Train with Triathlon Experience Package at Kona Village

Train with Triathlon Experience Package at Kona Village

The majestic Kona Village Resort on the Island of Hawai'i has pitted itself as home base for a unique triathlon training experience, starting in mid-January and extending through February 1, 2009. Those competing in Hawai'i's Ironman, the annual feat of human strength, or, those simply aspiring to can train alongside athletes at Kona Village during an 8-night, 9-day program that integrates expert coaching, personalized nutrition programs and more at the resort. 

In somewhat of a "beta" mode, the program, if successful this winter, will be repeated during the year at Kona Village. Hence, enabling Ironman and triathletes to train year round at one of Hawai'i's most authentically Hawaiian resorts. Kona Village is an 82-acre swath of oceanfront land, with lush forested groves, a bird sanctuary, volcanic fields and beach, all of which is spotted with 125 thatched roof cottage accommodations. Many have private lanais, swinging hammocks and uninterrupted views of the Kohala Coast line. 

A lack of televisions and telephones throughout the resort, as well as other rustic touches, adds to the charm and connection guests invariably make with the surrounding nature at Kona Village––it's nothing short of an enlightening experience simply ambling through the resort. 

"The Triathlon Experience" will be coordinated by Eric Harr, a top-rated professional triathlete, NBC host and author of several training and motivation books, in addition to an ambassador for the CARE humanitarian organization. Also in attendance will be Matt Dixon, former Olympic swimmer and the director of performance at Endurance Performance Training Centers; Karlyn Pipes-Neilsen, who was the 2004 World Masters Swimmer of the year and holds more than 50 international swimming records; Christopher Kautz, a technical columnist for Triathlete Magazine and former lead instructor for the Serotta fitting school (he's fitted a number of Tour de France bikers and Ironman winners); and Jen Jordan, an injury prevention physical therapist and trainer. 

Guests participating in the program will receive a gift basket upon arrival filled with great products that include Organic food bars, MBT Footwear, Rudy Project sunglasses, sweat-proof sunscreen and more. You'll have the opportunity to bike portions of the Ironman route, run along ancient trails that skirt the ocean, and swim in the protected bays near Kona. Chefs from Kona Village will pay special attention to athletes dietary needs, customizing meals when requested. Official "team cars" will follow riders, so no one will have to worry about mechanical issues along the way. 

"Since Kona Village has no televisions, radios or telephones to draw energy or focus away from achieving peak levels of physical and mental balance and performance, it is the ideal location for this purpose," said coordinator Harr.

Airport arrival and departure shuttles, equipment receiving, rental cars and massage therapy are also some of the thing Kona Village will pre-arrange for participants in the package. "The Triathlon Experience" will be limited to 20 people, so if you're interested, hop over to the web site or call to reserve your space. 

Visit www.KonaVillage.com for more information or to book reservations. 

"Since Kona Village has no televisions, radios or telephones to draw energy or focus away from achieving peak levels of physical and mental balance and performance, it is the ideal location for this purpose." – Harr.