Category: Kona Diaries 2015

‘Kona Diaries’ posts from Ironman Hawaii 2015.

Kona Diaries 2015 – Day 12 – Race Week Monday – The support crew arrives

It’s race week. Cool. There’s loads going on in Kona this week and as I’m a wise old man at this having been here and done it before (read the full 31 days of ‘diaries’ for 2013 if you wish!) then I may tone down the action this week. But only a little! OK, I know sometimes I call it Kailua, sometimes Kona, sometimes Kailua-Kona. Well, it’s called Kailua-Kona. I think it is really ‘Kailua’ but because there’s one on

Kona Diaries 2015 – Day 11 – Just a small ‘hit’ on the credit card

Sunday morning before Ironman means the Path 5k (or 10k) road race – this time in its 29th year. “Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii. PATH is a non-profit bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organization headquartered in Kailua-Kona, serving the island of Hawaii. Founded in 1986, PATH’s mission is to safely connect the people and places on Hawaii Island with pathways and bikeways.” Sharon loves a bit of running medal bling so after the awesome medal in 2013 this just had

Kona Diaries 2015 – Day 10 – The Koala Swim

Today (Saturday) I was up bright and early (5:15am) as there were plans for this morning. You see, today is the first day of the official race week programme and it starts with a 2.4 mile swim race. The event is called the “Ho’ala (Rise to the Occasion) Ironman Training Swim” and ever since I took part in the event two years ago I’ve been calling it the Koala swim! Interestingly (or perhaps not) the north-west area of the island is

Kona Diaries 2015 – Day 9 – A different type of Kona brew

At the moment the days here seem to blur all together a bit. It’s really quite dull and I’d rather be in England. Or perhaps not! I started off with a splish splash paddle at the pier where the British contingent here on the big island is growing day by day. The place is really starting to ramp up in terms of busyness and the delightful sleepiness of the village is no more. The circus has arrived. The expo area is

Kona Diaries 2015 – Day 8 – Valleys and Mountains

So it’s Thursday the first of October – meaning that I’m doing an Ironman this month. Actually, in 10 days time. Eeek! Ah, it’s all good. I feel so excited to be given this opportunity to race in Kona again and be humiliated by the best in the world. This is why we do this right? Whilst on the Big Island there’s a few things I’ve wanted to do. One was cycle the road between Hawi and Waimea. I did

Kona Diaries 2015 – Day 7 – Triple Swim Day

Today I swum three times. It wasn’t proper swimming but I made it into the ocean on three separate occasions. If I get points for familiarisation with the ocean then I’m onto a winner. Let me tell you about today… After a busy day on the bike yesterday it was time to give the legs a little bit of a rest and use my skinny little arms some more. My right shoulder hasn’t felt perfect the last few days but

Kona Diaries 2015 – Day 6 – BBQ Tuesday

When I woke up this morning my shoulders were aching. It must be a swim overuse injury so I should ease off a little I think. Yay! Yesterday I thought about going for a longish bike ride today and that feeling was still strong this morning. On top of that when we saw this mutha funker of a cruise ship moor off of Kailua-Kona this morning (which is 315m long and has over 2,800 passengers, excluding crew!) it was a

Kona Diaries 2015 – Day 5 – Up and Down and Up and Down

We headed to the pier for 7am to be met by three ripped gentlemen in matching swimming trunks ready to go swimming.  My figure does not allow me to be seen in such company (it’s never stopped me before) but the Team Freespeed boys were looking mighty buff today (that’s what the girls were saying. I didn’t take any notice.) This brings me onto an excuse to show a photo of the beach (again).  This is ‘Dig Me’ beach (if