Jack Beattie is a Central Florida sports celebrity and swimming icon. He is an NCAA All American, has won multiple national championships, set five national age group records, won 3 gold medals (including a world record in Tokyo). If that was not enough he has also swam Maui Channel.
See summary of Jack Beattie's accomplishments here.
Growing Bolder did a special on him here. I highly recommend watching it. He's very inspirational.
Every year in Orlando, Jack Beattie opens up his home for an open water swim and pancake breakfast at his house. It is a one mile open water swim followed by a free breakfast.
|The 9 mile run to the open water |
swim was HOT (like me)!!
This year I did a 9 mile run to Jack's house. Bonnie and I then did the 1 mile swim. Following this I stuffed my mouth with the free pancakes, sausage, muffins, juice, etc. It was a great time.
I then came home and mowed the lawn and cut down my neighbors bushes that invaded my lawn.
Thus is the life of a normal, average athlete. I am not sure you will ever find a brick of Run, Swim, Mow and Bushwhacking in any training manual. :-)
|Jack and I before the swim.|
I'm the dork with the goofy off-center hat.
|Everyone getting ready to beat me on the swim.|
|Everyone looking for the gators.|
|Watch out for the Florida Alligators!!|
|I'll skip the healthy stuff and go straight for the muffins.|
|Free, hot pancakes?!?|
I'm so there!
|Hot sausage also.|
|Clearing the neighbor's rain forest.|
|It took over five hours to clear everything out.|