Congratulations on making it out here and welcome to the Kona side of Hawai`i island! I write to you with great respect and admiration for your determination and hard work in qualifying for the Ironman World Championships in our humble town of Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i. As a triathlete myself, I tried to qualify, but was not quick enough. I have a lot of respect for you all. Stemming from this appreciation, as a public school teacher and Kona-resident for the past three years, I want to share what I have learned from the community.