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70.3 Hawaii ("Honu") VOG Update
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Ironman 70.3 Hawaii is less than 3 weeks away. For those that will be here racing, I thought it might be time to post a bit of an update on West Hawaii's air quality. As I'm sure everyone knows, there's been a fresh lava breakout along Kilauea's east rift zone inside a housing subdivision in east Hawaii island. While the videos of the fissures are dramatic, the actual area affected is fairly small acreage wise. For those that have homes in that part of the Puna district (Leilani Estates and Lanipuna) the release of hazardous levels of gas are of serious concern -- for the rest of the island, not so much. If you're particularly sensitive to air quality you might notice a slight difference in comparison to previous year's races but nothing significant.

The past two weeks saw an early jump in VOG (Volcanic Fog, the smog like gunk you often see here) levels along the Kona and Kohala coast with a day or two where you couldn't see the coastline from 2 miles away. Since then, however, things have improved dramatically and are approaching "normal" VOG levels. The trade-winds are doing a wonderful job of blowing the VOG away. On most days the VOG lightens dramatically north of Waikoloa Village anyway. Since Honu starts at Hapuna Beach, well north of there, rides up to the outskirts of Hawi town and has the run at the Mauna Lani resort area, you should be well clear of most of it come race day.


Absent a sudden increase in volcanic output I'd anticipate that conditions will be normal or quite close to normal come race day (hot, humid, windy).

There's also an air quality index website you can use to track our current conditions:

https://www.airnow.gov/...state&stateid=12

Aloha.


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Thanks much!
Will you be at the race?
I haven’t raced there since ‘82. So it should be fun (if you like it hot and humid 🙁).

Team Zoot/Canyon So Cal
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Great to hear. We will be returning for the 10th year and were a little concerned about the activity, but not much, since we know the media blow it out of proportion. Thanks for your update; I now feel confident it will be awesome as always.
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Thanks much!
Will you be at the race?
I haven’t raced there since ‘82. So it should be fun (if you like it hot and humid 🙁).

I tore my meniscus training for the 2016 New York City Marathon. Turns out the tear was due to osteoarthritis degeneration in the left knee, so I'm a bit limited in just what I can do. We're also building a house in upcountry Hawaii so that takes a bit of time as well. Hopefully, I'll be able to return to triathlons and running once the move is made and I can work on things to get back in shape. The move occurs sometime after the 40th IMWC in October. But I will be at Honu as a volunteer this year though. I'll be on parts of the run course delivering stuff to the volunteers. I'll be the guy ina beat up pickup blaring music for the runners and weraing a knee brace. ;)

I always found Honu's advert, "Race on the Ironman World Championship bike course" amusing. It's the worst part of the course. I always had fun with it though. 6 or 7 of the things done. Too lazy to go count the finishers medals. My best performance was in 2012 when Lance was racing. That was the gale force winds race. My times were such that any other year I'd have easily been in the top 10 in age group. That year, I didn't break the top 20 .. but I had fun!


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Re: 70.3 Hawaii ("Honu") VOG Update [KonaCoffee] [ In reply to ]
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Thanks for posting the Vog report, please keep us informed.
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I’ll yell out if I am coherent enough.

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Re: 70.3 Hawaii ("Honu") VOG Update [KonaCoffee] [ In reply to ]
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KonaCoffee wrote:

I always found Honu's advert, "Race on the Ironman World Championship bike course" amusing. It's the worst part of the course. I always had fun with it though. 6 or 7 of the things done. Too lazy to go count the finishers medals. My best performance was in 2012 when Lance was racing. That was the gale force winds race. My times were such that any other year I'd have easily been in the top 10 in age group. That year, I didn't break the top 20 .. but I had fun!

I think I've done it 9 times. I was also at that 2012 race, but I had also done the infamous 2012 StG full, so the wind seemed tame by comparison - it was also somewhat cool on the run. Generally I refer to Honu as "a nice time in Hawaii ruined," yet I keep coming back. I like that the course is hard, though I don't like that run too much in the moment.

Mahalo for the vog, etc. updates; I'm not on island right now, but reports from my house (Anekona Estates, off of the Kawaihae Rd) are that the air quality is very good thanks to the trades.

Any further identifying traits so we can give you a shout out on the course?

Ian
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Is there anything that we can do to help those affected by the eruption? Do you know of a good charity? I hope IM does something through their charity to help this year
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Re: 70.3 Hawaii ("Honu") VOG Update [karmatraining] [ In reply to ]
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The IRONMAN Foundation has launched a specific campaign to raise funds and send refielf to those on the Big Island who have been impacted by the recent volcanic activity. More here - http://ironmanfoundation.org/hawaiirelief/


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Fleck wrote:
The IRONMAN Foundation has launched a specific campaign to raise funds and send refielf to those on the Big Island who have been impacted by the recent volcanic activity. More here - http://ironmanfoundation.org/hawaiirelief/

The Ironman Foundation has done some really good things on Hawaii Island over the years. They'd be one of my choices for a contribution if you're so inclined. Another might be the Hawaii Island Food Basket, https://www.hawaiifoodbasket.org/

I'll have an update on yesterday's dramatic events as soon as Hawaii County Civil Defense issues their morning briefing.


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KonaCoffee wrote:
Any further identifying traits so we can give you a shout out on the course?

Ian

Knee brace on the left knee. Red 2006 Toyota Tacoma Pickup that is sun damaged. I'll be wearing a FORD Ironman World Championship Cap. If you're at the front 20% of the age group pack you'll see me driving in Hell's Kitchen, Otherwise look for me as you exit the golf course down near the Mauna Lani (on the map there are actually two aid stations right next to each other ... you'll probably see me at the second one).


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Yesterday saw an ash cloud rise to 12,000 ft above Kilauea's summit Caldera. Briefly, rock and debris fell into Halemaumau's lava supply (Halemaumau is the summit crater within Kilauea's Summit Caldera, it's also the traditional home of Madame Pele), that resulted in the large ash cloud seen in this picture from Hawaii News Now. There is an ash warning out for the Puna and Kau districts of the island. Kau is southwest of Kilauea along the island's east coast down to southpoint . Puna covers Volcano Village etc north towards Hilo.

This ash "event" is also not the steam explosion which has kept Volcanoes National Park closed this week. A steam explosion results when the lava within Halemaumau falls to ground water levels (already happened) and rock or debris fall into the opening and clog it. That results in a pressure build up and a very dangerous explosion.

The air conditions are considered RED in the affected areas only. There is about a 1/4-inch accumulation of ash on the ground in Pahala and related areas this morning. The Air quality is poor but the actual ash is not toxic in the sense that S02 is. It is an irritant.

While there are wind scenarios that could roll the vog into the 70.3 course via the saddle or up from Kona, that's not the most likely scenario. This morning's sunrise in Kona was clear and reasonably close to normal vog levels. Many of us, myself included, are coughing and sneezing more than normal but it's not my lungs preventing me from running atm.

A brief (22 seconds long) video of the wind patterns of late. Note that Honu is on the northwest part of the island.

https://www.youtube.com/...amp;feature=youtu.be

Aloha.


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The safe areas within the state:




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I'll have an update on yesterday's dramatic events as soon as Hawaii County Civil Defense issues their morning briefing.


Yikes. Looks like things got a bit more "serious" late yesterday and over night.

Hopefully we'll get the real story on the ground from KonaCoffee shortly ounce he's up and at it.


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Fleck wrote:
I'll have an update on yesterday's dramatic events as soon as Hawaii County Civil Defense issues their morning briefing.


Yikes. Looks like things got a bit more "serious" late yesterday and over night.

Hopefully we'll get the real story on the ground from KonaCoffee shortly ounce he's up and at it.

They're rather late this morning Steve. It's usually out at 6 am HST. The ash is all down on the ground now, air conditions aren't good but I have friends north east of Volcano Village that were able to actually run over there this morning so it's not all that bad apparently.

West side is clear and muggy today.


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Re: 70.3 Hawaii ("Honu") VOG Update [KonaCoffee] [ In reply to ]
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Did you intentionally or unintentionally not circle that one portion of the Big Island?
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Did you intentionally or unintentionally not circle that one portion of the Big Island?

I "borrowed" that picture. The portion that's not circled is where all the activity is. And not in that entire area either. ;)


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Re: 70.3 Hawaii ("Honu") VOG Update [KonaCoffee] [ In reply to ]
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Yesterday (5/16/2018) the air quality in Kona was worse than normal for most of the day. Up north beyond the Waikoloa Resorts it was quite a bit better but also worse than usual. I think we'll be in for a ride air quality wise until the volcanic eruption settles down into a predictable pattern. I don't think you'll find the VOG affecting performance too much even at the somewhat increased levels we had yesterday. My personal feeling is that what was out there yesterday is as bad as it's likely to go get. So I think Honu should not be terribly affected by the air quality absent a marked uptick in activity.

If there's anything "exciting" that happens, I'll keep you all posted.


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OK Guys, the first serious update of this thread. Just got this from Hawaii County Civil defense and it is all I know at this time:

>Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that an Explosive Eruption at Kilauea's Summit has occurred. The resulting ash plume will cover the surrounding area. Shelter in place if you are in the path of the ash plume.<

An explosive eruption can mean a steam explosion (unlike the ash cloud of 2 days ago) where a clogged vent is blasted into the air by trapped steam. It can also mean something more.


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Re: 70.3 Hawaii ("Honu") VOG Update [KonaCoffee] [ In reply to ]
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Friday's update:

Yesterday's ash explosion sent ash to 30,000 feet. Since the jet stream is well north of here atm (settling into the summer pattern jet stream wise) the ash is returning to earth pretty much in the Puna and Ka'u districts.

Vog is higher than normal on the west side. By afternoon it's hard to see Haulalai from the pier. Up north it was much better, though somewhat worse than normal. I suspect this what you will see come race day; lower than normal air quality but not enough to have significant adverse athletic impacts. Hawaii is still open for business, in fact race week might be nice as tourism numbers are way down!

A couple of websites to help Honu athletes track the air quality:

https://vog.ivhhn.org/

https://vog.ivhhn.org/vog-and-wind-forecasts

I'll update this thread should there be anything significant to report.

Aloha


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KonaCoffee - Thanks for the real on-the-ground reports of what things are like in Kona.

We know several people who are going to Kona for the Honu 70.3 race and all they are seeing of course are the images on the news, which are pretty dramatic - and they have been reaching out to us. So it's helpful to know that, on the other side of the island (Kona), it more or less business as usual.

That beings said, we are thinking of the several hundred or more who have been directly impacted by this recent volcanic activity


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I'll see if I can get up to the bike course area and take a few photos this upcoming week. It's voggy but not all that bad.


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A quick update on air quality for the Kona and Kohala Coasts with Honu about 10 days off or so.

While the air is voggy with no clear horizon in Kona along with lowered visibility, the air quality is still "Good" in Kona and better up north where the race is held. The primary pollutant is SO2 (sulphur dioxide). Air quality down in the Ka'u district (Southpoint area and just north of there. Where the volcano isn't btw) is listed as moderate at the primary tracking site for that district.

While there are some interesting videos being shown on various news channels showing the fountains and "laze" (lava and haze), keep in mind those are over 100 miles from the race site. The race site is also upwind from the the Puna district (where the volcano is) with our normal trade winds.

Enjoy your race.

Aloha.


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Thanks for the updates. Looking forward to returning to the island (favorite place on earth) for a quick dive and a good race. Oh and my 1 year wedding anniversary (got married on the island last year before the race). I read about the cruise ships and tourists avoiding Kona and that sucks. I know that it is not much but the wife and I are looking forward to supporting the island, even if it is just a little bit.
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Thanks for the updates. Looking forward to returning to the island (favorite place on earth) for a quick dive and a good race. Oh and my 1 year wedding anniversary (got married on the island last year before the race). I read about the cruise ships and tourists avoiding Kona and that sucks. I know that it is not much but the wife and I are looking forward to supporting the island, even if it is just a little bit.

NCL has cancelled their Hilo and Kona stops the past 2 weeks. Other cruise lines have not. The Kohala coast was quite nice yesterday with not much more than "normal" VOG levels. Vog in Kona was worse than normal but not to an extreme. Business is down for a variety of reasons most related to the eruption and a bit of fear. There may be some good bargains or better availability for many of the attractions people might want to go on (Fairwinds to Kealakekua Bay, Body Glove, Manta night dives etc). And some of the tour companies (Kona Adventure Tours, Hawaii Forest and Trail etc.) may have more openings than normal.

All in all I personally expect the race to be close to normal if not normal. Hot and Humid on the run and wind on the bike. Oh and Vog. There will be vog until Kilauea goes silent regardless of this eruption event, that's normal too.


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Air Quality for Kona today. There is now commercial monitor up near the Mauna Lani area. The air should be better up there.

https://www.airnow.gov/...=96740&submit=Go


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Air Quality for Kona today. There is now commercial monitor up near the Mauna Lani area. The air should be better up there.

https://www.airnow.gov/...=96740&submit=Go

It’s better, but still voggy - the vog extends far north due to the lack of trades. I just drove to and from Hawi, and the vog is there up to the Mahukona turn. Then you hit the wind and it gets better. It’s even voggy in Waimea.

Hopefully we get some trades back. Was on the Hilo side yesterday (closer to the action), and the AQ was decent.

Ian
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Air Quality for Kona today. There is now commercial monitor up near the Mauna Lani area. The air should be better up there.

https://www.airnow.gov/...=96740&submit=Go

That doesn't look too good. Boarding my flight now. I hope it clears up soon.

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Trade winds are supposed to return soon. Hopefully before Saturday.


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Update from my wife who is in Kona and staying at Waikoloa - she has several athletes she coaches doing the "Honu" IRONMAN 70.3 race this weekend who are there with her. The tradewinds which were blowing strongly (made for completely clear days) when she first got there last week have died down, and the VOG, has returned to the Kona coast - worse to the south, better to the north as you head out to Hawi.

She's sent some pictures and if you have ever been in areas where their is forest fire smoke, it's a bit like that in terms of the look - a permanent haze, that semi blocks out the sun. No word from IRONMAN yet for the weekend.


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Update from my wife who is in Kona and staying at Waikoloa - she has several athletes she coaches doing the "Honu" IRONMAN 70.3 race this weekend who are there with her. The tradewinds which were blowing strongly (made for completely clear days) when she first got there last week have died down, and the VOG, has returned to the Kona coast - worse to the south, better to the north as you head out to Hawi.

She's sent some pictures and if you have ever been in areas where their is forest fire smoke, it's a bit like that in terms of the look - a permanent haze, that semi blocks out the sun. No word from IRONMAN yet for the weekend.

I have a report from a friend up In Kawaihae who says the winds really picked up late last night (Tuesday night). If that holds up we should see a lifting of the horrid vog of the past couple of days. a bit before 6 am here in Kona and there's not a breath of wind though.

Madam Pele apparently didn't put Honu on her calendar of things to take a break for. :(


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I have a report from a friend up In Kawaihae who says the winds really picked up late last night (Tuesday night). If that holds up we should see a lifting of the horrid vog of the past couple of days. a bit before 6 am here in Kona and there's not a breath of wind though.

Just got word confirming this from someone within the IRONMAN organization that indeed, the Trade Winds did pick up last night and it's clear at the Race Site this morning. Looking good!

It's worth noting that the actual race site for the IRONMAN 70.3 is well north and away at Mauna Lani (about a 60 minute drive) from Kailua Town, Race Site for the IRONMAN World Championships!

The swim is at Hapuna Beach (Largest real sand beach on the Big Island)

http://www.ironman.com/...e.aspx#axzz5H0Lt7I5I


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Here in Waikaloa, the winds really picked up. We arrived yesterday and it looked like LA smog. Never seen Kona and Waikaloa so ugly.
Winds woke me up and it is back to beautiful Hawaii!

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Slightly off-topic, but I'll post it here since I don't know anyone in Hawaii. I just looked at a picture and got an idea for trying to save some of the homes in the path of the lava.

https://weather.com/...mming-pool-in-hawaii

Wrap a makeshift above ground pool around the house, and if the lava doesn't breach the pool and isn't close enough to cause the home to spontaneously combust, it might just survive. Granted, you'd have a wall of volcanic rock of some height encircling your home afterwards, but...
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By now I'm sure that pool is covered. That particular flow is rather viscous compared to other parts of this mess but it marches on anyway.

No wind in Kona again this morning and Kona looks like another very voggy bad air day. I'll be up at the Orchid this morning picking up my race id and stuff, I'll post a VOG update from there. The orchid is a good 35 miles/56+ km from Kona, the winds are usually stronger up there so hopefully things aren't nearly as bad.


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Route66 wrote:
Slightly off-topic, but I'll post it here since I don't know anyone in Hawaii. I just looked at a picture and got an idea for trying to save some of the homes in the path of the lava.

https://weather.com/...mming-pool-in-hawaii

Wrap a makeshift above ground pool around the house, and if the lava doesn't breach the pool and isn't close enough to cause the home to spontaneously combust, it might just survive. Granted, you'd have a wall of volcanic rock of some height encircling your home afterwards, but...

Look into Control of Nature by John McPhee, describes stopping a lava flow in Iceland.
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We have been here since 5/23 staying in Mauna Lani. Today is nothing short of perfect...sunny and hot with 10-20 mph winds. Yesterday were some of the strongest winds I have ridden in on the Island (been coming 10 years in a row) mike post 10-Hawi was borderline dangerous. All that wind cleared out the Vog and hopefully it stays away.

The locals are calling for calm trades so let’s hope the Vog doesn’t come back and has no wind to push it out.

Kona...different story I am told.
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We have been here since 5/23 staying in Mauna Lani. Today is nothing short of perfect...sunny and hot with 10-20 mph winds. Yesterday were some of the strongest winds I have ridden in on the Island (been coming 10 years in a row) mike post 10-Hawi was borderline dangerous. All that wind cleared out the Vog and hopefully it stays away.

The locals are calling for calm trades so let’s hope the Vog doesn’t come back and has no wind to push it out.

Kona...different story I am told.

I picked up my volunteer stuff yesterday at the Orchid. The race course was in pretty good shape vog wise. The whole area got a light rain last night as well, so I would anticipate that race day will be very close to normal if not completely normal.

For Ironman 70.3 Hawaii Normal means: A current on the swim, usually from north to south, possible choppy conditions on the long swim leg before heading back to the beach. Moderate winds at T1 through the Mauna Lani turn around (although yesterday morning the wind was howling straight down the Queen k towards the south). A warm ride to The Upolu Point airport sign (That's the bike turn around) along with cross winds and some gusts. If you're going to get rain on the bike it'll most likely be from Mahukona on the climb towards Hawi. It'll be toasty and windy on the return to T2 at the Orchid. From Kawaihae Junction to the turn into the Mauna Lani Resorts there should be about 8 hills. I haven't been riding that section in ages so I'm saying that based upon memory. I could be wrong. The run is a double loop these days. The good news is the Hell's Kitchen run is half what it used to be, the bad news is you do it twice. The golf course is humid if it rained the night before.

Oh and please be careful with your trash. They're serious about penalties for runners. Or so I'm told.

Good Luck to everyone. If you're an early arrival on the bike, I'll be out in Hell's Kitchen early making deliveries in a red Tacoma blaring whatever music I can find that has a good tempo to it.

As the 40th IMWC approaches in Mid October I'll be posting an all new Survival guide (instead of the updated version) and hopefully, the Queen K will be finished and the vog will be nothing more than a passing mention.

Aloha


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Thanks much, appreciate the insights. Seems less hot and little wind right now in Waikaloa. Cloud cover, not vog.
Us old folks would like some Beatle music please! ;)

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The odds of my playing anything resembling currently popular music are fairly low (though not actually zero). So you're likely to hear some Beatles.


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Congrats to all the Honu athletes who slogged through a voggy day at the Mauna Lani to get the race done.

The wind died down in late morning so that's why the promise of vog free skies never materialized.

And since we all now know just how accurate my vog prognostications are: I predict the 40th Ironman World Championship in October will be very voggy or stunningly clear. Or somewhere in between.

Oh and for the record: If you were running near my truck while I was delivering you got Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band in the morning as the radio stations were playing really bad music. In the afternoon it was "classic" rock.

If you're bound for the IMWC this year, congratulations. The Kona Survival guide will be up in late August or early September most likely. All new. If you're headed to another race (Challenge Roth anyone?), good luck and may your lungs be filled with vog free air.


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Re: 70.3 Hawaii ("Honu") VOG Update [KonaCoffee] [ In reply to ]
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Thanks for all the support.
Swim and bike seemed ideal, but I had zero run legs. Humidity? Over cooked the bike (I didn’t think so)?

Team Zoot/Canyon So Cal
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Re: 70.3 Hawaii ("Honu") VOG Update [Karl] [ In reply to ]
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That was the hardest, most spectacular race I've ever done. There was a spot on 270 coming back from Hawi where I just had to gawk at the ocean.

Hell's kitchen wasn't bad to me, just hot. Running the fairways wasn't bad either. Those cart paths though...
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Re: 70.3 Hawaii ("Honu") VOG Update [RussTKD] [ In reply to ]
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A bit more up and down in the cart paths for sure. Hell’s Kitchen had some air movement so wasn’t bad.
I have ridden the bike course several times and the conditions yesterday were great. Rain was not bad either. Messy, but not a negative.

Team Zoot/Canyon So Cal
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Re: 70.3 Hawaii ("Honu") VOG Update [KonaCoffee] [ In reply to ]
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Thank you for the VOG update. Amazing sunset tonight at Kua no VOG & views of the top of Mauna Kea. Aloha
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