Team Endless Pools® returned this week from the IRONMAN® World Championship presented by GoPro in Kona, Hawaii. These photos (and one video) capture some of their most memorable moments.
We're particularly proud to have sponsored Steve Walker (left). A family man and a Marine veteran, Steve is also blind and completed the 140.6-mile swim/bike/run with his friend, professional triathlete Chris Foster, as his guide.
"Going blind isn't easy, but what's harder is figuring out how to redefine your purpose," Steve wrote on his blog. "For me, my new purpose was getting comfortable being uncomfortable. A great way to be uncomfortable is to plan on finishing a race that lasts 140.6 miles." (You can see our video of his stirring finish after the jump).
Our twin pools, set up near Kailua Pier, had as many as 100 test-swimmers a day! Among them was Chris Montrose, who's photo from his run on our underwater treadmill was featured in our previous Kona post; he came in first in his age group, kicking off his race with a solid 58:50 swim time! Stellar job, Chris. We were also honored to be joined by pros Pete Jacobs, Luke McKenzie, and Beth Gerdes, as well as by 32-time Kona finisher Ken Glah.
Our congratulations to all the athletes who competed. Also, our heartfelt thanks to the volunteers, to the swimmers who gave our Endless Pools a test-swim, and to Factory Trained Installer Jim Guzzo and the team from JC Pools Hawaii for his invaluable assistance during set up.
We look forward to seeing you all next year in Kona!
I want to give a shout out to my friend @endlesspools Thanks for giving the chance to try your pool in Kona, I loved it!! It's amazing how well you see yourself from the bottom angle, really helpful to correct your stroke without have to stop. Can't wait to get one! #endlesspools #imkona #kona #hawaii #swim #swimming #swimbikerun #ironman #imtraining #ironmantraining #140point6 #motivation #motivationmonday #health #wellness #fitness #fitnessaddict #triathlon #thetrihood #thetrihub #training #trainhard
Thx @endlesspools 4 the cool experience! 🏊🏾Complete with a video monitor, mirrors & stand-by coach, I was also reminded of all my bad habits & inspired to get back to work. 👍🏽😝 But I swore the resistance against my suit was causing me to flash myself in the mirror below. 😂 #endlesspools #pool #endurance #OWS #swim #stroke #badhabits #triathlete #iamtrue
First across the finish line in this video: paraplegic triathlete Jason Gradyan exerting a phenomenal effort at the last moment! Just seconds behind him are blind triathlete Steve Walker (right) alongside his guide and friend, the professional triathlete Chris Foster. We salute Steve for his awesome dedication and indomitable spirit!