view awesome video from my time in Kona with Timex Sports last week here: http://YouTube.com/daRevoluCHIN
Live from Kona – Race Day – Posted on CityFit.com on October 15, 2012
By Ken Chin
Wow, race day was officially awesome.
From almost throwing my phone into the water when the starting cannons went off, to watching the families of the champions react to what they were seeing on the Jumbotron to the fire dance and song that closed out the day – it was incredible.
If you’ve haven’t had the chance to watch a replay on TV (I have several locked and loaded ready for me on my DVR), I can’t begin to tell you how inspiring the last week has been in Kona.
Thanks to Timex Sports, my other social media buddies and I had VIP access so we could literally see all of the ins and outs of the Ironman Championship. And believe me, we took full advantage!
I was too excited to go take a nap and thought I could make it all the way until midnight without sipping coffee. At 7pm, I finally succumbed to Five Hour Energy that tied me over for the rest of the night. Honestly, I’m not sure I would have needed it when the athletes started crossing the finish line.
A few highlights from the day included watching Craig (Crowie) Alexander swimming to the start line and eyeing the competition; Andy Potts being redirected after taking a wrong turn around a buoy and still coming out of the water in first; being within two feet of Caroline Steffen, Mirinda Carfrae and Crowie and screaming my head off to cheer them on; watching the race unfold on the big screen at the finish line; watching the families’ of Pots and Leanda Cave react after they won the race; witnessing the finish of the champions; witnessing the age groupers finish and hearing their stories after the race; and finally watching the closing of the night with a fire dance and song.
It was a beautiful and memorable day. For photos and videos from the entire trip, check out myFacebook page.
Live from Kona – It’s Almost Here – Posted on CityFit.com on October 12, 2012
By Ken Chin
On the 11-hour airplane ride to Hawaii, I had a picture in my mind of what I would be seeing everyday when I woke up in my condo. Well, the view from our lanai is everything I expected and more – it looks like a portrait!
I eagerly awake every morning and head down to the beach where we start the day with a swim of the official start of the swimming portion of the Ironman World Championships. The water is so beautiful; completely clear with the most magnificent view of the ocean floor and all of its life – including colorful fish.
Staring at fish is one thing. Try looking at the amazing athletes who are here to compete. I was talking to a friend and lamenting that I feel out of shape compared to everyone else who is walking around with tri-bodies. My friend reminded me that these are the TOP triathletes in the world and that they are paid to be in incredible physical condition. It wouldn’t be the Ironman if you saw beer bellies and love handles I guess, right? I digress.
In all seriousness, the videos and pictures I took underscore my point about how in shape these guys are. The amount of training they’ve put in to get to this point is inconceivable. All of my posts on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube speak for themselves, no?
Despite what you may think, I’ve been doing a lot more than people watching in Hawaii. We’ve spent time obtaining our media credentials, perusing the outdoor expo, snapping pictures and getting autographs with celebrity triathletes and my favorite – interviewing Timex Multisport Teamprofessional and amateur (still Elite) athletes. Again, you can find all of those on my Facebook and YouTube pages.
As you’ll see with the videos I’ve posted, the Timex Multisport Team members are incredible. They are genuinely warm, excited and passionate to share their experiences with us and the rest of the triathlon world. This is a bit different than the past experiences I’ve had with other, high-caliber triathletes. For whatever reason, they were unapproachable and not very friendly. Quite the contrary for every athlete I’ve talked with here! The Timex athletes are modest and willing to talk with you and share their knowledge.
In closing, it’s hard to put the week thus far into words. The vibe in town has changed a bit since I arrived. The tension is palpable as the ‘Super Bowl’ of Ironman’s is tomorrow and all of the athletes are nervous about the task ahead of them. I’m nervous and I’m not even competing!
After I finish my post, we’ll be departing to drive a portion of the 112-mile bike race course. More interviews at bike check will be followed by bed time for an extra early rise so we can cheer on all of the athletes in the morning.
Live from Kona – Day 1 – Posted on CityFit.com
By Ken Chin
Ken Chin is a runner, triathlete, fitness ambassador and the manager of operations for The Running Institute in Chicago. Ken won a trip from Timex Sports to attend the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. He will be checking in and chronicling his experiences as the worlds’ greatest athletes prepare for Saturday’s race.
As I write this blog, I feel lucky to be in this rather envious position. Twenty-four hours ago, I was working the starting line at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon during what turned out to be a very sleep-deprived weekend.
Despite being bleary-eyed, I was up bright and early Monday to travel 11 hours to Kona, Hawaii for the Ironman Triathlon thanks to Timex Sports.
So how did I get here? A few weeks ago, I responded to a contest via twitter to help Timex with its social media in Kona. A few weeks later, me and four other social media mavens are mingling amongst the best athletes in the world. It was about 40 degrees when I left Chicago and it was 85 and humid when I arrived in Hawaii.
Seriously, pinch me; I’m still in shock that I’m really here.
Upon landing on the island, I linked up with one of my other Timex teammates and we headed over to our condos. Interestingly, the route we took from the airport was the same route the cyclists ride during the race. The only reason I knew that was because we’d see alien heads fitted in Spandex from head to toe flying by us while we were stuck in traffic.
After settling into my condo, I met up with the crew for our first group meal together at Huggo’s, which is right on the water. Our dinner fit the cliché of water crashing, umbrella mai tai sipping, Pineapple in my hand type Hawaiian dinner.
The mai tai and the five-hour time difference hit me all at the same time as I began to fade near the end of dinner. I woke up a bit as I realized that two sports medicine doctors that have worked with Dr. Michael Chin at The Running Institute were sitting right next to us.
I startled them a bit when I abruptly went up to their table and asked to see their passports. One of the guys was reaching for his wallet trying to pull out his passport before I finally led him on to who I was.
A hula lesson preceded our jet-lagged crew hitting the sack on what was a great first day in paradise.
i’m still riding the high of ironman wisconsin. and, this photo from last friday was part of that high! yup, i got inked! being my first (AND ONLY!) tattoo, it was not one of the most pleasant experiences. it’s an awesome way to celebrate, though. and i could care less about how cliche it is to have it!