We spent this year's Holidays visiting grandma Sandy in Kona. Karen's half-brothers and grandma were also there, and it was great to see everyone. We had your typical well-fed, relaxing, outdoor fun and family blast. Having completed a couple of full Ironman races, the desire to swim, bike and run on the historic Kona course was palpable, almost as much so as the humidity!
I was a little disappointed that I couldn't ride the Kona Ironman bike course, and a little tempted to do it anyway, which is why I left my bike seat, pedals, and helmet back in Tucson. Instead, I went for regular spins at The Club, and open water swims on the Ironman course (!)
It gets a little harder to get back on the plane each time we visit. . .
|On the way. Views from 36,000 feet are inspiring!|
|The pool at Sandy's place, with moonlight and clouds.|
|Karen riding back on the IM course in Hawi|
|The seemingly innocuous road to the Energy Lab, where dreams of World|
Championship glory go to die.
|The Ironman Swim course, with buoys out to the 1.2 mile turnaround and |
no boat traffic. It was the site of many an open water swim.
|Karen swimming in the bay with a "Safe Swimmer" float.|
|Ah, paradise. . .|
|Elissa completed her open water certification!|
|Kelila has wanted to surf since she saw it two years ago. Thanks to "Surfer Bear," she got to do it, and loved it.|
|Manta Ray "overflying" a diver. Taken on night dive with Elissa.|