Kona!

October 8, 2012 § 3 Comments

I could not have had 2 days that were more different than each other than the last 2 have been! Yesterday ‘s hiccup came on the travel front. My flight was supposed to be from BWI –> Denver, then Denver –> Kona. I should have known it was going to be crazy weird travel day when I was going through security and a stranger asked if he could share my plastic tub that I was using to put my items in for the security check. Despite there being a perfectly good stack of other tubs he could use for his own things, he insisted on putting his dirty flip flops and sweaty hat on top of my stuff. I let him because I almost thought I might be on an episode of MTV’s boiling point or something. Needless to say, I wasn’t – he was just weird.

Well, we got to Denver (where it was 32 degrees and snowy by the way – yuck!) and *almost* made it into the air. Until they realized that our weight wasn’t within proper specs. Kind of ironic that a plan full of fit triathletes would be causing the plane weight to be too heavy! So we sat on the ground and burned fuel….for two hours! Then they finally decided to turn the second engine on to speed the process up – only to find out that the thingy that blows air into the engine during the start up process was broken. That meant just about another 2 hours sitting on the ground while maintenance took a look. Ugh! Needless to say, I thought everyone who had been trapped on the plane was handling it really well. They finally decided we were safe to fly to San Francisco, where we’d switch plans to one with a second engine for the remainder of the flight. Sounds simple right? Except it took another 90 minutes to re-board us once in San Fran, because they literally called us to board one by one. Certainly not the most efficient way! Luckily I had Katie Thomas on my flight and that gave me someone to chat with in the lulls. But alas, we were enroute to Kona, and when all my luggage came out I breathed a huge sigh of relief. I was also lucky enough to have the best airport pickup ever: Coachie AND the GCM came to scoop me 🙂

I was pretty beat by this point after about 17 hours of travel, and happy to see that there were no surprises with the condo I rented – in fact it was picture perfect! I even woke up to an ocean view from my deck!

The village here is getting busy and has become athlete central. It is SO crazy to be seeing all of the sights I have see year after year during the Ironman coverage on TV in person! Julie and I were very luckily to have Hillary escort us through the course. There were no dolphin sightings though Hillary and I did hear them. I began to make my own dolphin noises in hopes of attracting them, but no such luck. After the swim Hillary took the opportunity of introducing us to Acai bowls. I have to admit, I had my doubts! I figured it would be another thing healthy people like but really they taste like wood to the rest of us. I was pleasantly surprised – they taste like candy!!! I will most definitely be getting my fill of these while I’m here.

My day was not yet over though, as Katie and I met up for a ride on the Queen K! My first time out there and it certainly lived up to all the “hot and windy” stories people tell. I have a few more rides to get used to the conditions, so I’m definitely glad to be out here now.

Then it’s been rest and recovery: some quality time with my NormaTec Boots and the Orioles game! More to come tomorrow – and pictures tomorrow as well now that my phone is back in working order!

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