April 24, 2010 at 4:34 pm

What an AWESOME Saturday!!!! And how cool of that man to open his lake/yard/dock to swimmers….that’s so cool!!


21 runnerforever April 24, 2010 at 4:41 pm

What a fun day, you are seriously going to rock your next event! Great attitude too girl!

22 caronae April 24, 2010 at 4:48 pm

Happy birthday Maddie and congrats on the awesome swim/brick workout! That sounds so fun. I wish we could do that kind of thing in NYC, but alas, no…I totally remember reading your recap last year and you’ve improved so much! Go Meghann go ๐Ÿ™‚

23 theprocessofhealing April 24, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Happy Happy Birthday to Maddie!

24 Julie @ Wearing Mascara April 24, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Awww! Happy birthday Maddie ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad you girls had fun swimming. I actually love open water swimming but that’s because I was raised doing it I think. You’re gonna do great on your tri!

25 Sarah April 24, 2010 at 7:50 pm

Congratulations! That’s really cool how that guy lets everyone use his lake AND his hot tub too! LOL

Awe, happy birthday Maddie!

26 missyrayn April 24, 2010 at 8:01 pm

That place is awesome! Such a fun idea. And congrats on feeling so good doing it.

Happy birthday Maddie girl ๐Ÿ™‚

27 chasingthenow April 24, 2010 at 8:18 pm

That open water swim looks like a lot of fun. So nice of this guy to open up his property!

28 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) April 24, 2010 at 8:30 pm


You covered so many fitness bases today! Good for you, girl!

29 Ash Bear April 24, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Great job hot stuff! I may just have to start adding swimming into my routine with all the swimspiration i’ve had via blogs lately! ๐Ÿ™‚

30 Christina April 24, 2010 at 10:44 pm

Lucky sounds like a pretty awesome guy! Congrats on the swim ๐Ÿ™‚

31 Gabriela @ Fro-Yo Lover April 25, 2010 at 12:07 am

Congrats, Meghann!
And Happy B-day to Maddie!
Brazilian XOXOยดs,

32 runningwithsass April 25, 2010 at 11:25 am

wow you are a beast! I am totally NOTa swimmer. I will stick to running!

33 Ruth July 12, 2010 at 6:44 pm

Looking forward to swimming that lake one day…. Need some training first.. Cant wait.. Thanks Jack for opening your door to so many swimmers…

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