Hawaiian Training Trip Blog: Final Entry

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Tracy Glaser
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Tracy Glaser
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Jan. 10, 2014


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Sophomores Collin Baker and Adam Johnston as well as Tracy Glaser of the women's team are joining forces for a training trip blog here at PurdueSports.com as the Purdue swimming and diving teams spend their holiday break in Honolulu preparing for the remainder of their seasons. New blog updates will be posted at the top of this page.

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Tracy Glaser, Jan. 9

Aloha!

Our last couple days in Hawaii were packed with fun adventures. Friday we visited Pearl Harbor, which was an amazing experience; we were able to see the USS Arizona Memorial and commemorate all those who lost their lives fighting for our country. The entire team learned a lot exploring the museums and looking at all the memorabilia recovered from Pearl Harbor.

Saturday we had a combined dual meet with the men's team against the University of Hawaii. Both the men and women were victorious and enjoyed racing in the outdoors for a change. Later that night, the women's team and the divers went to a luau. We ate roasted pig and tried other native Hawaiian foods. A majority of the team had the chance to go on stage and learn how to hula dance and in my opinion, we were definitely the most talented dancers from the audience! There were many different performances at the luau, my personal favorite being the fire dancers.

Sunday we had the entire day off of practice and many of us ventured up to the North Shore to visit the beaches and the famous places for surfers. We saw many sea turtles and got to eat shaved ice that was rated the best on the island! The North Shore beaches are different from the ones around our hotel because the waves are much larger and we were not even allowed to go into the water. It was amazing sitting on the beach and watching the surfers ride the 11 foot waves with ease, just to turn around and catch the next big swell.

Monday and Tuesday we spent more time on the beaches close to the hotel and working hard in the pool. We tried to appreciate and enjoy the warm weather as much as possible before coming home to a few feet of snow and freezing temperatures. I know I speak for the entire team when I say that I am so grateful that we had the chance to go to Hawaii and I can't imagine spending Christmas training in any better environment. The excitement continues in West Lafayette this weekend as both the men and women take on Michigan and Michigan State this Friday and Saturday, respectively. We are looking forward to two fun meets with great competition! Boiler Up and thanks for reading about our incredible adventures in Hawaii! Mahalo!

Click HERE for the complete men's blog with entries from Hawaii.

Tracy Glaser, Jan. 2

Starting off 2014 in Hawaii was amazing. Tuesday night we ended practice at 7 p.m. and drank sparkling grape juice to celebrate what would be the New Year had we been in Indiana. Later that night, there were fireworks on Waikiki Beach, which could be seen from the balconies of our hotel rooms. Some of us ventured down to the ocean to see the fireworks up close, while others went to the hotel's rooftop pool to watch them.

On Wednesday, we were all very excited to have only one practice (I think it was a New Year's gift from John!). After practice, many of us hiked Diamond Head and were in awe at the beautiful views of the island from the top. It was a shorter hike, only taking about 30 minutes, but it was steep and we all began feeling the soreness in our legs as we ascended. Once at the top, we all stopped to take pictures to capture the exquisite views of the ocean and the city (Some of these pictures can be viewed on our Purdue Swimming & Diving Facebook page).

Ending the first day of the New Year, we had a team dinner at a restaurant on the beach. It was nice to be able to get dressed up and celebrate the start of 2014 with everyone. The dinner had amazing seafood and even better desserts! We are all looking forward to the New Year and can't wait to see what amazing things our team can accomplish! Boiler Up, Hammer Down, Hail Purdue!

Tracy Glaser, Dec. 31

Aloha! We made it to Hawaii! After a nine-hour plane ride and a short drive to the hotel, we went straight to the pool for a short loosen practice on Friday night. Following practice, we were able to explore the streets and shops around the hotel and try out some local restaurants. Saturday morning started early with our first official practice of training camp. We were able to watch the sunrise over the pool, which was a great way to start off the day.

After practice, we took a team trip to Makapu'u Beach. It was a 30-minute drive winding through the beautiful landscape of Oahu with an ocean view out one side of the car and a mountain view out the other. Makapu'u had huge swells and after many failed attempts, most of us learned how to ride the waves instead of being crushed underneath them. The day went by quickly and it was time for our second practice before we knew it. The sun set during practice and we ended up swimming in the dark, which was a fun and different experience for us.

Sunday we only had one practice in the afternoon and we all enjoyed sleeping in, going to the beach, and continuing to try and get adjusted to the time difference! Monday was filled with more beach time and soaking in the beautiful weather and sun. Many of us have been visiting the International Market they have here on Waikiki Beach, finding great deals on Hawaiian souvenirs. More adventures are soon to come, hang loose!

Tracy Glaser, Dec. 18

We've spent the last few days in West Lafayette working hard and swimming fast to kick off Christmas training 2013. We started the week with a team dinner, where we were able to fully embrace our swimmer appetites as there seemed to be an unlimited amount of wings on the tables. On Monday, we had two hard practices followed by dry-lands and a team meeting about Hawaii! Tuesday included two more practices, weights, and another team dinner at John's house where we celebrated his birthday and had a secret Santa gift exchange! Everyone was looking forward to Wednesday morning's recovery practice and working on our team music video that will be shown next semester at the home swim meets! Feeling energized after a short recovery practice in the morning, we came to practice Wednesday night ready to swim fast with a dive set off the blocks. Two of our girls (Francesca Marr & Nika Karlina Petric) left for Hawaii this morning along with the men's team and we are all looking forward to meeting them there in just over a week!

Adam Johnston, Dec. 18

Aloha!! Day two has brought so many wonders I don't know where to begin. Well first, we took off for Hawaii this morning and after a solid eight hours or so, we touched down in Honolulu safe and sound. The plane ride was a very long one, but ended up not being too bad. I've heard plenty of stories about how gorgeous and perfect this paradise is, but I still could not believe my eyes once we got here. I've never had the opportunity to travel somewhere as exotic as this, which makes the whole experience that much sweeter.

Here's a pic with the view from my room.

This picture barely does this place any justice. It's simply stunning.

We were able to make our way over to the pool this evening for a very short loosen swim, just to get a little more comfortable with the area. Hawaii is a bit different than Indiana after all. I'll be sure to snap a pic of the pool tomorrow so you all can see where we are at.

It's getting close to 8 p.m. right now as I'm typing this, which I believe is about 1 a.m. back home. So, chances are you'll be reading updates from the previous day. But regardless, Collin and I will be sure to get all of our activities to you when we can!

Goodnight!

Collin Baker, Dec. 18

Hello again to all of you out there. Today was definitely a long day, most of it spent traveling. The flight from Chicago to Honolulu alone was nine hours, and with all the driving and waiting around, most of us spent close to 18 hours on the road before arriving at our final destination. But, we made the journey with no major troubles, which is a significant accomplishment with over 30 people converging in Chicago all from various places.

The flight had some great views of the snow-covered Midwest and the Rocky Mountains. Also, it was very surreal to be flying over the Pacific with no land in sight. The best view by far was the approach to Hawaii, watching these beautiful green islands come up over the horizon. From the first moment walking out of the terminal, the landscape has been just amazing. The warm humid weather is so welcome, and everywhere it is green.

After arriving at the condos where we will be staying, we sorted out roommates and made a quick turnaround to the Iolani School, where we'll be training mainly. We had a very brief workout, mostly to loosen up and get things moving after being cramped in the airplane. The facilities there are great and I'm sure will accommodate us well.

To round out our first day, we also explored the city around our condos. Honolulu has a cosmopolitan feel that some of us compared to New York City, but combined with the easy-going island attitude. As we all get settled in here, I'm looking forward to hitting the beach the next few days and also getting some serious training under my belt. Overall, very excited for what Hawaii has to offer. Thanks for reading!

Collin Baker, Dec. 16

Hello readers, this is Collin Baker from the Purdue Men's Swimming Team. My teammate Adam Johnston and I are blogging the team's training trip as we head to Hawaii on Wednesday. Everyone is really excited for some fun and down time after a long semester and a lot of competitions. I'm looking forward to just having a chance to relax, as well as getting out and exploring the islands. There's a picture of what the weather in Indiana is like right now (It's dark by 5 p.m.). The snow might be pretty but I'll take a beach over that any day!

One downside is that most of us, me included, won't get to see our families for the holidays. This will be the first year I haven't been home for Christmas, although we had everyone home last week and celebrated it early. On top of that, I get to spend Christmas with my Boilermaker family. And that may be cheesy, but I'm truly grateful for the second family that I have in this team. I know we'll grow closer over the training trip, and by the end we'll have some great memories and stories to tell. Thanks for reading and Boiler Up!

Adam Johnston, Dec. 16

Hello! My name is Adam and this is my first of many posts about our trip to Hawaii! The Purdue swim team will be taking off on Wednesday the 18th. This is a trip we have all been looking forward to, as you would expect. We will be spending 21 days in Honolulu where we will be training extremely hard, competing, and of course enjoying daily warm weather, beaches, and a number of other activities. I will be updating this blog on a regular basis to keep everyone up-to-date on what we're up to on our training trip get away. Below is a picture of Waikiki Beach. Needless to say, I'm VERY excited for this trip. See you soon!

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The Purdue swimming and diving teams will celebrate the New Year in the Hawaiian Islands, traveling to the heart of the Pacific Ocean for their annual winter training camp that will feature multiple weeks of two-a-day practices.

The Boilermakers will be traveling to Hawaii for the first time since the 2006-07 season. A dual meet against the University of Hawaii is tentatively set for Saturday, Jan. 4 at UH's Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex, an outdoor facility.

The Purdue men depart for Honolulu Dec. 18 and the Purdue women are scheduled to join them Dec. 27. Both teams are scheduled to depart the Islands Jan. 8. Co-ed dual meets at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center against Michigan and Michigan State are set for the weekend of Jan. 10-11.

The Boilermakers will be staying only two blocks from Waikiki Beach. They'll be training at the Iolani School's Dillingham Pool, an outdoor facility located just across the Ala Wai Canal from their condominium accommodations. Daily practices are set for 5:40-8 a.m. and 6-8 p.m. Dryland and weight training sessions are also part of the daily itinerary. With the fall semester curriculum commitments complete, the swimmers have an opportunity to focus strictly on training over the winter break.

The annual winter training camp helps the Purdue student-athletes gear up for the second-semester portion of their schedules, highlighted by the championship season (mid-February through March). This year will mark the third time since 2002-03 that the Boilers have had the opportunity to hold their winter training camp in Hawaii. The coaching staff has worked the Purdue athletics administration to establish a rotating schedule for the winter training camp, alternating trips to warm-weather locales like Florida and Hawaii with years in which the teams stay home and train at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center.

The swimming and diving Twitter accounts -- @PurdueMSwimDive and @PurdueWSwim -- as well as the teams' Facebook page will feature periodic photos and other highlights of the Boilers' stay in Hawaii.