I've never been to Hawaii, but always wanted to go. Now that I live on the west coast it's just a quick plane ride away. I completed Ironman Wisconsin a few weeks before this trip, so the plan was to get in a little R&R, cook meals with lots of local veggies and and check out some trails for hiking and mountain biking. This island didn't disappoint.
I did a little research before I arrived and found out about some really great farmer's markets. The town of Waimea has a farmer's market mid week and on the weekends, so I was able to stock up on plenty of colorful food.
The house I was staying at had a stunning view, so most mornings were spent doing yoga on the front lawn and enjoying a fresh smoothie. The sunsets were pretty hard to beat too.
One of my favorite parts of the trip was a 40 mile mountain bike ride on Mana Road. Big Island Bike Tours provided the bikes and a ride to the start. The terrain was challenging but the views were stunning. It was cold and rainy at the start with 30 mph winds, but after a few hours the sun came out and I actually finished the ride with a tailwind...that never happens:) The picture below shows a beautiful old Koa tree covered in moss. The next picture gives you an snapshot of Mana Road. Sometimes the hills went on forever.
I was there about a 2 weeks before the Ironman World Championships and I have to tell you it was so inspiring to watch all of the athletes training out there in the lava fields. A goal of mine is to toe the line there one day. I've been working towards that goal for a long time now, but this trip gave me some extra motivation. I even got inspired to sign up for the 70.3 in June! See you soon Hawaii!