Such a great weekend! Being able to see my husband race, pain free and carefree, was my highlight. True JOY and PASSION! And despite having mechanical issues on the bike (had to stop and change out new wheels) he still finished strong. First out of the water and onto the bike then ran a 33 minute 10k. Not too bad considering he has been out of the racing scene for over a year. Love that guy!
I’ll leave you with a few Sherpa scenes. Every day was filled with friends, laughter, sunsets, and good memories. Just what us Cotters needed. A full recap will be coming soon (hopefully from the kiwi himself), but for now I’m soaking up my last day here with the hubs and the island. Cheers!
Signing off jet lagged and joyful!
Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen
Now that is all TRULY marvelous!
[And I want some Ginger Fizz.]
You’re such a great sherpa-wife!
OMG I love your beautiful pics & so glad James had such a great race!! So happy for yall! 🙂
Abby @ Change of Pace
I’m so happy to hear James had a pain-free race. You must have been so happy to be there for it!
Wow- first out of the water and a 33 min 10km is incredibly impressive!
Glad you enjoyed the islands, good company, and lots of laughter!
Nicole @ Curly Mommy
So beautiful! I’m glad that all the prayers for James’ recovery have been successful. Congrats to you both!!
thank you! prayers are always the best!! xxoo
love the sherpa scenes!! so pretty 😉
hopefully you can get some good sleep in your bed soon!
oh yes! much needed too!
Paige @ Your Trainer Paige
Excited for the full recap.
What a great trip!
Congrats to James…such a stud!
He looks so lean . He always does just leaner 🙂
Enjoy the rest of your time and safe travels
Love love love love it! So happy for you that you got to go to Kona for sherpa duties and so happy to hear that the race went well (despite the mechanical). sounds like a fabulous start to the 2013 season!! can’t wait to see what the rest of 2013 holds!
OMG – the kiwi is back to racing! and racing fast! this is the best news ever! LC – i do want to talk to you – having yet another GI test this thursday. probably need to tailor diet. hope you are feeling well! xoxo
it was truly AMAZING to see him race HEALTHY! Loved every second!! And yes, email me. Let’s get you back in action. My stomach still acts up at times, but it’s usually just stress now. LOL!
Michele @ Nycrunningmama
HOLY BATMAN. I can’t BELIEVE how fast he is 33 for the 10k?? Oh my gosh. Seriously amazing.
Congrats to him and you on a great race!! So happy for you guys! xo
Danica @ It's Progression
That scenery is so gorgeous!!
Love love love! You are the hottest pair! Congrats to hubs! I hope you guys get more awesome racing trips like this! Especially to beautiful locations!
thank you jess! have you been to hawaii? it’s kinda half way
Yes never to the Big Island. But you used to have to stop via Hawaii when I was a kid to get to the US (my Grandma lived in San Diego). I loved the stop overs though, such a beautiful place.
Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate
Gosh, Hawaii is so darn beautiful. Congrats to your husband, he did so amazing and what a comeback after such a long break!
You’ve got yourself one heck of a man! Congratulations on the big finish 🙂
awwww, shucks. I agree! and you have a pretty fabulous man yourself.
Sounds like a great weekend! I love the Passion!
Wow- a 33 minute 5k!!
actually it was a 10K. haha. i think i my 5k is 33. LOL! You would have LOVED this race!
Maria @ Pappa Don't Preach
Wow – that’s really impressive! You must be so proud of him! Looks like it was truly amazing! Jet lag is definitely worth it! 🙂
i’m very proud! always!!!
So beautiful! I’m so glad James was pain free and you guys had a great time!
How exciting to have him back racing after such a long delay. Welcome back, James! 🙂
You are SO good at being a Sherpa. I spend a lot of time whining about how early we have to be there, how cold it is, etc. I hope my husband never finds your blog and figures out how good you are at it. LOL
Christa @ Edible Balance
Gosh, I LOVE to watch my husband race, so I feel that same joy you were feeling! It’s amazing to see how much that hard work pays off. How frustrating with the bike issues, but so happy to hear he raced injury free! I’m also happy to know that you had a lovely, well-deserved vacation out of it too xoxo
I saw there were some tech. difficulties… great that you all pulled through and finished super strong. Nice job team, nice job Mr. Cotter.
And FYI, the reason there were only 3 singlets in my photos is because I totally cant rock those. LOL. They were all bought awhile ago and you never seem shirtless or sleeveless for a reason. I’ll leave the hot man body to your husband and let him drive the ladies crazy.
haha, he’s a hottie in my eyes. Singlets with the chest hair hanging out. ohhhhhh ya!
So SOOOOOO marvelous!
Love the pics and the joy and the passion within this post!
So, so, so happy for you both. How amazing! Congratulations to you both. xoxo
you are amazing!!! thank YOU!!
Congratulations!! He truly hasn’t skipped a beat and I am so so happy to see him racing pain free. Yay for team Cotter! So so sorry to hear about the bike problems, but honestly he came back like a champ and ran a 33 min 10k. That is so awesome.
I am looking forward to hearing more.
i agree! such speed!
She Rocks Fitness
YES! Was so happy to read this on my Monday afternoon in between clients…Love all the smiles and beautiful scenery. Glad it went well and let’s catch up this week when you aren’t jet lagged. XOXO
What a blessing! So happy there were no injuries and you experience a great race! Yay.
So happy for the two of you!
Jody - Fit at 55
I LOVE THAT ISLAND!!!! Such beautiful & fun pics!!! Really glad you got to go too!!! 🙂
Cort the Sport
Racing pain-free is a HUGE HUGE win. The mechanicals happen, but now he can move forward. I’m SO happy about that great news!!!!!
Jess @ Blonde Ponytail
Awwwwwww! Looks like a LOVELY weekend! Can I come with next time?? 🙂 Congrats to James on his finish despite the bike tire change!!
He Who promised is faithful! 🙂 So happy for you both! Grateful for the great race, and grateful for a much needed break for you two. Love and hugs!
I love this! and a 3 3min 10K-smokin!
so happy for you & the hubby!!! hope you guys went out and celebrated after the race! you’re such a supportive wife – he’s a VERYYYYY lucky man!
beka @ rebecca roams
Congrats to James on the finish. I saw he had a strike of bad luck with his comments on IG, but definitely overcame the obstacles! And congrats to you for successfully Sherpa-ing (?) him and putting his needs first. You are amazing! Can you come sherpa me? I shall repay you in sun, FL beach days, wine, and free lodging? haha!
wow! he did incredibly well!! must be all the sherpa’ing in large part, not even kidding!! You do so much to keep him strong and fueled and healthy, that and your prayers and his hard work and all of that work collectively has been shown in those numbers! wow! so good! Stupid bike tire!! have so much fun the last of your trip!
Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut
I love your sherpa stories! Supporting your hubby is SO IMPORTANT and I doubt he would do half as well without you!!
YAY on sherpa skills and doing what you LOVE MOST. Supporting the hubs — I love your joy and passion my friend. And huge huge YAY to the hubs for doing SO WELL — um hi, 33 min 10k is absurd 😉 can’t wait to hear more!!
Beth @ Miles and Trials
Wow, congratulations, James! I’m so happy he was able to race pain free, that is awesome. Enjoy your last day in paradise!
Great pics! You are such a good wife. Will you be mine?
yep! as long as you are my sugar mama, deal?
He did AMAZING! Make sure you tell him congrats from us over here! You are the best sherpa, I am sure he was so happy you could be there for him! You guys are just so sweet and a great team!
Enjoy your last day there and I hope he is resting up after that race!
i will tell him! thank YOU! You are my sherpa wife support. tee hee
Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)
Holy crap, James is a machine!!! I’m so happy for your team! Enjoy your time together!
Danielle @ Truffles n' Treadmills
so much fun! love all of the palm trees
Christine @ Love, Life, Surf
Love your sherpa scenes. Days filled with friends, laughter, sunsets, and good memories sounds like pretty darn good days. Yay for James and racing pain-free!! Do you need a sherpa assistant next time??
yes please! maybe we need to sherpa in the bahamas next, yes?
Michelle @ Eat Move Balance
Congrats to your husband!! What an incredible race! Soak up what’s left of your time there–it looks beautiful. 🙂
Alysia @ Slim Sanity
Holy smokes! He is speedy! 🙂 I’m so glad he had a good race!
looks beautiful! cannot wait to hear more! 🙂 and HELLO awesome 10k!
glad he did well, despite the bike issues.
I am SO jealous you are there. We were talking about another Hawaii trip yesterday
Haley @ fullnfit
It is definitely a Marvelous Monday for the Cotter bunch! Those sunsets are gorgeous 🙂
Looks like a lovely time lady! Congrats to Mr. Cotter!!
Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table
A 33 min 10K after all that?! I’m totally impressed!! What is his fastest??? Loved the Cotter tush shot on IG. Too cute!
Enjoy your island relaxation day together!
33minute 10k your hubs is a rockstar! next time you go Ill be your sherpa buddy!
Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries
Oh my, this makes me SO happy to hear! 🙂 I’m glad you guys are having a great time and that Mr. Cotter did so well. Congrats! Enjoy your time together!
Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning
Yay!! How beautiful… as I sit here watching the snow fall, the thought of being somewhere tropical sounds awfully nice. 🙂
Love the photos!
Krysten Siba Bishop (@darwinianfail)
So freakin’ Amazing!! That is one crazy fast 10km!
Definitely joining the Sherpa team next trip to Hawaii! 🙂
Lindsay @ Lindsay's List
and just like that – God restores hope. Rooting for James!!!!
AMEN! Thank you for always praying. xxoo
Heather (Where's the Beach)
Holy cow he’s fast! So exciting!! Love all the pictures too. Thanks for sharing them.
Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean
so pretty! glad he had a good race!!
me too! despite the bike problems.
Laura @ Mommy Run Fast
Wow! He did fantastic! I bet you’re exhausted… rest up today. 🙂
Heather @ Heather's Dish
Take me with you next time? 🙂