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Penny Comins: Kona is magical
Posted by: Penny Comins
Posted on: Saturday 11th October 2014


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Penny Comins is loving it... Kona that is! The long journey which she has documented HERE is almost over, and it's time to get ready to race.

Here is her latest update from the big island of Hawaii.


Racing down from Hawi, tail wind, the ocean in front, lava fields to the left, warm sun above. I am wearing my kiwi World Championship team kit. This is the Ironman heaven.

I have arrived and got straight in to the swing of Ironman week. It is hot but not overwhelming like Thailand. I am thanking myself for the three weeks I went through there to feel comfortable here.

Kona should be re-named hype city as the athletes and supporters overwhelm the tiny fishing town. It's easy to spot the cruise ship tourists; laid back, large and not seeing lyrca besides their travel pant drawstring. Everyone else is abs, tan and tense. It is awesome.

I flew over with one of my best mates from New Zealand. We travelled in style in custom made onesies from the AllinOne Company. Auckland airport is a little more humble than Heathrow and we got stared at the whole way and many questions asked, including the pilot. However I had the best warmest sleep I have had on a plane. I even got three seats as Caron kindly slept upright so I could arrive fresh. We got off and hit it.

Penny Comins in Kona

Straight to the kiwi welcome afternoon tea to get pumped by kiwi pro Terenzo Bozzone and our team photo. We then all went down to the Parade of Nations. I thought this would be a bit cheesy, but wearing my kiwi top proudly I found myself feeling a sense of pride to be one of 55 representing my nation. I also felt a bit torn and had a chat to the Brits too.

Penny Comins in Kona

As it cleverly happens the Parade ends at the expo where we got our fair share of bars and product.

Dinner had to be at the famous Lava Java overlooking the sun going down on Paradise. I said no more Ironman's after Kona, yet I can see why people want to keep going and coming back for more. It is magical.

Penny Comins in Kona


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