Got a bit more sleep last night and rolled into the usual AM routine, stretch, breakfast (I'm processing all this fruit really well) and factor 50 application.
Trouble in paradise
I shot an email to the Sheraton, the hotel for week 2, to check all was good for Friday. It transpires that the Sheraton have no knowledge of a booking, despite Expedia confirming the booking back in July - as well as taking the full £1.5K payement. So a frantic hour emailing and phoning all concerned - basically just chasing my tail.
Faye is currently on the case back home, despite looking after 2 sick kids & being sick herself, whilst I'm here in paradise contemplating my next ride. It's official - I have an awesome support crew!
As it stands, Faye & the kids turn up in two days and we have NO accommodation!
Cleared my head and hit the road for 50 more miles of the Kona Ironman course, first the south section and then a re-ride of part of the north (up to the scenic look out point). On the return leg, I stopped to help a girl who had punctured, had blown a second inner tube and had run out of co2. Got it sorted for her pretty quick. Maybe I will be blessed with good Karma next time I'm on the Queen K.
It was interesting that all the age groupers who cycled past asked if we were okay but the few pros we saw that past by, completely blanked us. (Don't worry Lionel Sanders, we are all good here!)
The girl I helped out, was local and asked where I was staying, would you believe the Kona Seaside hotel is owned by her family..... Small world eh!
The wind direction was all over the place today but on the whole it was favourable and helped produce a near 23mph average for the 50+ miles at about 5% over IM power.
Here's the strava file...
Here's a small vid taken heading south on the Queen K towards the airport.
I was a little nervous about today's run. It was essential for my confidence that I didn't explode again so I drank a little more on the bike (still not enough) and carried half litre bottle of chilled flat Coke for the run. I skipped up Palani hill pretty well and ran north up the Queen K, using the Honokohao Harbour as the turn around point. The Coke helped (as did a bit of cloud cover and a breeze) but there is no escaping, 33° and 80% humidity is always going to be tough. I was pleased to stick it out and absolutely loved standing under the fresh water shower at dig me beach!
I even dressed like a local triathlete for the run. Shoes, shorts, cap and of course a slightly under tanned sweaty body.
Here's the strava file...
After a dip in the pool, I lunched at Splashers (chowder & salad - creature of habit). I love it when you leave a restaurant, I don't think I will ever grow tired of hearing "hey brother, go well".
Back at the hotel, I chilled out in front of the TV to watch 'Mobsteel'. It's a Detroit body shop outfit who customise old American classics. I'm even starting to speak like them - sweeeeet.