Elaine Garvican

Race Report: IM World Championships 2015

Blogging every day (even with the occasional double day) is really hard work. Definite respect to those who do it regularly – I found it onerous enough to fit into taper training and tourism, let alone a job. So that’s my excuse for taking so long to write about the actual race. This was my second time at Kona, and …

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Hawaii Blog Day 23: Homeward bound

It’s been a fabulous 3 weeks but our final day had come. We got up a bit later than the day before, owing to being pretty sleepy. Banana and macadamia nut pancakes for breakfast, then we grabbed our swimming stuff and headed to Lankai/ Kailua beach about a mile from our condo for a final play in the Pacific. I’d …

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Hawaii Blog Day 22: Winner, winner, chicken dinner

While flicking through the Hawaiian Airlines in-flight magazine on the way over from the Big Island, I noticed there was an XTERRA race on a ranch in La’ie and we thought it would be a fun jog. I wasn’t really expecting much and we held off entering until I was no longer coughing my guts up but then we figured …

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Hawaii Blog Day 21: Diamond Head, Waikiki, Manoa Falls

We woke up to the sound of torrential rain. Almost like being at home, except that it’s warm rain. Each shower doesn’t last long either, but we took our raincoats with us anyway. It rains a lot on O’ahu, especially the northern part. We’re in Kailua, which is the middle of the eastern side, so you get some of both …

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Hawaii Blog Day 20: War and Peace

One of the reasons we came to O’ahu was to visit the WWII Valour in the Pacific Memorial at Pearl Harbour. It’s made up of the USS Arizona, the USS Bowfin submarine, the USS Missouri and the Pacific Aviation museum. Each could easily occupy a half day alone. At school, WWII is a staple of history lessons. Understandably though, much …

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Hawaii Blog Day 18-19: Goodbye Big Island, Hello O’ahu

Sadly, it was now time to leave the Big Island, but not the state of Hawaii, so we weren’t too down. We packed up the ludicrous volume of stuff we have acquired in the short time we’ve been here, ran a few errands and had a final delicious – and impressive-looking – lunch at Hoppers, looking out over Dig Me …

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Hawaii Blog Days 16-17: The End of the World (& Manta rays)

Despite not getting to bed until about 1:30 in the morning, I still woke up at dawn. I felt pretty rough, coughed quite a lot and hobbled quite pathetically when I went anywhere – my feet got quite wet during the early parts of the marathon, which always means blisters. We went back into town to look at the finisher’s …

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Hawaii Blog Day 15: Race Day

I’m going to write a proper race report when I get home, so this will be short. When I was writing my previous post I initially included a bit about how I had come down with a cold. Then I deleted it, because no-one likes excuses before the cannon has even fired. Trouble is, you then end up with excuses …

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Hawaii Blog Days 13 – 14: Final Race Prep

The last few days before an Ironman race don’t really make great blogging material, in my opinion. So I’ll roll another pair of days into one and try not to bore you too much. I’ve mostly been doing this: interspersed with some eating, some sleeping and very little training. Thursday morning I swam again. I felt great in the pool, and …

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Hawaiian Blog Day 12: Hawaiian Chocolate

Last time we were here (2013) we managed to do pretty much everything on our list, with the exception of the aforementioned closed National Parks. One thing we tried to do and weren’t quick enough off the mark, was a tour of the Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory. Tours are small, don’t run every day and sell out quickly, so I …

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