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Aquatic Adventures

by Meghann on May 22, 2010

Today I was a fish.

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A pink headed, goggle eyed fish, of course. πŸ˜‰

My sprint triathlon is bright and early tomorrow morning and I wanted to get one last open water swim in before the big day. My one goal for tomorrow is to not be the last one out of the water again. Hopefully these open water training swims will pay off. I already feel more confident in the water than my last tri. πŸ˜‰

Two weeks ago my cousin’s wife Candice joined me at Lucky Lake and had been raving about it ever since. She met me at the lake at 7:45 this morning ready to do it all over again.

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Lucky gave his traditional “please try not to drown” speech, his dog gave a great big “woof,” and 150 swimmers headed to the water and were off.

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Can you spot me in the pink?

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My swim was great. I felt strong and confident with each stroke. I still need to work on stronger kicks. I think if I can just kick a little harder, then I would have no problem kickng a little booty in the water. πŸ™‚

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I made it back in 25 or so minutes, the waited for Candice to come in.

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Candice didn’t have a chance to sign her name on the wall last time, so we made sure she got her name on the wall of fame this time. πŸ™‚

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After a quick change Candice, Derek, and I met my cousin Bobby and their daughter Abbygail for breakfast at First Watch.

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I swear I could sit and watch Abbygail eat breakfast all day long. She is ADORABLE!

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Abbygail’s eggs and toast did look tasty, but I decided to go with the Carrot Cake Pancake and fruit bowl for my own breakfast.

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The carrot cake pancake was full of shredded carrot and raisins. It was also very sweet and full of sugar. Each bite was delicious, but I was hoping for a little more carrot cake spice to it. πŸ™‚

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No breakfast is ever complete without a big bowl of fruit in my mind. πŸ™‚

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As part of our all inclusive Discovery Cove package last weekend Derek and I received two complimentary passes to our choice of Aquatica or Sea World. We picked Aquatica.

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Aquatica is Sea World’s newish water park that both Derek and I had never been to. We had heard mixed reviews on the place and wanted to judge it for ourselves.

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Let’s just say growing up outside of Orlando I have been to my fair share of water parks. From Blizzard Beach to Wet & Wild to Typhoon Lagoon to Water Mania, I’ve been to them all. Most of them several times over. And compared to all those parks Aquatica is merely Meh.

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The park was small, the rides were all roughly the same, the wave pool wasn’t working, and the place was packed. Derek and I were there for a little less than 3 hours before we decided to leave. I feel good that our trip was just an ‘add-on’ I would not have been happy if I paid $50 to get in the door.

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Derek and I still managed to have a good time, but I think it’s hard to have a bad time when we’re together. πŸ™‚

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On the way home we stopped at Whole Foods for lunch.

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We split a turkey sandwich on ciabatta bread with provolone, lettuce tomato, peppers, and spicy mustard.

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We also split a hot bar salad of random fixins.

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I did a great job picking out the salad toppings. This was a very flavorful and satisfying lunch. πŸ™‚

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I’m wiped. I think a mid-day nap may be in order. πŸ˜‰

Have a great Saturday!

1 adrienmelaine May 22, 2010 at 3:34 pm

I can’t believe that’s just the start of your saturday! I think you’re right- a midday nap is in order- it’s 12:30pm here, and I’ve already been down for an hour- without even packing half the amount of stuff into my day that you have!

2 Marisa (Loser for Life) May 22, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Holy Carrot Cake Pancake! I never saw one so big!

Love the underwater pic of you and Derek!

3 runnerforever May 22, 2010 at 3:40 pm

You go to so many cool athletic events! Carrot Cake Pancake, never even thought of that!

4 RIka May 22, 2010 at 3:47 pm

you and derek are soooo cute together! i’m jealous πŸ˜€

5 Paula May 22, 2010 at 3:51 pm

The underwater kiss picture is the cutest ever!

I bought my Shape magazine today. πŸ˜‰

6 tropicaleats May 22, 2010 at 4:03 pm

first off, congrats on Shape!!!!!!!!!!! That is seriously AMAZING.

looks like you all had fun playin in da water. underwater pics = priceless

7 britchickruns May 22, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Gosh you fill your days! It looks like such a fun day though! There isn’t any water parks over here, so I’d probably find that place INCREDIBLE! haha :s
Have a good afternoon πŸ™‚

8 Judie May 22, 2010 at 4:21 pm

2nd paragraph: “wide” should likely be “wife.”

9 ActiveEggplant May 22, 2010 at 4:22 pm

That Lucky Lake swim sounds fun – I might need to make the trip over there to participate sometime! I FREAKED out during the swim leg of the 1st/only Tri I’ve done so far so if I’m going to do another one Lucky Lake might be just what I need (although getting there by 7:45 may be rough…)

Good luck tomorrow morning! Have a great race!

10 sunnytropic May 22, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Looks like a fun day!

What is your fave Orlando area waterpark?

I’m going to be in FL next week and was planning on heading to a waterpark one day. I’ve been to Typhoon Lagoon (when I was young, I don’t remember it much) and for some reason I’ve always wanted to go to Blizzard Beach so that’s the one I was planning to go to next week!

11 Meghann May 22, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Blizzard Beach = my favorite!!! πŸ™‚ Have fun!

12 culturalcravings May 22, 2010 at 4:31 pm

Your underwater photographs have been coming out so crisp! What camera do you use?

13 Meghann May 22, 2010 at 4:47 pm

It’s the Fujifilm Finepix WP.

14 Heather @ Side of Sneakers May 22, 2010 at 4:37 pm

What a fun weekend! That’s awesome you got a chance to do some open water swims- I’ve never done one! Good luck tomorrow!!!

15 Marina May 22, 2010 at 4:42 pm

what an amazing day!
that little girl is so adorable!

16 Bobbi May 22, 2010 at 4:49 pm

You two are so cute together πŸ™‚

17 dianacheung May 22, 2010 at 4:54 pm

you need to print that underwater pic of you and derek ASAP. That is like FRAME WORTHY!!! What a great day! I’m going to Orlando in a month and your posts are getting me PSY-CHED!

18 runningwithsass May 22, 2010 at 5:31 pm

sorry you didn’t like aquatica. never been but I love the disney waterparks!

19 hundredtenpounds May 22, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Nice! Looks like a fun swim!

20 Miranda @ Mirandasjans May 22, 2010 at 6:03 pm

I love that you are wearing your sunglasses not only in the pool but for your underwater shots too πŸ™‚

Good Luck Tomorrow!

21 babycakes May 22, 2010 at 6:07 pm

LOVE the underwater pic of you and Derek!

22 Jessica May 22, 2010 at 6:41 pm

your peanutbutter parship/carrot fries are TO DIE FOR!!!! my tummy hurts from not stopping when your full haha…..

23 Amy May 22, 2010 at 6:50 pm

I love the underwater cheek kiss picture! You’re both adorable! Good luck tomorrow. πŸ™‚

24 Erin May 22, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Wow, carrot cake pancakes sound delicious! I need to whip up a batch of those!

25 missyrayn May 22, 2010 at 7:06 pm

I’m not a big fan of water parks. But I love Dorney Park in PA.

26 biz319 May 22, 2010 at 7:49 pm

That would have sucked if you shelled out $50 bucks for that! You guys are so cute together! πŸ˜€

27 Melissa @ For the Love of Health May 22, 2010 at 7:52 pm

good luck tomorrow!
today looked like fun!
great looking food from Whole Foods!
enjoy your eve!

28 Hayley May 22, 2010 at 7:56 pm

My whole foods doesn’t have a hot bar and it kills me. Everything looks so good!

29 Mary May 22, 2010 at 8:39 pm

you’ll rock your tri tomorrow! πŸ™‚ good luck!

30 theprocessofhealing May 22, 2010 at 8:45 pm

What a FUN day!!! i looooove waterparks!

31 Jackie (Peaces of Earth) May 22, 2010 at 8:50 pm

I was running past the bay today and wanted so bad to just jump right in and swim! I would love to do a sprint tri, good luck with yours!!!

32 Evelyn @ cheers2healthy May 22, 2010 at 10:34 pm

Wow I haven’t been to a water park in ages!! I used to go all the time when I was little. I think there was a phase when it was popular.

33 Emilyeatsclean May 23, 2010 at 12:52 am

looks like a fun day!

34 Meghan May 23, 2010 at 9:47 am

We weren’t impressed by Aquatica last summer either! Wet N Wild is my favorite water park here in Orlando.

35 Sweet and Fit May 23, 2010 at 9:41 pm

the picture of the two of you underwater is priceless!

36 Monica C. May 24, 2010 at 5:06 pm

Love the underwater picture of you two – so sweet.

Abbygail has beautiful eyes!

It’s a good thing Derek has a similar palate to yours – you would literally die of boredom and probably disgust if you saw my beyond-picky hot bar picks! πŸ˜‰

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