I fitfully went to bed. As the office did not open until 10am ( welcome to HI) So I headed to the Ho'ala Ironman Training Swim. This is a great pre- race swim if you can get here by Friday. It is 2.4M and is the Ironman swim, finish is a bit different but you get the 1 loop LONG swim. Water start and relatively mellow. It is a good reminder of how far out we go. Sensational water- so warm and clear. Sheer heaven.
I came back and worked on my bike, after I hit Lava Java for coffee and my favorite Island style macadamia nuts. Yummmm. I was fogging up the glass on the office window "let me in" LONG strory and 90 min later it was sorted out....some issue when I changed my reservation to arrive early. It was locked, cancelled, moved - who knows BUT the saint in the office got me our ocean front condo, and I only cried once. Got my bike built up and hit the Queen K with Sarah, another D3er and it did not disappoint. Lovely on the way out and hello WIND on the way back, welcome to Kona.
Did a HOT run on Alii but loved it! OMG I love this place. And on Saturday it is still pretty mellow.... quiet streets without the crazed athletes. Food shopping ($250 for a $125 worth of groceries- Kona pricing) and went to ugh Wal Mart, after going for my mom when she was sick, I swore I would never go t this store again, but there I was. Buying bikes for kicking around town and for the kids to use on race day. Rentals are $100 a day and mopeds are $300 for 2 days. So for $109 each I got the f'ing heaviest bike you can imagine but it rocks!
I was wiped out and laid low on Saturday....Sunday there was a random 10K which I did NOT do but was psyched to have the streets closed for my run. Waking up with the ocean crashing, drinking Kona coffee on the Lanai- this is what Kona is about. Great run and off to pick up John!!
|Walmart special $109|
We settled in and went out exploring on our bikes- no expo, no madness just pineapple at the farmers market and a killer dinner at the Fishhopper with some old friends and new friends. Sheer heaven!
Monday hit the swim early and another majestic AM in the ocean- ton of fun with Kevin and his go pro - I was so excited I went and bought out and used it this AM. Seems I was off on the settings so I video the inside of my swim top the whole way out, stopped it to view the fish, started it in my top and stopped it to view the dog on the SUP, resumed in my top and stopped it for the Coffee Boat. My career in video needs help, just saying. Dinner that night at On the Rocks in the sand with more friends from Smash.....we all met at camp in March and here we are on the big island
|smash girls and a betty|
My weight neurosis is so bad that when I did the Gatorade Sweat test I made the nice tech (female) come into the tiny hot changing tent and take my weight. She was so nice and understanding when I told her I could not look at the scale :)
And BTW John knocked out 28 miles runnning on Alii Dr on Monday! R3 training
1- the couple who rang up $1611 of IM World Championship Merchandise and the card was declined- guy goes nuts yelling at the cashier.....
2- the women I registered with and I ask if she is ready? " its in God's hands now" Wow, how big are those hands anyway?
3 - 4 inch MDot tatoo with 6 race logos tatted below it- what happens next? tatoo that says "see front" for the next 6?
4- Bike porn...wow just wow- I definitely need a $15,000 bike
5- so many products that are "guaranteed" to make be faster, fitter, stay hydrated and fueled well- I'm planning to try them ALL on Saturday and new shoes - why not?
6- No matter how fit you are, you are fat in Kona