Kona – Ironman World Championships (finally a post is up!)

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and since it has taken me so long to do this, I figured that it’d be better to get across 20,000 words with 20 pictures from the trip.  Besides, if I wait much longer, it’ll be time to get out the 2015 race wheels!

Pre-Race…

At the name banner a few days before the race...

At the 2014 World Championships name banner a few days before the race…

A picture from my ride a few days before the race on way up to Hawi.  I was hoping to get some practice in the infamous crosswinds, but instead it was just calm and quite beatiful

I did a practice ride up to Hawi a few days before the race,  hoping to get some practice in the infamous crosswinds. Instead it was just calm and quite beautiful.

 

 

Checking my bike in the day before the race

Checking my bike in the day before the race

 

Kailua Bay - All set up for race day

Kailua Bay – All set up for race day

KonaUPR

Kona Underpants Run

 

Race Day!…

KonaSwimStart

Race Morning – Swim Start; The conditions in Kailua Bay were some of the roughest in more than 10 years

 

Headed out on the bike

Headed out on the bike

Getting ready to head out onto the Queen K

Getting ready to head out onto the Queen K

Out on the Queen K:  After the race, I was told by a few Kona "veterans" that It was the windiest year since 1992.

Out on the Queen K: After the race, I was told by a few Kona “veterans” that It was the windiest year since 1992

Getting ready to head up Palani Hill on the bike

Coming down Palani Hill on the bike after a tough 112 miles on the bike

 

Leaving transition and getting ready for the 26.2 miles of running...

Leaving transition and getting ready for the 26.2 miles of running…

Saying a quick "hi" to Alice before heading back out to the Queen K (I was feeling the effects of pretty severe dehydration by this point)

Saying a quick “hi” to Alice before heading back out to the Queen K (I was feeling the effects of pretty severe dehydration by this point)

Run Finish. If you can’t tell by the expression on my face, I was really hurting… 20+ miles of running with chills and goosebumps – the dehydration had gotten the best of me.
Overall time – 9:51

 

Now time for some post-race fun!…

Finish line at midnight; it was quite the party!

Finish line at midnight; it was quite the party!

Alice in a 30+ year old crater at Volcanos National Park

Alice in a 30+ year old crater at Volcanos National Park

Sea Turtles at the Black Sand Beach

Sea Turtles at the Black Sand Beach

Todd & Alice at the most southern point in the US

Todd & Alice at the most southern point in the US

AkakaFalls

Akaka Falls

WaipioLookout

WaipioLookout

Somersaulting Baby

Perhaps the most exciting part of this posting:  Alice and I are pregnant! “Gavin” is due in May 2015. And by the pictures we’ve seen of him doing somersaults, he may have some athletic skills himself 🙂

 

A super big THANKS to Alice, my parents, and my sister for making the trip to Kona to watch and help me out.

And of course, the successes of the 2014 season couldn’t have been possible without the support of my awesome sponsors this year, GU Energy, Amino Vital, and Xterra wetsuits, and guidance (plus some butt kicking) from Coach Jenny.