Kona Expo Voyeurism: What We Learned May Shock You!

OK, I’ll admit it – the only shocking thing here is that you’re reading an article about triathlon gear on this website. In an effort to show that there’s more to trstriathlon.com than just humor, controversy, and guys who rhyme with “Men Slobs”, I embarked on a 3-hour tour of the Kona race expo.

Draped from head to toe in red lightning chicken paraphernalia, I gave awkward and sweaty hugs, mispronounced names (it’s not “tack-X”, FYI), and underwhelmed the pants off of anyone who would talk to me. See the photo highlights below, and hear my hicked-up Canadian drawl here. #Sworry

This segment starts at the 49 minute mark of this episode.

Celia from GU is as friendly as her smile is lovely.

Celia from GU is as friendly as her smile is lovely.

There's more to Ventum than Jimmy's crazy hair - meet Neville. I did, and it was great.

There’s more to Ventum than Jimmy’s crazy hair – meet Neville. I did, and it was great.

Jim Felt looked super busy but took time to chat anyway.

Jim Felt looked super busy but took time to chat anyway.

Wish I could remember what made him laugh - if only I had recorded all of this.

Wish I could remember what made him laugh – if only I had recorded all of this.

For some reason we had like 8 photos from my chat with Bianca from Tacx.

For some reason we had like 8 photos from my chat with Bianca from Tacx.

SOLS seems too good to be true - but Ben says it really works, and I got a good feeling about the guy.

SOLS seems too good to be true – but Ben says it really works, and I got a good feeling about the guy.

Normatec had a leg-squishing booth set up for those racing on Saturday. #recovery

Normatec had a leg-squishing booth set up for those racing on Saturday. #recovery

Probably the nicest vendor we met, and I forgot to get her <s>digits</s> business card.

Probably the nicest vendor we met, and I forgot to get her digits business card.

Kyle from TrainingPeaks - so polite he could pass as Canadian, but the look on his face says "I bet your TSS is at 500 just from holding that mic".

Kyle from TrainingPeaks – so polite he could pass as Canadian, but the look on his face says “I bet your TSS is at 500 just from holding that mic”.

Steve Bacon from Zoot has the tastiest name in triathlon

Steve Bacon from Zoot has the tastiest name in triathlon and a great personality to boot.

These guys were building bikes for kids. Check out www.morethansport.org

These guys were building bikes for kids. Check out www.morethansport.org

Josh and Esther Colp are the brains behind Culprit. It's immediately obvious that Josh is a passionate bike geek, and their new Legend is super sexy and has a neat multi-tool holder on top. And that's the end of my bike expertise. Full disclosure: I received delicious fish tacos, au gratin, while hearing about this bike.

Josh and Esther Colp are the brains behind Culprit. It’s immediately obvious that Josh is a passionate bike geek, and their new Legend is super sexy and has a neat multi-tool holder on top. And that’s the end of my bike expertise.
Full disclosure: I received delicious fish tacos, au gratin, while hearing about this bike.

The TRS Triathlon entourage was invited to a luncheon hosted by Endura. They had some pretty slick new racing suits on display (photos below) and were a sheer delight to chat with.

We we courteously invited to a luncheon with Endura, who have some slick new race suits on the way - this QDC will be available to us age-group mortals soon.

We we courteously invited to a luncheon with Endura, who have some slick new race suits on the way – this QDC will be available to us age-group mortals soon.

Luke McKenzie shows off his Endura race suit. He rocked SPF 100 all week.

Luke McKenzie shows off his Endura race suit. He rocked SPF 100 all week.

About the Author

Aaron 'King of All Technology' Webstey is a former ITU triathlete and current dadbod owner. If your social media posts have been 'liked' by @AaronWebstey, you might be a triathlete.