I’m Going To Kona!

by Sarah on October 2, 2012 · 18 comments

I have a sudden change in my racing schedule to announce today. I’m not longer running the Nike Women’s half marathon in San Francisco.

However, I’m excited to announce that the reason is because I will be attending the Ironman Championships in Kona, Hawaii as an ambassador of Timex!

An Ironman is a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and a 26.2 mile run. This is the 34th year running and 1,800 athletes will compete.

I’m going to be sharing the Kona experience through my social media channels so you can feel like you are there tagging along. This is an incredible opportunity for me and I could not be more excited. I’ve never been to Hawaii and this is surely one of the coolest opportunities blogging has brought to me. I know the Nike half would have been an incredible experience but I can’t imagine a race that requires more will power, strength and dedication than an Ironman.

I’m excited to see what I come back wanting to attempt next!

I leave at 6:30 am next Monday and will not be back until Tuesday the 16th! A few people have asked if I’m competing, which made me chuckle. Watching a marathon always inspires me to start training, I’m curious if this will have the same effect…

If you have any Kona travel tips, let me know below!

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lauren October 2, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Wow that is AMAZING!!! Congrats girl!!! :)


2 meenertweeter October 2, 2012 at 4:43 pm

That’s awesome! You’re gonna kill it!!


3 Sean October 2, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Wow! Congrats!!! The atmosphere just sounds so amazing … I’ll get there some day!


4 Brittany @ Barr & Table October 2, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Wow this is incredible! Congratulations!!


5 Emily @ Greens, Eggs, & Hamstrings October 2, 2012 at 6:04 pm

I totally thought you were going to compete and I was thinking “wow, she must be in amazing shape if she can just go do an impromptu Ironman next week”. Sounds awesome, have fun!


6 Sarah October 2, 2012 at 7:22 pm

LOL. I couldn’t beleive how many people thought so too! I was like “Guys, I’ve been training for a half marathon, how do u think I would be able to pull off the swim, the bike and double the distance?”


7 Shannon October 2, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Oh, I’m so excited for you! I haven’t been to Kona, but have been to other parts of Hawaii and you are going to LOVE it.


8 Erica @ In and Around Town October 2, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Have so much fun!!! I cannot wait to see your posts:)


9 Carli October 2, 2012 at 6:39 pm

What an amazing opportunit. Congrats!


10 Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy October 2, 2012 at 6:44 pm

Wow – that looks epic! Good luck!


11 Clare October 2, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Oh I looooove Kona , but I’m just now realizing that both times I’ve been, I haven’t strayed far from our resort! But one really cool thing I did do was a helicopter tour with Blue Hawaiian out of Hilo – we flew around Kilauea (an active volcano) and down the coast to see the waterfalls. We even saw whales as we were coming back to Hilo. Super fun, and once in a lifetime experience! You can’t imagine the views. It’s better than a postcard. Enjoy your trip – what an amazing opportunity!


12 Jamie October 2, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Congrats on going to Kona! I’m sure that you’ll do great in the Ironman :) You’re going to love it!


13 Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut October 2, 2012 at 9:30 pm

That is so amazing! If I didn’t like you so much, I’d be dying with envy. (Well…I still am, ha). I thought you were going to compete at first too, which would just be nuts for anyone who hasn’t trained. The thing that scares me most about any type of triathlon is the biking and transitioning between events. It seems so hard and scary…you’ll have to give us the scoop!


14 Rachel R October 3, 2012 at 12:43 am

Rent a car and drive up to the Mauna Kea Observatory and watch the sunset then star gaze through their telescopes. They also have some hiking near the observatory.


15 Tiera October 3, 2012 at 2:12 am

That’s AWESOME! My family’s from Kona, but I’m on O’ahu. Hulihe’e Palace and Pu’uhonua o Honaunau are fun, cultural places to visit. Hapuna is my favourite beach. And Sushi Shiono is my favourite place to eat!!


16 Sarah October 3, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Thanks Tiera! Are there any fitness studios or like bootcamps in the area that you know?


17 Tiera October 4, 2012 at 8:03 am

The only thing I know of is CF Big Island. A friend of mine tried their bootcamp and liked it. There’s also a place called The Club, but that’s more of a general gym + some group classes place. Hope this helps :) Have a fantastic trip!


18 liz October 8, 2012 at 11:30 pm

We just went to kona for our honeymoon. Go to Island Lava Java (it’s a short walk from downtown) – AMAZING egg white omelettes w/ avocado.


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