Posted by: David D. Daggett | September 26, 2011

Ali’i Dreaming

 Ali’i Dreaming

        It has often been said that the little strip of asphalt near the pier on Ali’i Drive is one of the most exclusive pieces of real estate in the entire world. It’s not for sale, and you can’t buy it no matter how much money you have. The only way to obtain it is through dedication, perseverance, and hard work.

Mokuaikaua Church on Ali'i Drive

        On this beautiful drive with scenic oceanfront panorama is the finish line to the Hawaii Ironman World Triathlon Championship. Now less than two weeks away, the excitement is building and the anticipation is escalating. The bike has been shipped and is on its way. The big training is complete, and I am ready.

       When I first did this race in 1990 we were still seen as fringe fitness fanatics. Today, there are Ironman races all around the world, and for marketing purposes one-half Ironman, or “Tinman,” races are now called Ironman 70.3 races. In addition there are many other Iron-distance races, and competitive race series with some offering larger prize money. Still, the Hawaii Ironman remains the granddaddy of them all and the “Super Bowl” of the sport.

       One of my favorite places along Ali’i Drive is Mokuaikaua Church keeping watch over Kailua Bay. Mokuaikaua Church was the first Christian church in the Hawaiian Islands and was built in the early 1800s. Among our family’s most vivid memories is worshiping in that church several hours after the massive earthquake in 2006. I’ll be there again on Sunday.

        Two weeks from today I look forward to giving a report on successful shuffle, which evolves into a prance, down and through the hallowed tunnels of spectators and media for my sixth time.

Until then I’ll be Ali’i dreaming,

David

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