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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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our top ten list of where to get married in hawai‘i

A Destination wedding in Hawai’i is always a good idea. For February, the month of love, we are sharing our favorite island wedding venues. Below, and in no particular order, are seven Oahu venues (where we live) and three outer island venues. With half a century of experience in the Hawai’i wedding industry between Chrissy and me – take our word on this.

OAHU

The Kahala Hotel & Resort

Halekulani

Moli‘i Gardens at Kualoa Ranch

Lanikuhonua

The Royal Hawaiian Resort

Turtle Bay

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

MAUI

Olowalu Plantation House

BIG ISLAND

Four Seasons Hualalai

KAUAI

The St. Regis Princeville Resort

Each of these properties has it’s own character and we hope you’ll consider your unique style to find the perfect match. Need help? Shoot us an email and we’ll point you in the right direction.

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