Monday, February 1, 2016


I've been backing up my blog posts just in case Blogger dies. Reading some of my posts from my time in Hawaii makes me realize something.

Compared to where I was then I can't help but feel I now live a life of total obscurity.

I knew people back then.
People knew me.

I swam, biked and ran with some really awesome athletes, both famous and regular, everyday peeps. World-record holders and back-of-the-packers.

I haven't written on this blog for some time. Not that many people come here nowadays and if they do it's usually an errant search that brought them here. Even back in the day people mostly stopped by because they were doing a search on Hawaii and for some reason my blog showed up in their searches.

My "CHRISTMAS IN HAWAII" blog post from 2008 or 09 still get's lots of hits.  But when you put Christmas and Hawaii together search engines are bound to find it.

So these days I live in complete anonymity. No training partners. No group swims or runs or cycling. No training at all, actually. A little running now and then. Growing old and fat and slowly becoming that couch potato I once was.

I've thought about shutting down "The Kona Life" blog. Deleting it all. Erasing what seems like a dream now. Maybe someday. There's still a faint glimmer of hope that triathlete deep inside me will emerge once again.

But for now in these dreary days of winter here in Oregon I like re-reading my misadventures in paradise and dream of palm trees,  warm ocean swims, running along Alii and long, hot rides on Queen K.

I haven't swam or biked since posting this. I have ran off and on though, but not much. I still miss Hawaii and all those wonderful people but I have lost weight. I weigh less now than I did when I weighed in for Ironman in 2009.  Probably less than I have in 20 years but it's from diet not training so not nearly as much muscle as I used to have. But maybe when the weather turns ...

1 comment:

Carlton said...

Glad to see you still posting! Obviously, you just need to purchase some new triathlon gear. It may not help me get any faster, but it does keep me interested and continuing to train. In the winter months, I get through using a Wahoo Kicker and TrainerRoad. And for the social aspect, I like local masters swim groups. I quit the solo swimming after my first group practice, and that's kept me going for the past 4 years.

I'm not doing Ironman races any longer. Short and close to home, have fun, and go home to enjoy the rest of the weekend. Spring is coming...


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