Chris Legh, his wife Sara, and Paula Newby-Fraser after dinner. Watch for Chris to contend for the win this year . . . not because he's due (he is) but because his training has gone perfectly and he's relaxed and rested.
Aloha! 9-days 'til Ironman HawaiiGreetings from Kona! It's taken a little while to get this reporting thing going but we've now got some images and a story or two to tell.
We arrived on Thursday but many athletes have been here for at least a couple of days getting acclimated to the heat and humidity as well as riding and running the course in different sections. The weather has been unusually cool and wet over the past ten days but that can only mean that it will be windy and hot on race day. The island will suck everyone into believing that it "won't be that bad" and then on race day will unleash with the good stuff. Then again, based on last year, the race is due for a "good" day.
Probably the biggest story so far has been that of the shark attack on a local surfer a couple of weeks ago. Since that time there have been rampant sightings and an obligatory helicopter cruising around to "look for sharks". The question that remains is, just exactly what will they do if the spot one (or three)? Locals are brushing off the whole thing as an uncontrollable constant of swimming in the ocean. The surfer who was attacked was out after dark and reportedly was told to come as the sun went down by a lifeguard. As long as swimmers aren't going out when it's dark (when the sharks are know to come in to shallower waters to feed), there shouldn't be any problems. There have also been stories of an increase in the sea turtle population which is bringing the sharks in closer than normal . . . who knows. All I know is, if I was a shark at this time of year, I'd be heading over to Kailua Bay on a daily basis for a little Sizzler buffet action.