My name is Jenn Garnand. I'm a 32-year-old triathlete, mom and ER nurse living my dream in New Orleans, Louisiana. Over the last 4 years, I have become extremely active in the triathlon community on a national level.  Join me for the adventure of a lifetime as I make the journey to the "big island tri" -- 

the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii!


Kailua-Kona, on the big island of Hawaii. The home of the prestigious Ironman World Championship. This is the place where I left my dreams just a few short months ago. There was the solid belief that I'd be back there, I just had no idea it would be so soon. Kona is the field of dreams, the holy grail of triathlon. For me, it's a physical and spiritual connection with a sacred place I've only been to twice. But the pull is strong enough to know that I've been called here for a greater purpose. It's hard to explain, but it's that pit in your stomach, heart swelling in your chest, chills up your spine, take your breath away kind of feeling. The feeling when you know you been called. Chosen. Drawn here for something great. To dream of Kona is to hope for a miracle. To visit Kona is to feel the magic of this sacred place. To be selected to race in the greatest race is to witness a dream come true and unlock a potential within yourself that most people only dream of.

On Friday, November 14, 2014, my wildest dream came true.‚Äč

Journey to the Big Island Tri