Sunday, October 12, 2008

The Post Kona

Now this is the right way to do an off season. I woke up this morning to find that someone had taken up residence in my bike wheel. See, Brian? (my therapist), I am taking my rest seriously and definitely not training on an injury.Watching the Hawaii IM yesterday was a new experience for me, and it was cool to be out there on the course watching and learning. Chrissie and Crowie were awesome and truly earned their world titles. But, I was most impressed with Rebekah Keat. Keat is an amazing athlete in her own right, but she showed the world some serious sportsmanship when she handed Chrissie a cartridge after the race leader flatted at Hawi. Now that was impressive.

Once again Kona didn't disappoint. The were the egos and tempers, the victories and the disappointments. But, between Crowie's humble finish-line speech and Rebekah's generous act, this year's race was all about class.

6 comments:

Jamie said...

After NBC focusing on the trash talking between Normann and Macca last year, it is great to see sportsmanship really shine this year.

Can't wait to see you out there next year Sam!

Shawn and Tracy said...

We need to hang more often ;-) Thanks to you and Cliff for the cheers on race day.
Tracy

chrissy parks said...

congrats on your move to Tucson!!
I too, migrated from the great white north (London, Ontario) to the desert last March and I couldn't be happier.
I will see you at the shoot out and on Mt. Lemmon -- actually, I saw you at Udall swimming before we left for Kona, get's a little cold out there at night.

good luck with your recovery.

David said...

I totally agree that Rebecca did an wonderful thing... but what Chrissie did after that was amazing to watch!

Best of luck for a speedy recovery this winter. I look forward to seeing you on the cover of the Jan Triathlete next year :-)

Tricia Ryan said...

Aloha Sam~

My husband and I are both
triathletes...age groupers but
love following the sport.

We were just reading of your love of fresh coffee in Triathlete Magazine.
We would love to send you some samples of our Fresh Roasted 100% Kona Coffee.

We fell in love with Hawaii and
addicted to fresh coffee so decided to start our own business:)

www.konaessence.com

Mahalo and all the best on a strong recovery this winter.

Tricia Ryan
Redondo Beach, CA
dream@konaessence.com
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