When I wandered into the bathroom to brush my teeth at 5:30 this morning, it took me a few seconds to realized I was pouring liquid makeup remover over my toothbrush instead of my powdered toothpaste. The containers are both blue and white, but look nothing alike and are completely different sizes. This is what happens to me when I wake up too early!
This morning my alarm went off so I’d be ready to walk out the door at 5:50 and join Mom for paddling. We walked to the Ala Wai canal and met three others in her outrigger canoe club. This canal is so filthy I’ve been told not to paddle if I have an open cut anywhere it could get wet.
Without further ado we pushed the 6-man, 400 lb outrigger canoe into the water (I mostly stood aside and looked useless), hopped in and began paddling. I was the “hut” person this morning. I’m sure there’s a more technical term for it but my job was to yell “hut” every 14 strokes so everyone switched paddling sides at the same time. I found that I couldn’t talk and count but nobody minded much if I wasn’t exact.
We made it out to the very calm ocean and could see all the way to the bottom! One of the paddlers referred to it as Lake Waikiki… apparently the water is rarely this calm. I took a few rest breaks as my arms and back ached and my mom instructed me on proper technique. By the end of the paddle I was feeling pretty good and marveled that the sun hadn’t yet risen!
After a quick stop at home to change into swimsuits and pick up goggles, we walked to the beach for our morning swim. Mom was taking it easy after the marathon and doing only one loop. I had no excuse other than I felt like one loop was plenty (plus I managed to get seasick swimming in the very calm ocean).
What a way to start the day!
4 mile paddle
1/4 mile swim