Today we finished our days trainingĀ with a coffee at Lava Java which is part of the top 10 “must do’s” asĀ Triathlete here in Kona. From here you are in pole position to watch the comings and goings along Alii Drive. Most of the entertainment comes from watching athletes doing their running intervals along this section, which has mile markers so you can easily do your desired mile reps showing off you matching kit and new striped down body.
This is what we did this morning in the baking sun, possibly at a hotter time than actual race. So far it has been full blown sun until 1pm and then seems to cloud over.
In our first few days we have had a good look at the course. Having reccied a few in my time, especially particularly complicated ones like St Croix which took days, Ā this seemed to take very little time and mental energy. Basicially go straight on for 56 miles and then come back! I reckon you need to turn your handle bars about 4-5 times in he whole thing – the bike is like being on the longest turbo session you will ever do. Great no technical bits – I am loving this!!
We have taken in the Natural Energy Lab, the place where iconicĀ racesĀ have been madeĀ or broken, and paid our respects to this place before we have to face our personal battle down there at around mile 16-20, it gives you goose bumps.
So back to Lava Java and inevitably we bump into a series of friends from our trips around the world, it goes something like this….Jeremy, Aussie…”Hey Sophie I didn’t know you did Ironman,”…Me, “I don’t, or at least I haven’t done one yet, I qualified at a 70.3 (half ironman)”…Jeremy, Aussie “Oh my goodness I can’t believe THIS is your first ironman that is outrageous!”
OK so we’ll see then, …10 days to go to prepare body, mind, nutrition, support crew. Sometimes in life best not to know what you are letting yourself in for hey?! It’ll all be a great discovery & surprise to me when it happens.