Not a countdown for me – I wish, but Kona will likely not be an option unless I’m 70! But I am counting down to watch Coach Marni and all the other amazing athletes & pro triathletes that are competing on the Big Island. I didn’t understand the hype about Kona until I went to the Big Island with David & my parents in January. The place is magical, and I fully get the allure now. The island is so beautiful yet so harsh and unforgiving at the same time. From a nature & science point of view, the island has an amazing amount of diversity and isn’t all that touristy. And I haven’t even mentioned the food – macadamia nuts, papaya, sweet potatoes, kale, goat cheese, Kona brews – this girl was in heaven!
In honor of the Kona Ironman Championships, I wanted to do a post on my Big Island favorites. If you find yourself on the Big Island and happen to have time to do things other than swim-bike-run, these are my top 5 things to do:
2) If Lava is flowing, take a sunrise lava hike
3) Visit the Hilo Botanical Gardens, a must-see on the East side of the island!
4) In Kona, run on Ali’i Drive, eat at Island Lava Java (lots of local veggies & fruits – I could eat there daily!), and dip your toes in the water at Dig Me beach
5) Visit Ocean Rider Sea Horse Farm (a bit expensive, but so memorable!)
Doesn’t this make you want to be on an island too? I do miss Hawaii!
Anyone else psyched to watch the Kona Ironman Championships this weekend?! I have 3 BIG workouts to do Friday, Saturday and Sunday, so I’ll be so happy to be spending Saturday afternoon plopped on the couch watching the event. This is the only sporting event (other than the occasional Tour de France viewing) that I watch all year – yay for getting to watch triathlon at its best!!