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the week prior to kona.

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…

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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!

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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. 

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Sunset the evening of my first full day in Kona. That pink! ♥

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Happy Queen K miles :)

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Does this helmet make me look like an alien?! Pitstop at the scenic overlook during my first bike on the Queen K… hot, windy, and I loved every second of it (even the crosswinds blowing me around!) ♥ 

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There were multiple midday runs along Ali’i to acclimate a bit.

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Pano of the swim start in Kailua Bay before it got crazy during race week. It was so nice to be there before the circus started!

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Near daily trips to Basik Café… açai bowls FTW!

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Morning Coeur Sports photo shoot in the energy lab with LAVA Magazine editor + photographer Jay Prashun. Pics turned out rad (especially this one with the reflection!).

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Love these Coeur ladies!

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As teammate Amy said, my helmet needs its own hashtag… ha! Also, biggest mahalo to Rebel Ink for screen printing my jersey – and, to all the awesome companies on it for their support this year! Proud to represent every single one. 

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So happy when this guy finally arrived Thursday night of race week!

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Morning coffee boat swim with my sis! And, a quick test of my race day ROKA R1 goggles. Cobalt mirror was the perfect tint choice!

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It’s not Kona without morning swims in Kailua Bay to the coffee boat. I swam almost daily to adjust to the salt water and because ocean swims here are all around amazing… so many fishies, honus and the turquoise water!

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Underpants run fun!

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These ladies, Suraya and Sarah ♥ So grateful for their support + encouragement and for coming to Kona! Kudos to my awesome sis for the t-shirt design! Anyone interested in one (or a trucker hat)? Watch the blog soon if you are.

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Quick photo shoot en route to bike check-in.

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It’s really happening! So excited! At bike check, ready to walk the carpet.

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My bike’s in there somewhere (behind me a ways on my left).

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My main squeeze. What would I do without him?! Certainly wouldn’t have made it to Kona!

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Race eve sunset ♥

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    sweatystaceyp
    10/24/2016 at 6:45 am

    AH it feels like I’m there, thank you for the gorgeous pictures-those Kona sunsets are like no other! Can’t wait to read your race recap :)

  • Reply
    Kecia
    10/24/2016 at 7:49 am

    Looks like the perfect pre-race experience!! Looking forward to reading about your race!!

  • Reply
    SimplyAmyLynn
    10/24/2016 at 8:24 am

    What a great post to wake up to on a Monday morning! It looks like you had an amazing week before the race :)

  • Reply
    Beth
    10/24/2016 at 9:55 pm

    Gorgeous! Love the shirts, excited to see details 😊

  • Reply
    Leslie @ TriathleteTreats
    10/24/2016 at 10:55 pm

    I’m so glad you got to enjoy Kona before the masses got to town!! What an amazing trip you had!! This part doesn’t even include the race or Kauai!!! Can’t wait to hear more!!

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    Kristina
    10/25/2016 at 7:52 am

    Sounds like the perfect pre-race week! Love how happy you look in all of the photos.

  • Reply
    Caitlin
    10/25/2016 at 8:05 am

    So beautiful! I’m not sure the race itself will ever happen for me but I definitely would love to go and experience everything surrounding it. Looking forward to the next post!

    And also, can’t wait to hear more about the shirt. I love them and if they’re available for sale at any point I will definitely be picking one up for myself!

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    Lindsay Dunton
    10/25/2016 at 10:25 am

    Love it!! Congrats on your race and had so much fun getting hang a bit at the photoshoot and the UPRun!! Chase the Light shirts are adorbs!!

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    Feisty Eats
    10/25/2016 at 4:12 pm

    Such great photos! I’d be interested in purchasing a hat for sure.

  • Reply
    Celeste E.
    10/30/2016 at 12:23 pm

    Love. Love. Love! Thanks for you sharing your journey with us.

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    race report // kona! - sweet sweat life
    11/10/2016 at 9:17 am

    […] given how much fun I had riding on the Queen K earlier in the week, I knew I’d have fun on race day. Madame Pele was out in all her glory, blessing us with […]

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    Eri
    11/15/2016 at 4:00 pm

    Love this.
    I haven’t been to Kona but it looks gorgeous- so different from Oahu!

  • Reply
    Candice
    12/11/2016 at 7:54 am

    underpants run!? I want in, so cool.

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