Saturday, October 22, 2011

Having Fun With Swimming!

This morning Nalani and I went to the beach to ocean swim with a new gal who may come on as an athlete of mine next year. Super cool gal- after we met her Nalani and I agreed that she would be hard not to like. :) She's also going to be hard to beat next year because without much ocean swimming experience she swam stroke for stroke with us for an hour... and she can run rather well. I can't wait to teach her how to ride a bike efficiently. Yikes! The gal has talent. Better yet, she's genuinely nice.

Anyway, there was a box jellyfish warning this morning but we ignored it and swam anyway and I'm so glad we did! It would have been a shame to miss today because the water was warm and clear and awesome. I'm fairly certain we had a tail current both ways which has never happened to me in 7 years of ocean swimming. But we swam out 30' and got way further than normal so we figured it would be a long ass haul back... yet interestingly, the return trip took right ~30'. Amazing. I will say though, as awesome as the water was, the best part about the swim today wasn't really the swim- it was the cool girls I did it with. :)

So here's a fun BatShitCrazy story for you... Driving home today Nalani and I started talking about epic swim workouts we could do leading up to the Double RoughWater Swim (coming up Dec 4). I threw it out there that we should do 50 or 60 x 100's... She said "Well if we're gonna do 50 we might as well do 60." Good point. I said then that maybe we should do 70 b/c that's about how long the Double Rough is. Nalani immediately nodded her head in agreement. "Yes, let's do 70," she said. How far would Nalani go? I pushed it to find out... Clearly I've been reading Hilary Biscay's blog too much so I threw it out there that we could try to tackle 100. The car was silent for ~3 seconds before Nalani got this giddy grin on her face and said "YES! Let's do THAT!" There's a reason why I love that girl. So the remainder of the car ride was spent trying to figure out the logistics of swimming 100 x 100's... it would have to be on a weekend b/c she does not have time to swim for almost 3 hours prior to work... but our pool is only open from 12-1 for lap swim on Saturdays so we would not have time to fit it in there... We settled on the Marine Corp base pool on Sunday, Nov 13... start time TBD. If you're local and you want in on part or all of that let me know. :)

10 comments:

Beth said...

Oh how fun!!!! I soooooo wish I was local (for more reasons than this!) so I could join you guys! :)

mtanner said...

love this too! already cant wait for you to give me this new years *treat*

Aimee said...

Yay for a great swim with great girls! :)

OMG...100 100s??? That is crazy! I think I would pass out if I tried to do that!

mmmonyka said...

You are having so much fun out there. I am seriously starting to consider applying to law school in Hawaii. Academics and future job prospects are not that great though. But honeslty, if I ever went to school in Hawaii, it would not be for academics:)

I read that post by Hillary Biscay and thought, wow, I would love to do that one day. Since you are willing to do 100x100s, would you ever consider running 100x400? Interestingly, I would never want to do that. That seems way too painful because for run you just run. But when you swim you can mix it up with bands, paddles, buoy and different drills.

Jillian said...

Ok now that you have me checking out your blog... details!! are these 100's SCY or LCM? What intervals are you planning on, or are you just going to give yourself rest between each one?

Michelle Simmons said...

Hey Jillian! That KMCB pool is LCM... I'm sure we'll vary the intervals some and vary equipment too (paddles, buoy, bands, etc)... mostly send-offs 1:40-1:45 with maybe a few 1:35's in there just for some fun. Wanna join us for some of it?

Ange said...

I've done 100x 100 before. My legs cramped a bit and I definately got a little bored here and there , but it was great!!! bring FOOD!

idropboys said...

Ugh.....we did 100x100's the 1st Friday of everymonth when I was swimming USS Swimming. NO THANK YOU!

Have fun

Jillian said...

Hmmm actually it's tempting to join for a small part. It couldn't hurt for me to get some swimming in BUT my swim fitness/upper body strength is pretty non-existant right now (seeing that I've only swam about 6 times this whole YEAR). I could probably handle 1:40-1:45 in SCY for a little while, but um... not in LCM.... I'd just be the slow person in the lane next to you guys- (cheering your crazyness on!!) on the 2:00- 2:10 intervals :p

Lectie said...

I'm intrigued...haven't swam over 3500 in I can't tell you how long and haven't done 100 100s since high school!