2005 Ironman Hawaii Update

I know I say it every year, but I can’t believe it is this time of year again- KONA time!!!!
I arrived in Kona last Wednesday to get in some acclimatization to the heat etc. It always feels good to get back over here – after 14 years, it is almost like a second home. I have been able to get in some good pre-race workouts with Lori and Belinda. It’s nice to have some training buddies to hang and do some workouts with. Up until now, things have been pretty relaxed around town, but you could feel that things are about to change. Today, the pier was just that much more busy and tonight the expo opens up. The town is a hopping!!!

This year’s race is stacking up to be one of the most exciting races. It has been a long time coming but this year, the pro athletes have their own start – 15 minutes before the age groupers. For once, we are going to have a women’s race that is “fair”. She that crosses the finish line first, can honestly say they were the best of the best!!! Besides the separate start, the field is even deeper than it has ever been. You have the old guard – Lori, myself, Karen Smyers, Fernanda, and the list goes on; then you have the dominant Europeans – Natascha, Nina, Nicole Leder and numerous others, finish that off with the youngsters like Kate Major and you have an incredible field.

Come by and see me if you are in Kona – I will be at the Ironman Nutrition Booth from 2-3pm on Wednesday, and on Thursday at 11:30 is the Saucony Press Conference on the Main stage in the EXPO. And of course don’t forget the Underpants run – 8am on Thursday starting at Pacific Vibrations – this is a must see!!!!

Keep up to date on the daily happenings on the island at:
http://www.multisports.com/
I will give you an update after the big day is over!!!!
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