The results haven't come out yet (!) so not sure about my times for any of it.
There was a little bit of a chop on the water, which is usually dead calm, but nothing like Wanaka or any of the Kohi swims. It's a 2 lap course where you have to get out of the water and run on the sand for about 20m and then flop back in.
|Getting ready to flop back in|
|Still some people behind - whew|
This is a hard bike course. Very undulating, rough roads, very spread out field and that fricken headwind coming back from the turn around.
I started out ok, passed a few in the first 10km and had a battle with a woman who would pass me and then slow down so I would have to pass her, etc until I finally got rid of her.
Got to Kawakawa Bay (30km) slightly under my goal time of 55mins, power was a little bit high but I figured it would settle down a bit. I caught a few people going up the first big hill but got dropped big time on the downhill which was the story of all the other hills on the course.
|This headwind sucks|
Anyhoo there was certainly no drafting in my little bunch of one.
|No drafting here|
The last 30km were very hard into the wind and a few nasty uphills.
I hoped to bike around 2hrs50 but ended up with 2.56ish (I think) and my WKO file shows my poor pacing which is really dumb - the whole point of a powermeter is to measure your effort so I really stuffed that one up.
I wasn't so keen on running but didn't have a good enough reason not to.
|Muppet man having a muppet moment|
I was hoping to hold 4.30's to get me 95mins - the first few km's went ok, it's a 3 lap out and run course with the last maybe 1.5km of the out part being mostly uphill so I expected to be a bit slower on that part. It is a good course to see where other people are and keep an eye on competition.
|Run J-Rad run|
So I crossed the line in 8th place in maybe around 5hrs15, so much for my top 5 and sub-5hr goal...
|Where are my coke and chippies|
I just felt like a was a bit of a mess the whole time - like I was really fumbling my way through. I think part of the problem is with it being at home it doesn't seem like as much of a big deal race - not having to leave Auckland, stay in a motel, etc it ends up feeling like a bit more of a training day. So maybe I wasn't in a very good mental space to begin with.
Jared had a great race and held his 4th place and was making up time to 3rd but fell a bit short.
Our dear friend Neilio was our saviour providing us with sexy new tri kit, chauffeuring us back to Maraetai to get Jared's car and then me all the way back home while I bleated on about how much I sucked, and provided us with coke and chippies to help us recover. We love you Neilio, you are such a dear :)
Now to sound like a typical triathlete I am starting a run focus to try and get my running back to where it was in 2009 before I broke myself.