Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Kona 2013- Where to begin?

First, I must say that I'm glad I told you about the new boy because omitting the significance of Saturday for me (& Luke) would be nearly impossible. This, however, will be my last Luke-gushing post and I'll return to the regularly-scheduled struggling-pro slash "look at me I'm riding my bike in california" usual business around here.

Luke wasn't picked in anyone's top 10 here in Kona. Except mine. And his. And a couple of other friends & family who have seen his form take shape over the past few months. I knew he could be top 5 based on his already known swim/bike abilities combined with the run that nobody knew he could have. I've run with Luke nearly every day of the past 4 months of his prep. Whether side by side on the treadmill, stride for stride on the trails, or across the oval a couple hundred meters behind him. I don't know much, but I know the boy can run the pants off of me, and I'm not bad for a girl. I know that at the end of a 2.5 hr progression run, he'll battle to try to drop me (I try not to let him) and usually he succeeds. I know that often when we run together, he is just cruising, and I am fighting to hold on. Basically, I know just how run fit he is. I backed & believed in his run. But more importantly, HE backed & believed in his run. Now, on the day, he didn't spit out a 2:45 marathon or anything, but a 2:57 after the strongest swim/bike combo in the field is nothing to laugh at. Especially as he's never come close to breaking 3 hours in Kona.

October 12, 2013 was a pretty proud (and anxious/nail biting/exciting/excruciating) day for me. I watched Luke lead the Hawaii Ironman for many hours until mile 16 of the run. After mile 16, I watched him hold on, keep it together, and run strong to finish 2nd in a time of 8:15:19, less than 3 minutes behind winner Frederik Van Lierde. Post race, I saw a boy not only fulfilled with his accomplishment, but a new believer that he, in fact, could win this race one day soon. It's amazing what can happen when you believe in yourself.

Luke Cheer squad (hats say "Go Luke") Jaque, Kirsten, Me
Watching parts of the race on my computer when I couldn't be far out on bike course. Luke in the lead at mile 85.
Running down Ali'i drive- Photo credit: Aaron Brougher

Soaking it in....

at the awards banquet
riding off into the sunset....

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Kona update

I've been hunkered down on the big island for two and a half weeks now and have witnessed the amazing transformation from sleepy town to full-on Iron village. The past few weeks, I logged some very solid training, taking advantage of the harsh conditions (wind & heat) for riding and running- I think it's making me tough! The only thing that's not harsh here is the swimming.... Swimming at the Kona pier is ridiculous- perfect temperature and plenty of #fishporn all around. Just like swimming in an aquarium. 
The morning scene at Dig Me Beach
From 6 to 9 am, the pier is a busy place on race week
After 2+ really hard weeks of training, I'm able to take this week a little easier and enjoy race week. I've been helping Luke get race ready and with his media/sponsor stuff.
Interviews for Luke... (btw- this is at Daylight Mind - the awesome new coffee joint) 
Photo shoots
I've also been spending some time visiting with my own sponsors and triathlon family from around the world. Last I checked out the expo and went to a fun dinner at the Bonk Breaker house.

Vintage trisuits at ZOOT expo booth to compliment

Throwback Zoot tri kits! love this!
visiting myself at the Cannondale booth...
With just 3 days until race day, it's almost go time and I'm so excited for this spectating adventure! What else would you like to see from the big island as the big race approaches?

Tuesday, October 1, 2013


You may be wondering what the heck I'm doing in Kona, Hawaii for a month seeing as how I'm not racing the Ironman World Championships on October 12th....

Well, turns out I have not had a professional photographer following me on all my training sessions taking cool Instagram shots over the past few months...There is indeed a boy (shocker, I know ;)... And he happens to be racing the big race in Hawaii on October 12th and I am more than thrilled to be #1 support crew for him. (Well, I'll have to fight his Dad, mom, & sister for the #1 title, but I'm pretty scrappy, so put your $ on me please).

Luke's been top 10 in the professional field here before and after watching his preparation and seeing his current form, I'm pretty excited to see how the Ironman World Champs unfold this year. As he's been my #1 supporter over the past few months helping me turn around a bumpy season, I can't wait to be the one doing all the supporting. For someone that puts seemingly everything into his job as a triathlete, he somehow puts even more into making life happy and good, which amazes me daily.
Luke in Kona, 2012

As for me, I'm hunkering down getting back to full-on training after Ironman Wisconsin and loving the new scenery in Hawaii. The end of the year holds some fun racing- Miami 70.3 followed by an olympic distance race in the Bahamas, then finishing the year with another trip down under I believe... Yeah, so far so good on my "leave of absence" from work. I'm enjoying every minute, even sitting on the side of the Queek K in a torrential downpour with a flat tire. Because, hey, if that's my worst problem right now..... I'm doing alright.

As I wrote here on Jan 1st, 2013... Find Peace, Give Love, Dream Big. Thanks to L, giving love is pretty darn easy.