Monday, June 04, 2007

98 Days

Sunday, Day 98

OFF

Thoughts: Well, my primary thought is major disappointment. Usually Sundays are off for me, but this one was my first big open water swim (Nav-E-Sink in Rumson, NJ). I have the wetsuit now, and it was perfect timing to test my swimming. I looked forward to it all week.

Instead, two neighborhood teenagers -- who have been trouble in the past and will likely be locked up in the near future -- decided to rip up all the new plantings Mighty M and I made last weekend. Not only did they rip them up, they used the plants as projectiles against the house. At 2:00 AM.


Normally, I have an extreme amount of patience, especially with kids, especially those who lack the tools they need, like proper supervision and discipline. But, without going completely into it, these kids are sprinting down a bad path and sincerely enjoy the problems they cause. For example, after making the huge mess, they decided to stick around and see what we did about it -- lounging under a streetlamp for kicks and giggles. By the time we confronted them (twice), woke up the next door neighbor teen (their friend and often the co-conspirator), and decided to not call the cops, I couldn't go back to sleep. Sandman didn't come until about 5 am, making an open water swim on less than two hours sleep a bad idea.

So, that's a long explaination for a "day off," but I am thoroughly disappointed. I still have a brand new -- dry -- wetsuit and no idea how 1.2 or 2.4 miles feels in open water. Let's just cross our fingers that it doesn't feel too unexpected come July 1st!

9 comments:

TriJack said...

oh you have so much more patience then me... i think i would have been supervising some rowdy teenagers as th ey replanted (regardless of whether they had any chance of taking or not) each and every plant... at 2 in the morning...

JenC said...

What punks! I'm sorry this happened to you. I suppose going to their parents wouldn't help, because they were allowed out on the street on such a late hour. Hope they wise up before they end up in jail or worse.

Good luck with your next open water swim attempt. I'm sure you'll get it in before July 1.

Cheaper Than Therapy said...

Oh no! That stinks.

You should think about coming down to the CGI swims, if you can swing it. They're 6-8 on Thursdays, and while it's a pretty calm lake, it's still open water with lots of other people around.

Kelly Kiana's Tri-Blog said...

Hey sorry about ur plants u must of put a lot of work into them.
Also I'm sorry you didn't get to try out your new wetsuit!! I can't wait to hear your new post! And by the way You do Alt + 2563 = ♥

Lesser is More said...

Oh man, that stinks. Not cool at all. The good news is that when you do get a chance to swim in your wetsuit, you will notice how much easier it makes swimming, and that will help put your mind at ease.

SkiRough said...

Oh my gosh! What a freak thing. I've done some crazy things in my youth (we used to go to the strawberry fields at like 2am and pick them and eat them), but we never targeted people's houses. That completely sucks.

Donald said...

That pretty much sucks. I definitely would have called the cops.

Comm's said...

video camera. Yup. If they are that brazen you should tape it and call the cops.

At the very least see if there is a curfew ordinance in your area and if they are hanging outside call the cops anon.

Tony said...

I am sorry to hear about the damage caused by those punks. What comes around goes around. Which basically screwed, and something good is bound to happen to you.