Our lifesport crew launched the first of a series of marine attacks yesterday. Here is the story of a battle to remember.
Lightly dressed, we approached the Hawaiian waters in the blowing wind. Batten down the hatches! We would be individually launched into the ocean and would have to fight the waves and figure out a way to catch up with each other and try to get drafts. A simple plan: to the pink buoy, to the white buoy...bring’er back home from there! Repeat it 4 times.
While shivering along the beach, I give one last solitary look to Linsey, standing beside me....'oh', she states, 'I hear we should not go around the boat, there have been reports of shark bites over there'...hmmm, what is going through my mind at this point? JAWS!!!!!!...o.k, I need to stop this, be strong and elaborate a new, positive thought: 'But what is a sea adventure without a bit of risk!' What am I thinking!!...'Well, if the others go....I just can’t be last in the pack! sharks attack the weakest, hey! Maybe this will be a fast interval!!GOOD!'
Capt’n lance let us stay away from shark trouble...PHEW! we won’t be heroes today...
This was going to be a four loop mission (4 times an 8 minute loop around those buoys). The ocean and the winds put us to the test...at this point, I didn’t even care if I was cold. The first lap was cruising, I was able to put in a solid effort and had an easy orientation with 6’5’’ sea creature Justin swimming with his long arms in the horizon....technique was staying o.k...feeling good!
Lap 2, somewhere along that swim, I realize that sea creature Justin has a huge draft....any closer and I was just hanging on to his feet to get to the beach.(o.k, here I’m making it sound like I swim at his speed, I had a big head start and didn’t hang on to his feet until the end!) The wind is picking up, it better give us a chance down for the third loop, it’s getting hard to see the white buoy, it’s like I’m just swimming away to the middle of the ocean in a storm, kind of cool.
Third loop, THE PRE -EPIC LOOP....Now the wind wants us down! Near the white Buoy, I look around because I no longer know where I am, I see my mates, all in their own battle, spread out and I keep on fighting the waves...not too easy to get a view of the other sea creatures, I feel all alone...wow, what’s that!? A sea turtle!Just glad it’s not a shark, keep on pushing forward...oh, there’s a part of the buoy...ugh...sea water in my lungs...I convince myself that it doesn’t taste so bad...ugh again.. But the funny thing is that THIS WAS THE FUN PART!! I was in a combat with those waves, it was AWESOME...and I did end up making it to the buoy! Coming back was even more fun...like body surfing all the way back! Just had to make sure I chose the right black posts on the beach (Lance and Marc)..or I might end up getting out of the water and choking in front of a stranger AND have to do a run interval back. LAP 3 . Just EPIC. No comment. Phew! We are done, high five, good training today, nothing can get to us now!