So I'm sitting here feeling immensely satisfied with how that training camp went last weekend... Of course it's over now and I've got a ton of other stuff to do (yikes I am way behind!) but I want to get some thoughts down about the experience while they are still relatively fresh in my mind.
Of course we all had an amazing time... Though seriously, who ever leaves a training camp and says "Nah that really wasn't very much fun..." Ha! Not us!
I flew over before the sun came up last Wednesday morning... rode 105 miles by myself and then finally got to meet Mary in person! She flew in a day early and helped me get everything ready for the rest of the girls. We checked into our sweet house- which was right off Ali'i Dr past the 4 mile marker- and then made a Costco run stocking up on all things fruit and vegetable while chatting like old friends.
Then we went for a run along what can only be described as the true road to hell. I'll say it was indeed peaceful out there but yikes if it didn't feel like an oven. Welcome to Hawaii!
Friday was the longest day of the camp... We were in the water at the pier swimming at 6:45AM. One thing I have to say I was super impressed with was the ability of these women to get it together and be totally on time for everything. No slacking or dragging ass in the mornings at all!
I'd say everyone went to bed early but really we all just laid around with our iPads and laptops. What would camp be without bunk beds??
Saturday morning again came early as we were off to Hapuna Beach for an ocean swim race! It was only a mile but it was a good solid effort for sure! Gotta love these Big Island show up and sign up races they don't even charge you for... We came away thinking that these Big Island girls can swim! It was highly competitive. We held our own though and 4 of us came away with age group placings. Oahu girls can swim too. :)
I would be lying if I said I wasn't a little worried about the upcoming run... Jennifer (our awesome massage therapist/sag for the weekend!) was driving the van and dropped us off on the Queen K (about 7 miles from the airport) and it was time to run home. Yep. 10:30AM start running along that desolate highway... We piled on the sunscreen (I tried to tell Elizabeth that one coat of Planet Sun would be sufficient but she went ahead and applied 4 anyway! ;) and headed off.
Evening massages, a great home cooked meal, and a view like this helped with recovery for sure...
Sunday morning we slept in an extra 1/2 hour or so and then headed out to ride the South Loop... beautiful route that is definitely worth doing if you're in Kona. Lots of climbing there basically from sea level to ~1500 ft back to sea level back to ~1500 ft. This ride was pretty mellow just get it done kind of thing... including a nice little stop at a cute little coffee shop along the way.
Or give me a martini.
Monday morning was on the mellow side... couple pots of coffee... jog down to the pier... another successful search for dolphins... more good coffee/conversation... and an acai bowl from Basik. A perfect finish to the long weekend! :)
I think universally the girls flew away from Kona knowing that they are indeed capable of WAY more than they ever thought. I spent the whole weekend being so proud of all of them. That kind of training is no joke but they handled it all so well. I'm already looking forward to next year! I'm thinking it'll probably be later in the summer next year... probably August so mark your calendars and let me know if you're interested! I liked the small group b/c it is easier to manage so I am going to limit the group to 6 again... I'll also keep it 'all-inclusive' meaning I'll rent the house and car and do the meals, etc. Those logistics worked out really well. It was indeed everything I imagined it could be and I can't wait to do it again! :)