Day 3 of the trip began with a partner beach WOD. We partnered everyone up in teams that were equally distributed based on strengths, injuries, etc. The workout was a relay between partners that went as follows:
50 meter bear crawl
50 meter frog jump
50 meter burpee broad jump
50 meter partner wheelbarrow
In between every round teams had to complete 50 partner pushups. At the very end, teams had to complete 100 partner sit-ups. This workout would've been hard enough as written, but put it on the deep sand and everything got just that much harder. Especially the wheelbarrows. Supporting your bodyweight while having to keep stable on such a squishy surface absolutely blows up your arms. This proved a big challenge for many of the people on the trip, forcing them to dig deep and lean on their partners for support.
As soon as we were finished, we got up to the main drag and rented some toys. Surf boards, boogie boards, and sunscreen were the tools of the day, and we did our best to take advantage of them all. Jason, Kevin, Helen, Sven, Gio, and I all tried our hand at catching waves with the surfboard, but with little success. Jason probably had the best ride of all, but still a far cry from the locals carving up the waves further down the beach. I will say this though… Surfing is absolutely one of those things you don't need to be good at to enjoy. I could spend all day out there trying and failing and still have a great time.
The rest of the gang either boogie boarded or sunbathed. Everyone knew that Day 4 was the day we were aiming to be up early at on the mountain for our 20 km hike so no one really wanted to beat themselves up. We gathered everyone up by 2:00 and hit the road for Lake Taupo. A few hours later we were there and checking into our 3rd home in 3 nights, the Settlers Motel. The owner of this establishment threw out the welcome mat in the form of an Icelandic Flag out front. We all agreed that this had to be a good sign for the day ahead.
The highlights from Day 3 are below.