So, while Ironman Danish may have his case of the crazies from time to time and consistently misplace wallet, keys, and cell phone (yup, he even lost it in the airport on flight here) I have to give him “props” for a jaerb well done here in Kona.
Not even the pros can make this course look easy. Having swam the swim course and ridden the bike course (granted, never went above zone 2 on the heart rate), I know exactly what they were up against–and it wasn’t pretty. The swim course reportedly had a lot of current still left over from the rains/swell that had happened during the week, since the fastest pro swim was “slow” at 49 minutes…(yeah, their slow is my awesomest swim of my life assuming I trained ONLY swimming for the next 40-50 years). Before we even got to the swim course, I was poised and ready to document the day…snipped many morning shots:
Also before the start, the cheering squad planned to all be under a large banyan tree across from the swim in which Nelson climbed to get better pics….
Unfortunately, it turns out several hundred parrots also planned to be IN that tree…yeah–I got pooped on…TWICE!!! (and the ol’ adage that this is “good luck”, is, I believe, in fact crap–its just because people feel bad for you that they say this)…
Anyway, the race got underway and we headed off to get a quick cup of coffees of hawaii awesomeness before heading back to see the pros head out on the bike (and shortly thereafter, Ironmen Danish and BDubbs). We positioned ourselves at “the HOT corner” (appropriately named as it is a “hot turn” in every direction and hot in temperature–thanks to our Planet Sun sunscreen, none of us were burned!). We actually managed to film some vids and pics of Danish and BDubbs at the hot corner:
After seeing them head out of town, we knew we had approximately 5 hours before we had to be on station again to see them run. This time, Rayray and I had to be in full kits and ready to roll on our road bikes to provide ample cheering during the run:
Lucky for us, they were always within 7-12 minutes of each other. They actually came off the bike within 2 minutes of each other!! Ironman Danish, however, had to serve a small penalty in the transition area, putting him 4 min slow on transition…
We were spectating machines, and speaking for us, we were AS tired as the Ironmen at the end of the day–spectating can be grueling. We rode from mile 1 to mile 8, from mile 8 to mile 14, from mile 14 to the energy lab (so as to see them coming in AND out), and from there we would leap from them in small increments up the course towards home.
Heading out on the run both were looking fresh and running strong. We knew they were both in a (relatively) happy place. Around mile 20, we had to split ways though as Ironman BDubbs was ahead of Ironman Danish by enough that Rayray had to get on station ASAP for pics and general finisher support system. I hung around mile 22 to cheer Ironman Danish home and then wound my way through a VERY thick crowd. Upon arriving at the finish line, I realized that I was going to have a hard time elbowing into the front row for a good pic with Rizzo by my side. Luckily, I ran into another member of our cheering squad (who was not lucky enough to have a bike to ride around the course), A1, who took my bike for me so I could snap some shots….however, turns out Rayray was in the BEST spot and snapped awesome finish photos:
Ironman Danish finished in an amazing 9:41 and Ironman BDubbs a blazing fast 9:28!!!! Unbelievable!! We all rendezvoused with other “Pac Velo” peeps after the finish and ate some pizza (Danish and BDubbs took advantage of the free massage) before we headed back to the condo for showers, more food, beers (finally!), and a nap before heading back to the finish line to cheer home midnight finishers….more to follow!!