Kona T-2

I made it to Kona with no travel drama, which was nice given I did head out here quite late this year. The BIG Island hasn’t changed much and the pre Kona scene is just as intense. There are folks walking around in the their race kits, running around in their undergarmets (anual Kona underwear run), vendors pushing their products, athletes buying into crazy products, and mile long lines at Lava Java. Yup, the ironman world chamiponships are here people!

After my arrival, I got my rental car and headed to the grocery store to stock up on carbs for the next few day. Before heading to the QT2 house, I made a brief trip to Ali’i Drive to grab my new BlueSeventy swim skin, which I must say is fabulous :) This year’s house is a lot nicer than last year’s. We are right on the ocean, have air conditioning, and huge rooms.

I haven’t done all of much since I arrived. I forced myself to stay awake until 8 PM Kona time, which is 2 AM Boston time. Not bad for getting up at 5 AM Boston time. This morning I woke up at 5 AM, had some snacks and then headed off to the beach for a quick swim. We saw a cute sea turtle just chilling close to the shore line. So cool! I didn’t see anything as cool on my bike ride after, however, Cait and I did see this one young girl (maybe 12 years ols) running hard up and down Ali’i drive. She could blow me away, hands down!

Team QT2 hit the Powerbar Elite Team breakfast for a bit. Of course we were given some free products, or should I say it was a free for all and we took all we wanted. Oh well, it was free :) The food wasn’t bad either. I hit the expo after and got some free stuff, but nothing like last year. I did get a cool PowerBar backpack at registration and some goodies. I should just be happy to be here for a second year :)

I decided to skip carb lunch. Yeah, call me crazy. I just get too full and I really don’t need it as I could have used to lose a few more pounds before race day. Tonight the food fun begins. Tomorrow is the big breakfast and then it is just a taper of food throughout the day. Wow!! Can’t believe it is almost race day!!!


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