Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Dolphins, Acupuncture, & Vinegar...

Today was the day I try ANYTHING & EVERYTHING to get better. I seriously appreciate all the incredible tips & tricks from the comments and emails...

BUT today the cure would be dolphins, acupuncture, and vinegar!

Last night my buddy Penn (another No-Doctor-using friend) suggested this horrible vinegar recipe. He swore by it. I nearly gagged just hearing him talk about it. BUT I felt so rotten I didn't think it could make me any worse. This voodoo of his was supposed to make you sweat so bad that you would literally sweat out whatever was wrong in your body.

As I was chugging my concoction I got to thinking the smell alone could scare the illness out of my body! I then went to bed at 7:04pm and sweat so bad I woke up in a swimming pool! My pajamas were soaked to the point I could ring them out! Pretty disgusting...

At 7:30 am I meet Penn and Brooke for an ocean swim (15 minutes was the order from coach). NO pick ups, no testing to see if any speed was in me, no trying to get the HR up, no nothing. Floating only. That was fine, I still felt like junk and now I even smelled like junk.

About 600 meters out a huge school of dolphins came swimming by. They were SO close! It was amazing. Unreal. Breathtaking. We then swam towards the dolphins hoping they would let us get close. They started to swim near us... I was so excited that I started to feel better...

About 25 ft from us Penn shouts that they are coming directly at us and to go under. Like a mermaid I don't even think to take a breath and I never even notice I need to come up for a breath! What felt like 12 minutes later we were still under water and the dolphins swam right up to us. ARMS REACH! It was unreal, like nothing I have ever seen in my life! I have seen dolphins in the wild plenty, but never that close, never playfully close, and never with a tiny white baby dolphin with them! I counted 24... the number isn't that important though, the excitement of seeing them in the wild, that close up, made me so happy I probably healed even more than the previous nights sweat session.

Then off for acupuncture. I have been a FIRM believer in acupuncture since 2001. And I haven't been this sick in my life since 1999 so I am totally addicted! I had the camera ready for what I thought would be just a couple needles to make for a good picture... but it ended up being so many darn needles all over the body to kick this junk outta me that the photo would have been more revealing than my skimpy Splish suits (if you can believe that).

Now home, rested, needled, vinegared out, dolphined up, and feeling "optimistic" that I am on the road to recovery. Seriously I had myself such a disaster that not racing Honu didn't even matter, I was freakin' that Japan would be out too! SO, put Japan back on the plan and after coaches evaluation (he gets in tonight) I might or might not see ya Saturday for Hawaii 70.3...

Oh, Linsey & Eileen, I know you have your Potato 70.3 race this Saturday so I am sending you all the shouts I can muster up in my fragile body! Go get em' ladies! And of course the Spam Musubi 70.3 wishes you were here & good luck to everyone racing Spam Musubi 70.3...


Blogger Damie said...

I think the dolphins are a sign! Best of luck to you...and if you kick this au' naturel...I just might be convinced to stay away from antibiotics! I am very impressed!

May 28, 2008 at 5:43 PM

Blogger Patrick said...

Bree....ever see that Vonage commercial where the blonde girl goes running into the water after seeing dolphin fins at surface? "look honey dolphins, they're playing"..? that's YOU.
I bet your sister freaked out when she saw them. Did she swim straight for shore?

You should have called me to come swim with you....dolphin boy!! what?

You still feeling hung-over? haha!

May 28, 2008 at 6:00 PM

Blogger Eileen Swanson said...

So cool Wee and I am having SO MUCH FUN playing with you and dolphin boy ;-) You too are so darn funny! I really wish we lived in the same state at least. Ok, I have to come over there soon. Watch out, I'll cook for you too...AHAHA! Oh, by the way don't get mad at me but Coach is teaching me how to use power!

Love ya tons,

May 28, 2008 at 6:44 PM

Blogger Rory said...

I hope that you are feeling better by the time that you read this! You health is your wealth.

May 28, 2008 at 7:11 PM

Blogger Kellye Mills said...

Hey Bree!!

I'm here!! And so very excited about it if you can tell! :) What an incredible experience with the dolphins. I mean that must have been amazing. I am so glad that you are feeling hopefully better! My bike did come in today thanks so much, and I'll be picking it up first thing tomorrow morning. Then I'm off to the race sight to start that whole process. I emailed you my cell number so call me whenever you get the chance. Talk to you soon!!

May 28, 2008 at 7:19 PM

Blogger Marni said...

Just keep resting! I hate reading about sickness/injury from athletes but I know going through it yourself is so much harder. Just hang in there, reflect on amazing past races and get your body healthy again. I'm with you about avoiding the doctor...let food be thy medicine!
*Remember, when your body is aching or you are feeling symptoms, you are on the way to recovery. your body is fighting whatever you have so your immune system is a little down..however, you will be healthy before you know it!

May 29, 2008 at 12:37 AM

Blogger Cricket said...

I know how awesome you feel about seeing the dolphins! I had an experience like that back in 1996 (on Shell Beach)with Manatee's! It was sureal- there was a baby with 2 adults. She let us pet her and rub her belly...I believe it was a sign of all who are praying for you! Alos the sweating thing works- I bet today you're feeling "almost" 100%.

May 29, 2008 at 1:12 AM

Blogger Mel said...

Hey Bree, I can SMELL you from here sicky :) Isn't the night time sweating crazy...your body is so cold and you wake up in is the worst and the sicky smell ewwwwwwww:)

How cool that would be that close to the Dolphins...I was hoping to see some when I was there in Hawaii...but no good...maybe it was because I did not get into the water :) Still hate swimming!!!

Sending healthy vibes your way...come back to us Sunshine!!

May 29, 2008 at 2:44 AM

Blogger j-mo said...

oh.. coach is there!?! That explains the 4:30 AM email..
Bree, its normal to dig yourself in a hole once in a while. Its a thin line that gets crossed sometimes. Listen to your coach (i heard he's a smart guy) and I'm sure you'll bounce back soon enough, rested and ready to go.

May 29, 2008 at 3:00 AM

Blogger Bruce Stewart (施樸樂) said...

I'm glad you have hope and that you from the West like acupuncture. Your happiness is our happiness, too! Your experience with the dolphins reminded me of mine (at least six together around the Pea buoy). Their presence is always a good sign. Have plenty of rest and take care!

May 29, 2008 at 4:20 AM

Blogger jahowie said...

That must have been amazing!! I'm glad that you had such an incredible day. :-)

May 29, 2008 at 4:21 AM

Blogger jahowie said...

That must have been amazing!! I'm glad that you had such an incredible day. :-)

May 29, 2008 at 4:21 AM

Blogger Bob Mitera said...

Swimming with dolphins is the best experience ever. The only place I've done it in the wild...Kona.

I did swim with a whale and calf in St. Thomas but they came up on me by accident. One flick of the tail and they were gone. The mom was the size of a city bus. Cool stuff in Pilsbury Sound. (Between St. Thomas and St. John) Swam that channel on the honeymoon.

May 29, 2008 at 4:44 AM

Blogger Kellye Mills said...

Hey Bree!!

You are so sweet! We're already up at 5:30 because of the whole jet lag thing, so we're probably going to head over to bike works early, like around when they open since we've got to go to the race site and do all of that stuff this morning.

Ok... my cell phone number is 678-481-3315 AND to all of you CREEPY people out there that might actually think it's funny to bug me because I put my cell phone number out on the internet for the whole world to see... THINK TWICE!! I can be VERY unpleasant on the phone! :)

May 29, 2008 at 5:35 AM

Blogger ShirleyPerly said...

Oh dear, Bree, I'm so sorry to hear you've been sick. I'm amazed you've not been sick since 1999, though!

The dolphins encounter sounded WAY COOL (not so much the needles ;-). I'll be thinking of you and hope this passes quickly.

May 29, 2008 at 5:57 AM

Blogger Brooke Myers said...

How was the actupunture yesterday! You sounded better at the pier (that was a beautiful swim - too bad I couldn't have enjoyed it a little longer with you guys)
The smell was a little strong coming from you .. lay off the vinegar! ha ha

Come by and pick up your bars from the shop this afternoon.. I'll be there all day today.

May 29, 2008 at 6:49 AM

Blogger Trigirlpink said...

Glad you are feeling better!

May 29, 2008 at 7:08 AM

Blogger Lisa said...

Hey Bree! I wish I was there for the dolphin experience--that is sooo cool!! I have to settle for cute dog sightings here, always good luck to see a standard poodle! Get rested and refocused for Japan, you'll bounce back even stronger! Make sure Coach Paul doesn't spend too much time at Lava Java!!

May 29, 2008 at 7:10 AM

Blogger Sarah said...



I seriously hope you're feeling better and I might have to ask you about that vinegar thing the next time I fall ill (I can't believe you had never had the flu before!).

You had a hell of a training week so it's not surprising your body fell a little bit into the sick hole.

Hope you're feeling nice and strong by the weekend! Best of luck if you end up racing. :D

May 29, 2008 at 8:23 AM

Blogger Trigirlpink said...

You are right! Most people don't know how difficult the dental hygiene programs are.
Histology& Embryology, Head and Neck Anatomy, Oral Pathology.. not to mention all the chemistry and biology to get into a program! I went to Forsyth
(Boot camp).. was tough tough. Sometimes I could slap a patient or two who think I'm just a tooth polisher. I want to point my finger in their face and EDUCATE them that I am a licensed healthcare educator/professional.
Instead..I just pull out my extra dull instruments to use on them and they don't get a free fresh new toothbrush when they leave! lol..

people are gonna read this and think..what the hell does this have to do with dolphins!!!

May 29, 2008 at 8:32 AM

Blogger Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

Yeah - dolphins! How cool! That means there were no sharks around (not that were visible, anyway) Even more cool! Next time be on the look out for sea turtles... my favorite! Hope that you're feeling better. About that vinegar recipie??? Good vibes your way!

May 29, 2008 at 9:01 AM

Blogger Shan said...

Bree, hope you feel BETTER!!!! I also am fighting off a bad virus (unfortunately I'm not winning) - I'd be interested in trying that vinegar recipe! :) Actually, I've had friends give me "fire juice" which is full of spicy peppers and it literally puts your mouth on FIRE, but it is supposed to ward off sickness

Glad the acupuncture and aqua/dolphin therapy seemed to do the trick! Best of luck at Honu (if you are well enough to do it)!!!!!

May 29, 2008 at 9:28 AM

Blogger Patrick said...

Bree...stop harassing Samsonite, I mean Swanson...I'm gonna jam a can of spam in your bento box while you are swimming hapuna!

Does your poor coach have any idea who you REALLY are? Lifesport? more like Lifesupport! which you need.

your FAV Dork!

May 29, 2008 at 10:41 AM

Blogger Pedergraham said...! Eileen's cooking...couldn't that make you even sicker?! Sorry, Eileen--I am sure that you have MANY wonderful talents outside of the kitchen :)

May 29, 2008 at 11:48 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dont want to sound like a real downer, but while it must have been very cool to have dolphins swim all around you and even playfully close, there may have been some potential danger (Im not saying that that there was, but.....). Dolphins have been known to display protective behavior and when they swarm around you in an uncharacteristic manner, there may have been a predator around that could have posed a threat. Sorry but you spend alot of time in the ocean and I dont want you to freak out, but it may be something to know.

May 30, 2008 at 3:46 AM

Blogger triguyjt said... that you could just frolic in the water with the the home team guys...those dolphins are so hilarious.......

hope your feeling better soon

May 30, 2008 at 3:59 AM

Blogger Speed Racer said...

"My pajamas were soaked to the point I could ring them out! Pretty disgusting..." Eew! So are you going to share the recipe or not? I bet I'm not the only reader out there fighting off the sniffles.

I bet the dolphins were craving salad and that's why they came so close. Maybe they thought you were a nice vinegrette. I'm glad you're feeling better!

May 30, 2008 at 7:30 AM

Blogger Patrick said...

Hey Anonymous.....
While swimming in the ocean there is always a potiental threat from something. However, Hawaiian Spinner dolphins travel in pods up and down the coast everyday. Very rarely will you see a single dolphin by themselves or for that matter a single human swimming alone in the ocean. They "rest" during the morning hours & feed during late day & evening hours. They are a pelagic species and if seen in shallow waters they are "resting" after late night feeding.
Every animal is protective for some reason but also curious. It is not uncharacteristic that they "swarm" (swim) around you in our shallow nearshore waters. There migratory pattern takes them across our swim path almost like an ocean intersection as they travel North and South.

We swim in Kailua bay almost daily and see all sorts of marine life. Bree and her friends are well aware of "potiential treats" that come with ocean swimming.

Seeing dolphins in the ocean is magical. They choose to swim towards us as a naturally curious animal. Even the dolphin can pose a "treat" to a human but highly unlikely.
"Swarming" characteristic implies an aggressive behavior which is not what occured with Bree & her friends. The dolphins simiply swam past in a "laid back cruising mode" as their paths crossed in the ocean.
I can't wait to get back in the ocean for a swim and if the dolphins swim towards us great, if not, no worries! Bree enjoy your next ocean swim. Call me I would love to join you.

No need for anyone to "freak out" in the ocean.

Oh and don't forget the biggest predator to any dolphin species are HUMANS!

May 30, 2008 at 7:34 AM

Blogger Cricket said...

Who is this anonymous person? Sounds like a geek with apocket protector and tape on his glasses! Way to tell him Pat!

May 30, 2008 at 9:42 AM

Blogger Cricket said...

Who is this anonymous person? Sounds like a geek with apocket protector and tape on his glasses! Way to tell him Pat!

May 30, 2008 at 9:42 AM


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