Monday, June 3, 2013

Jack Beattie's 24th Annual Lake Swim & Pancake Breakfast

Jack Beattie's 24th Annual Lake Swim & Pancake Breakfast

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.


  1. The swim and breakfast are awesome! How awesome is that he opens up his own home!

    The neighbors yard - awful! Jim and I did about 45 mins of trimming this weekend and I was totally over it.

    Nice brick workout!

    1. I wish they would take care of their yard but they are renters so there is no use.


  2. MMMMM pancakes! Wait, you swam with gators? Maybe I should start swimming with them too, might make me swim a hell of a lot faster than I did yesterday in my first tri! And for the record...majority of my brick runs involve 2/3 of the tri disciplines followed by 2-3 non-athletic disciplines...we call that a super brick.

    1. YES! There is no END to my day, no matter what workouts I start with. Hubby does the mowing I do the weeding & mulching - serious back and squats :)
      GO YOU running 9 hot miles there. I always thought tri's should be in reverse, esp in FL!

  3. Sounds awesome and I am with you on the pancakes!

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    1. Pancakes are GREAT!! Have you done a post on pancakes yet? I bet the little one loves pancakes. I like them when they are crispy.