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  1. qbrain's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by aztimm
    Sounds like a great swim! Well, other than the sea sickness of course.

    I've never been to Maui, and this sounds like a great excuse to go, and get in a decent swim at the same time
    I don't know how relaxing a Hawaii vacation is though. On our last trip, I think I worked out more then than normal.

    I'm surprised my coaches don't do something like yours did. They can easily get 1-2 teams of swimmers to go.
    It was a great swim and it is an excuse to go. My team name suggestion was "Our excuse to go to Maui".

    I don't think most people relax during vacations, they are just busy doing something different than what they are busy at home doing.

    If you want to do it, now is a good time to probe interest. I know the coach that couldn't go this year is recruiting already for next year. It is a large financial commitment for most people, and those who can do it with miles, Hawaii is a tough miles destination because everyone is trying to use their miles to get to Hawaii. I am sure Paul would be happy to have you organize a trip
  2. aprocious's Avatar
    great recap of the swim! wasn't there a turtle somewhere along the way? :0)
  3. aztimm's Avatar
    Sounds like a great swim! Well, other than the sea sickness of course.

    I've never been to Maui, and this sounds like a great excuse to go, and get in a decent swim at the same time
    I don't know how relaxing a Hawaii vacation is though. On our last trip, I think I worked out more then than normal.

    I'm surprised my coaches don't do something like yours did. They can easily get 1-2 teams of swimmers to go.
  4. qbrain's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    (I am constantly irritated by people who think swimming is a placid injury free sport.)
    I wasn't worried about swimming related injuries, I was worried about triathlon/hiking/ziplining/work related injuries. With the pool closed for the two weeks before MCS, I was more worried about my relay not getting any swimming in rather than over doing it.

    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    And love the team name!
    We had shirts made up that Dennis didn't know about until we got to Hawaii. They all said "Where's Dennis?" except his that said "I'm Dennis".

    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    Sounds like you and your teammates had a blast. What did LW think of the event?
    LW likes Maui and enjoyed watching the the buff young Australians finish two hours before us from her "cabana" on the beach. Other than that, it was like any other beach vacation to her, she sat on the beach reading while I played in the water.
  5. qbrain's Avatar
    Thanks Doug.

    Thanks James. The boat, the time commitment, the money commitment, there are plenty of reasons not to do the swim. It was a really fun swim, a lot more fun than I expected, so so someone on the fence should give it serious consideration, but I wouldn't say it is a swim for everyone.
  6. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by eric.carlson
    Great write up - lots of details for someone else considering the swim in addition to your classic "color commentary".



    This gets my vote for the money quote
    Great write up. Who wouldn't like the sarcastic self deprecatory tone?

    My favorite quotes:

    " ... like a good little swimmer."

    "Strangely, Anna kept mentioning the Maui Channel Swim (MCS). She mentioned it so many times over a long enough period that I thought she might be serious, unlike when she says "kick with no flippers"."

    "The stars aligned, and we all trickled into Maui free of injury." (I am constantly irritated by people who think swimming is a placid injury free sport.)


    And love the team name!

    Sounds like you and your teammates had a blast. What did LW think of the event?
  7. jaadams1's Avatar
    Nice job on your swim Mike!

    I got a report from my former college teammate about his channel swim relay. They had to do a little more swimming because they did the event as a 3 person relay. Either way, it's still an amazing swim, and not one I wish to do (just a personal choice). I like swimming in the open ocean when I was in Maui, but I've never done it as a racing event.
  8. jaadams1's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by That Guy
    Great job!
    meaning..."wonder why he didn't do it all fly?"
  9. qbrain's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by eric.carlson
    Congratulations on the swim!

    Great write up - lots of details for someone else considering the swim in addition to your classic "color commentary".
    Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by eric.carlson
    [sic]
    Fixed.
  10. That Guy's Avatar
    Great job!
  11. eric.carlson's Avatar
    Congratulations on the swim!

    Great write up - lots of details for someone else considering the swim in addition to your classic "color commentary".

    Even vomiting over the side of the boat, this was still an incredibly fun swim.
    This gets my vote for the money quote
    Updated September 9th, 2012 at 02:03 PM by eric.carlson
  12. That Guy's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by qbrain
    On my 213th blog post you tell me I post boring stuff. Where were you during the first 212 posts?
  13. qbrain's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by That Guy
    On my 213th blog post you tell me I post boring stuff. Where were you during the first 212 posts?
  14. jaadams1's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by That Guy
    USMS should really look into hiring you to make a new series of Smilies to pick from.
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  16. qbrain's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by eric.carlson
    How do you keep from losing count on such a long swim? I may be more distracted than most, but I frequently lose count on 400s. I would be absolutely hopeless on something this long.
    I don't worry about it. I check the clock at regular intervals to make sure that what I think the count is is realistic.

    When I can see the clock on the side of the pool, I can keep track just by knowing what my average pace is, but Lifetime has the clock installed at one end of the pool, so I only check every 20 laps or so.

    During the 5k, I checked at 2k, 3k, 4k and the finish, that given that the 2k was significantly slower than the rest, I might have swam a little further than I counted. I expected my pace to be close to 1:20 but the first 2k was about 1:28 and wrote it off as taking it out easy knowing that it was a long swim. My last 1k was 1:18 pace, which is a good clip for me, indicating that I probably did take it out really easy.
  17. eric.carlson's Avatar
    How do you keep from losing count on such a long swim? I may be more distracted than most, but I frequently lose count on 400s. I would be absolutely hopeless on something this long.
  18. qbrain's Avatar
    Thanks Eric.

    Patrick, awesome just doesn't describe swimming 5k at Lifetime inside.

    Fort, flip turns don't come all that fast when doing 199 in a row, so no.
  19. The Fortress's Avatar
    Yes.

    Dizzy on flip turns?
  20. pwb's Avatar
    That's awesome. I'm working my way up to that. 71 minutes is nice.