Korupt Vision has been spending time on the Big Island with Liz Blatchford as she gets ready for the Ironman World Championship. They take us through some of the highlights with Korupt Vision’s fantastic photos and Liz’s commentary.

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We arrived in beautiful Kona to a bit of swell. Made for a happy hubby as it’s been months since we have been near an ocean with waves.

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BEWA!!! Annabel Luxford is one of my oldest and dearest friends. We have been doing tris together since we were teenagers. She has come out to Kona for the first nine days of my stay to be my training buddy and to check things out for herself for potentially racing next year and beyond. Bella is a whippet, but super strong on the bike and has been an awesome motivator and training partner this past week.

Lymans Beach at sunset - close to where we are staying along Ali’i Drive. So nice to jump in the ocean at the end of a hard days training.

Lymans Beach at sunset – close to where we are staying along Ali’i Drive. So nice to jump in the ocean at the end of a hard days training.

Some local Kekis on the rock wall near Dig Me Beach (swim start).

Some local Kekis on the rock wall near Dig Me Beach (swim start).

Sea spray - the best place to be in this heat!

Sea spray – the best place to be in this heat!

Sunset on our first night here in Kona. This is taken from our Lanai (balcony). So pretty!!

Sunset on our first night here in Kona. This is taken from our Lanai (balcony). So pretty!!

 

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Long run up at Mana Rd, just outside Waimea. It’s an hour drive to get here from Kona but worth the drive. There is no off road running close to town and coming out a month pre-race I need to be careful to look after my body, especially on the long ones. This was a 2.5 hour run and so grateful to have Bella along for the company. It’s also significantly cooler up here than down by the coast which definitely helps. I’m all about the heat adaptation, but I also don’t want to be cooked by race day - It’s a fine line! So some slightly cooler sessions are appreciated.

Long run up at Mana Rd, just outside Waimea. It’s an hour drive to get here from Kona but worth the drive. There is no off road running close to town and coming out a month pre-race I need to be careful to look after my body, especially on the long ones. This was a 2.5 hour run and so grateful to have Bella along for the company. It’s also significantly cooler up here than down by the coast which definitely helps. I’m all about the heat adaptation, but I also don’t want to be cooked by race day – It’s a fine line! So some slightly cooler sessions are appreciated.

 

Bella and I a bit further down Mana Rd with Mauna Kea Volcano in the background. Mauna Kea is the highest peak in the state of Hawaii at 13,803ft and is often covered in snow. The Big Island is truly diverse.

Bella and I a bit further down Mana Rd with Mauna Kea Volcano in the background. Mauna Kea is the highest peak in the state of Hawaii at 13,803ft and is often covered in snow. The Big Island is truly diverse.

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Some quality time on the Queen K, again with Bells. I took her on her longest ever ride in crazy heat and humidity the day after she arrived. She handled it like a champ.

Some quality time on the Queen K, again with Bells. I took her on her longest ever ride in crazy heat and humidity the day after she arrived. She handled it like a champ.

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More from Mana Rd. The landscape and vegetation is so different up here than down by the coast. It reminds me of Australia or New Zealand. I’ve heard the Big island has 12 of the world’s 13 climate zones making it one of the most ecologically diverse places on earth.

More from Mana Rd. The landscape and vegetation is so different up here than down by the coast. It reminds me of Australia or New Zealand. I’ve heard the Big island has 12 of the world’s 13 climate zones making it one of the most ecologically diverse places on earth.

More from the Queen K. Spending a lot of time in the aero position - gotta be comfy down here! There are a lot of rocks around - lava lava lava means hot hot hot!

More from the Queen K. Spending a lot of time in the aero position – gotta be comfy down here! There are a lot of rocks around – lava lava lava means hot hot hot!

Cows up at Mana Rd.

Cows up at Mana Rd.

Mauna Kea.

Mauna Kea.

he training has been all business no bull#$%^ this week!

The training has been all business no bull#$%^ this week!

Solar powered :)

Solar powered :)

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Nice wave all framed up!

Nice wave all framed up!

I hope to get out for a bit of surfing post race (If there’s any swell and IF I can move!) Glen and I have another week post race to chill and holiday in Hawaii. This helps because it means I can focus on being boring just training and staying in the aircon pre-race and save the fun stuff for after.

I hope to get out for a bit of surfing post race (If there’s any swell and IF I can move!) Glen and I have another week post race to chill and holiday in Hawaii. This helps because it means I can focus on being boring just training and staying in the aircon pre-race and save the fun stuff for after.

 

Did I mention Hawaii is gorgeous!!?

Did I mention Hawaii is gorgeous!!?

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2 Responses

  1. Vesa

    Great Pictures ! Brings back nice memories from 2009 when I was there for three weeks to watch the race and travel around the Island.

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