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Kona 2012: #GBKONA Diary
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Posted on: Thursday 11th October 2012


Tags  Henry Eaton  |  Kes Aleknavicius  |  Kona 2012  |  Nick Rose  |  Roger Canham


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The 2012 Ironman World Championships are just days away now. We've been updating our exceptionally popular GB and Ireland entrants listing all week with Twitter and web links, and have just added a few more, so if you want to find out more about the athletes involved, do take a look at this great resource. Planning to watch it live? If so, take a look at our 'how to' guide which will answer many of the questions we get asked every year - with UK timings to make it easier for you.

Many of those athletes have been in touch with us with updates from their Kona experiences so far, here is today's Kona Diary.

If you are in Kona and want to update us on your progress, send us through an email to [email protected].

#GBKONA 2012 Coverage

Nick Rose

For us we have just arrived, great feeling to be on the island once more, excitement for the whole family but our daughter being 3 1/2 years old now makes a big difference to the experience as a family holiday this year. Looking forward to catching up with friends at the pier.

Kestutis Aleknavicius (10th time in Kona)

My week in Kona has been super eventful. Firstly my wife could not travel so I came out alone. This is #10 here for me and we both wanted to celebrate here together. Face-time has been a saviour.

On Sunday I was running to the Energy Lab with a bunch of Aussie mates and coming up the road was a runner with a mountain bike supporter, the runner said good luck guys, we in unison said good luck Crowie. When does the a World Champ ever do that in any other sport? I was riding on the Queen K yesterday and Rachel Joyce pulled along side for a moment. She looks lean...

Last swim today,Thursday, then feet up!

©Kestutis Aleknavicius

Henry Eaton

Thank you for your best wishes, feeling ready to race and do GB proud! I ended up swimming next to Crowie at the Kailua pool yesterday; he was flying and I felt very slow. Lots of press around, I think it was my speedos though that got the most attention!

Roger Canham

It's now Wednesday and there's a real buzz in the air. Nearly all the competitors are in town now and everywhere you turn there's carbon and lycra. Registration opened yesterday and after the initial mêlée of type ‘A' individuals needing to be first in line, things eased off as the volunteers moved athletes through smoothly. Many people come to Kona year after year simply to volunteer and be part of the Big Dance, the consequence of which is that this has to be one of the most experienced crews on the M-dot circuit.

I swam the course for the final time yesterday morning sans dolphins and whilst the swell was up. There were relatively few athletes on the course as we had set off at 6:30 am so it was a relaxed swim finding some nice rhythm. By the time we exited at DigMe beach those going out were shoulder-to-shoulder and it wasn't even race day! It becomes a massive schwag fest by the pier as manufacturers compete to hand out branded swim caps and the like and once again, those high net worth Kona athletes compete fiercely for a $2 hat. It's definitely not the taking part that matters.

The sun was up by lunchtime so I took the opportunity to have my last proper run to help acclimatise and loosen off the legs. I had run for 90 minutes on Sunday and whilst the pace was fine, my legs felt heavy as I struggled to hit my normal high cadence. I passed Lava Java on Alii Drive then hit race pace out to the turnaround, the ks passed by, bang on pace and with some spring in the legs at last. I certainly wasn't skipping along but I am happy now that come race day the legs will be in top shape and ready to unload out of T2.

©Kestutis AleknaviciusThe parade of nations took part later in the afternoon, its great fun and gives you the chance to catch up with the other GB athletes. I am always amazed at how few GB athletes do in fact come along; there must have been no more than half our number. Chrissie was in the car at the front and as a consequence we probably received way more press attention than we deserved. All done, more schwag at the expo, which opens at the end of the parade, then off to the Canoe Club for supper.

Today was the usual routine, a brief swim, principally out to the Coffees Of Hawaii boat for a deep water espresso, back in to shore and off to the Active Release Therapy (ART) marquee for a massage. All straightened out we met up at Splashers for the usual veggie omelette and banter whilst watching the bun fight at the pier.

My last session of the week was to do a couple of race pace efforts on the bike to finally tune up the legs for the race. Off up the Queen K then turn on the power to see what comes and how it feels – the numbers were promising. It seems to take at least a week for the jet lag to wear off and to start to feel fresher. This, coupled with coming off a final big block of training, makes the content of the taper a bit of a tightrope. Freshen up for the race, keep reminding your body what it needs to do, acclimatise for the conditions and normalise the body clock. You never really know until race day if you have done it well, so, let's see!

#GBKONA 2012 Coverage


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