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Ironman – Talk Story

No problem right?  First you swim 2.4 miles.  Then you bike 112 miles.  Then, now that you are having fun and you are warmed up, you have a marathon, 26.2 miles to look forward to.  Of the three legs, as a photographer, my favorite event is the swim.  The last two years, I’ve been fortunate enough to gain access to the pier in Kailua-Kona at the start of the swim. Both energy and anxiety saturates the air.  Most people have been training for this event for over a year, often by themselves.  The start of the race is minutes away. It is one thing to be able to swim 2.4 miles in open ocean. But when you mix in the fact that there are 2000 other crazed athletes all trying to negotiate the course at the same time, well, good luck.