This morning we docked at Labadee, Haiti at 7:30. By 8:00 we were off the boat and suiting up to zip line. After a brief introduction we went to the practice lines. Everyone got to zip down a 500 foot long line to experience how it is done. I was a little nervous for the practice run, but got through it just fine. Then we headed in open air jeeps up a cliff. The “official” zip line is 500 feet up and almost 2,700 feet long, over the ocean and landing on the beach. Needless to say I had a few butterflies in my stomach, but I really wanted to experience this. My friend and I were in the third wave and I held my camera dangling down with the video going. Once underway it was awesome. The sun was shining, not a cloud in the blue sky, the clear ocean below and the sounds of the surf and the bearings on the line filled my ears. Along with my laughs and screams of excitement. And now I have video to prove it.
Zip is a good word to describe it because it was over in a flash. By 10:30 we were sitting on the beach where we found a nice bay for swimming. I saw a long rope marking off the swimming area. From the flotation markers it appeared to be between 75 and 100 meters long. I grabbed my goggles and headed out. After swimming one length I figured it was 75 meters based on my time. I swam a total of 1,500 meters and felt good. I haven’t done an open water swim since September when I did the Rev3 Half Iron distance. All of my swimming must be working because I noticed a difference in my speed, strength and efficiency. After swimming we spent time in the sun, reading, and enjoying a beach barbecue lunch. Before leaving we went to the straw market where the locals have their goods for sale. I am good at dickering. As they would say “come pretty lady, I give you good price.” I would offer a low price they would double it I would walk away, they met my price. I picked up a few items to remember my visit it Haiti.
Back on the boat I put on my running shoes and ran 3 miles on the track – 7.4 times around – while we set sea. Again, a great run time for me. There is something to this running at sea level. I know I will pay for it when I get home, but for now I am savoring it. Tomorrow we dock in Jamaica. More adventures await.