Sunday, October 15, 2006


Read this. It'll help you visualize (or fondly remember) your Ironman race. Or the one your friend, spouse, grandmother, etc., is/was crazy enough even to consider, let alone go through with.

But seriously, folks....

Regarding IM Kona, the latest bulletin on states that as of now they do not anticipate a change in Saturday's race plans following today's earthquake.

I was wondering that out loud as we were watching FoxNews. Then almost clapped my hand over my mouth, but my husband did NOT say, "A 6.6 earthquake affecting several billion people and you're worried about an Ironman there that you're not even doing?"

Well, yeah. I've got friends who have a lot of themselves and their bank accounts invested in it. And the 1,990 other entrants that I don't know are into it pretty heavy, too. Yes, it was the first thing I thought of when I heard the news.

However, my civilian husband apparently respected my concern.... or wisely kept his counsel.

The older of the two couples who own this campground (family-run business) is over there on a cruise ship at the moment. They have contacted their son here and they're fine. They thought the ship had hit something. All cruise ships and other vessels underway were ordered to move out to sea.

I can't imagine an earth force strong enough to cause a floating ship such a jolt as to make its passengers think they'd had a collision. And it wasn't even a "major" quake.... only a "strong" one.



Rachel said...

Ha ha. "Civilian" husband. I was in the 7.1 earthquake on the San Andreas Fault in '91. It sucked. I wanted to leave CA after that.

Vickie said...

Well I have to say I thought the same thing about the Ironman. Who involved in this sport wouldn't?? I think it would be a first for them, to have to reschedule or something. But what I seriously thought of was all the athletes either already there or heading there and how much it might affect them or their races. On top of doing such an important race, can you imagine having to deal with an earthquake too??

Kewl Nitrox said...

The quake was a chilling reminder of the Tsunami in Asia not too long ago...

I like that visualisation link. :) I don't think anyone can put in that kind of hours and physical/mental preparation without thinking "what about the ironman?", so don't give yourself a hard time about it.

Cliff said...