Bored with the idea of an off-season at home and wanting to accrue a few more miles to gain an elite status with an airline, I decided to take a little vacation to Kona. I’ve never been to the Big Island and have always wanted to see the Ironman World Championship firsthand. Yes, I thought I was going to be racing here last year, but that didn’t come to be. I can honestly say that I have no desire to do an Ironman anymore. Well, at least not for a long time.

So far, Kona is living up to its reputation as a madhouse during the Ironman build-up; compression socks galore, incredibly fit individuals everywhere, and busy beyond belief. It’s all part of the atmosphere and I’m enjoying ever minute of it. Unfortunately, I haven’t captured any pictures yet, but I’ll tote my camera around today.

Yesterday, I swam the course with my friend, Jano Soto, who has been gracious enough to let me stay with him! The first couple hundred meters was a flustercuck with athletes everywhere, but had all the room in the world once we got out a bit further. It’s definitely one of the best swims on the Ironman circuit! Upon finishing the swim, we swam over to the coffee bar and enjoyed coffee, sports-drink, and cookies… while treading water.

I’m hoping to demo a bike here and spend some time on the Queen K. If and when I do, I hope it’s windy! I want to experience what kind of hell this place can be, if only for a little while.

Just for fun, here are my picks for the top 3 men and women:

1. Chris McCormack                   1. Chrissie Wellington
2. Andy Potts                             2. Mirinda Carfrae
3. Andreas Raelert                      3. Julie Dibens