10/11/12: Kona – Day 2

Cool date today haha – 10-11-12. That reminds me, I think Kevin Taddonio’s wedding was today! Congratulations! Kevin’s a really good guy, nice enough to let me borrow his Tyr Torque swimskin for this race. Him and I also had identical finishing places in our first Ironman races, which were both IMAZ, his was just two years earlier (I think).

Well, another day down on The Big Island! Loving the energy, not loving the energy I’ve expended to get around. BUT, I’m about to get a lot of great sleep, trust me, and tomorrow will primarily be spent off my feet.

I had a pretty easy time getting up at 7 today since that’s 10am AZ time. I like the time change when it’s in this direction! I ate and got into my skivvies for Kona’s famed underpants run. This is one of those Kona Ironman must-dos from what I hear, especially for a first-timer. I ended up doing an easy jog down to the start location (which took about 10 minutes, max) and found a sea of undie-clad hard-bodies, right next to the actual sea, on Ali’i Drive. The energy was fantastic and fun, we took an underpants run oath (left hand on “junk”, right hand raised) and then we “ran” the 1.2 mile course with a short session of calisthenics thrown in.

After that, we grabbed some 100% Kona coffee, my first time having the stuff, and it was tasty! Not mind-blowing, but tasty haha. We sipped that while checking out the lava beach behind the expo area. Then we headed over to the swim start area and I went on an easy swim where I passed over a massive school of fish – It was mildly scary but cool. It was awesome to be able to see the bottom/coral/fish the whole way, and funny to see some advertisements pinned to the ocean floor with rocks.

After that, I got some necessities at the race shop and went to see Kym Wilkens of Wilkens Chiropractic in Flagstaff. Her and many other ART (Active Release Therapy) practitioners journey all the way to Kona to volunteer to work on the athletes, which is incredibly awesome. She did a fantastic job of working the kinks out and then we went to eat! We then finally went back to our place where I got a much needed hour-long nap, followed by a short bike-run brick. I finally got to ride on the Queen K! The road is super smooth and I loved it out there while taking it all in. I followed the ride with a short run, ending at my parents’ place, and we had a great dinner.

More pics below – 1, (one), O-N-E more day…

Grinning about physically being on THE famed Queen K!

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