BooBoo and I did the ritual underpants run of Kona. Booboo is the little guy in the picture and I'm the one with the tan calves and the ghostly looking thighs. He got a lot of eyes looking at him. It was definitely a bonding time for father and son. He was a little timid throughout the whole run which blows my mind because at home we can't keep clothes on him. We and about 1000 other athletes did the annual race, jogging up Ali'i Dr through tons of spectators. That's when I thought to myself - look at all the people here just for this silly little underpants run, imagine what it will be like on Saturday. We had a ball and hopefully got some much needed sun on those thighs.
WHO'S READY TO RACE - WE ARE!!!
This morning I started out with my first taste of the bike course and the winds of the Lava Fields. I was very excited to get on it and to see what it's going to be like. Though my ride was short, I managed to get some valuable feedback from my little training session. I felt like the course could be extremely fast but if I take it out too fast in the beginning of the bike it could come at a cost later. If I hit strong winds at the late stages of the bike then it would catch up with me in the marathon and proper nutrition is essential. I have to be extremely careful to not get caught up in the time, speed, people flying by me, etc. and just concentrate on how I feel and make sure I am comfortable at all times, while keeping a positive attitude.
I then drove home to be greeted by a smiling family ready to head to downtown Kona. We just walked around on Ali'i Dr. stopping at the different product and gear booths. The kids always love picking up all the free stuff. Then headed over to registration to make it official. So #1672 is officially signed up and ready to go. Then we made a must stop at Lava Java for lunch and saw a lot of Pros and fast looking triathletes, while chowing down on a great healthy meal.
We then came back to rest up before heading back downtown for the Ironman Parade of Nations and to see Macca at the Profile Design tent.
Just being there for the Parade of Nations, getting to see Macca and seeing the expo briefly really started getting me amped up for the race. It was a great feeling when I saw all the people lining the streets just for the parade and then I realized, this is what it will be like for the race. AWESOME!!!! Can't wait.
We finished up the night at where the rest of the K-Krew is staying and celebrated our son's birthday. Happy 4th Birthday BooBoo!!
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