Today is a rest day here at the camp for most (and they deserve it). A few of us are going to jump on the bikes and head into town to do one of the tougher climbs on this side of the Island. I have never done this climb, but I have heard it is extremely tough. We shall see.
Yesterday was a relatively easy day. We met up early and travelled into Kona for a swim on the Ironman course. We had a couple of kayaks out there with us, but that didn't lessen the anxiety that many people were feeling going out into the open ocean. Everyone overcame their fears and had a great swim. After the swim we put on our running gear and ran up to the Queen K highway and covered the last couple miles of the Ironman Course. Running these last miles is always a thrill, running them on race day is what I train for. I think a few people now have added incentive.
Last night we had an evening out at the Kona Brewing Company. It was here that I decided to let the team know that I would be racing with them at Ironman Couer D'Alene. I have been trying to keep from making any race plans since the knee flared up in January, but after a week of solid training I came to the conclusion that I am ready and it is time to start making some concrete racing plans for the season. So as it stands now, I will do a short tune up race in Delta (pool swim, sprint race) in April, The Gulf Coast Half in May and then Couer D'Alene in June.
Here are some pictures from yesterday.