Maui Whale Watching and Another Great Run

Type: Tempo Run
Distance: 4.0 miles
Time: 32:15
Average Heart Rate: 153 bpm
Average Speed: 7.1 mph

I know — this is the exact same run I pulled yesterday, down to the second. I felt a little more relaxed during my run and even negative split this one. The first 2.o miles were in 16:17 and the last 2.0 were at 15:58. Tomorrow morning I am going to pound out a 6.0 miler and see how long I can hold my pace. It would be sweet if I can hold a 8:00/mile pace through the entire run.

I did have a weird moment today. I was following some pace booty (sorry, but it is true) who was leaving me behind. She was about 200 yards in front of me and we passed this little homeless camp here in Kihea on South Kihea Road. When she passed the woods where the camp was a guy purposefully exited the woods and started to follow her until I coughed really loud. He turned around and saw me and ducked back into the woods. I didn’t see him again. I could be imagining things, but I don’t think so. Gals, be careful out there. I hate to hear stories like this, and would hope I never see anything like this happen again. As things were unfolding, I thought to myself, man I hope I have another gear if I need it. I have a feeling with adrenaline, I could find it.

Maui Whale Watching

All I have to say is if you are going to Hawaii anytime soon and you will be looking to take a snorkeling or whale watching cruise, you need to go with the Pacific Whale Foundation (click here to read about the organization and their mission). This group is amazing and knows how to put on a responsible trip. That being said…

We went on the Pacific Whale Foundation’s Snorkeling Cruise to Molokini and Lana’i and had an absolute blast. My lady friend who doesn’t love the water and Hoss both went with me. I am very comfortable in the water, so I am not so sure there is any body of water I wouldn’t jump into. We have been on these same trips with other outfits, and the Pacific Whale Foundation is by far the best. Both Hoss and my lady friend loved the cruises and had a blast in the water.

Towards one of the snorkeling sessions, I was in the water by myself as everyone else had tired and had already boarded the boat. It was at that moment that I found a sea turtle that was just relaxed. I had the chance to follow him around for about 20 minutes. Of course I gave him his space, but there were times that he would slow up and almost wait for me. I know that is silly, but he allowed me to get within five to six feet of him. I got great video with my underwater camera.  It was a unique opportunity that I hope to have again sometime, but I am doubtful that I will. I was down at about 20 feet when I shot some great video that I will try to get posted this week sometime.

This is what they call Whale Season in Maui because a large majority of the Pacific Humpback Whale population comes to the warm waters of Maui to birth and spawn. You can literally see a dozen whales within a mile right now. I got down to 15 feet during snorkeling and I could hear the whale songs. It was yet another amazing experience. I took this series of pictures of a whale breaching. It was one of those moments you think would never be repeated, but I have another ten sets as well of whale tails and mothers and calves too. I was blown away. Check this out…100 yards off.

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I have been participating in running and triathlons for 10 years and love the feeling that training provides. You may not agree with me, but you know you just can't look away...