Barely been back a week from Kona not even totally unpacked and depart for Maui and Xterra early tomorrow (Friday) Chain snap turned into a near 500.00 parts replacement. Xo Sram components worn like a butter knife. Ouch. And just learned tonight our dinasaur Tri All 3 double bike case will not hold two bikes if one is a 29er. Sucks. Trying to keep the cost down on these trips and it ain't easy. Will now have to use another case soley for my wheels and they can take you to the cleaners these days those airlines. Expensive set and I cannot chance (it's a gamble they can get there unscathed even in a hard case) So more baggage and more costs. I am hoping my buddy from Xterra seen here and top notch guy Jay Weber will lend me a speed suit for the swim. Otherwise I most likely will be one of the very few not wearing one . No big deal if one not available I have done this race in board shorts. Xterra Worlds this Sunday. Fastest of the fast in attendance. 38 countries representing! Cool. And will air on national television in January. Please send good aloha. Mahalo and..............Aloha!!!
Knowing going into Jodi's Kona Ironman I would be there 7 days meant I would be off the bike: 7 days. So I loaded up up on hard effort quality climbing up to the day before departure. Did swim with Jodi on the course (pre and post race day) and ran some good stuff up high into the town of Holualoa and back to Kona. But no bike.
I have gotten 3 good rides in since returning 3 days ago and today climbing Sunset Ridge to Mt.Baldy:SNAP! chain breaks. Long ass way back but soooo happy it happened there and not Maui next week. Been there done that and it really hurts on race day. Took bike in and they pretty much said lay her to pasture. My XO components are worn big time. It's not like I havn't trained and raced a ton on her or anything. I believe almost 3 years now. I knew she was getting tired but I just love this bike. The geometry suits me. The ride suits me. My blingy (yet worn and tired) drive train has suited me. And I think I suit her. She is at Coates Bikes (Dr.s office) and I will know more tomorrow. Keeping my fingers crossed. And again happy no bomb of a mechanical failure @ Xterra Worlds.
Jodi took on the challenges dished out to her on Saturday on The Big Island. Being her 5th qualified race at the Ironman World Championships she certainly had the most difficult conditions. Winds were howling out by Hawi and the Queen K. Jodi being 99 lbs. dripping wet the crosswinds are what blow you around like a gnat. She toughed it out. More DNF's they say this day than ever. Many unfortunately just could not make the bike cut off time. We went down to the finish at midnight to cheer those close to the 17 hour cut off time and watched as several were just over the limit. I would have changed the rules right then and there and gave the finishers medals to ANYONE who finished at anytime this day. I have done that race 2 x's and there was wind. Calm wind. I was lucky. You can pretty much always count on the heat and humidity. The wind? It can come quick and blow hard. Or you can get what you pray for: None. It came fast and hard Saturday. Congratulations Jodi! You rocked it. A marathon that was ran in the high 3's after THAT bike? Amazing.
Thank you Rick and Pam Harnish of Felt Bicycles whom took this shot and shared it with us. Along with your fabulous positive support. My computer is not accepting my camera right now so this is extra appreciated. I think the wind blew some sand in it! : }
Yep this World Championship is all Jodi focused. She has proven not only presently but through the years she has displayed sportsmanaship, class. Serious talent. And obviously this is not a fact: she is one of the fastest triathletes in the world in her age. There will be competition Saturday. Lots of athletes from lots of other countries. Which reminded me and put a smile on my face. I competed in over a half dozen different countries. Off the hook experiences. Over the top memories. Wait a minute: they are still happening! After Ironman in Kona we come home for but a mere week or so and head back this time to Maui. To rock some Xterra tough venue. That race is a different breed. But so is Ironaman. Follow on IronmanLive website and Saturday and send goodvibes please .Mahalo.
Countdown to Kona and Jodi gets a note from Hammer Nutrition today that she will be their cover girl on next magazine soon to hit the stands. Cool factor: High.
This is Jodi running down Alli'i Drive in Kona. She will be doing the same again just a few weeks away. She just rocked the Tiki 2.4 mile swim yesterday placing 3rd in her division. Awesome event with the swim start south of O'Side Pier finishing right on the dock of O'side Harbor. She received a cool Tiki figure for her award. She was stoked. And should be. We all know her real weapon is the run!
After we return from Kona it will not be long and we head back to another beautiful spot on a different island. Xterra Worlds is the 26th of October in Kapalua on Maui. Two Triathlon World Championships. Two weeks apart. But alot of work lies ahead (on the courses). Normal people go there and do different activities: Lounge. Luah. Rest. The races will be challenging.Then the next triathlon of lounge/luah/rest will hopefully happen.