What a great race, loved it. I can’t ask for better conditions; it was very hot, very windy, humid, and hilly. The race was challenging from the beginning (1800 triathletes starting at the same time) to the end the hilly and windy running course with all kind of surfaces (grass, road, lava rocks, etc).
I feel better when the conditions are hard; it’s there where the mind could make the difference. Everybody says that it was the windiest day in the Honu Half-ironman history.
I think it’s not a great idea to do an ironman 4 weeks before Honu, It might not help you physically, but after Ironman St Georg 2012 I’m pretty sure it makes you stronger mentally. The conditions in Utah were insane and definitely make Honu looks like an easy race…
The volunteers before, during and after the race were amazing and make the race very special. The beauty of the course is breathtaking: swimming in the crystal water of Hapuna Beach, riding all the way to Hawi and back with a big rainbow on the right (that I didn’t see), and running in the gorgeous golf course of Mauna Lani make this race unique.
In my opinion, there was only one negative point in the race and it was the disaster on the swim portion. I have never swam in such a chaos in my entire life. There was a big group including me that swam at least 200 more meters. They should put more and bigger buoys on the swim.
My swim was just ok but ones I started riding the Giant Trinity I felt pretty good thanks to Stephen who let me use his bike. Mahalo Stephen!! Thanks also Sal for letting me borrow your bike to train. I arrived to Kona with a broken frame and Stephen and Sal let me borrow their bikes. I appreciate it a lot.
The running was fantastic even though I never felt strong. I would say I had a consistent race; it was good but far from being excellent. I definitely would like to do it again, and I strongly recommend it to everybody.
I got 15th overall and 1st in my age group.
Next race? Who knows… will see
Hasta la vista