The past week brought tropical training sessions and two piece suits, as I headed down to Maui with my family. My Dad lead the pack by doing a morning swim along the beach nearly every morning. On my second morning I joined him in a mile-ish swim along Kamaole 1 and back to our condo. Just as I was getting comfortable and forgetting that a shark could nibble me for breakfast, an electric sting hit my left shoulder and armpit. Yup, my first ever jelly sting. Does this make me a bad ass ocean girl? For the next 24 hours I couldn't bring myself to go out past 5 feet or so. Now not only do I have to worry about sharks... invisible creatures can sneak up on me without any warning as well... ah! The sting wasn't terribly bad, but burned all day; inconveniently located in my armpit on a hot humid day.
The next day we went to the beach as an army. My Dad took off, doing the first length solo. Once I was assured that the water was safe (he would have found all the stingy things, right?) I reluctantly headed in with my sister and her husband, to join Dad on the second length of the beach. This swim was far more successful and other than a sea turtle and some fish, wild life free.
Other than the armpit encounter, the clear, sunny, blue water is so liberating. It is far different than swimming in Vancouver. Not only am I training, but discovering and playing as well. The clarity of the water is just so peaceful. My favorite part is being able to see (most of) the creatures around me while I swim.
The weather has been cloudy, with choppy waves the past two days. I haven't been in the water for those days, but hopefully things will clear up for one last morning swim tomorrow. Or perhaps I should come back to Maui before the summer to continue this very important part of my training!
Bye bye Maui. Mahalo!