Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Big Island Training

I've said it a thousand times and I'll say it a thousand more, I love the Big Island! Last Friday-Sunday was spent on the Big Island for BOCA's annual training weekend. A chance to get away from work, life and stress while spending the weekend hanging out and working hard with a bunch of other crazies passionate athletes. 
Welcome to Kona
Day 1 started off with a swim (and maybe a little body surfing) at Hapuna Beach the site of the Honu swim course. Hands down my favorite place to ocean swim. 

Followed by a ride to Waimea and Parker Ranch, down to Old Mamalahoa,Waikoloa Beach Road and back to Hapuna Prince. Two two word phrases for the day...


Switched things up for day 2 because of the whipping winds to keep everyone safe and did our BOCA swim race on the Honu course (and some more body surfing)...thanks to Jason and his other Lifeguard friend for the support, pointers and course recon. 
We followed the swim up with our long run. Thanks to our wonderful support volunteers (Bonnie, Rick and Joan) for our aid stations! We couldn't have made it through the weekend without you three. 

and we ended the day with a nice catered dinner at the hotel

 Day 3 a ride out to Pololu Valley and a preview of the Honu Bike course.  
BOCA ready to roll
Stopping for coffee in Hawi before heading back to Hapuna
Pololu Valley
Obligatory BOCA Soup picture!

A great weekend was had by all! Thanks Raul, coaches and friends for making this yet another Big Island weekend where lessons were learned, friendships were strengthened and memories were made!

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