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A Hawaiian kite runner

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

October 11th, 2008, 6:40 a.m. Tightly wrapped in my Xterra speedsuit I am treading water doggy style while the crowd makes a living wall all around us in Kailua Bay – there is no way back. Helicopters buzz into the symphony of the national anthem, with photographers under the water, salty water in my mouth – I am about to throw up on my neighbor’s neck – the former Hawaiian champion- Faris Al Sultan…I am living the Legend.

Some time in 1990: The first time I heard the Legend.

- 4 American marines met in one of Honolulu’s pubs. They got drunk. The first one was bragged: I could swim 2.4 miles! Wow. The second one tried to raise him by saying he could cycle 112 miles. Woow.

The third one raised the bar further by claiming he could run a marathon. Wooow.

Finally the 4th one declared he could do all three, right after each-other!

That is impossible!

Yes, I thought so too. I believed more in the Hungarian version that the triathlon was discovered by a gypsy. He ran down to a lake, swam across it, then jumped on a bike and rode home.J

August 4th, 1990: I completed my first triathlon. I was a high-school student weighing 50 kgs – with a bike weighing 25 kgs, it was only a sprint distance triathlon. I swam the breast stroke, with my head out of the water (for better orientation) and finished second to last.

September 3rd, 1992: I won my first prize money in a triathlon gala, in the heart of Budapest. I was the only one who got carried away by the strong current of the Danube river and was rescued by the river guards. As soon as I got my feet on solid ground I jumped on my bike and started chasing the field from far behind. On the run I managed to pass all everyone who got drunk from the polluted river and got heavily sick….I received a special prize – handsome money for being the one who advertised the race’s sponsors in the water the longest and won the heart of the whole city as well.

(I hope my Mom is not reading my blogs)

July 14th, 1994: I won my first national championship in middle distance. All of my competition gave up in the heavy thunderstorm…

2000: I won the Hungarian Championship in 1500 meters-on track, half marathon championship and marathon championship…

September 15th, 2001.: I won my first ITU Duathlon World Championship.

July 4th, 2002.: I finished my first IM distance in Roth, finishing 2nd behind Nina Craft running 3:01 with a stress facture.

February, 2003. : They operated my stress facture. On the morning of the operation my surgeon got a heart attack and his replacement left a pigeon egg size hole in my tibia.

May 2004. : I won my second ITU Worlds, still limping.

June 2004. : I won my first IM title in Klagenfurt.

October 2004.: My first attempt in Hawaii, finished 16th. During the bike and run leg I decided it was also my last… Later they disqualified the winner, Nina Kraft.

October 2007.: It took 3 years to get over my disappointment and give it another shot.

I ran up from the 27th position to 10th with a 3:01 marathon.

January 2008.: I made my jump into Team TBB, my best decision so far.

October 11th, 2008, 7: 44 a.m. I got out of the water with the main female pack.

I rushed through T1 and praised God and our Yoda.

October 11th, 2008, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. I cursed the cross wind with all my 60kgs (girl+ P3) and will power.

October 11th, 2008, 4:09 p.m. I crossed the finish line as the 4th woman, after feeling like I had an average day in the sport’s biggest office.

I still do not get what all the hype is about the Legend.

The following week I went to Honolulu, got drunk and forgot about the Legend for one more year….

Ok, I am lying…… I can not wait to crush that podium next year!!!