Kona 22

I’ve known him some years - from the TO circuit and I guess the early days of racing…a great chap…

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I’ve just been on a call with an American woman who repeatedly pronounced Johannesburg as Yohannesburg :man_shrugging:


Hey folks, thanks for the support from afar.
Kona was everything i expected it to be, hot, windy, hilly, well supported
The community and Ironman do put on a heck of a show.
Swim went well, nice and relaxed and found some feet so three of is worked in a little group. Caught some of the wave ahead so it did get a bit busy on the way back but i went slightly out from the buoys to avoid the green hats.
Uneventful T1, just a long jog round the pier. Shoes were attached to bike as i didn’t fancy running all that way in cleats.
Off to the bike and managed to spot some of the Mottley Crew who were strategically placed around hot corner.
Chilled 1st half of the bike, it was a bit crowded in places but not the peletons I’d heard about. Managed to get my own space. 2:39.44 208AP 216NP for first half.
Second half i pushed it a bit more down Hawi and back to home. Much quieter on the roads now so head down back to town. 2:25 200AP 209NP for the second half
At no point in the bike did i feel like i was over exerting
Surprised myself when i looked down at the bike split.
Uneventful T2…even though they didn’t have bike catchers they were shouting out your number and had a volunteer stand and point where your racking spot was, so that helped.
Onto the run and i wanted to just tap out a comfortable rhythm. Ali’i was hillier than i was expecting but plenty of support and also up Palani. Run out along Queen K was mainly up on the way out and started to take it out of me. Nutrition was going well, as well as ice down front, back and in hat. I didn’t feel hot at any time so was well acclimatised. Onto the energy lab which i didn’t think was as bad as the tales. I did power walk up the last up section
Back to the Queen K and started to suffer a bit and slow(as you may have noticed on the tracker :rofl:) so a jog/walk back in to town. The suffering was always going to come, just a matter of when…always hope it comes at 26miles rather than an earlier.
When i started the run a sub 10 was on the cards(i couldn’t quite believe it)with around a 3:50 (did 3:38 at Bolton) so plenty of time with a steady run. That was always a dream goal… but quite a stretch. Second goal was 10:30 and third an Ironman PB(10:52 quickest to date). Got round to a 10:32 with a final shuffle down Ali’i grabbed a Welsh flag from my dad and celebrated over the line(unfortunately the flag was upside down). PB at the big show.
All in all what a cracking event. Yeah, plenty of moaning about, but not from this satisfied customer.
2 volunteers escorting you after the finish, handed off to a third to get t-shirt, hat and medal.
Saw my friend from high school who is an ER Dr and was working the med tent, gave him a big sweaty hug “i fucking did it”

The Mottley Crew


Outstanding Sid, sounds like a really well executed race. Must’ve been great to have the Mottley Crew there :clap: :+1:


Great stuff @SidSnot and great picture. Enjoyed reading that, sounds like you had a solid day and and had yourselves an awesome time.

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Enjoyed that and tracking you - pb at Kona, that’s wicked, well done again!

Three local guys got pbs and one lady as she had only ever done Bolton.

They all said the last half of the run was survival


That is Sweet As.

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That’s seriously cool Sid. Love the writeup, and sounds like you had an epic time man! Love it.

Amazing Sid. Sounds brilliant and what a photo of the crew.

Great report! Sounds like a great experience…and a PB :partying_face:. Glad you enjoyed it…would you go back?

Having three kids myself I am wincing at how much the trip must have cost you! :joy:


Isn’t that any Ironman :sweat_smile:


“ near death experience “ dramatic but needed the Med tent, he didn’t get a pb, but was fine afterwards

Fantastic pic.

Superbly executed race there @SidSnot seen many derailed by their ego’s at the big dance but you’ve played it perfectly. Well done, enjoy the rest and whatever extra time you have there.

Great stuff @SidSnot, enjoyed tracking you, as I was up all night with work, and reading the write up.

Well done Sid, brilliant swim and well paced race all round.


Great writeup and photo. A well executed race. Well done.