Oh, that big humid hug when you step off the plane in Kona. There’s nothing quite like it. My skin loves it, my hair loves it, and I absolutely love it!
I arrived in Kona a week prior to the race – for a tish of acclimatization and for a few days of quiet solitude. The highlights: I read two books (Me Before You and After You… I ugly cried on the plane), slept + relaxed a lot, caught up with my Coeur Sports teammies, cruised around on my $90 Walmart mountain bike, did a few workouts in the heat of the day, and had coffee + breakfast every morning at Kona Coffee and Tea (filled two coffee punch cards…!). All in all, it was incredibly relaxing, and after a hectic and somewhat stressful August and September, exactly what I needed before the big day.
With that, here’s a look at the week in photos…
My trusty Walmart mountain bike. I don’t recall who told me to buy a cheap bike when I got to Kona and then donate it when I left, but it was a brilliant suggestion. Lots of happy miles cruising Ali’i on it!
After Hailey‘s husband Mark built my bike Friday morning – thank you! – I took a quick spin for pancakes at Lava Java followed by a visit to the little blue church near the Ali’i run turnaround.
Sunset the evening of my first full day in Kona. That pink! ♥