Category: Kona Diaries 2015

‘Kona Diaries’ posts from Ironman Hawaii 2015.

Kona Diaries 2015 – Day 19 – It’s all so quiet

So today we didn’t even make it to the pier?  I woke up early after very few hours sleep (again) – some relaxing holiday this has turned out to be!!  I wouldn’t change it for the world though.  We’re having a fantastic time. OK, post race (there will be a ‘proper’ race report at some point) my quads are aching a bit but I can walk down stairs so that’s a good thing.  My sunburnt shoulders feel ok.  The main

Kona Diaries 2015 – Day 18 – Easy like Sunday morning

So the race is over. We got home about 12:45am, sat down, had a drink and just relaxed a bit. Just to enjoy the moment a little more. Sleep was pretty terrible partly due to aches, pains and a touch of sunburn on my waterproof factor 50 covered shoulders! We woke about 5:30am and at about 7:30am we were down by the pier (the finishing area was being rapidly disassembled) and over to the Ironman merchandise tent to have a

Kona Diaries 2015 – Day 17 – Race Day – My badass medal!

It’s nearly 1am local time and we’ve just returned from the finish line party after leaving ‘home’ at 4am this morning to go do a silly race thing. I got round. I’m chuffed to bits with my time considering the training that I’ve done this year.  I’ve a little (er, lot) of sunburn on my shoulders and arms but have a monster of a medal.  Here’s a photo of me taken about 10 minutes after receiving it just after the

Kona Diaries 2015 – Day 16 – Race Week Friday – Pre-race mumblings, predicted times and a poem…

This blog is a bit of a lighthearted view of the Ironman World Championship.   I’ve been very fortunate enough to have been able to qualify for this race twice now and I know for sure that I’m up for a tough old day on Saturday. If I say the blog is lighthearted I know full well that the race is not. This is one tough old race – it’s the World Championship – and you can’t just dig into your

Kona Diaries 2015 – Day 16 – Race Week Friday – Almost time for the big dance

Friday of race week things get as serious as they can without there being an actual race today. We went for an early swim (just before 7am) of probably just under 1km. The sky was blue, not a cloud in sight and very little wind. The race area is in full swing now. The finish line area is being built up and I love that the finish line is exactly where the official sign for the Ironman is placed on

Kona Diaries 2015 – Day 15 – Race Week Thursday – ‘Onipa’a

Guess what – yup, a swim kicked off the day at a little before 7am. All these pre 7am swims I’ve been doing this week are part of a clever little strategy that I’m working on. If I get the body used to swimming at this time when the (rather loud!) cannon goes off at 6:55am on Saturday morning (5:55pm UK time) even if I’m asleep my arms will be used to just swinging around and I’ll get through the

Kona Diaries 2015 – Day 14 – Race Week Wednesday – Vodka cocktails!

Wednesday started with guess what… a swim. A swim to the coffee boat is about 450m each way so this is all good low impact exercise in advance of Saturday’s little race.  Andy and I picked up a pair of free goggles as well out there from the good folk at Blueseventy. In preparation for tomorrows ‘underpants run’ I needed to give my ridiculously small (read, size 30 inch waist!) swimming trunks a go.  The lovely ‘Funky Trunks’ that I had

Kona Diaries 2015 – Day 13 – Race Week Tuesday – The Parade of Nations

In my plans to get ready for a super early wake-up on race morning today we decided to wake a little earlier (alarm set for 5:30am) and go to the pier for an earlier swim. Yes, you read that right. 5:30am. Yes, we are on holiday. Things over here just seem to be time-shifted a couple of hours earlier than in the UK. It’s light at 6am every day and dark at 7pm. Every day. Whilst walking to the pier