i could get use to this…
To say that this trip to Kona and the experience was unique would be a huge understatement. I understand why they call this “the big show” now but I am more impressed by the people and the stories knit together in the road to just trying to be better. Turns out that most people going for such a big goal require a good chunk of time to dedicate to the pursuit. While this requires commitment to a passion from the inside out, it also often forces them to be efficient about where they put their resources and how they drive the balance. Its a pretty inspirational crowd..
My race went very well and I made a few mistakes, got lucky and once again crushed my dreams… Everything a boy could want in a big day! I scribbled down some notes and lessons learned for a race report but I am still taking in the experience so I thought I would wait to post something up. I am really stoked that I got to be a part of it and the last couple of days have just been getting better and better. I like island time!
We have been swimming every day since we arrived and it really has become the focus of our schedule here. Trying to get the race stuff taken care of and meet up with friends to talk and eat is all falling between water sessions. I can say now after the race that my legs are feeling so much better than after IMSG already. Maybe I am getting use to it or maybe it is the magic water.
Monique and I have been able to meet up with a bunch of friends out here and it has been the highlight of my trip so far. Getting to hang out with the dream crushing crew of Beth, James, Art and Trevor in paradise is FUN! We area also seeing friends like Julie and Ben and getting to play with them in the water like we are kids is the vacation I didnt know we needed. More fun!
One of the unique things about Kona is also that you get to see people from all over the globe. I got to meet Steven(Lord_Lordy!) out on the bike course and chat with him and Russell Cox today. Really stoked to meet these guys as I have followed their epic camp stories. Last night, I ran into Jason Lester at Lava Java and I am stoked I will get to see him at Ultraman this year. I could get use to this inspiration overflow and easy beach life!
We attended the awards dinner last night and got to see and hear from the champions . One of my favorites was Lew Hollander. He is 80 years young and won his age group for the first time. He was moving better than me on that stage after racing! As a multiple ironman finisher, scientist and a man filled with spunk he has grabbed life by the horns . Here is just a sample of the mans wisdom and experience from his website.
“When do you lose the competitive spirit – NEVER”
Here are a few thoughts that may help you retain what you have:
1. USE IT OR LOSE IT.
2. Go hard, live long.
3. Go anaerobic every day.
4. Eat well, fruits and vegetables with abundant supplements
5. Set your plans well in advance and have achievable goals.
6. Have a stress free relationship.
7. Keep socially active and interested in life and it’s challenges.
8. There are no fat old people so watch your calorie intake.
He wrapped up his wold championship age group victory for the first time this year after being runner up several times over the last few years(16 races in Kona). He said of his competition, “I did not have to out run them, I just had to out live them”. Its not like he is slowing down either…He finished this years race at 80 years young in a time of 15:38 and it was 1 minute faster than the time he completed his first Kona race 28 years ago. Solid!
We fly home tomorrow but I am just starting to understand we maybe at this a while…and I am okay with that.