243 Photos - Sep 26, 2011
Photo: Photo: Mr. Cervelo aka "The Lava Rocket!"Photo: At almost 14,000 feet the twin peaks of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea stick up above the clouds. They are the tallest mountains in the world when measured from the ocean floor.Photo: Photo: An old lava flow from Mauna Kea to the ocean. Sea level to 13796 feet in one view.Photo: The Queen K highway from the air....the most legendary road in the history of triathlon.Photo: Photo: The Winston-Salem NC NC boys early morning on on the pier — with Jeff Ickes and Ken Bush in Kailua-Kona, HawaiiPhoto: Mokuaikaua Church - the oldest Christian Church in Hawaiian Islands (1820) — in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.Photo: Photo: Photo: Pros Michael Lavato and Amanda Gillam LovatoPhoto: My Friend Dave Orlowski is one of the original 12 Ironman Finishers from 1978...a true legend of the sport!Photo: St.  Peter's Church near the run turn-a-roundPhoto: Ironman Start/Finish Line it s state historical marker.Photo: The "Voice of Ironman" Mike Reilly...and a great guy!Photo: 7:00 am swim at Dig Me Beach where the Ironman startsPhoto: Kailua Bay with the sun coming up over Hualālai volcano.Photo: Two time 70.3 world champ Michael Raelert.Photo: Spectators watch morning swim training.Photo: Six Time world champ and Ironman legend Mark AllenPhoto: Robert Blais aka B-Dad - I promise you this man win win the War on ALS!Photo: Rajesh Durbal - the world’s first triple amputee to compete and finish the Hawaii Ironman. Explain to me - what's your excuse?!Photo: Photo: Receiving a Hawaiian lei for speaking at the Knoa Executives Association Breakfast at the King Kamehameha Hotel - First meeting here since the tsunami in March.Photo: Photo: Alana Yamamoto - Manager at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel, and my hostess for the breakfast presentation.Photo: 1996 World Champion Heather Fuhr. She is one of our family's all time favorite athletes!Photo: Race check-in volunteer Karen - Super!Photo: Dave Orlowski's trophy from the 1st Ironman in 1978Photo: Photo: Normann Stadler- Two world champion and an all time favorite of our familyPhoto: ChrissiePhoto: Photo: ChrissiePhoto: ChrissiePhoto: Three time world champ Chrissie Wellington out training on the Queen K.Photo: Dirk Bockel - one of the favorites - originally from  Germany. He  raced for Luxembourg in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.Photo: Linsey Corbin - A top US femalePhoto: Breakfast with some pros!Photo: Photo: Bob Babbit - one of the legends of the sport!Photo: Jordan Rapp - Two time Ironman Canada winner and Slowtwitch guruPhoto: Troy Jacobson is the Official Coach of IRONMAN! former Pro and founder of Spinervals.Photo: Terenzo Bozzone  is a professional triathlete from New Zealand.Photo: This guy helped take picture for us!Photo: We all need a little "Aloha" help every now and then.Photo: On the road to HawiPhoto: Near Hawi the wind blows so hard that the trees grow side ways!Photo: On the road to HawiPhoto: Michellie Jones has won two ITU Triathlon World Championships, an Olympic Silver Medal, and the 2006 Ironman World Championship. She gave us a guided tour of the course.Photo: Ironman symbol made out of native Hawaiian flowersPhoto: Cindy being presented with a hand-made lei at the Aloha ReceptionPhoto: The Aloha ReceptionPhoto: Photo: The Aloha Reception - the entrance to the Hulihee Palace - Historic vacation home for Hawaiian royaltyPhoto: The Aloha ReceptionPhoto: Ken Glah has won six Ironman events, finished ten times in the top 10 at the Ironman World Championships, and has raced well over 50 Ironman races and countless other triathlons in his career so far.Photo: The Aloha Reception - Traditional Hawaiian string trioPhoto: Paula Newby Fraser - 8 time world champion and perhaps the greatest of all time!Photo: Photo: Family Friend a Slowtwitch.com editor Herbert KrabelPhoto: Paradise?Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Our Family with  Rajesh Durbal -  first triple amputee to compete and finish the Hawaii Ironman.Photo: Dr. Mike Leahy founder of A.R.T. (Active Release Techniques) gets me in shape!Photo: Photo: The Queen of Kona - 8 time world champ Paula Newby FraserPhoto: Mike Reilly the "Voice of Ironman!"Photo: 2 time Olympian and Iron Distance world record holder Andreas Raelert of GermanyPhoto: Marino Vanhoenacker is a Belgian triathlete. On 3 July 2011, he broke the world record for an offical Ironman Triathlon at Klagenfurt in AustriaPhoto: Our son raced Normann Stadler through the Chicago Airport after the Champs 2nd World Title in 2006....wonder who would win this time! Normann is a great family friend and nice guy!Photo: Pro press conferencePhoto: 2 time World Champ Craig Alexander, Last year's champ Mirinda Carfrae, and 3 time champ and world record holder Crissie WellingtonPhoto: Photo: Tim Timothy O'Donnell, Marino Vanhoenacker, Andreas Raelert, Craig Alexander, Mirinda CarfraePhoto: Photo: Photo: All of the favorites in one shotPhoto: One of the greatest of all time. Greg Welch is the only athlete ever to win the world championship in all 5 major multi-sport event including Long Course, Short Course, Ironman, Long Course Duathlon, and Short Course duathlon. He is also IronmanLive.com announcer and Media Day MC.Photo: A young up and coming star Ben Hoffman - He won Ironman Lake Placid when we were there in 2010.Photo: Ironman Village!Photo: ‎2 Time world champ and last American to win, Tim DeBoomPhoto: Dirk Brockel - Olympian and amoung the favorites...super nice guy!Photo: 2 Time World Champ Chris McCormack aka MaccaPhoto: Long time good friend Joe Ironman - he is the volunteer in change of all aid stations. We've know each other 21 years --- I kissed him in public when I saw him! Lots of lessons from Joe....you'll be seeing this photo in some future presentations. He is kind to my family and fulfills dreams "One person at a time"....Thanks Joe!Photo: Pre-race dinner with traditional Polynesian dancersPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: A quick kiss from 2006 world champ and Olympic silver medalist Mickellie JonesPhoto: Herbert Krabel of Slowtwitch.com among the throngs of mediaPhoto: Photo: Heading to bike check-inPhoto: The biggest stag in the whole sport!Photo: Marino Vanhoenacker heads to bike check-inPhoto: Good friend Bill BeyerPhoto: Photo: David with Marino Van hoenackerPhoto: Troy Ford - good friend and great guy!Photo: Photo: Timo Bracht is a 5 time Ironman winner...he looks ready for the big one!Photo: Timo BrachtPhoto: 3 time World Champ and world record holder Chissie Wellington draws quite a crowd!
a few seconds ago · LikePhoto: Photo: Phil White of Cervelo BicyclesPhoto: Troy Ford of Ironman - Good friend and great guy!Photo: A kid climbing a giant banyan tree overlooking the transition area.Photo: Yvonne van Vlerken is a Dutch triathlete and duathlete, twice winner of  Challenge Roth, who in 2008 set a then world record for Ironman-distance triathlon races. She is one of a small group of female triathletes to have recorded three or more sub-9 hour times over the Ironman distance.Photo: Photo: Chrissie on her way back out.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: A lot of characters show up fot the world championship!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Heading to the startPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Chrissie on the runPhoto: Palani Hill . . .  Pay-n-Save hill for us old timersPhoto: Photo: Dr. Hideki Takayasu is a good friend friend Japan. He was affected by the Tsunami and Earth quake and treated victims at his hospital. One of the highlights of my day was being there when he finished!Photo: Photo: Huge crowds at midnight.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: T-2 . . . only 26.2 to go!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Overall winner (3rd  time) and new record holder.Photo: 81 year old Lew Hollander, the oldest ever finisher.Photo: Who says Ironman isn't a full contact sport!?Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Seaweed is healthy to eat!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Sea cumcumberPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Fabulous snorkeling!  This is at "Two step"Photo: Photo: Two stepPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: The Painted ChurchPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The Southern most tip of the US!Photo: The southern most tip of the United States!Photo: Cliffs above the Green Sand BeachPhoto: Papakolea Beach - Spectacular Green Sand Beach....four wheeling to get there was a bit dicey!Photo: The hike back up from the Green Sand BeachPhoto: The winds blow so hard that the trees grow sideways!Photo: Preparing ti leaves to make traditional Lau Lau at Super Js in Captain CookPhoto: Ut oh, I ate it all before getting a photo!Photo: Super Js - Lau Lau is chicken and/or pork with poy and spices wrapped in taro leaves, then wrapped in ti leaves and steamed for 8 - 12 hoursPhoto: Paul Allen's (Microsoft co-founder) house....5 down from us!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Our rental vehicle - please don't tell where all I took it!Photo: This is an understatement!Photo: Photo: A beautiful lava coast.Photo: Makalawena BeachPhoto: We found an infamous lava goat!  They are very hard to find!Photo: Mauna Kea in the backgroundPhoto: A rare glimpse of a Lava Goat!Photo: Can you find the lava goat?Photo: The lava fields go on foreverPhoto: Makalawena BeachPhoto: Terrific beach accessible only by four wheel drivePhoto: Makalawena BeachPhoto: Makalawena BeachPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Hawaiian Pine TreesPhoto: Needles of a Hawaiian pine treePhoto: