Congratulations! You’ve qualified for Kona! Your flights and accommodations are booked! Here’s a few things you should know before heading off to the Big Island.
Chances are you’re not from a tropical, humid climate. Depending on where you’re flying in from, it will take somewhere on the order of two weeks to fully acclimate to the weather. Try to arrive on the island as early as you can and by Wednesday at the latest. You can start preconditioning yourself by overdressing for your workouts, riding the trainer without a fan, or even hitting up a hot yoga class 2-3 weeks before the race.
The Descent from Hawi
The descent from Hawi can be one of the most treacherous portions of the course. The gusts of wind have been known to blow riders right off the road, and the air currents can be unpredictable as you pass in and out of the cutouts along the road. Hawi is home to a few art galleries, boutiques, and great restaurants. Treat your Sherpa to lunch while you preview the descent.
Racing on the Equator
Being right on the equator, the sun is no joke in Hawaii. Aside from a few fleeting spots in Ali’i Drive the race course is totally exposed. A blistering sunburn is a very real threat that can make the rest of your trip miserable. Pack some SPF100 for the race along with multiple sticks of lip balm containing sun protection to have with you at all times. Reapply frequently and cover up as much as possible – cooling sleeves are essential throughout the race.
For many, racing Ironman World Championships is a once in a lifetime experience. You’re going to be among the best of the best. Let’s face it, more than likely you’re not going to be standing on the podium after the race. This is your victory lap! Take it all in. Run with a friend. Stop to hug your family. Revel in every moment!!!
A few years back I remember having dinner with my dad, and he said to me, “It doesn’t matter what you do. Just do what you love.” I don’t remember where it was, or in what context it came up, but that has always stuck with me.
I have been competing or coaching in one form or another since I was about eight years old. I love training, racing, and most especially, coaching. Finding Jeff and Team BPC has been one of the best things to have ever happen to me. Through this team I have met so many incredible people and talented athletes. You were with me through one of the toughest times of my life. With you I have established some friendships so strong that those people have become my family. It hasn’t been an easy decision, but after much thought, I’m finding it is time for me to leave Team BPC.
As sad as I am to go it is with immense excitement I want to announce the formation of Revel Racing! Revel will be my first step in eventually making a career out of doing what I love! Like BPC, Revel will be a personalized coaching service. However, with Revel I plan to have increased focus on supporting athletes choosing to race for charities.
I wish you all the best and I’m looking forward to seeing you out on the race course!