Well the big show is a few days away and I am calm, collected and thoroughly enjoying Kona. We got in Wednesday without much hassle and settled in nicely. I arrived before John, long story there, and that gave me time to register and drop off my gear at our very funky Bungalow. We are right on Alii-3.5 miles from the Pier (start of the race) and on the run course. Place is terrific- 2 bedroom and 2 bath and a terrific Lanai overlooking the ocean. Hard to not love it here.
John dropped me at the Ironman Village so I could get my bike and go for a ride. I followed the course as I will on Saturday and headed out the Queen K. Nice tail wind heading toward Havi and I knew what that meant...when I turned around to ride back I was hit with the wall of wind. Strong reminder of last year. Temperature is hot and humid but not unbearable. Felt good to ride and be out there.
It is absolutely crazy race week, 100's upon 100's of athletes are riding on the Queen K and running Alli....all hours of the day. From early AM to after dark. Getting the stiffness of travel out, working out last the pent of energy of tapering, trying to imagine how it will be and more...Some look like they are hammering- gotta wonder or want to say, hello....race day is around the corner, really save it.
Hit the grocery store.....everything is double here- and had a nice dinner of Quinoa, veggies and organic chicken (I literally had to grab the last package before the guy next to me picked it up) Jen and Chuck arrived, long trip from Tulsa....and we had a terrific welcome to Kona dinner on the lanai.
Up at 3am.....bummer this is not race day- but well that was 6am CA time- time to get up and take Zen out- oh wait, he is not here. So tried to relax and stayed vertical until 5 and finally gave up and got up. Ahhhh Kona coffee on the lanai and getting some work done. Finished all I could and headed to the coveted Kailua Bay....beautiful, clear water and it was packed! Another good reminder of race day...swimming with 1800 of your new friends. After 10 minutes though the water was clear and I could really enjoy the swim. Out of the water and off on a run on Alii. Legs are coming around feeling good so that is a nice feeling indeed.
Coffee with Amy and then a massage.....did I tell you my life does not suck! I'm telling you. Headed back to finish working and cannot complain. RnR and then off to the Erin Baker Team dinner.
Being back for the 2nd year is a lot less stressful. I know where I am going, have scoped out where to park, where I like to run, where the bathrooms are and all that good stuff. And it is so fun to walk down Alii and see familiar faces. The streets are packed with really lean, veiny, fit people. I am trying to appreciate it all and not get overly intimidated and look at everyone as being leaner, faster and in my age group.
John took off for a 3 hour ride with KP..that was up 8 hours ago. Received a message he was leaving Havi...so looks like he is riding the Ironman course... will see how is preview ride went.