Aloha from the island. Aloha is the motto of this year’s Ironman World Championship. It is known worldwide as the Hawaiian welcome greeting, but it means much more. It also stands for love and affection, for example. Something you should also feel for this Ironman in the merciless landscape with its harsh climate when you start here. Astrid is already looking forward to it.
The last two days were characterized by less training and two very nice dates, which provided for further relaxation before the race. Yesterday, Astrid was on her bike for another 2 hours, where she completed a few intervals in the last hour to connect 30 minutes afterwards. After an extensive second breakfast and the attempt of a little nap we went to a short swimming session at 11:00 o’ clock. Astrid wanted to finish the interrupted unit on Monday and that’s what we did. On the way back we wanted to pick up the registration and the competition documents. Astrid had this after 10 minutes and I was looking forward to lunch. Unfortunately, this didn’t happen because the next 2.5 hours belonged to the doping control. Many pros and also some agegroupers were chosen during registration to be tested. Since about 20 people sat in the waiting room with us and there were only 4 testers it took a correspondingly long time. But above all because, in contrast to the doping controls of the Nada, nothing has been digitised. It’s an endless pile of paperwork to be filled in by hand before the urine and blood can finally be donated. Despite the fact that Astrid should have eaten directly, we strongly support the tests. Fair sport is what it’s all about.
Afterwards we only had 90 minutes to eat and for the next try of a nap before Astrid was at the Expo for the autograph session. Profile Design has exhibited Astrid’s wheel and Astrid has diligently signed autograph cards. Check out the previous blogs for a photo of the eyecatcher that Astrid has running over the highway on Saturday. Afterwards, there was rice with salsa, a short massage and off to bed.
Of course, the alarm clock went off again today at 04:40 a. m. and after a small breakfast we went into the pool for 40 minutes to set a short unit with some short intensities. This time it worked out with the second breakfast before we had another appointment with Profile Design. Today, a photo shoot for Profiles Design’s new drinking system, which Astrid will be the first and only athlete in the world to drive at the World Championships, was scheduled. What do you want me to say? The shooting location was a dream. Shane and Thorsten did a really good job and Astrid enjoyed the shooting a lot. We are already looking forward to the pictures and are sure that HSF Aeria will be a complete success. Astrid has never had anything better on the bike and is already looking forward to an aerodynamic optimum and at the same time being able to drink without splashing. Whoever is a triathlete knows what a gain in comfort and speed this is.
After the shooting we bought only bread and now we have to put our legs up all day long. Tonight, Doug and his wife are coming to visit us. Two locals from Kona, who are friends with friends of our host family from Noosa. We are really looking forward to meeting new people again.
In this sense, Me ke aloha