Bob Babbitt and Dave Scott at a book signing at the expo.
The Official Festivities Begin/ Tuesday.Well the official kick-off to the week’s activities began today. The town is getting supercrowded…both driving Alii Drive and swimming out on the course in the mornings has become something akin to the Interstate 5 through Los Angeles. I have rented a mountain bike from the local bike store to get around easily.
The weather through the first few days of the week has been building each day both in temperature and in wind speed. A run down Alii drive on Monday which I found very toasty at about noon….comes to be a day just a couple of degrees higher than the high. A nice early spin on Tuesday morning out toward the Four Seasons Resort, had me feeling like I was in super shape….that was until I turned around. At 8.00am in the morning the winds were very obvious and building. Reports from the Waikola area, had folks feeling like they were in a wind tunnel.
Around town it was a busy day for all in the tri industry. The expo area was abuzz with folks setting up for the official opening in the evening right after the parade. Over at the King Kam Hotel, registration was in full swing. WTC had decided to open registration on Monday to avoid the hassle of big lines during the Wednesday/ Thursday stretch. Also for the first time, bags do not have to be checked in by Thursday…all gear can be handed in on Friday at the same time as bike check-in. Certainly lessens the hassle and makes the logistics much easier for the athletes.
At 5.00pm, the traditional Parade of Nations came Alii Drive. I always love to get out and watch everyone come by. It is a great opportunity to see so many people and catch the real spirit and energy of the event, and things to come during the week. It was like Halloween for the kids…everyone was throwing candy from their cars and floats. I saw some very impressive stashes being collected. It was a real history of Ironman going by. From Gordon Haller, Mark Allen, Molina, Dave Scott, Julie Moss….to all the present day champions from the different Ironman events around the world.
Mahalo till tomorrow.