Christmastime swell

Fun afternoon paddling with the BeachBoys. I saw a turtle, the steersman saw a whale breach by the Diamond Head buoy and we caught a few bumps at the Old Mans surf break. Nice sunny day with just enough wind to keep cool while paddling.

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December is for me

I’m another year older and none the wiser. The tree has been in the house since the day after Thanksgiving and only today did the lights go on. Let’s see how long before the ornaments are on.

Add water

I left work early on Wednesday and Thursday  so I could paddle but for one reason and another I could not get into a boat and onto the water. Friday is my last chance this week but I’m not making an effort to leave work early. I finish at 5 and will be at the club site by 5:15 then I’ll just look and see if anyone is on the beach. I could run if no one is there, ah well I shall see.

Small kine progress

I ran for the first time in nearly two weeks from Monday of Thanksgiving week to tonite, Thursday. I was worried about regression after such a long layoff but I felt good and strong running. So good in fact that I ran the last quarter mile of my one mile run/walk. That was a first and I felt really good about myself after finishing the last lap and as a reward I did four 100 meter sprints to finish tonite’s activity. I just gotta stay focused, continue my training, and keep pushing myself mentally and physically to complete a one mile run.

Waahila Ridge

This morning I went on a short hike with the wife and dog. The Waahila Ridge Trail is located at the top of St. Louis Heights and gives good views of the southeast and southwest sides of Oahu. We walked to the split in the trail which is about a mile and a half from the start, the trail that splits off to the left, Kolowalu, leads into Manoa Valley. The trail splitting to the right is the Waahila Ridge which goes to Mt.  Olympus and gives good views of the south, east, and west sides of Oahu. I’d like to do this trail another time without the dog. The portion we hiked today took us a little over two hours round trip but we were going at a slow pace because of muddy conditions on portions of the trail. I liked this hike  because it’s not too hard and the views of the city are spectacular definitely one I’d like to do again.

View of Diamond Head and Palolo Valley in the bright morning sun.

View of Honolulu and Manoa Valley.