Kona Diaries 2013 – Day 24 – Race Week Friday – Good luck messages, how to watch online and predictions

20130927-3651This is the second post for Friday and one I’ve been looking forward to writing – although it won’t be very long. Over the past few weeks I’ve had so many messages of good luck from people, from the party that was thrown a few days before I left London through to a constant stream of posts on Facebook, Twitter, comments on this blog, text messages and emails. It’s been overwhelming. I’ve replied to some but not all messages and for that I apologise – I’m just struggling to keep up with things right now.  Anyway, they’re lovely (especially the message I got from Hayden *hug*).

Tracking information…

I’ll give you the UK start times.

  • Live video coverage starts at 5:00pm at ironman.com (6am Hawaii)
  • The professional men start at 5:30pm (6:30am Hawaii)
  • The professional women start at 5:35pm (6:35am Hawaii)
  • The rest of us start at approximately 6pm (7am Hawaii).  A cannon fires and provided I don’t get hit by any shrapnel then I’ll be on my way!

If you are able to watch this in any way then please do. It’s crazy.

The video stream will continue until midnight Hawaii time, which is 11am Sunday morning in the UK.

I got a good luck card from Chrissie Wellington as well – how cool is that…




So… cards on the table… how would I like to do…

Just remember that I’ve not had the greatest run of training into this race. I didn’t run a step for five weeks and only started (very briefly) again just under three weeks ago. I didn’t cycle much at all until I got to Hawaii so thats far from ideal as well. However, my swimming has been going well and I did a 1:10 swim last weekend on practically the same course here in Hawaii.

I’d love to finish the swim in about 1 hour 10. The bike I have no idea about. Rough guess would be 5 and a half hours or so. Then there’s the matter of the run. Will my foot hold up, I have no idea. Let’s say just under 4 hours. Add some transitions in here and we’re close to 11 hours (about 5am UK time). That would be amazing. As for the heat and winds out on the Queen K…. that could change things dramatically. Let’s just wait and see shall we….

All I know is that I know people are watching online from afar and knowing this will spur me on when the going gets tough – and it will. Ironman is never easy on the best of days. This is going to be tough. Bloody tough. I cannot wait though. All I want to do is run down Ali’i Drive to the finish line proudly wearing my pirate kit. I will do it and I’ll be the one with a huge grin on my face.

Bring It On. Get That Medal.

See you on the other side xx

23 comments on “Kona Diaries 2013 – Day 24 – Race Week Friday – Good luck messages, how to watch online and predictions
  1. Carola says:

    You are on inspiration David! Go an d get that medal!

  2. Jorgan says:

    There will be plenty of us TTers watching online tonight. Give it the big ‘Un :-)

  3. Penny says:

    I’ve so enjoyed reading your daily blogs David. Hope you have a fabulous day tomorrow. GO PIRATE!!

  4. James Rooney (Pudge) says:


    You don’t know me but I’ve been following your blog since I heard, via RW, that you’d qualified for Kona.

    It looks like you’re having the time of your life out there!

    I saw you come in at IMUK (I was marshalling) and it was pretty clear that you’d put in a pretty special performance. If you give even a fraction of what you did at Bolton then you’ll do great.

    Have a fantastic race and above all enjoy it. You’re doing something that the vast majority of us wannabes can only ever dream of!

    Oh, and you really do need to get your blog published as a book!

  5. Vera Darlington says:

    All the very, very best dear David. I am with you in spirit all the way. You’re brilliant! Auntie Vera xxxxx

  6. Dean David Wilkinson says:

    Picked up your blog through slowtwitch. Race day is just about here. Very best of luck – have a great day.

  7. Kirsty says:

    Brilliant blog – so exciting! Good luck from a new fan in the UK!

  8. Charlotte says:

    Run like the wind! (as long as its blowing in the right direction). Good luck, and to Sharon too, as she will be exhausted by the end too. Lots of love to you both. Charlotte x

  9. Shaun Mills says:

    Good Luck D!!!

    Will be watching and tracking from India!!! Predicted 9:30am finish time means it’s going to be a long night here!!!


  10. Jon Shaw says:

    Have a brilliant race David. You are living the Iron dream and are about to embark on reaching the biggest bad ass finish chute in sport. I feel like I’ve lived your last 3 weeks with you having read your blogs everyday and it’s inspiration I will us to take me through to my second IMUK next year. All the very best for a few hours time..eeeekkkkk..I’ll be watching and following your progress have a great race and above all else ENJOY it!!

  11. SA says:

    Go smack it Funkin!

  12. Derek & Mari Rowe says:

    Dear David

    We have both been following this wonderful adventure of yours and are so proud of you. All the very best for the race and enjoy yourself. Love Daddy and Mummy xx

  13. Alex says:

    David. Been loving the blog and your daily posts. Have a great race and looking forward to seeing you cross that line. Mahoosive best of British luck to you.

  14. LittleMissHappy says:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to share your amazing experience with us David. Probably the closest I shall ever feel to being there.

    You know what you want – go get it!

    Sharon – hope you have a great day supporting too.

  15. Chris says:

    Good luck – Enjoy! Awesome blogging and photos. Your enthusiasm is infectious.

  16. Lee The Pea says:

    SOOOOO excited for you. I barely got through these last couple of posts without welling up. Okay, so I didn’t get through them without welling up! Just so happy for you and Sharon. It’s invigorating watching other people realise their dreams, and a real inspiration. Though you won’t see this before, all the very best of luck. I’ve stocked up on Hawai’ian coffee to power me through the night of tracking, hahaha. KONA BABY!!!! Wooooo hoooooooo xx

  17. Jain says:

    David, you made me cry reading these last couple of blogs today. You’re amazing and I’m so pleased and happy for you. You’ll be leaving for the start line soon so all the best – I have you on tracker. Go for it! I hope you both enjoy this amazing day. J

  18. Fraggle says:

    Hope you get everything you want out of tomorrows race, enjoy every moment and I can’t wait for the post-race blogs :-)

  19. TJ1004 says:

    Go Funkin.

    Give me a P, Give me a an I, Give me an aaaargggg!!!

    Loved the blog it’s been fantastic, best of luck and race strong.

    Sharon you must be so proud, I hope you enjoy it.

  20. Emma (running Postie) Marshall-telfer says:

    I hope you have the race of your dreams! Go show Kona that the Pirates rock!
    The very best of wishes x

  21. David Priddy says:

    Good luck David, I hope it all goes well and you do yourself proud.

  22. trish Hughes says:

    Well done David have. enjoyed reading all your blogs, great experience in a beautiful part of the world. Just saw on the news that a guy from Noosa, Queensland came in second. love trish

  23. Dave Mawhinney says:

    Well done David a fantastic result now for a well earned rest!!

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