Wednesday, June 3, 2009
The Vegas gals and Linsey appear to be calm cool and collected after picking up race numbers. Next stop - dinner!
After dinner we took care of our bikes.
Friday was a busy day. We had lots of errands to run, plus get in some last minute exercise. Jayne and I also did some recon as to where the bike to run transition was located and where the finish line would be set up. I wanted to verify how the last half mile of the run would look like and exactly where the finish line was located.
We still needed to make time for a quick swim to feel the current and wave action. The buoys were already set, and Tina and Jayne observed that there were no large fins to be seen, but found the course to be a tad long.
This race was the first half ironman for Linsey. Even though she had no idea what to expect, I knew she was going to finish well. She placed 5th. in her age group and broke 6 hours. Wow!! Here she is looking rather stylish race morning, getting psyched while listening to her i-pod, and waiting patiently for the rest of the gang to get out the door! Let's go ladies!
Lisa worked on the computer right up to the last minute, while I adorned Tina with a pretty flower tatoo.
The waters are looking great. The swim is going to be fun.
Pre-race transition set up and prep is a bit daunting. We were oblivious to Jayne taking photos.
I think Tina was looking for her lap-top. Tina is relaxed for her day of training with full support, and it's time for Linsey to make her debue.
We are ready to swim, and giving out hugs to our friends. For the start I situated myself to the buoys closest to the beach, which was fine, as I had good line to the first turnaround buoy. I did get bonked in the head by an arm, but quickly brushed it off. The swim was nice, I always found some feet to following, as I bridged up to different packs.
The bike ride was nice. I was a bit hot with my jersey on, but it was how I carried my spare tire, and 2nd. water bottle. Needless to say, putting it on in transition had to of cost me a good minute in transition. With about 10K to go on the bike, Jayne was on the infamous, quad burning hill before we turn onto the Queen K. I was smiling, but my butt muscle was not!!!
I really enjoyed the run. I shared water with different runners. I paced off of different runners, including the owner of Momentum Multi Sports, Le Nyugen. He really encouraged me to keep a strong pace. My goal was to push the last 5K. I've learned the hard way from racing Buffalo Half (3xs). To my surprise, I turned it on and posted a 45 sec. faster split for 3 miles. The first 10 miles was even split. It wasn't blazing fast, but it was smart running. My instructions for Jayne was to locate her with one mile to go, and she was right there taking pictures. It was great to see her. Just before I saw her, I passed a female runner. Sandra, she recognized me, but I didn't realize it was her.
Lisa finishing strong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now it's Miller Time!
Race Venue and Spence and I enjoying the Post - Race party with the Locals.
We were all very happy to have completed the Honu Half.
Linsey and I walked away with Hardware. Nice Koa Wood Bowls!
The next day we had one last visit to the beach before our plane departed.
The ride to the airport was a bit cramped. We managed to pack five girls, 2 bike boxes, 2 bikes, 3 very large suitcases, a large wheel case, plus a few lap tops into the minivan. Jayne had shotgun.
Final Parting Shot ...........................................OAHU
Next 70.3 race??????????? Sometime next year, I vote for going to Mooseman in N.H. As always a thrilling adventure with the pretty Vegas Ladies.