Elaine Garvican

Hawaii Blog Days 10 – 11: Let Race Week commence!

Blogging every day is hard work. Monday marked the start of race week and the transformation of Kailua from quaint seaside town into a crazy cacophony of colours and banners and pop up tents and free samples and promotions and launches and noise and always, everywhere, the better dressed, more tanned, fitter looking, faster looking triathletes. It’s insane. It’s fun. …

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Hawaii Blog Day 9: Sacred days, Sacred grounds

A Sunday and no training planned for the day meant we wanted to go to church (yes, we are God-botherers). We checked out the websites for a few of the Kona churches and decided to try the Living Stones (1 Peter 2:5) church half way down Ali’i Drive. It was great – they’re a pretty big church, but with a …

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Hawaii Blog Day 8: Swimming and Turtles

Today was my first Kona ocean swim. I decided to do the 3.8km Ho’ala swim (it means “Rise to the Occasion”) although now I’ve been told this was a bad idea. Still, it’s done now, so not much I can do about it. I can’t say I enjoyed it massively at the time either, I found it hard to sight …

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Hawaiian Blog Day 7: Hawi

Has it been a week already? This morning, my goodies from 2XU arrived. A girl can never have enough number belts, apparently. Or compression socks. The generous voucher will definitely come in useful though! This morning looked like a great day for a longer bike ride, so I decided to ride to Hawi. The plan was to stop at the …

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Hawaii blog Day 6: Back on my bike

Our first full day in Kona, so no tourism today – just as well, as I also needed to do some training! We woke up early to bird song but decided on a slightly more leisurely breakfast and start to the day, finishing off a bit of admin before heading to the pool. On Day 1 in Maui, I sliced …

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Hawaiian Blog Day 5: The crack of Dawn

Legend has it, that the days on Hawaii were too short and the people struggled to get their work done in daylight hours. So the handsome warrior demi-god, Maui, decided to take matters into his own hands. That night, he climbed the mighty Haleakala with a net, made partly from his grandmother’s hair, and lay in wait for Le, the …

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Hawaii Blog Day 4: Haleakala Summit

I promise this blog will become more triathlon-centred in a few days – bear with me! The eastern half of Maui, the Haleakala volcano, is mostly National Park. The volcano itself last erupted about 400 years ago, but in geological terms, that’s not all that long. It’s claim to fame is as the world’s largest dormant volcano, with a footprint …

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Hawaii Blog Day 3: The Road to Hana

In a way, the central, narrower section of Maui is a valley. To the east you have Pu’u Kukui and the Eke Crater, to the west the towering Pu’u’ula’ul (allegedly the tallest inactive volcano in the world). But for a lot of the past two days, neither has been visible, both shrouded in cloud, only occasionally split at the top …

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Pre-Kona Interview

Two of the team are off to Kona again – both for their second trips, both having also raced in 2013. We wondered how they got to this spot again and how they’re feeling about Round 2 of The Big Dance. How and where did you qualify for Kona? David: I qualified at Ironman Wales in September 2014. I’d just …

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Hawaii Blog Days 1-2

No-one really wants to read a travel blog. That is, a blog simply about the act of travel. I’m pretty sure if you’ve ever sat on a plane for 9+ hours, you can imagine what it feels like to fly to Hawaii, with the possible exception of the added excitement if you’re going to race in Kona. So I’ll spare …

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