Did you know that I'm married to a merman?
Yup that's right. Chad is really half fish, half man.
It's just second nature for him to be in the water...unlike me...not only can I NOT swim, but I am deathly afraid of being in water deeper than 5 feet. Chad held a few records in high school and was one of the fastest swimmers on his team.
He has been wanting to get back into swimming ever since coming here to Hawaii, but work,
surfing school, and other things have kept him from being able to. One day, something clicked inside of him and he decided to participate in the North Shore Swim Series - a series of races ranging from 1 mile to 2.3 miles in length on the North Shore of Oahu. He didn't have much time to train, so he got right to work. Every night after school and work he would go swim laps at the school pool in preparation for these big races.
He is such a dedicated and determined swimmer.
The third race of the four-race series was just today. Chad set himself a goal of finishing the 1.6 mile race in less than an hour. He knew that even with his training, he wasn't back to the level he was at in high school. With that goal in mind, he set off for the course against 650 other swimmers.
The Jaco's race went from Chun's Reef to Waimea Bay. 1.6 miles of upwind, against-current swim.
We waited for Chad at Waimea beach. We watched the first few swimmers coming in half an hour into the race. The first place guy came in at an amazing 32 minutes and 4 seconds.
Not too far behind him was my hubby. Against the 650 swimmers that participated in the race, Chad finished way ahead of his original goal of 1 hour. His official finish time was 43 minutes 30.9 seconds!! only 10 minutes behind the first swimmer. 82nd place overall, and 8th in his age group.
I am beyond proud of Chad. He set a goal and not only achieved it but he surpassed it.