It is that time of year. The countdown began weeks ago, but I refused to acknowledge it or participate in that game. This will be my third time racing in Kona, and it is definitely different than years past. There is a lot that goes into this altered sense of being, but two things override the others. First, because this is my not my first (or second time here) I know what to expect and am ready to embrace the unexpected that inevitably comes with Ironman racing. Second, Ironman Canada was my A race. That race gave me an immense amount of confidence and contentment. Kona will be icing on the cake. Oh wait, there's a third: I feel blessed, fortunate and humbled to be toeing the line here on Sat. These three things combined are creating an aura of contentment and controlled excitement.
Here's a quick look through my training days here on the Big Island. Saturday I enjoyed a spin up to Hawi. The winds were out to play, and my only goal for the ride was to stay in the aero bars. I think I might have even missed the endless views of lava that line the bike course.
I was thrown around a few times, but I know this will help my confidence when the wind starts brewing on race day. When I got to Hawi I stopped for a second to look around. Usually there is a decent head wind on the way out/up to Hawi. So when I make that turn I put my head down and pray that the head wind means a decent tail wind for the treck back down to the Queen K.
Here is a shot of my view while sipping coffee and getting some work done.
Thanks for following along on my Hawaiian adventure!