Cal's Hawaii Training Trip Blog: Day 2

Jan. 11, 2010

HONOLULU - The California women's swimming team is writing a blog about its current training in Hawaii, which began on Jan. 6 and ends on Jan. 14. The trip includes ocean and pool training along with an unofficial meet against the Hawaii Swimming Club. Lauren Boyle, a senior freestyler from Auckland, New Zealand, penned the Day 2 entry.

Day 2 - Jan. 7

The day kicked off with our first training session of the camp. We saw the sun rise at Waikiki beach where we did team dry-land work and got ready to swim in the ocean. Head coach Teri McKeever, assistant coach Kristen Cunnane, Dave Walden, who is our athletic trainer, and Nick Folker, our strength coach, all joined us in the waves as we swam out to look at sea turtles!

After training we headed back to our beach apartments and had hearty breakfasts. The team split in half, into blue and gold groups. The blue group headed out for its second training session and the gold group prepared for an afternoon off.

The gold group headed to Makapuu, a beach we found last year, which was fantastic for body surfing. This time however, the beach was different. The sand had shifted. It was no longer a great spot for body surfing. The massive waves on the North Shore of Oahu sent wraparound currents to Makapuu's coast, meaning there was a nasty shore break. Liv (Jensen), (Amanda) Sims, Ice (Sara Isakovic), Hannah (Wilson), (Erica) Dagg and a few others were brave enough to jump in between the dumping waves.

After Makapuu, Dave took us to Andy's Sandwiches. It was a fantastic little deli with delicious sandwiches and smoothies. It hit the spot for the Bears after an afternoon in the sun.

The blue group spent the late morning and early afternoon at the Veteran's Memorial Aquatic Center. This complex is a beautiful 50-meter, 10-lane pool. We used the 25-yard end for practice. The training session was made up of a dry-land section, a body awareness section with an emphasis on kick, and a swim section where we combined what we practiced in dry land into a main effort of swimming.

The day ended with free time, another dinner with teammates of choice and a pretty sunset on the beach.

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