|IRONMAN HAWAII RACE REPORT - 2010|
I headed over to Kona 2wks out this year with my friend and world class masseuse, Simone Wolowiec (retired 20km Aussie race walker). Simone endured sitting next to me for the 4.5hr flight to Oahu, luckily for her it was smooth. Then the short 30min flight to Kona which wasn’t so smooth, where I sat clutching the arm rests on either side of me with the grip of death as she looked out the window and said ‘oh look matey, there are white caps (in the ocean) out there’….mmm….thanks Sim…something I could guess by the way the plane was bumping around all over the place!!!
We landed just fine, got our luggage and headed to the car rental office where we waited for a good hour or more as the line grew out the door. Just as we got close to the front of the line my coach, Siri came up from behind and tapped me on the shoulder and said ‘excuse me, I think you pushed in front of me’ …the people in the line went dead quiet. I thought…here we go and then realized it was her, we hugged and said hi as the people in line still couldn’t work out what was going on!
We got a Dodge Caliber and as it pulled up in front of us, we looked at it and then back at the bike bag, massage table, 2 backpacks, 2 laptop bags and 2 travel bags and wondered who was going to end up on the roof! To our surprise, we managed to fit it all in and took off for our condo at the Reef but decided we might as well stop at Costco now and get a few things.
We come out of Costco a couple of hundred dollars or so later and a trolley (cart) full of….stuff…and get to the car and realized we didn’t have enough room for all of this ….stuff. So we squeezed in what we could around everything else and our strategy came down to, me getting in the passenger seat, buckling up then Sim just handing me a couple of boxes to hold and a couple of boxes went under my feet. It was quite the site as we drove off and pulled up at our condo, the doors opening and us lunging to catch anything that might fall out.
Sim went for a run around town and I joined up Siri, Leanda and Rinny for a ride and swim to get the travel out of me.
It was great to be back on the BI (big island) and in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean.
I was so excited to see her as I hadn’t seen her in a year so we had some fun times and Jeff drank a lot of beer.
Sim was busy massaging a lot of athletes but I talked her into her first race since she retired from race walking in 2004. She, Chloe Hutter and Chris Corbin did the local 5km fun run that is held the week before the IM and they all did really well and had a great time talking smack to each other too.
Sim and Chloe
Mum decided to go for a walk the morning after she arrived and returned a couple of hours later and it turned out she walked up to the blue church and back(about 8-10miles) as it was such a nice day….with no water (as she hadn’t planned on going long). Then she had busy feet for another couple of hours (this means tidying up, on a mission, getting things done) before I found her passed out on the lanai on the banana lounge…it was nice and quiet.
Mum and Sim ready to strut their stuff!
Jeff looking HOT!!!
Chloe, Mum and Sue graphitizing up the roads of Kona with Curlyheads!
Started early and straight into race mode. Cereal eaten, decaf coffee downed, dressed, sun screened up and out the door. I always jog down to the start to get my body moving and through the wads of people quicker.
Feeling calm but excited, nervous, anxious and just want to get started. I say my goodbyes to mum, Jeff, Siri and Nikki and make my way down the swim start in my Profile Design speed suit, Engine goggles and lubed up with Trislide and Aussie Butt Cream!
Once out of the water and onto the bike, my Wilier Cento1 Crono felt great. She was all clean, sparkling and ready to go thanks to Nytro and my friend Billy who gave her a last minute go over. I felt ok and tried to keep cool from the beginning by throwing water over my head and taking in fluids. On the way back from Hawi I was passed by a couple of girl who drafted their way back into town and I stayed solo on the Queen K. I felt ok but didn’t have the second gear I thought I would and knew I would have some catching up to do on the run.
I could see a lot of Aussies with their flags yelling out to me too which always gives me a goose bump feeling and reminds me of my family and friends back in Australia.
I was sitting in 11th and knew I was being chased down and tried to pick up my pace from the bottom of the energy lab, heading back towards town but it wasn’t enough and I was passed within the last few miles. Jeff yelled out, ‘think of Kaisley pulling you on the lead’…I did but the pull wasn’t so strong without her! But I could see her smile and her tongue hanging out her mouth as she strutted in front of me.
Jeff was out on his bike cheering me and giving me splits along with Carrie from Saucony and Chris Corbin.
Jeff with no stack hat on=dangerous!!!
I knew I had done all I could and had to be satisfied with that. I saw all my training buddies/ good friends from San Diego along Palani and heard a lot of Aussies along the final stretch then stopped to give Sue and Chloe Hutter a hug before high fiving all the supporters lining the finishing chute, carrying the Aussie flag (that a guy I started playing squash with when I was 10 gave me!).
My mum was there to give me a hug over the finish line and Jeff was still trying to make it through the crowd from being on the run course to meet me. My friend and ART guy, Dan Selstad was there again to escort me off to medical to get checked over…he did this for me in 07 also.
Chloe, Carrie, Jeff and Sue after a hard day's cheering! (mum is in the kitchen)
The following day Surftech was having a SUP demo day so we walked down and took out the SUP boards. I took one out by myself and Chloe was already out and there were pods of dolphins swimming around us. I paddled back in to get mum and convinced her to paddle out there and I swam beside her. She got tired so I jumped on her board, tipping her off and we nearly drowned we were laughing so hard. It was the best day I had with mum in a long time, we laughed so hard, had dolphins swimming around us and were out paddling around in the beautiful waters in Kona (on the best SUP boards there are!).
Jeff and I and Sim flew home on Monday and were happy to be in our own beds and back home in San Diego.
Thank you to my sponsors who support me and provide me with the best equipment/ products needed to do this grueling sport.