Though it will be Kohei’s first time participating in the Luray Triathlon, he’s actually quite familiar with the area, in fact he’s looking forward to returning to Luray. Kohei worked in the United States for two and a half years, and became very fond of the area when he was here. “We have great memories of Shenandoah National Park and Luray,” he says.
This time, Kohei and his family will be spending their summer vacation in Virginia while his wife works at The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal for the month of August. He is already anticipating some time for relaxation in “beautiful Virginia” this summer. “I will go to Shenandoah National Park and go fruit picking, to the Shenandoah River and so on,” he says. “We are looking forward to hiking the nice trails in Shenandoah National Park.”
Kohei lives on Japan’s Hieizan Mountain, part of Kyoto’s eastern mountain range, which happens to be a great location for triathlon training. “Triathlon for me is a part of my life,” Kohei says. “I enjoy training for triathlon.” Biwa Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Japan, is where he trains for the swimming portion of the triathlon. “Shiga has Biwa Lake,” Kohei says, “which is the biggest, most beautiful lake in Japan.” In fact, two of the three triathlons he completed in Japan had the swimming portion at Biwa Lake.