#2 - Swimming thru Madness - Regardless of speed, unless you are the top amateur you will be surrounded by more top swimmers than you have experienced before. It is best to be conservative on the swim. Overestimating your swim speed will just result in people crawling over you left and right - personally I would rather be crawling over people then the other way around. And just because you lined up in the front at your Ironman qualifier doesn't automatically mean you can line up at the front in the World Championship.
|Bright Bags Can Help You Transition|
#4 Beacon The Bags - I always like to add a little special touch to my bags. It makes for easy identification of the bags and can be a real time saver in the event that the bag gets misplaced.
|A Tree In Hawi|
#6 - Bike Pacing - There is no glory in a great bike split if you can't back it up on the run. Kona is likely much hotter, and more humid than you are use to, and this can greatly affect the amount of power you can put out. It also affects how much you can take in. Course difficulty all depends on winds on the day, but it is best to take it out conservatively. If you have to ask yourself out on the bike if you are going too hard then you probably are.
#7 Enjoy The Intermission - The run is going to hurt, it is going to be hot, and you are going to suffer. Enjoy the shade of the tent as you methodically move thru transition. No need to rush this. At worst you lose a few seconds as your body cools off and your heart rate falls. I can assure you this will be made up once you get onto the legendary lava fields as you roast in the midday sun.
|An Athlete Tackles Palani Hill|
Heat Acclimation Tips
#9 Sweat It Out - Bikram Yoga is a great way to work on heat acclimation while keeping you flexible, and rejuvenating the body and mind. If you haven't done Bikram Yoga before then this might not be the time to experiment, but it can be great way for people from the Pacific Northwest, Midwest, and East Coast to stay acclimated without going to Kona 10 days out.
#10 Hot-Box Biking - If you have a bathroom big enough, then turn on the shower, close the door, and start biking. Use common sense when it comes to the temperature and duration and also don't bring any electronics in that could cause a short or that could be adversely affected by the humidity. And NO, the bike doesn't actually go in the shower.