Monday, May 9, 2016

Noumea International

Well it’s good to be back racing and finishing…

The year hadn’t started well and it took me a while to recover after Wanaka, the enthusiasm to train was there but the body wasn’t into it.  It was a nice change to focus on a shorter event the Olympic/Half Ironman distances are definitely more manageable for my current lifestyle though what never changes is the need for having consistent training.

I have raced in Noumea a couple of times and really enjoy the trip so it was great to be back again, still as hot as ever there which adds another element to racing.  The swim was good getting in the front group, so a good start to the day.  Onto the three lap bike I never felt really flash, the lack of racing made it harder to get going early yet still managed to pull a few solid turns though but the 5m draft box doesn’t really help split the bike up.

On the run I knew it was going to be hard, the heat is a killer for me and from experience starting off easy works best if I want to make it through to the end.  For me was good to get one on the board with a 4th, still a lot of work to do over winter but the race has renewed my enjoyment of pushing myself at that intensity again.

With not really that much racing near home the next few months (I try to avoid the hot/humid Asia climates) it’s going to give me a good chance to get the consistency back into my weeks and build a foundation to race come September/October which really isn’t that far way.



Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Rinse, Wash…Repeat

Far between but here’s an update – Taupo, Tauranga, Wanaka

2015 finished better than it started, managed to take out a 5th place at the Taupo 70.3 after not feeling that flash and a few problems with some gear…so was happy to get to the line.  Thought that my run was not representative of what I felt I was capable of I decide to road trip to Rotovegas and clear out the lungs a bit for the half ironman there.   Managed to put together a solid run and get the course record so things were back on track with Tauranga only three weeks away it was good timing to get a win under my belt.

From there the next couple of weeks were a bit up rough to say the least, sickness and mechanicals were tormenting me but I still planned on having a good race in Tauranga…obviously not.  A slow swim, extra slow bike where I seemed to be burning up all my matches trying to ride my legs into some shape, that really doesn’t help you for a good run so quarter the way through I was done, stopped in my tracks at the base of the Mt.

So an easy week or so and feeling healthy again it was time for IM training for Wanaka.  It was good to get out and do some long solid sessions, got some confidence back and I was starting to get a bit excited thinking this was the one, I was finally going to conquer this distance…until….I got sick again, recovered…again then got nailed…again…

Pretty gutted but I’m not done, plan on revisiting the drawing board and taking a few more vitamin c.  The passion is still there to do well and not let this distance get the better of me!

I must say thanks to the Challenge brand, definitely a family feeling at the race, a great event, people and location!


Sunday, February 8, 2015

New Plymouth Half Ironman

Well am back on the horse and racing well again, it was tough having a couple of average races but things are back on track and it was nice to win again in New Plymouth for the third year in a row.  A good hard course always suits me so coming down here feeling fit I felt I knew the race would be a good hit out and a great opportunity to practice Pre and race nutrition.   Seeing that Clarky and Hamish were on the start list I knew it wouldn’t be a stroll in the park this year and was a little nervous especially in the middle of some quality IM training.  Sure enough Hamish was right on my heels out of the water and Clark not too far behind.  Out onto the bike I was able to get a small gap on Hamish but it was short lived with the two of them reeling me back in after 20kms.  From previous years I learnt that you can’t push too hard on this bike course or you will pay for it on the run, so I just set a strong tempo which ended up giving me a little buffer coming off the bike.  So out on the run I settled into a good tempo that I managed to repeat over each of the 3 laps and finish with plenty in the tank.

Again it was great to be back in New Plymouth racing, it such a great event and perfect timing if you are doing IMNZ which will be my next race.

Until then, thanks for the support.


Maybe next year you want to have a go!