Monday, July 6, 2009

32nd Hapuna Roughwater Swim...

I wish I had photos of Hapuna, forgot the camera batteries. This one is more cool anyways, Pat took it. Lono is laughing (see his smile), he burped in my face and I am getting away from that fishy kiss!

Hawaii is knee deep in our ocean swim races, all the islands have lots of them going on and truthfully, they are so much fun! Hapuna was yesterday, it brought out a ton of fish (the local high school kids that honestly have scales and fins and swim like fish), a dead whale, and sharks. Actually the whale died Wednesday and sure enough it brought in some sharks to eat it up... that made the race feel more like Jaws...

You could tell race morning that a lingering dead whale body with guts and junk had some people curious about tigers (tiger sharks) and if they were still in the area. I never saw anything and thankfully nothing was reported...but it was on my mind...and it contributed to one heck of a good swim for me!

As always the winds were brutal, they had buckets of sand flying that made spectators on the beach a little frustrated. It also brought out a nice current that felt a lot like swimming on a treadmill when headed North. Nonetheless, the views under the surface and the company were top notch.

Like all the Hawaii races, it started out 1....2...3... GO! And hopefully the goggles were on and you went. I was on Leahi's feet for the first 200, she is the states (all islands) number 1 back stroker and can out swim almost anyone's free on her back! I was happy to be on her feet, then I looked up and discovered a huge pack that were headed a little more "straight" to the buoys. I really did not know what to do, hang on her feet for as long as I could or leave her and go straight... I left her hoping to beat her to the buoy with my straight path. Soon enough the highschool girls in matching bikini's caught me and I clung to them (this is the group that can swim like 18 minutes in the Olympic distance swims). I have never been so happy to see them and I figured I made a smart move leaving Leahi.

Once we got to the 2nd buoy and made the North turn the current was so outrageous it felt like a treadmill swim in the ocean. It was so choppy and feet were barely noticeable. I was around loads of people so I was more happy than my last ocean swim race. I knew once we turned South and into shore we would have a current to help us, so I used every drop of energy into the current knowing the tail current would be my friend and get me home to shore...

Heading South I got back onto the bikini girls (trust me they are the fastest things I ever saw in a 2 piece), I tried to tell them if they wore a Blue Seventy or even a one piece they would be unstoppable, but this is Hawaii and I understand, I didn't even wear a fast skin, it's "local style or bust". The current going with us now made breathing more manageable and off that treadmill in the sea was even better. The thought of sharks and a dead whale never entertained me, I was just so happy to be with the girls that usually leave me swimming solo...

Once to the shore I knew it would be a run for your money... we now had about 9 of us clumped close. I used that little trick coach always tells me where you CAN NOT STAND UP TILL YOUR HANDS HIT SAND... so even though some boys were running (it was now VERY shallow), I kept on swimming, it must have looked funny seeing 5 guys running and a girl trying to swim, but it worked, I got out on the feet of the bikini girls and passed the running men!

Leahi was already in a towel! Darn, my smart move maybe wasn't too keen, Coach Steve must have helped her with the plan to the buoy and I did not listen too well... BUT it was by FAR my best 1 mile swim race ever and the first time I broke 20 minutes in the mile. 19:45, good enough for 5th chick! My Tuesday swim partner Amee won it (43 seconds up)GOOD JOB AMEE!!! Then Leahi, (Kainoa's favorite babysitter by the way), then 2 bikini babes and me a second behind them. Usually, they are minutes up on me. I am blaming it on the surfing I have been doing, I think it helps being able to fight chop, swells, currents, and waves... that or Coach Steve on deck coaching me to move my tail is paying off!

Big congrats to everyone who raced, it was so much fun! AND BIG mahalos to Mo Matthews for putting on another GREAT event!! Next up, The King Swim, my VERY FAVORITE open water race EVER and sadly I will miss it, I am really REALLY sad about that... it is over my favorite shores & coral bottom. I will be in Canada for the Vancouver 1/2 Ironman. Looking forward to it, but if it is cold me and my bikini's will be back on a plane to Kona faster than you can say ALOHA!

PS: My Splish suit is missing, the blue one with the K-Swiss logo on the chest, it blew away in the sand storm, so if you happen to be snorkeling at Hapuna please send it home to me... I am Splishless...

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18 comments:

D said...

So far the weather looks FANTASTIC for Vancouver! Can't wait to see you!!! :)

Maggs said...

you got those 12 year olds who wear bikinis and kick butt at the swim races too?

Julia said...

Man, just thinking about gigantor sharks will be motivation enough for me to swim fast! haha. I bet the water in Hawaii is so nice and warm....
Good luck in Vancouver and I hope you find your splish!

Bruce Stewart (施樸樂) (ブルース・スチュワート) said...

Bree, you did not post pictures (obviously not easy to take in a race), but here is one I found: http://twitpic.com/9fe70. Are these the bikini babes you were talking about? And who is the old person in the blue suit - surely it can't be Karlyn? You can leave a comment under the photo. Great race. I missed it. Hopefully I will make it for next year's.

Go Gammie said...

Great job in the Roughwater race Bree. See you in Vancouver,,, yes the sun will be shining, but dont forget your much needed wetsuit for here!!

MJ said...

The forecast is good for this weekend in Vancouver. I can assure you the water is pretty damn cold compared to yours tho... and you might as well wear a blindfold since you can't see anything.... other than that ours is just as nice ;)

I'll be doing the swim in Vancouver (relay team) so be sure not to punch me in the head before you leave me in the dust!

ADC said...

Nice job Bree :)))

CoachLiz said...

Ha, I remember doing a race a long time ago in Florida and we were swimming in the gulf. The water was so clear and beautiful. I could see all the way to the bottom about 30 feet below and I was looking at sting rays and some big fish and loving it. Then I saw a shark. My husband said I was the third chick out of the water and within the top twenty out of a solid field of men and women.

Nothing like a shark to make your swim pace increase!

Regina said...

Blood in the water? Sharks? Oh God, I'm not sure I could stomach that.

I think by the time I reach a 20" mile it will be time for me to retire. That seems so impossible to me. Good going!

Renee said...

Great race! I think the local Y here needs to throw some sharks in the water every once in awhile for me because I am positive I would swim much faster then!! I would like to skip the dead whale though. Yuck!

Oscarjet said...

Hola Bree ! como estais ?
Nosotros esperando a nuestro BB !! el dia 26 de agosto !
Que foto tan increible con el delfin !!! me gusta mucho!!! besos !

Marni said...

That dolphin is beautiful!!!
great job!!! Look how fast you are in the water!! WOW!

Beth said...

Great race Bree!!! Now you are even more of a fish than before. :) Have a great time in Canada!

Running~Jordan said...

Bree that photo is magic :)

IronBob said...

Good stuff. Way to go!

Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

You are super fast swimmer girl!

ShirleyPerly said...

Well done, Bree. It is amazing how fast those kids swim but you are closing in on them.

Best of luck in Vancouver!

beth said...

nicely done!!! super speedy- and i'm not giving any credit to your bikini escorts- it was ALL you!! i'll see if your splish washes up on shore in san diego.