Monday, September 29, 2008

Men In Speedos...

Hanging with Pablo and Giovanni (the best chef in Kona)

It is that time of year again... all the speedo sportin' men are back in town! This morning lane 1 was filled with them. It kept practice humorous getting my bum kicked by a bunch of speedy speedos! The lane was lead by 14 year old Logan Borowski (he is my swimming hero). Just to give you a hint of his speed... he lead even TJ Tollakson, then when it came time for some fast stuff he did breast stroke & still took charge, my fly had to go behind him, so did my back, and breast... yep, while swimming fly I was drafting a breast stroker... but he swims 33's in the 50 and under 1:10 while goofing at practice (breast stroke). After one of the 100's I told him, "Great job Logan! 1:09". He said, "actually Bree it was a 1:04, I left 10 seconds back". I almost drowned.

Then there was TJ Tollakson in his speedo, followed by Darrin in his speedo, followed by me in a Splish (dying), followed by Pablo in his speedo. We had a ton of rest but it was ALL fast, the guys were racing or something and I hung on for the ride. Nothing like men in speedos!

Then I wanted to snap a photo of the pro gals... but the "Corbinator" kept on swimming! We were all dried and showered and chatting, still waiting, I think she is training for Ultraman. Definetly on a mission and looking ready for battle. Then Jo Lawn, on her mission, jumped out of practice, strapped on her HR monitor and was ready for workout #2... darn those women are ready to rock n' roll, and too fast for a camera!!

As for the speedo news of the day... only 9 days till the Tighty Whitey Run! Get your speedo or undies ready! Here are some photos from last year...



Sunday, September 28, 2008

6oz & 4oz...

Putting it all together, what a puzzle triathlon is! Just when you think ya got it, something else gets a little puzzling. For me it has always been nutrition. My first ever big race I decided to stick to just water and calories from gels or blocks. I stuck with that (because if it ain't broke don't fix it). I ended up crossing the finish line just over 4lbs heavier than when I started (you know they weigh you pre-Kona and post Kona if you end up in the med tent). That was fun carrying around a beer belly, I mean H2O belly... I flushed a bunch of electrolytes with all that water, but hey it worked & I didn't get stomach cramps or barf...

SOOO... all my longer races/training days I just added more calories to my massive amounts of water. Puzzle solved. My nutrition plan was dialed in. Then I did something really dumb. I wanted to be cool. So I tried a sports drink in my last long distance race. Completely dumb trying something new on race day, I know...

Back to the drawing board. Back to water and calories. But how much water? 6oz and 4oz... those were my numbers. Turns out this "chef-boy-o-Bree" can't measure to save my race!

As I chugged from my water bottle on the bike (my 6oz every so often) was like 10oz. And as I ran through the aid stations thinking I was having my 4oz of water, I was downing a nice 6-8oz. No wonder...that Tasty Bake Oven I had growing up certainly did not help my measuring skills AT ALL...

The test is on.

Coach said TO DIAL IT IN. TO KNOW IT. No more guessing my sips, chugs, drinks, and gulps (I grew up on Slurpees, I can GULP with the best of them).


So what's a girl to do? KNOW her ounces! Know them well! First I filled a measuring cup with 6oz, poured it into the water bottle, then drank the 6oz from the water bottle. I learned the "feel" of a 6oz drink from a water bottle. I got SO GOOD I could fill my water bottle full and take a 6oz drink by "feel", I can spit almost exactly 6oz into a measuring cup! Then I got a dixie cup (like on a run course), filled a measured 4oz into it, got the feel of 4oz in my mouth... Then filled the dixie cup full and took a swig of what I thought was 4oz, spit it into the measuring cup, and nearly perfect!

Of course Kainoa's spits never made it into the measuring cup...

This could pass as a 3rd grade Science experiment, but to this rookie it was all about mastering the fluid intake on the bike and run!

AND to try it out in "real life", not my sisters kitchen... I had my last 5hr Brick (as swim-bike-run) today prior to Longhorn 70.3... and I let's just say there were no bonks, no barfs, no major electrolyte flushing, and IT WAS HOT... nutrition success!

THE biggest mahalos to Pablo for keeping me honest on the open water swim intervals (it hurt racing you), to Doug for reminding me to drink on the bike and letting me beat you back to town, and of course for the run in the heat (I know you hate it!).

Happy HOT training!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Returning the rock...

There is this belief that if you take a lava rock from the Big Island Pele will be on your case with all sorts of bad luck. There is an entire book published of stories told by those who have tried to take a rock home from the island. See here

Yesterday I got a rock in the mail. Rachel sent it to me from her cousin who had it back on the main land. He was having all sorts of trouble, he sent it to her. She was having all sorts of trouble, she sent it home to me. I had it in my car for a good five minutes and almost crashed 3 cars and an innocent bystander! So I took the rock and laid it on a heaiu (ancient temple). Stacked it neatly, said sorry it was taken, and got out of there! I thought about just throwing it into the ocean, but I was informed that you have to "gently return it to the aina (land)"

After that I ran across the lava in hopes Pele would forgive Rachel's cousin... Just kidding about that part. But I did gently lay the rock on a heaiu, the run across the lava was for the Rave Run.









Friday, September 26, 2008

More Kona Help...


  • Pedicure/manicure... Maggs has requested a spot (since all her nails have grown back)...hilarious! Nearly every corner has nail salons in Kona. You can get them done really cheap here or really fabulous and expensive. One of the more affordable spots (since post race the nails might fall off anyway)... located in the Lanihou Shopping Center (on Palani).


  • Parks for the kids... slim pickings! We have a decent one located next to the soccer field (opposite of the Kona pool). Old Airport Park... Best at sunset, perfect spot to see the sun go down. Kekaha Kai, this is more of a beach park. Just North of the Kona Airport. Just don't try to drive a small rental car down there... it is a bit rocky, but not bad. And on the South end of town, about 13 miles South is a small park just off the highway.
  • Beach parks, Ho'okena (black sand) or Captain Cook are super popular. My favorite is a hike, where part of the Elvis Presley "Blue Hawaii" was filmed, way South, down past Milolii. All are located South of Kona. Check this link for more ideas: Big Island Travel

  • A ride with the Hawaii girls? That was a pretty funny one "Jack". Rach said she will roll with you for 3 Starbucks Soy Lattes, I want a Carrot Juice from Jamba. Can you handle that?
  • Coming with little ones and want to have a ROMANTIC evening out without the baby? Big Island Nannies: Ask for Jackie, (808) 936-2136, they are pretty much available 24hrs a day! (Paul, let me know if you need something else, there are a couple high school girls that can help with after school baby sitting!). They will come to your hotel/condo and watch infants all the way to teens!
Tila...
  • Rental Bikes & rental wheels: Bike Works has some left! Better hurry... and if you are REALLY desperate, since I am not racing you can borrow Tila... but she is feisty! PS: I already promised the aero helmet and HR monitor to Lucy! As for race wheels, Grant at Bike Works can help with those too...
  • Best spot for a sunset dinner: Kona Inn! That place is perfect for the whole family (part of the restaurant is casual dining, the other half is "finer" dining and REALLY good food!) It looks out over the ocean, has a little grassy field for lovers to park a beach towel and picnic, and it is walking distance from anywhere in town.

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  • Huggos is also a great sunset spot. It too has a finer dining section and a casual bar section. Both are good (But the sea food is BEST at the finer dining side). They also have live music (local style) jamming away... great place to take your "honey" and make a move... ha ha!
  • Places to stay! Whoa, talk about last minute, but there are a couple spots! Try these...
  1. The least expensive, BUT SUPER close! Kona Islander (5 steps from Lava Java)
  2. 2 Miles from the pier, just up Hualalai, VERY clean: deano.sherri@hawaiiantel.net
  3. Hawaii Calls (email Don) he has 1 spot left when we last asked him! don@konasreality.com
  • A pool! We have a couple, Kona Community Center pool is about 1 mile from the pier (just walk North). It is free, short course yards, open from 6:15am-7:15 pm, and there is a small kiddie pool there for the keiki. Linda B will also be on hand for baby swim lessons!! There is also the pool located in the Club In Kona Gym (you have to purchase a 1 day pass to use it). Or the Konaweana Pool (head South) about 17 miles from town. VERY cold water! (it is just up mauka).


Okay, that's about it for the Kona questions... anything else Google it! Just kidding... Glad to help! And for the pro spotting... this morning the pool had some pro-ladies! Sorry men, the camera was missing-in-action, but I will pack it for Monday's practice! Corbin and Lawn joined the fun & let me tell ya, they are ready to race! Looking fit and fabulous...


Happy Training, almost show time!
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Thursday, September 25, 2008

TJ is in the house, I mean pool!


In this crazy sport I think it really helps to have someone to look up to, someone that has "been there-done that". A little advice when you just need some, some motivation, a few tips, just someone that has been where you are...

This year and living in Kona (a place where a ton of pros come every year) I have been really lucky to meet so many professionals, even more lucky to call one or two "friend". Last season, TJ Tollakson came to Kona & all the locals fell in love with him. He is so down to Earth, humble, and just a really hard worker. He invited so many of us to his post-IM party, he asked to train with us (we "tried" to keep up), he became the adopted pro from Iowa that we hated to say "bye" to and could't wait to welcome back to Kona.

He is back! Kona Pool was brimming to the top with pros last night... Macca was in the water, a couple Germans, a gal from England & our New Zealand buds were hanging in the parking lot with us, but it was TJ that had our little swim team all smiles. The high school girls were blushing, Coach Steve was honored he returned to train with us, and of course lane 1 was glad to have him pull us through (well, at least try to hold his draft).

When workout was over, like a 5year old I asked Jim to hand me my tri mag (TJ is on the cover), I just had to have his autograph, I think I have 3 now, I collected some last year too... But to many of us here TJ is a friend. Much like when pro Hawaii favorite Tim Marr swam with us last week, it was a big deal to us...

I am not usually one to "pick race winners" because I feel so bad not choosing someone... but I have to confess, TJ is near the top with Timmy Marr. He has a huge Kona crowd support and I will be one of them chalking "TJ" the Friday before the race (A bunch of us go chalking every Friday prior to race day if you want to join us and chalk for your racer)...

Oh, Rach, don't you worry... we have a couple GOOD ones for you...

And as for my super swimmer... Kainoa and Jim worked on belly flops while I swam. Here is my 2 year old flopping with the best of them!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

75 Nights...

Ugh... that yucky feeling I get every time I am about to take a trip hit today, on the bike. It hit at mile 40 of my ride, the next 36 miles were cheered up when my pal Dave met up with me near Kwaihae. 6 more nights in my own bed, then I will fly out to my final triathlon of the year.

I counted on the calendar all the nights I did not sleep in Kona, after Longhorn the grand total will be 75! 75 nights...! For this home-sick chick that is a lot...more than enough. THANKFULLY Kainoa got to spend most of those nights with me (2 Florida trips, IM Japan, and Oahu a couple times)...

This year has been such a wonderful adventure! Meeting amazing people, seeing some great places, and learning to be a bit more independent. No doubt a dream come true. I remember talking to TJ Tollakson at the start of the season, he told me the biggest challenge will be the travel. When you go from racing locally to nationally/internationally everything changes.

He is right. I've endured anywhere from a 3 hour to a 19hr time change, language barriers, new customs, a diversity of foods and cultures, and some of the most freezing water ever swam in...through it all I have learned to pack.

My new bike packing record is a whopping 14 minutes (unless the pedals trip me up), I can weezle my way into getting my bike to fly free on a couple airlines, I have learned to smuggle food/drinks through security, and even scored a ride in first class!

6 more nights in Kona... then 6 nights not in Kona... then home in time for the big dance! Things are looking more and more like race day everyday in Kona! The pros have flown in, swam in, and boated in... you can tell who they are by how toned and fierce they all look...

Finally, I have gotten a bunch more emails on "who, what, where, when, why Kona". Lucky for me my friend Jen said she doesn't mind helping answer questions, so ask away, shoot me an email, and I will answer the rest of the questions on another "Kona update post".

Happy Miles!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Like A Pro...

Jes...

Last season I read nearly every triathlon magazine from front cover to back cover... but it was the "pro interviews" I paid most attention to. I loved them. I absolutely loved to day-dream about "a day in their life". Imagining how a professional triathlete lives...

I loved reading about Tyler Stewarts Dog business and her love of the power tap, Desiree Ficker's gluten free eating habits and her special recipes, how Katya Meyers is riding elephants in far-off lands in a swim suit, what Kate Major would put in her special needs bags (or not use one), Kim Loeffler's favorite runs with her twin, Sam Mcglone's new house & new sponsors, and of course Macca's killer confidence.

These interviews were so much fun for me as an age grouper. Partly because as I read them I realized they were once age groupers too and they are still normal people, just really fast ones. Throughout this season I have been fortunate enough to stand on the start line with many of them. Even be part of training camps with a few of them.

Like you, me, them, any child, reaching a dream all starts with "I want to do that". Thinking on it, day dreaming about it, striving for it gets you closer... and maybe we reach it. And now having been both an age grouper and pro, aside from prize money, sponsors, and only part time jobs, the differences aren't that many.

The goal for almost everyone is still to win or be your best, to train smarter and faster, to remain healthy and injury free, to silent the butterflies pre race, to ignore the naysayers and cling to those that support you, the shared list goes on...

last night I sat in a yoga class next to a world champion swimmer. She has more records than I am years old. She is a professional on so many levels. She asked me why I was in the class. Other than the fact I know it is "supposed to be good for me", I didn't have an answer and I told her that. She said, "Bree, you are here because there is no clock, no pace, nobody to race." She reached the top because she can turn on and off that switch. That switch that lies between going and being still. I have no problem keeping my mind focused when I am going (chasing a friend, pacing, making a send off), but to sit in that class and focus when I am not watching a clock, friend, or pace, I am LONG gone...

She helped me unravel the mystery between some of the best professionals in sport (any sport),They have the ability to focus while being still... The ability to keep the mind going when the body is done...

After listening to her it got me excited to see the last few miles of the marathon during Ironman. I will get to see those that have their minds going while everything else is stopped (so to speak), or wanting to be done... front row seat to battle fields of the mind...

Sunday, September 21, 2008

More Fun Than A Bunch Of Mango's...

The calm before the storm, Pre Ironman Mango Triathlon...

One of the things I really adore about our little town is that it sticks to its roots... despite all the growth and change on the island (and in triathlon) Kona "keeps its cool"...the people and lifestyle here just never seem to forget where they came from.

And Team Mango is along for the ride! Nearly every month Team Mango puts on a triathlon that brings together the local Kona triathletes (visitors are ALWAYS welcome) and we "tri" like it was 1978! Yep, 1978 was the first time a triathlon was held in Hawaii, on Oahu. You all know that story, the big challenge (swim the Waikiki Rough Water Swim, then do the ride around Oahu (now called Dick Evans), then the Honolulu Marathon), and Ironman was born! That little race of 12 finishers soon GREW and Ironman moved to the Big Island. Back then no time clocks were involved, they only needed 10 volunteers, you could ride with your friends, the challenge was to finish. I am sure there were bragging rights involved...


Team Mango totally has that 1978 triathlon feel. There is no HUGE finish line banner, no massive time clock that you get your finisher photo underneath, the race director and a couple of his pals are the only volunteers, and the time clock is a stop watch. Results are hand written on a a legal pad before being sent to the news paper... it is very old school...

Bike racks, race numbers, timing chips... not involved. We line our bikes up on the sea wall (the official start/finish of the Ironman Championship), just like back in 1979 when Ironman hit Kona, we carry our own nutrition, and the spectators think we are crazy (that may never change). It seems so simple, relaxed, and laid back. Sometimes there are a lot of us, other times there are only about 12 of us... just like back in the day...

Talking smack... have to make sure to do that with Cody! His coach wouldn't let him race today so my goal was to beat his time from last year... he has the course record. TOO bad Pablo stole it today!! Next time Cody... it's ALL you!

One thing remains the same, those of us that race it all talk a little smack (we have a few good local rivaling duals at these things), and those pre race butterflies still fly in the stomach waiting for the start of the swim, and of course beating our old times is always fun.

The race started like this, "Okay gang, you all know the course, we will start in 5 seconds, 5...4...3...2...1...go!" and we were off! I was still trying to hug Kainoa good bye! The swim was slightly choppy but super clear! 28 minutes later I was outta the water with Karen and Pablo hot on my heals...

The bike climbs Hualalai 3x so of course the road bike got to play... Notice, NO UGLY aero helmet, race wheels left at home, NO bike computer telling me cadence and speed, and of course the HR monitor strap was "lost", it was "play time"!

By the second loop Pablo was long gone and I was just having a blast being able to race! Yesterday was a hard ride and half marathon so it was PERFECT for me to race and ride with a bit of pain practice. I also needed to go-back to my old nutrition plan, practiced that too...


Off the bike I hear Pablo was 2:30 ahead and I KNEW he could run, he always comes to Kona for a little pre Ironman training and I am always BEHIND him... The run was up a hill then down a hill, then along Ali'i drive as if you are finishing Ironman. No joke, up the hill hurt, down the hill hurt worse, and the flat was "whatever is left in the tank". I managed to hold my sub 6:30 pace for the 6 something miles which was the goal, but my HR I can't tell you because I boycotted the HR strap (but I wore the cool orange watch)...

Post race with Pablo (over all winner from Switzerland here for Ironman), and New Zealand's Lucy, she is going for the 35-39 age group win this year! Go Lucy!

The day is best described as doing what you LOVE with the people you LOVE... it is just a blast to be out there racing with your training partners, because it is like a training day, but trying to finish the workout before them... Thanks to everyone for the fun "training day"!!

And the hi-light of the day, Kainoa caught his FIRST ever wave all by himself! It was little, but he did it! Watch out Kelly Slater...

Friday, September 19, 2008

Ruby Red Slippers...


Move over Dorothy, your ruby red slippers don't have nothing on these babies! Dorothy (from the Wizard of OZ) clicked her little red slippers 3x and found herself back at home... I clicked these little red Asics 3x times, crossed my fingers, and hoped they would give me some FREE SPEED!

How did I get my hands on these hot little Asics, I mean my feet in these little ruby red racers? Can't tell. But the woman that wore them did win a whole bunch of Ironmans, has several run course records, and goes by the name of Lori Bowden. These "were" hers. I pranced around in them (perfect fit) just immaging I was running a sub 3hr marathon off the bike. I ran around in them pretending my legs were flying like hers did in them. It was some fun day-dreaming!

However, lucky slippers aren't something I believe in and I am more than positive it takes some serious running to make them move fast. So I headed off to my own yellow brick road. It was actually a sandy beach road, me and Dorothy have different goals...

Talk about a tornado, I mean pain and suffering! The plan was 8x1 mile repeats on 8 minutes. Other than the fact the view was great, it was hot and hard. Just what I needed since the ruby red slippers aren't making any miracles out of my running. I would love to say it was easy and I had a fantastic run... but it hurt and I was suffering for sub 6:10's. My goal was to stay within my HR goal (zone 3) and crack some nice splits. But when the going got tuff I was faced with the option to go faster than the HR goal and get the splits or miss my splits and stay within the HR goal. Darn. I am not good at this pacing thing and I would rather nail my splits than not cross any zone lines...

New HR monitor on the wrist, neon orange and hard to avoid, I went for the HR... it was hard for me to do as I am not one to "enjoy" running by heart rate but rather by feel... with 8 painful miles complete and an ice bath, tomorrow is another day, another run...

Sharing the workout:

  • Warm up with 10 min. easy running and some pick ups, light stretch optional
  • 8x1 mile repeats on "about" 3 min. slower than your 1 mile time. (if your best mile is 6min then your repeats are on 9 min, if your best mile is 7:30 then your repeats are on 10:30-you get the idea)
  • Run these in HR zone 3. Challenging, yet doable pace for all 8. The goal is to not blaze the first one but not "save" for the last one, make each one count.
  • Cool down 10-15 min.
Happy Training!!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Mambo #5...


Actually it is "Heart Rate Monitor" number 5! Yep, today I got my 5th HR monitor of the year... At first I tried to lose them, I would loan them out and never ask for it back (I really didn't like the things). Then I got good at "accidentally" leaving the HR strap at a race or two. I also had the broken battery excuse a few dozen times. Then Trakkers sent me one, then coach gave me one, then I lost all 4...

Today though, I got one I like, neon orange! Vern even taught me to use it! And I am planning to keep it! And the most fun part, you don't have to use the watch part! You can just wear the strap, then go home and plug it into your computer and there is ALL your info! But I am diggin' the neon orange, totally 80's, so I am planning to use it!

My day started with Dave and Cody dragging me through my intervals. I sucked their wheels till we got to the final hill before we turn, then it was time to add a little speed & race them up the hill... I know they hate when I do that, but I can't resist. The old HR monitor said I was at 108, that's when I knew I needed a new one...

But the BEST part of my day was the open water swim practice...

Jim and Kainoa paddled as safety patrol for the 2nd/3rd pack...

Kainoa and all his future girl friends...

Then the real fun began... open water swim practice with coach Steve, the fastest high schoolers I ever tried to draft, and the age groupers that amaze me! Like Maddy Foo (pictured above with Kainoa), she swims about a 24 in the 1.2 mile race. I have drafted her several times then tried to out run her up the beach... nothing like getting smoked by a 9 year old!

Our swim was PERFECT! Calm water, crystal clear views of the coral below, and perfect company! Coach Steve jumped in with fins to coach us through drafting skills, pacing, and sighting practice. My swimming has improved tremendously since he took me under his wing. Prior to him and coach Paul I was a 1:05 open water 2.4 miler. Then I got to an hour, last year they helped me to a 56, and this season they got me to a 52, 54, and 53.

Today my goal was to learn starts & positioning, holding my pace, not freakin' when I lose feet, and making a gap. Coach Steve was with the high schoolers and I in the first pack, Auntie Laura on the stand up board and Jim & Kainoa paddling were with the other 2 groups. It was like a giant open water swim race but we were coached through it, through all of it!

The opportunities I am blessed with on a daily basis, living here with such incredible training partners, Coach Steve, my sister and Nick, and my hubby & son truly made this day special... it even got me excited to share it all with the athletes coming out to race Ironman Hawaii...

Happy Training everyone!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

While In Kona...

Just thought I would "Spread some Aloha"... here are some favorites in case you are heading to Kona...


  • Need a massage: Call Dawn Henry at Healing Islands Massage... she is GOOD! (808)756-1996 & for some ART give Nancy a jingle at (808)329-7900
  • Need a bike mechanic or a little "somethin' somethin' " for your bike: Bike Works! The mechanics are a blast and know their stuff and Keith, Linda & Vern can pretty much save the day if you lose your swim suit, break your goggle strap, need a bike pump, can't find your shoes, or have an urgency for a babysitter (I pawn Kainoa off on them). (808)326-2453
  • Long flight? A little tight? STRETCH it out... Hot Yoga Kona is the place! located in The Club lot... or call for a personal class! They have all types from gentle to restorative to HOT! (808)960-0747
  • Best Sushi: You Make The Roll! (for casual, yummy & fresh)

  • Coming with kids, need a beach not covered in rocks? Keiki Ponds is the spot. It is super protected from the surf and is a sandy bottom, totally safe and shallow for the keiki... it is located behind the Kona swimming pool. Just walk through the soccer fields, respect the homes, and cross the tiny road, and you are there! Easy access and super family oriented.
  • Searching for a gym: The Club In Kona... they have everything from working treadmills (unless the Kona girls are hogging them, we tend to do that), a pool, hot tub, sauna, Cafe Fit (a pretty tasty little cafe), to all sorts of classes. (808)334-1050
  • Need a group??? Don't even think about stealing my training partners, but you can borrow them! Kona Aquatics with the amazing coach Steve for a little swim practice with the locals or the Hawaii Cycling Club for a group ride. We have a few rides throughout the week, but our Saturday ride (7am) is the most popular. Lucky us, we have had Chris Leito, Macca, Luke M., Jo Zeiger, Tina Walter, Lisa Mensink, Natasha Badman, and Shonny Vanlandingham just to name a few that have joined us. Also, there is a Tuesday run group that meets at 6:15 Walua... it is super fun!
Chris Leito blending a smoothie with his speedy legs...

  • Taxi! Taxi! Call Aloha Taxi! Not only are they super reliable, friendly, fast, and fun... Cody is also an Ironman athlete! And ladies he will drive you crazy... he is hilarious and easy on the eyes... (808)329-7770
Cody and his little bro...

  • Groceries... in my opinion, Sack N' Save is the most affordable, Safeway is the cleanest with the biggest selection (even a pretty decent amount of organic stuff), and KTA has the most local variety with good sales (the KTA near Keauhou is better than the one in town-it's cleaner). Kona Natural Foods is pretty small but has everything from coconut water to raw nuts and seeds. And when the bananas and eggs run out(because they ALWAYS do the week of Ironman) go to..... SIKE! I will not tell or the locals would kill me! Just get your bananas early because you might not see any in town race week... and of course the local farmers markets have a great selection of fresh fruits and veggies.
  • Get your cookies! Seriously, needing a pick-me up without a pit-fall? Local gal, Annette Leopold makes the most yummy healthy cookies ever! Check her out here (2g2btcookies). Or you can pick them up at Bike Works (if they aren't sold out). And the Weezle Balls just email me if you need more of those (Rachel put your order in before you get here!)

  • The Hilton is another place to take the keiki! There is a protected lagoon for swimming, snorkeling, and beach games. They have a train and boat that goes around the Hilton property that can be fun for the little ones. There are plenty of restaurants around the area, and OF COURSE the dolphins are there! Seeing them in the wild are BEST but not too many children have the ability to swim out to sea... they are literally within hands reach at the Hilton.
  • Shopping: Big Islands only mall is in Hilo. BUT we have the Kings Shops and the Queens Shops both in Waikoloa. They have all sorts of local and mainland type stores and good eats.
  • What's that, you want to MOVE to Hawaii, here, contact these guys, they have a clue or two about selling/renting property... Prime Real Estate Hawaii

Happy Training!

Monday, September 15, 2008

What Would You do?

Giant box for pro triathlete Linsey Corbin... what could it be?!

As far as "pro spotting" in Kona goes, it's not as exciting as "spotting what the pro's have in the mail"!! Linsey Corbin just happens to be on her way out to the islands for a little "pre race training". BUT you know the pro's... they just hate to carry heavy bags... SO... she happened to mail a HUGE box to MY mail box!

Hmmm.... hmmmm... It is so DARN HEAVY! She owes me BIG time... Smells like Cliff Bars, Cliff Bloks, Cliff Shots, Cliff this and that... and I am SO tempted to OPEN it... would you?

Okay... the temptation got the best of me...but NO, I would NEVER open Linsey's mail! I might dunk her under water on race day, but NEVER open her mail...

Kainoa opened it. I said "No". But 2 year olds don't listen all that well... Yummy, Cliff Kids bars!


And gummy bloks! Love em! Thanks linsey...


Here, saved you a bite!


Ps: There was no harming of Linsey's Cliff Foods in the making of this post... but if you are in town and need a little fuel for your long ride I know where a BIG box is hidden...