Category: Kona Diaries 2013

‘Kona Diaries’ posts from Ironman Hawaii 2013.

Kona Diaries 2013 – Day 29 – Watch out for falling… geckos!

Today, Wednesday, was the first day in a while that we’d not seen any of our friends who are out here – partly as they’ve all pretty much gone home now. We’ve got a couple more days before we head to our ‘real’ home back in England so now that the race is out of the way we went on a bit of a road trip up to the north of the island. From Kona we headed north on Highway

Kona Diaries 2013 – Day 28 – Ironman… what Ironman?

After missing Mondays sunrise I was up and sat outside at 5:45am. I do wonder what kind of holiday this is when I’m up and out of bed over an hour earlier than I do when I’m back in England on a work day! There must be something wrong with me. First thing was to get Mondays blog finished off.  We then relaxed a little, had a bite to eat and headed out of the door and drove the three

Kona Diaries 2013 – Day 27 – Cankles

Monday morning.  I missed the sunrise. Dammit. I missed the sunrise. It was shortly after 7 when I opened my eyes. My legs ache (not as much as if I had run a standalone marathon really hard) but my feet, oh my feet. Well… my left foot. It’s strange to be writing about my hurting feet when I’ve not yet written my race report and said why/how I think they’re hurting. Very briefly I have a couple of little blisters

Kona Diaries 2013 – Day 26 – Back to the Ironman store!

I know you all want to read my race report from Saturday’s Ironman World Championship. (yes, the World Championship) but I’m afraid you’re going to have to wait a few more days for it. I’ve got three long airplane flights in a few days time so I’ll be working on it during the flights. You got a brief posting for Saturday anyway with a photo so that will have to do for right now. The thing is, I’ve now got

Kona Diaries 2013 – Day 25 – Race Day – Short but oh so sweet

It’s 6:30am on Sunday and I just wanted to share this photo with you that I took yesterday evening.  I finished the race, it was tough, it was amazing, I was immensily proud of how I did all things considering and I have a huge medal that’s going to make me look like Mr T from the A-Team when I go through the airport in a few days time. I had a great swim, my legs just weren’t feeling it

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

This 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

Kona Diaries 2013 – Day 24 – Race Week Friday – Bike racking

The Ironman World Championship race is tomorrow, Saturday. Yes, tomorrow. Less than 24 hours away. Actually, I’m writing this at 5:30pm on Friday, so in 12 hours time I’ll probably be crapping myself somewhere in the transition area on the pier in Kailua-Kona! I cannot wait! But first we have Friday to get through. I could have had a lie-in this morning but seeing as though I’ve been up and out of bed before six in the morning every day

Kona Diaries 2013 – Day 23 – Race Week Thursday – Check your heart rate

The Ironman World Championship on Saturday is a very important event. 8am Thursday morning in Kona is a sporting event that holds almost as much stature – The Underpants Run. I’ve heard about it, I’ve read about it, I’ve seen pictures of it, now I’m in Kona I have to do it surely! This is an abridged description of the event from the website… IF IT’S THURSDAY IN KONA, IT’S THE UNDERPANTS RUN! The tradition continues into it’s 16th