It only took two days to do it.
Sunday started off with our “warm-up” ride. The beginning of the ride was easy enough, we descended about 1500 feet into the town of Paia. We then followed the north side of the island along highway 36/360 (the Hana highway). The road was pretty sweet, there were lots of nice corners and some short hills along the way. The traffic wasn’t too bad. Our turnaround for the ride was at Kaumahina State Wayside Park. This is the only place I grabbed some pictures (using my mobile phone).
First is my bike with bottles refilled and ready to go.
On the way back I started to get a bit tired around mile 45 – mostly my lower back getting sore. Then the last 5 miles before Paia, we ran into a bit of a headwind which slowed me down quite a bit. And then there is the problem with starting on a long downhill – you that you get to finish with a long uphill. I ran out of fluids about a quarter of the way up, so I was in pretty bad shape by the time I completed the ride. I had a bit of a dizzy spell when I got off of the bike, but it went away after sitting down for about 5 minutes. The ride was just about 56 miles with 4800’ of elevation gain. You can see the data from my Garmin here.
After returning to the B&B we had a little bit of downtime to recover from the bike, and then we were whisked away to do a run/hike. Since my bike ride had a bit of a rough end, I opted to hike the trail instead of run it. The location was higher up on the mountain in an experimental pine tree forest.
The forest was clearly man made.
Toward the end of the trail, we hiked down some fairly steep swtichbacks
and at the very end, there were a bunch of caves in a cliff that you could walk/crawl through.
Following the hike, we went back down to the B&B to have some dinner – the chef here is pretty awesome. She made a lasagna that I would actually eat! Following dinner, one of the coaches gave a quick talk on nutrition during endurance racing. I was pretty wiped at the end of the day, and we were only done with day 1!
Monday, we drove to Keawakapu to get an open water swim in. I brought a wetsuit and fins with me on the trip, but only used the wetsuit for this swim. There were three suggested options for the swim (based on easy to spot landmarks on shore)– 1000yds, 1.2mi, and 2.4 mi. I chose the 1000yd option. The swim paralleled the shore, 500yds down and 500yds back. The water was a little bumpy, so I had to pick the correct side for breathing…I only ended up with one wave in the face. My Garmin file can be found here.
After the swim, it was off for a nice run in the heat (completing my triathlon across 2 days). Ran along the beach for nearly 6 miles. My body is definitely not adjusted to the heat and humidity yet. My heart rate was very high, given my pace and the flatness of the trail. The Garmin file for the run can be found here.
At this point, I chose to return to the B&B (instead of shopping). After grabbing a quick lunch a couple of us went down to the bike shop to have bikes tuned up. I was having some minor shifting issues on the first ride that I wanted to get fixed.
Dinner tonight was awesome again – macadamia nut encrusted fish. Following dinner was a lecture on swimming technique. Now it is time to head off to bed – there is another bike ride tomorrow!