Aloha!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

North Florida...


Spying on Ricky Martin from the balcony...


Made it to Tallahassee EARLY this morning and it was FREEZING! I thought Miami was cold at 63*, but North Florida was 35*! Of course wearing the clothes I was wearing didn't help, (picture someone about to go to the beach, that was me).

I bummed around all day with one of my sponsors. It was pretty cool getting the North Florida scoop from someone that actually knows North Florida (I was a South Florida gal). My first mission was to find my 500 pound kiss... Yeah, that dolphin I had back in Kona, I met his brother in Florida...


Then to the beach! No wet suit swimming felt more like an ice bath! After my swim I bumped into Shawna & Leslie! Who knew they would be in North Florida too... lots of people are here!

And to top off my evening, a sunset! Nothing beats a sunrise in the morning and a sunset in the evening! It is now 7:38 pm and this nerd is going to bed!

Buenos Noches!!
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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Old School...

Made it to Miami...

AND it is FREEZING! I forgot how cold Florida gets (63*). Forgot a lot of things actually... like how much fun I used to have in South Florida. The Latin dancing, the go-carts, surfing, camping on the beach, skinny dipping at Flag Poles, Palm Beach Atlantic, fishing off the sea wall, climbing buildings at night like we were Superman, the tolls, and of course my friends.

As soon as word hit that I would be in Florida it became a "reunion" of sorts. My best college buddies called me, my favorite Puerto Rican room mate emailed, and a friend I have been friends with since we were 8years old came and rescued me from Miami and Ricky Martin.

Tonight we went to Ft. Lauderdale in search of Sublime. (not the band, the restaurant). It was well worth the trip as we drove through the old streets where we once caused too much trouble. Girl talking about boys, college, life...

If only my camera was working, my photos would tell stories of the "old school" days where I actually stayed up late and thought Speedos were dorky. Now I am ready for bed. Tomorrow I hop a flight to Tallahassee to meet up with one of my supporters/friend. 2 days later I get to see my Florida Family.

Night!
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Monday, October 27, 2008

The Hard Part...


Must be 18...

Kainoa is not attending the Ricky Martin concert... YES I am going to Miami. NO I am not racing Clearwater (Gave the slot up)...

It was easy to pack for the trip & the flight to Miami is only 10hrs and 5 minutes... the hard part. Missing Kainoa. A lot. But his daddy wants him home and the boy hates leaving the island to be in Florida. The other hard part... Miami is only 3hrs from Costa Rica, the place that lost the coin flip. Yes, I landed in Hawaii at the flip of a coin. I had teaching job offers in both Hawaii and Costa Rica... heads Hawaii. My coin flipped heads.

The temptation to hop a flight to Costa Rica is going to be overwhelming, thankfully there will be some friends in Miami to hold me back.

Training... that is going good. Coach is letting me log my Ricky Martin concert into Training Peaks. In prep for the big show I have been shaking my bon-bon, eating too much salsa, and trying to speak more Spanish than English...

Florida or bust!
Love you Kainoa Wee...

Ps: Had my first Ricky Martin spotting today...


Okay okay, jokes over... I am not seeing a Ricky Martin concert, he doesn't even sing anymore! I am racing Ironman Florida!

Ironman #4 here I come!
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Friday, October 24, 2008

Livin' La Vida Loca...


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Thursday, October 23, 2008

A second date with my 500 pound fish!

Everything will be okay in the end, if it's not okay it is not the end.
Mahalo Steph!!


You will make all kinds of mistakes, but as long as you are generous and true and also fierce you cannot hurt the world or even seriously distress her. She was made to be wooed and won by youth.- Winston Churchill

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Pure Love...

Today I had one of the most amazing swims ever... me and Lono! Lono is the new love of my life, all 500 pounds of him swam along with me (I had to wear the Blue Seventy to keep up)!

After our swim together I tried to kiss him, I was hoping he would turn into my prince charming...

Mahalo to Dolphin Quest Hawaii and Mclain Photography for the one of the greatest swims a girl could ever have!
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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Chichi Peralta & Empanadas...



Yesterday was a day full of "los recuerdos". It was time for a fiesta... put on my favorite Latin singer (Chichi Peralta), invite over some good company, and break out the fry pan- EMPANADA time! These may not be best for the hips but they sure fueled my dancing and lasted into todays ride!

Just in case you want to fuel your off-season booty here is my recipe, learned straight from the heart of Playa Hermosa Costa Rica...

Playa Hermosa Empanadas

  • Maseca
  • Veggie or chicken broth
  • Chili powder
  • Chicken flavor cubes (bouillon)
  • Garlic powder
  • un poco sal (little salt)
  • water
  • Flour (I use brown rice flour) only for rolling
  • Corn oil (for frying)
  • Ground beef
  • Onions
  • Any hot or spicy seasonings you prefer.
Brown your beef with onions and spices. Heat oil to med/high. In a large bowl add 2-3 cups of maseca. Add 2 chicken flavored cubes, salt, garlic, and chili powder to taste (I add a LOT of chili powder). Mix well. Slowly add in water until your mixture gets moist. Not runny but not dry, "moist".

Spread the flour on a clean surface and all over your hands. Roll the maseca mixture into a ball, flatten on the floured surface. Spread beefy mixture on one side of the maseca. Fold over and press together with finger tips. Gently place in the oil. Fry for about 10-15 min. Remove & dry out on paper towel.

Enjoy with salsa, black beans, and some Chichi!


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Monday, October 20, 2008

Not sure what for...


Back at it. Again. And it felt so good. After 2 weeks of pretty much nothing I did stuff. Jumped back into swim practice... but am forced to do technique over keeping up (nothing like getting lapped!). Felt a lot like swimming through quick sand...

Took a nice swim with 12 friends to the Coast Guard buoy on Sunday. Then went out to sea solo. Nothing beats a little fear under water... the surf is up so the visibility is horrendous! I like to see the bottom, not just for the beauty but for the shark spotting-just in case...

Under me swam a black something. My HR had to of went over 200. In a panic I looked around for any other fool swimming solo to be attacked with me, found one and swam to him, stopped him, told him to go under water and look for a shark! He looked. I asked him to swim with me... then a school of dolphins, about 8 of them, swam over to us... I took that as a sign from above that all the "stuff" in my life on shore would work itself out...

Then at 3:30 I went for a 2 hr run. Guess I am training for something... maybe trying to better that 3:03 from Honolulu 26.2 last season. I decided a little run in the heat would be good for my muscles... they would already be warm and I enjoy running through a thick blanket of vog (not!). The run started mello and ended on sub marathon pace for the final 30 minutes. I claimed it, jumped in the pool (a nice 78*, called it my ice bath, then ate A LOT!) running in the heat makes me very hungry. After some fuel my brain began to work again and I came up with 3 logical ways to crack a 3hr 26.2 on that darn Honolulu course...

Plan A: Beg Pablo to run with me (he loves that course and can manage a 2:36, so just getting me under 3hrs should be cake for him.

Plan B: Ask coach Mark. He has run Honolulu like 20x and always gets under 3 no problem...

Plan C: Run with Rachel. She wants a sub 3 too... we might be VERY bad for each other though, I start out too fast and she talks too much. Last year I remember running by her about mile 3 or something and she talked my ear off then decided she liked my HR and ran at my HR rather than hers... so I would either force her to start to fast and we would both die at mile 20 or she would talk and I would talk back and we would end up at Starbucks having coffee and girl chat... OR we might just be good for each other and run a 2:54 or something crazy...

Plan D: Run with Cody. He has my same problem though, we start out too fast... that could be very ugly, but he is my best training partner and we have a way of keeping the other going when the wheels fall off...

If you have any other ideas let me know... and don't suggest following those people holding the pace signs. Last year the man holding 4hrs was 20 min. in front of me, I am sure he killed a few people and the 2:45 guy finished after me but I am pretty sure I didn't run a 2:44...
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Sunday, October 19, 2008

My Date With A 2yr Old...

Gecko hunting...


Searching for rocks...

Swimming in tide pools...

Sitting under palm trees playing with sand pails and shovels...

Dinner with a bunch of great friends...

Playing with Kawika's stray dog "Princess"...

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Beautiful...

This has been one of the most AMAZING years of my life! Simply "beautiful" to sum it up... of course not everything went as planned and things happened in my life outside of sport that I never imagined... but the people I met and places I saw have completely left an imprint on my heart and life that will last a lifetime & in some small way made me a better me...

At the end of last season coach had me start a blog. Very against the idea I grumbled through it. But as the year rolled on some people on the other end of a computer in states I have never been became some of the greatest "friends" I have... now I know why people love that online dating!




Then within the Kona bubble a huge support group/family was born and that has been my rock to return to when things outside of Kona crumble... I have never known a better community in my life and am so blessed to be part of it!


Hawaii to Australia... what a wonderful country! The training camp and lessons learned have made me realize that "team" is more than people in the same outfit with the same coach. My first draft legal and professional race, much like your first prom, it will never be forgotten!

Hawaii to Florida... I left Florida for many reasons but always make my way back to the sunshine state to be with my incredible family...


Florida to St. Croix. Put a stamp on me and send me back ANYTIME! St. Croix was absolutely breath taking! The island life suits me just fine and the laid back residents had as much aloha as Hawaii. The "Beast", Patti & John (my homestay) will never be forgotten!




St. Croix to Hawaii to Japan. Perhaps the most alluring, captivating, intriqing place I have ever been. I still have dreams and nightmares about that experience! The lanuguage, the food, all of it was like nothing ever experienced yet something I can't get enough of. The hearts of the Japanese islanders reminded me that less is more and giving all you have returns ten-fold.




Hawaii to Canada. Canada feels a lot like a second home to me. Victoria is so small and everyone knows everyone. I like that. The trails, the biking, the cold lakes, the views from moutain tops, the bacon, and eh have completly become something worth experiencing a couple times a year, and fortunately twice this season.



Canada to Kentucky... not just another of the 50 states (I will leave it at that). Again some of the most incredible people-even the ones in the grocery stores trying to get me to eat fried chicken legs with them!

Felicity Hart- we first met at St. Croix, met up again in Texas after keeping in touch through emails.

Hawaii to Texas. One word- Tacos. Pretty much that is all I think about when I remember Texas. Tacos and Vicki (my homestay host). Of course I experienced more than tacos and a bad race, I learned a lot about growing up in Texas... they say "Everything is bigger in texas" and perhaps I grew up there too.

Hawaii- and of course nothing beats racing at home, I did a lot of that too!

Yes, I went full blast into my first season. 4 countries (Japan, Australia, Canada & of course the US), several different states, a couple islands (Oahu & St. Croix). Maybe I flew too much, raced a whole lot, but one thing is for sure I had more fun then I ever EVER ever imagined possible! And met people from all over the world that have made my world better...


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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Summer Time...

Bring out the short shorts, the shortest you can find! Kona is funny, we have two temperatures- hot & hotter. Once the Ironman hoopla is over it feels like summer begins! The massive training has wound down, the race directors, officials, and IM directors (whom I know very well) finally get a break! They literally work ALL year long planning & prepping for the week long Ironman hoopla...and when it is done, much like a kid waiting for school to get out and summer to begin... we break out the short shorts, hit the beach, and enjoy summer (because it is sunny still!).

What the H-E-double L do you do!? Sit on your bum and get fat? Plan for 09? Start holiday shopping?! This time of year always throws me through a ruckus... no routine drives me absolutely nuts! I had to create a "summer routine" just to keep me floating! There isn't even anything to blog about other than "playing at the beach with Kainoa AGAIN".

Happy SUMMER everyone! Or "off season" if you live where it is cold! Find the shorties and enjoy the ruckus before it's time to get into full swing training again! Oh, and just in case you are planning the 09 schedule and want to find a race super hilly... check this one out! REV 3

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Ironman 08 Photos...

Shelby S... laughing in her Splish!
Luke...


Bryan Rhodes, and Mel, I did give him a HUGE smack for you!





John Pink! He was a crowd favorite, last time he tried the IM he was attacked by man-of-war and ended up in the emergency room! This year he was outta the ocean in a 54 or something fast like that!
Doug...
Dan...
Mark...

D messing around! Hey, how'd you get that Boca shirt anyways!?
Katya about to climb Palani...
Adrian in his first IM...
The Ross at mile 10... go Island girl go!
Mike Lovato! We were shocked to see him in 9th! He ran like he stole something! He had all the girls screaming and woke up the volunteers!
Corbinator, both feet off the ground flying into 5th! I was crying at this point, I yelled at her so loud to bring it home and she put on this face I have never seen. It was a mix between the Wellington smile and the Sam Mcglone "I am about to kick @$$" face... we all knew then the she was enjoying her day at the office...
Not sure who this pro is, but she had all of us in that (up Palani hill area) really enjoying the cheering/volunteering. She was having a lot of fun out there, laughing, smiling, it nade it exciting. She might give Wellington a run for her $$ in the "loving the race" game! And she took 6th, pretty amazing!



Hillary...
Nina...
Smile!!!!
Going for the win...
Mitch Gold, super bike fixer and Cody's coach!

Gombate Emi!







Sean...cancer survivor!
Tracy, I think she is flipping me off...
Cody down hill, more blurry photos from the worst photographer ever (me!) I think next year I'd be better off racing than snapping photos and cheering...

Mi amigo favorita going for the finish! Vaya Vaya!!
Maggs looking good... run Oahu girl run!
Kona pal hanging out... what we do best!
Granger having more fun and the man behind her wouldn't pass her because he liked the view... should have seen her at the finish line!
Lucy and her wedgie!
Akira the Hilo superstar!
Kimmy on the run!
Naomi stoked to be in Kona!

Mrs. Marr lookin' fabulous as always! GOOOOO Hawaii girl!
Corbinator smiling! She made my camera blurry, we clocked this one a 6:50 mile just before the Palani climb! YEEHAWWWWW
Jo Lawn, she wanted to trade me spots...
TJ and his Honey taking a short

Magg's armpit (I was voted worst photographer by this point in the day)
Desiree...
Chrissie in the lead, again...
I don't know who this is, but we did everything we could to get the pros to smile, we told him something like his shoes look hot and he almost cracked a smile...
Fernanda Keller... she is the reason I started racing in a swim suit only, all about the Brazilian Beaches!
Ross on a mission...
Rachel's biggest fan!
Laura Sophie!
Cy on her first IM and 100th race of the season!
Jaqui, she by far had the biggest smile of the day!
GO Tracy!!!


Katya about to pass some men...
Faris, he was top secretly my pick for the winner...
Potts, daddy long legs!
Mike F, Oahu boy...
Natasha (darn it! Can't flip her photo!) She was my woman's win pick...
Hillary tuffing out her 100th IM of the season...
Kate Major (don't know how to flip the photo), I thought it was Linsey with that shirt...
Naomi I, my Japanese super friend! GOMBATE!!!
Lieto...
Our winner... WoooHOOOO!
Tyler Stewart
Top local boy, Luis De Latorre!

Cody smiling...
The Norminator...
Go KIM!!!
Wellington starting the run...
Cowman and me waiting for the Corbinator... HURRY LINSEY (she was in 3rd!!)



#835 getting in the way of my Rachel Ross photo...
Dan Hodel, barely able to move his neck just last week! But he did it!
Nice fish Wendy! & congrats on your first IM!
GREAT day for a swim, MANY PR's and only 2 people didn't make the swim cut off! Way less than usual! Here is the last finisher to make the cut off...

Cody my favorite training partner...on his way to a PR!
Tom Solis

18 year old Kona boy (TJ Foster), youngest male IM Hawaii finisher!

Kim Loeffler(above) and Katya Meyers (below)


Pablo, my A






















Words can not sum up the day. Of course it started early, the excitement and emotions were at an all time high (even as a spectator/volunteer)... I started off on the pier with local gal Kaitlen. We were the Vaseline and sunscreen chicks... that made for some fun jokes at 6am. Need some rubs?

Then we were on the run course, "Great job, up Palani, looking strong", and "way to go, almost done" were our 2 best lines! Along with, "nice speedo", "I like your shoes", "lookin' good", and "Big Island locals rule!"

And the highlight of the day... Linsey Corbin, friend & Lifesport Teamie Finishes as top American and 5th pro female! Heck Ya Corbinator!!! Thought for sure I would shed a few tears, but the excitement of seeing her have a solid swim, move up on the bike, then put together a solid run kept me on the edge of my seat and I forgot all about myself not racing.

Being at the race live and experiencing the drama sure was a way to end the season. I also took 214 photos but blogger is being a pain and I can not upload them right now!!! So here are a few, tomorrow I will try to get the rest of the bike and all the awesome run photos on here, including the American Champ in her cowboy hat!

Wat to go athletes!
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