Every October, Kailua-Kona transforms from a serene island town into a red carpet you would find rolling right out of Hollywood, except instead of your usual step and repeat by the likes of Brad and Angelina, this Kalilua-Kona cat-walk boasts the best of the best amongst the triathlete world.
It’s not the Grammy’s or the Oscars; heck, it ain’t even the MTV Video Music Awards; but, there is no compariosn. The Ironman World Championships is in a league of their own and on October 8th, 2011, the 2.4 mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2 run will kick off another year of blood, sweat and tears for many around the globe. If you live here, you either know someone who will race or has raced the event; or someone that is related to someone who will race or has raced the event. And no, it’s not because we are a small town, it’s because the Ironman “Worlds” is just that BIG.
Meet John Harris. John is one of those folks that I know who will compete this year. And John, as I have known, has been training for a really long time, to eventually get to this point – to line up amongst the best. Keep John in your thoughts as he races with passion on Sunday, October 8!
Not ready to hit the pavement for 140.6 total miles? That’s okay, because you don’t need to be a triathlete to enjoy the perks that come with Ironman weekend in Kailua-Kona. Check here for some ideas that will keep you in spectator status!
And last, but not least, whether you are a triathlete, a cyclist or a fitness buff looking to improve your biceps and triceps, try these simple exercises:
Stand straight, a dumbbell in each hand, palms facing your sides. Keeping upper arms tight against your body, raise the dumbbells until your forearms are nearly vertical and your thumbs face your shoulders. Slowly lower to original position. Watch a video example here.
Lying Triceps Extension:
Lie on your back on the floor, knees bent, feet flat. Hold a dumbbell in each hand, palms facing in, arms at your sides. Extend your arms toward the ceiling and slowly bend your elbows, lowering the dumbbells until they’re at either side of your head. Repeat by raising arms toward the ceiling again, not by lowering them back to the floor as they were at the start. Watch a video example here.
Assume the push-up position. Tighten your abs and glutes to keep your back in a straight line. Slowly lower yourself to the floor, keeping your elbows against your body and in line with your shoulders. Push back up to return to the starting position. Watch a video example here.
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