We finally made it to Kona! Race week here is something else. As athletes are now starting to come into Kailua-Kona, we left town for one of the coolest and protected areas in Hawaii – Waipio Valley. This is one of the only remaining valleys in the Hawaiin islands that remains undeveloped. The road to get there is also one of the steepest roads in the world. It’s less than 1 mile, but with an average grade of 25% and at times as steep as 40%. Apparently Lance Armstrong once climbed it on a bike in just over 9 min to raise money for the Livestrong foundation. Walking it was just enough for me!