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half ironman training – blood, sweat and tears

We didn’t know there would be so much crying. Now midway through our half ironman training, we know that the concept of a triathlon – Swim. Bike. Run. is deceptively simple.

We grew up doing all three of these sports and have stayed active, so why not?  Reasoning that because swimming, biking and running are a blast – a “triathlon” must be fun cubed. Basking in the joy of selecting our new bikes and gear, kicking back at Island Triathlon & Bike, socializing with local cyclists and orienting ourselves to the biking community, we felt prepped for what came next – the actual workouts.

On our first day though, we seesawed between poise and panic. Riding outdoors in a group was brilliant, but needing to unclip from a pedal at every stop was nerve-wracking and stressful.  Every cyclist can recount an unclipping misadventure and we’re no exception. Blood and embarrassment included.

We had both expected the physical demands but the emotional havoc we experienced during the first few weeks took us by surprise. The most fitting way to characterize these three weeks is the expression “crying at the drop of a hat”. In hindsight, we were just plain worn out.

It was the sheer fatigue – accumulated from a steep learning curve + riding faster + cycling more efficiently + biking on a trainer and on the road + the miles. The miles.

So how are we feeling now? Like champs! Last week, we did the previously unimaginable – rode up Tantalus non stop! Our coach, Will Mather, knew we were ready even when we did not. Victory is sweet – we’re stronger, more confident and skilled. Worth every tear…with four weeks to go.

Velohana Cycling |Island Triathlon & Bike
569 Kapahulu Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96815
808.732.7227

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waikiki brewing company – seriously good beer, food and fun

Cruising in Kakaako a few months back, we landed at Waikiki Brewing Company. Famished, Chrissy had the Kiawe Smoked Baby Back Ribs and I ordered the Kona Coffee Rubbed Beef Brisket along with a flight of beer each.

My flight had Aloha Spirit Blonde Ale, 808 Pale Ale, Hana Hou Hefe, and English Brown Ale.  Between the carnivoris meal and swigging 16 ounces of beer, we were satiated and on the verge of leaving when, Joe Lorenzen, the Brewmaster, offered to show us the brewery – aka “where the magic happens”.

Joe lead us on an impromptu tour.  Walking and talking he took us through the steps from grain to can. Thus my new disclaimer: I don’t know a lot about beer. I thought I did… but I don’t.

His zeal for the craft was evident and this near obsessive attention to detail spells success. And the best way to enjoy success – is to share it!

Beer aficionado’s already hangout here but even non- beer enthusiasts come to Waikiki Brewing Company because it’s a pleaser. So “to beer” or “not to beer” is a question that can be decided later because it’s a kinda perfect place to chill out, grab a bite, loosen up and go with the flow. But… have the beer… for goodness sake.

Waikiki Brewing Company

831 Queen Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
808.591.0387

1945 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
808.946.6590

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