Kona in Pictures

I thought for those that haven’t yet made it across to the Big Island or those wishing they were back here to throw up a few picture.

Ella and I are lucky enough to have rented a stunning villa 4 miles out of town down Alli Drive near the turnaround point for the first part of the run. It’s a really surfers hangout and there’s people here on boards from first light catching a few waves before work.

We’re right on the water with an amazing lani to take it all in.

view to the left
view to the left

 

view to the right
view to the right
surfers out at first light
surfers out at first light
sunset from the lani
sunset from the lani
plenty of space for the bike
plenty of space for the bike

Something that surprised me was just how small “dig me” beach was at the start – it’s tiny.

Thankfully not a beach start!
Thankfully not a beach start!

The swim course just stretches out to the horizon

A true and and back course
A true and and back course

And underneath the water is just incredible

But the ocean isn’t the only place to swim…

The Aquatic Center is popular too…you’ll find a mixed bunch hanging around outside

Then it’s down to business

Also be careful where you take that bacon sandwich!

No illegal drugs and no bacon!
No illegal drugs and no bacon!

and the only place to get your bacon..

Lava Java
Lava Java

On the way to Lava Java I bumped into a old friend

mildly gigantic
mildly gigantic

On the Sunday before the race there’s a local 5k and 10k run

some more serious than others
some more serious than others

When at the Expo – maybe a souvenir?

Love - Step away from the AWA gear!
Love – Step away from the AWA gear!

M-dot gear not take your fancy? Well there’s an amazing second hand book warehouse near by

This place is seriously huge!
This place is seriously huge!

Trust me to find the special interest Hawaii section

Looks interesting (special interesting)
Looks interesting (special interesting)

But full of advice – like watch out for loose fishing nets in the swim

Sound advice in pictures!
Sound advice in pictures!

But there are other ways to get hot under the collar….maybe a cycle along the Queen K

If you like lava - you're very much in luck!
If you like lava – you’re very much in luck!
Spoiling the view at Scenic Point
Spoiling the view at Scenic Point

Many thanks to Garmin UK for the loan of the VIRB Elite to capture my time here.

 

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