Friday, 7 October 2011

Ironman Hawaii Swim Course

The Hawaii Ironman starts with a cannon shot from the Kailua-Kona pier at 6:30AM (for the professional athletes) and 7:00AM (for the amateur athletes) on the second Saturday in October.  The Pacific averages around 26 degrees celcius on race day in beautiful clear waters. 
Swim start at the 2010 Ironman World Championship in Kailua Bay
The swim is a 3.9KM (2.4 mile) swim that parallels the shoreline heading south for 1.2 miles before turning around and heading back.  Marine life spotted during training swims include schools of tropical fish, Hawaiian sea turtles, spinner dolphins, and coral reefs.  Much more enjoyable than following a black line on the bottom of the pool. 

Starting on the Tuesday of race week, Coffees of Hawaii (http://www.coffeesofhawaii.com/) park their catamaran on the race course and serve up steaming shots of 100% Kona Coffee espresso to swimmers on the course.  Unfortunately there's no coffee service on race Saturday... 
Java stop en route.  Cruise ship patrons shocked by the proliferation of spandex on shore.
Tomorrow is race day!

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