This is it..after a little over 6 months, thousands of yards of swimming, biking hundreds of miles and running on all terrain and more miles than I can count-we are in the plane to Phoenix, where we catch our connection to Kona. We arrive at 2:00-ish Kona time, gaining 4 hours along the way. It should be an interesting adjustment jet lag wise.
I have been waking up every morning at 3:30 AM, averaging 5 hours of sleep a night this week. As a result, I have been utterly stressed out, tired and cranky. It took me days to pack, this includes packing and repacking several times in order to have the weight just right and the perfect clothing choices. This makes me irrationally temporarily insane..no, it really it does. I told H this AM if I could pay someone to pack for me and organize my s#%*t before a trip, I would. On more than one occasion I thought I am seriously getting to old for this! The moment we got on the plane, I felt my body finally after a week, relax...I am thoroughly exhausted, I could sleep for days before the race. I won't because there will be so much to do, to see in Ironman Paradise. So many things to buy! The Ironman Store will be so happy to see me coming, I am planning on buying all the IM Kona momentos I can. My suitcase weighed 51.4 lbs, the agent said to make sure to take something out before coming home, and that she would let me go this time..Ha! Of course she didn't know I was headed to race souvenir heaven so getting back underweight will be a challenge.
We arrived in Kona Thursday night without any glitches..I am always happy to see my suitcase rolling on the luggage carousel. Whew! We got to our new home away from home the "Sugar Shack", a 4 Suite HUGE house complete with kitchens in each space and hanging out places galore. We are staying in part of the house until the whole fam arrives on Thursday/Friday-all 12 of them and we take over the whole house! My sister in law and her hubby arrive Monday, although they are not staying here. I have my own little cheering section and Crew! I feel so lucky and amazingly loved and supported...it overwhelms me..
We even a little pool where we can take a dip anytime when the day gets hot, and yes indeed it does get a little toastie and humid during parts of the day! We are right across the street from the ocean and have full access to the daily beautiful sunsets of Hawaii. So awesome..