I just booked my flight... I'm going to Hawaii from October 8-17th, to be a spectator at the mighty mother of awesomeness... I'm going to Ironman KONA! Woot!
250 days to go!
Kailua-Kona, Hawaiʻi October 13, 20122.4 mile swim / 112 mile bike / 26.2 mile run
How Ironman Began As
with many things, the idea of Ironman started with a friendly debate.
In 1977 a group of naval officers began to question which type of
athlete was most fit - the swimmer, the cyclist, or the runner. To
settle it, Commander John Collins cobbled together a race that combined
the three major endurance races on the island of Oahu (where they were
all stationed) - the Waikiki Roughwater Swim (2.4 miles), the
Around-Oahu Bike Race (115 miles), and the Honolulu Marathon (26.2
miles). Being the resourceful Navy man that he was, CDR Collins figured
out that if he shaved three miles off the bike leg and ran it
counter-clockwise, it could start at the end of the swim and finish at
the traditional starting line for the marathon.
distances agreed upon and a rudimentary set of rules in place, on
February 18, 1978, fifteen athletes competed in the very first “Ironman”
- the named coined by CDR Collins for the winner of the race.
distinction went to George Haller, with a winning time of 11 hours, 46
minutes, and 58 seconds.
The Move to Kona
1981 the race was permanently moved to the Big Island of Hawaii to get
away from the traffic and congestion of Honolulu. While the move was
rooted in practicality, it also had a profound effect on the nature of
the race. There were no longer just 140.6 miles to conquer for each
athlete, there were the elements.
The miles and miles of lava
fields along the Kona coast introduced heat and strong winds into the
race equation, making it the world’s signature man-versus-nature test of
endurance, stamina, and heart.