Here is a report from the Big Island (about the upcoming race) I thought that I would share it with you! I am getting pretty excited, my dad arrives this evening and in the morning I am off to Kona!!! ( here is the story "Kohala Coast is Heating Up for Ironman 70.3 Hawaii" Author: Dawn Henry May 27, 2009
Springtime along the Kohala Coast of Hawaii means three things: a brighter sun, hotter lava fields, and the convergence of an ever-growing field of triathletes to take part in Ironman 70.3 Hawaii. Last year, at the race's fifth anniversary celebration, the water was rough, the roads were melting in the heat and the winds were howling. Apparently, this was just what race participants were looking for. With its biggest anticipated field ever, the 2009 Ironman 70.3 Hawaii is set to host over 1,400 individuals from more than 20 countries on May 30th for a Hawaiian vacation, triathlon-style.
Over 400 participants will hail from the Aloha State itself. These Hawaiian triathletes will leave their laid-back lifestyles at home as they compete for 20 State of Hawaii and 30 Big Island qualifying slots to the 2009 Ford Ironman World Championship. The rest of the age-grouper field will have a chance to compete for 28 additional slots to Kona. The race also offers 50 qualifying slots for the Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3 in Clearwater, Florida.
Competitors will enjoy an ocean swim in the clear, blue waters of Hapuna Bay, and run to T1 through the fine white sand of Hapuna Beach State Park, routinely recognized as one of the most spectacular beaches in the world. The bike course takes place on the fabled "road to Hawi," a rollercoaster ride along the sparkling Kohala Coast where even the downhill portions of the race have uphills. Heat, humidity and winds are the name of the game on this hard-boiled course surrounded by roiling hills of lava and the wide-open Hawaiian sky.
T2 will be located on the grounds of the The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii, race partner and the luxurious host hotel. Competitors will then take on a broiling run course through manicured grounds, along coastal pathways, over award-winning golf fairways, and past petroglyph fields and tidal basins.For all of its climatic challenges, Ironman 70.3 Hawaii comes with abundant aloha. Taking place in an historic area of the Big Island where kings reigned and rested, triathletes have come to feel that they're being treated like royalty.
The overflowing aloha of the race volunteers brings a festive air to the weekend and competitors can't help but feel lucky to be racing Hawaii-style.Join us on Sunday for our coverage of Ironman 70.3 Hawaii that will include live timing, updates and a full wrap-up story on the race.
I enjoyed that write up, I will have more of my own excitement to share later :-) Thank goodness I am starting to feel better!!!