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Lucky's Lake Swim

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Posted on September 24th, 2008 at 11:03 am

We're in the business of finding cool people doing remarkable things. Or remarkable people doing cool things. Dr. Lucky Meisenheimer is both. He gets up every morning and swims across the large lake behind his house -- and he invites the world to join him.

Dr. Meisenheimer is a renowned skin cancer surgeon who also performs some cosmetic procedures. He's also an author, the world's leading authority of yo-yos and owns the world's largest collection of yo-yos. That's not all. He's a filmmaker, actor and producer.

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  • Posted 8:48am September 7th, 2009
    John -- and his brother Ben -- were two of the first swim coaches I had growing up in Kentucky and it's nice to see that he hasn't changed a bit.  I just turned 40 and am celebrating by training for my first half marathon.

  • Posted 10:53pm August 23rd, 2009


    I did my lake swim this past weekend.  What a rush!  I swam across it when I was seventeen.  20 years later, I did it again! Hopefully it won't take that long to swim it again.  Doc, your a good man for opening your house, pool and showers the community.  You the man.








  • Posted 11:40am August 19th, 2009

    Dr. Lucky,

    You're an inspiration! I love how you share your passion for life with everyone around you. You rock!



  • Posted 2:08am June 13th, 2009
    I am a retired nurse, and really admire your ability to add social & physical exercise & normal life style to the complicated life you must lead at work.  This is the life of a mentally together person!

  • Posted 9:23am May 7th, 2009
    Marc...you rock!!!awesome stuff...

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    Posted 9:43am May 4th, 2009
    Coming this week (Thursday): a great video of 3-time Olympic gold medalist and the ambassador of swimming, Rowdy Gaines, attempting the swim with a record number of fellow swimmers.

    Marc Middleton, Rowdy Gaines, Dr. Lucky Meisenheimer

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    Marc Middleton
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    Posted 11:11am April 28th, 2009
    Well done, Michael. Thanks for the link to your video! By the way, Growing Bolder will be at Lucky's swim this Saturday morning when 3X Olympic Gold Medalist and the voice of USA swimming, Rowdy Gaines, makes the team.

  • Posted 9:22am April 28th, 2009
    Did this swim last Saturday and had a great time! It was my first open water swim. Lucky is completely mad to open up his house every day but big thanks to him anyway.

    I did a video as well (very amateur). It is here: http://www.michaelpeach.net/2009/04/25/luckys-lake-swim-2/

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    Posted 4:21pm April 13th, 2009
    This swim is really extraordinary and if you have a chance, you should check it out!

  • Posted 1:15pm October 4th, 2008
    Many thanks to Lucky for opening his home and his lake to host anyone and everyone to come and experience an open water swim.  It has certainly given me the confindence to show up at a competetive triathlon event and stand at the waters edge without the anxiety that I know a lot of athletes seem to have about the swim part of the race.  Kudos, Telethe Wery

  • Posted 3:12pm September 26th, 2008

    Hi viewers,

    Lucky is way better looking in real life than the video.

    Come see Lucky and don't forget to feel the water.

    mi hoshino

  • Posted 9:45am September 26th, 2008

    What a great clip of the daily lake swim!!  Lucky, you're a stand for fitness, fun and getting all wet!!  Outstanding - Thanks for being such a generous person and so welcoming to everyone. 

    The lake monster is real... it's out there... sometimes I can just feel it.  Especially before the sun comes up, the ski is clear, the water is cool and the moon is full.   


  • Posted 7:36am September 26th, 2008
    Great video!  My Midwesterner friends believe I am nuts for simply swimming a mile early in the morning.  Then there are those who live in Central Florida and understand that Mr. & Mrs. Ali Gator MIGRATE! Well, our family motto is: "You don't get hurt sitting on the couch." ya and who the heck wants to sit on the couch--when you can swim with Lucky AND maybe the Gators!!! 
    -Kim Hawkins


  • Posted 10:20pm September 25th, 2008

    Yes, it's fun! after many years of doing Lucky's lake swim, it's still a kick, great training in a very "laid-back" setting. Actually, it's great for all swimmers- from those swimming for the exercise, to those swimming to win the next race.

    Always a great group of people there.

  • Posted 12:32pm September 25th, 2008
    Good Morning All -
    I was sent this video clip this morning and I think most of you will agree how fun this looks!
    Very cool to have a "well off" swimmer welcome the world to his back yard - to swim with him every morning  
    While it is pretty gorgeous and isn't exactly WAC at 5:45am, I have to say, we have a pretty good thing going here in Irvine - and no artificial gators!
    I really hope I get to meet Lucky for a swim someday...
    Get out and swim today if you haven't already!
    P.S. Thanks to Rachel for sending the clip and making my day - and please tell Lucky he is THE MAN!

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