No race can occur in a bubble. This past week has been a whirlwind of news reporting on catastrophes ripping through the US and Mexico via natural phenomena and man-made phenomena. I geared up for this year’s Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Chattanooga, TN with my dad in a sweet hotel in downtown only a city-bike-share ride away to the race start. We were glued to the news as the White House Administration announced their plans to rip away rights from nearly 1 million people with the threat of deportation all while hurricane after hurricane ripped away roofs and electricity from hundreds of thousands with the threat of more to come.
Since my last race-report in September, I actually have raced quite a bit, yet I haven’t shared any of it with you! That’s a bit selfish now isn’t it. A lot has transpired in the Wild-life since then, but that’s no excuse not to write. I have four blog posts in store over the next coming months. In those you’ll learn about a race I never told you about, my take on coaching, a recap of my 2017 triathlon season by the numbers, and my six reasons why local racing is awesome and underrated. Follow me…let’s go for a ride!
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.