By Ben Greenfield
The Hawaii 70.3 triathlon race is a qualifier for the Kona Ironman Triathlon World Championship race. The 70.3 consists of a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride, and a 13.1-mile run. This was my “A Priority” race for this year. The entire focus of the 2010 season was to return to the Ironman World Championships without actually racing another Ironman in the process. This meant that I had to qualify at one of the few half-Ironman events around the globe that would allow me passage to the big one in Kona. And this also meant that I was a bit more anxious than usual about this race (just ask my wife, who shared a condo with me as I incessantly fretted over every detail of the big day)—all the way down to writing my goal times on my arm for what I figured I would need to qualify:
- a 29-minute swim,
- a 2-hour-and-27-minute bike ride, and
- a 1-hour-and-30-minute run.