|Sunset at Huggo's. Spent a lot of time here this year, and made some great memories with good people.|
|This was a large part of my week: WORKING! Behind the scenes from our bedroom... hehe, don't get any ideas here|
folks, clearly this is all business! ;)
|We also worked out and about around town, including this gem of a place: Daylight Mind Coffee, which had|
amazing food (healthy and delicious), amazing views (full panoramic oceanfront view; see below), great coffee, and
KOMBUCHA ON TAAAAPPPP!
|The view from one end of Daylight Mind Coffee, which served as a pseudo office all week.|
|John's first Kona. I threw him into the mix with no mercy.|
He wasn't shy ;)
|Doing the deed. Heeeeyyyy!|
|Some locals picked us up one time, and this guy sang|
to us and played ukulele. Only in hawaii.
|Poke bowl, no rice, extra sides.|
|How could you not want this 24/7 while on the island?!|
|Perfect on-the-go snacks from the Farmer's Market, which is open all week!|
|The scene from Humpy's at night. Pouring.|
|Only in Kona do you run into your|
friends mid-swim on the way to
the Coffees of Hawaii boat!
|Podcasting with Ian Mikelson, giving a more in-depth preview of the men's race. |
Good view; no wonder Bob Babbitt uses this for Breakfast with Bob!
Above you see a man doing what he loves more than anything -- running a ton in support of a great cause. Rousey is a special guy :)
|The scene at The Palace for the Endurance Conspiracy party. Fun, mellow and amazing food!|
|John was a fan of Kona from the start.|
|Had a great time interviewing Chris Legh tucked away in|
Bike Works - you do what you can, right?! I love this
pic because it looks like I just asked Chris a horrendous
question and he's disgusted by me haha!
|Chatting with Mark Allen. We definitely had a good time. I am going to get his new book!|
|I felt like my interview with Mark was party relaxation therapy - he's like that. I'd|
really recommend checking out his new book and helping with the fundraising!
|A sneak peak at a page in Mark's book...|
|Later Tuesday we had some fun with the guys in ORANGE. If you were in Kona, you saw the orange. They were|
everywhere and did a killer job! Glad to be on the Bonk Breaker team.
|Finally met Angela Naeth in person, as well as her new husband. Just had Angela|
on the podcast, and I predict she (and Heather Jackson) are the next big things in Ironman.
|Had some of my favorite Kona treats that I|
really only ever get in Kona, including
Thai Papaya Salads. The best!
|Turns out one of Hillary's friends, Michelle, live near some of my clients on the East Coast|
and teaches their pilates class! Small world!
|Hitch-hiking, working, having fun... it all goes together. This is when I did a|
short video with Macca during a drive with him and his crew.
|It's not just LInsey Corbin who has fans; Chris (her husband on the left) has fans too, aka John!|
And that's Linsey's dad in the middle who was an amazingly good guy!
|The Linsey Corbin ale up close... a Chris Corbin special. Thanks, Clif, for throwing|
yet another great get-together for your pros.
|The annual Slowtwitch party at sunset.|
|Those would be the manta rays, in the dark water. Not scary at all, I am serious! I even got the courage to touch them!|
|Not the greatest picture, but I at least had a good spot in the house ;) You could tell on Mary Beth Ellis' face that she|
knew she was taking a big risk given her injury. On the other hand Rinny seemed confident as could be!
|Pro press conference, the men. (L-R) Llanos, Raelert, Jacobs, Kienle and Alexander. Only one of these|
guys ended up even having a "good day."
|The Betty Designs ladies looking good. I am surrounded by fast ones! Hailey, far right, went sub-10!!!! Love it!!!|
Photo credit: The one and only SHIGGYYYYYY! Like him here.
|The men who make it happen! We got a picture with Paul and Roch after, which I heard got on the front page of a local newspaper, but in taking said photo I got Paul Huddle armpit sweat on my shoulder... ewww hehe.|
|Our own Abbey Road moment. Amazing idea, and worked out so well! I love The Beatles, so I was all about this shot!|
I am super grateful that Shiggy was around this week, not only for these photos but just to hang with. Cool dude!
|No UPR is complete without a Rousey sandwich!|
Friday: The day before the race, always special. We had a meetup with Ben Greenfield and Co. in the King Kam at 9, where we recorded a podcast, which is just on BGF not EP. Then I hit the wall! I had to take an hour or so to shut down and rest a bit. I was feeling fried. Got it together and then spent time at bike check in, followed by a podcast with the Melanoma Research Foundation director, which went way better than I ever expected. Take a listen. Had another podcast that night with an AG'er. That night was the TGINR party at Huggo's (translation: the "Thank God I'm Not Racing" party). Always a good, classy, fun event. I ate a lot of ribs and drank very good but very weak mai tais (only because they had crappy beer on tap). Their "souvenir" this year was quite epic -- a medal that was a wine cork and beer tap all in one. It is hearty! Word is that it was even a red flag in security at the airport!
|Meeting with podcast fans and recording a show on the spot in the King Kam! Fun (minus my hangover)!|
|This is where I took some time to re-charge when I was feeling like crud. It worked!|
|Bike check in. I was hoping to see big things from this Luke, |
and Andreas to the right. Sadly not this year.
|I swear, I've never seen so much Macca in my life, even after having done the double sprints with him. I've become an even bigger fan, not gonna lie. He's a rad dude.|
|Can't wait until we see Terenzo racing Kona again! Next year?|
|Not the best photo, but you get the idea: Huggo's has great views! Party time! But don't party too hard here|
otherwise you will hate yourself Saturday hehe.
|A couple of my favorite dudes, especially when we're all in Kona together! Rousey and Tyler (now with Blue Seventy).|
Saturday (Race Day): We had two athletes in our condo and one volunteer so our house was up by 3:45 AM, baby! No big deal, right?! I was pumped from the get go and possibly a little too wound up that morning with excitement -- I had a mid-morning desire to crash, which I had to ignore. I managed to post a podcast before we even left the house at 5ish. Ha!
|This was also a Kona first for me... as I posted a podcast at 4-something-AM, John made us breakfast! Normally I am downing bars and coffee when I can (no real meals), so a real breakfast?! Heaven!|