Extra "t" added for extra emphasis on how damn hot it is here! And I'm not talking about the triathletes...
After breakfasting at Lava Java where I discovered my new favorite breakfast - whole wheat wrap with scrambled eggs, tomatoes and mushrooms AND coffee of course - it was time to run. I gave it about 2 hours to give the breakfast a chance to remain in my stomach and then I set out.
Two hours today of running. Within 20 minutes my hands were wet. Why were my hands wet, I thought. Might be the 1000 percent humidity and damn beating sun! I ran down towards the pier, up Palani, left on Kuakini then back again to run up and down Alii. Of course this was no namby pamby zone 1 run. There was some moderate intensity and marathon pace. But it all felt hard. My legs felt great but I did have to stop a few times to gather my thoughts. Each time I stopped the heat was radiating from me. I think I went through over 90 ounces of fluids out there. When I reached one of the Gatorade tents and all jugs were empty I almost cried. Then I found the last jug had a little bit left and almost cried this time with joy.
All in all I don't remember Kona being this hot before. Or maybe I just forgot how hot hot really is. Of course as soon as I was done the cloud cover rolled in!
Then I found Chris talking with Seiichi. He is one of my St. Louis athletes. My other two STL boys arrive tomorrow. Chris and I then went for an easy ride. Well I was trying to keep it easy. Chris gapped me then waited and said he thought I had a mechanical issue and that was why I was going so slow. Oh you silly tapered fool! Go, be free!
We went to the straw market and bought oodles of fresh fruit. I had the best grapefruit ever. Then we went to the grocery store and bought a 6 dollar loaf of bread and 5 dollar gallon of milk on sale from 7 dollars. If you're wondering how it is different from the same loaf we buy at home for $2.50 - nothing but I'll keep looking and let you know.
Now we are relaxing. We are cooking dinner and will eat on the lanai - perhaps my favorite part about Hawaii, dinner on a lanai. Tomorrow I am going to swim with Seiichi and then it's coffee. John is trying to talk me into some monster hike up Mauna Loa but I think my legs are too far in the hurt shop for that. We will see.
No other hotties spotted today. I mean, the whole place is crawling with the tri scene but one fit body is just like another. I think Macca rode by me today. I did see Jeff Keil too. Kate Pallardy yelled at me from a car. But it's still early. The town has not exploded in triathlon just yet.