It is still fairly quiet on the island and around town – a lot of athletes are still on their way to beautiful Hawaii. The first 2 days have been amazing. The beauty of the island is hard to describe – you gotta see for yourself – and after settling in yesterday, today seems to be a full on day.
Still enjoying a 12 hour time difference jetlag we got up this morning around 5am – quick breakfast with the freshest fruit you will find – and off to Kona Pier. The drive there down Alii Drive itself is an experience if you’ve never been here. Great spots to overlook the ocean, beautiful beach front homes and local surfers along the road hanging at their cars and waiting for the next wave coming in. With speed limits somewhere between 15mph to 30mph there is plenty of time to look around even when you’re driving.
After passing the legendary Lava Java we parked the car just off Alii Drive just in time for a local Ironman Pre-Race Challenge organized by some athletes every year 2 weeks before the Ironman.
Into the running shoes and off we went – despite picking up a good pace for the next 30 minutes down Alii Drive we got constantly passed by athletes pounding out some serious pace! Fair enough though: the first couple of yards we got infected by the atmosphere as well and started off way too fast!
Back at the pier I quickly changed into my swim shorts – opted for the 1.1 mile swim – and jumped into the ocean. Along the buouys it is easy to find your direction in the water and even if you’re not a fan of open water – the wide variety of colorful fish is quickly distracting you!
So no matter what you hear when you get to Hawaii the first time – stuff like: ‘don’t got to the Lava Java, it’s a rip off’ or ‘avoid Alii drive, it’s nothing but a vanity fair’ forget about all that. It is part of the show and it is great to see and soak in!
More updates tomorrow folks – Aloha!