It seems that I’ve been too busy vacationing to write lately!
Four mornings a week we paddle before sunrise and since the first day, my arms and back haven’t been sore. I’ve been Caller (I like “hut” person better!) each day, sitting in the second position of the canoe. On Saturday we went out at 6:30 so it started getting light before we made it to the ocean. We paddled across Waikiki then sat to watch the sun coming up over Diamondhead. As we turned back somebody spotted a pod of dolphins! They were beautiful and playful, and didn’t mind as we paddled right through the middle of them. After a few minutes, they continued on their way and we on ours. Shortly after, two honu (sea turtles) bobbed nearby. Upon closer inspection, we determined that one of the heads was actually a coconut and not connected to a turtle! Sunday morning we awoke to a torrential downpour. Seven of us turned up at the canoe sight just in case the rain lightened up. Unfortunately it didn’t stop all day, but I spent the day inside baking cookies and pies with Mom!
Until Friday, the warm weather has inspired daily ocean swims. On Wednesday, I went out in the late afternoon and was making my way through the water when I nearly ran into a honu. Startled, we both came up for air, then she was gone. I guess I was further from shore than I realized!
My other adventures have involved biking around carrying awkward objects as we get ready for Mom’s birthday party. I’ve discovered the bike routes through surrounding neighborhoods. Most of the time they include dodging around people on the sidewalks (where it’s illegal to ride) or hoping the cars coming by move to the other lane (since there are very few bike lanes). For a state that founded the Ironman, I’m shocked they don’t have a better bike system here! I also managed to completely lose my bike in the Ala Moana center garage even though I’d purposefully looked around and determined exactly where the bike rack was located before walking off. Someday my sense of direction will improve!
This morning it was still drizzling so I decided to check out the YMCA across the street. It’s pretty old-school but has everything I need and I enjoyed working out at a gym again.
30 min treadmill, 5 min warm up, 10 X 2:00 run/:30 walk, gradually increasing speed from 11 min mile to 10 min mile throughout workout, 2.7 miles
core exercises & upper body weights using fitness ball, roll-out
450 yd swim in the outdoor pool, mixed strokes, practiced smooth flip turns
hamstring pulled a little after workout when walking but better later!