The Ho’ala swim is held exactly one week before the Kona race on the swim course. It is used by a lot of athletes as an excellent open-water training session, the table below shows just the Kona Pros that I have been able to identify in the results. As it’s just the swim, athletes are usually going a bit faster, the average is about 3 minutes or 5% of the as compared to the time I have calculated for them in my Kona Seeding. Not everyone will be have gone “full out”, so it’s hard to draw too many conclusions, but for athletes such as Matt Russell or Sarah Piampiano that have been able to post good times the swim has probably been a great confidence boost. Lucy Gossage is another athlete that probably walks away satisfied from the swim – she has posted a more or less normal time for her even after breaking her collar-bone just six weeks ago.
|NAME||Time / Kona Seeding Time||Faster by|
|Gurutze Frades Larralde||01:03:22||01:06:44||03:22||5,0%|