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Taupo, North Island
20C / 68F
Total Time = 13h 20m 16s
Overall Rank = 528/1270
Age Group = 50-54
Age Group Rank = 9/40
Pre-race routine:

Brekky - banana, yoghurt, boiled egg and creamed rice
Drink Replace
Event warmup:

Just a bit of running about and arm stretches
  • 1h 16m 44s
  • 3800 meters
  • 02m 01s / 100 meters

Started in the mass about 5 meters behind the start line. It was hard but I managed to get some rhythm and draft a bit. Only had a couple of punches along the way.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, it was a ;difficult swim which many people couldnt manage and i knew it wouldnt be fast.
Transition 1
  • 08m 13s

I was ready with instructions and the volunteers were very good. I struggled with getting my gloves on as they were too tight and the arm warmers were hard to get on to wet arms.
What would you do differently?:

might not bother with arm warmers. Think about finding a tri top that is tight fitting and has arms.
  • 7h 06m 12s
  • 180 kms
  • 25.34 km/hr

Wind played a big part. I relaxed because I knew I wasn't going to be fast and jut told myself to look after my legs. The first lap return leg was horrible in the headwind but the second time round I coped better because I was ready for it. I was drinking 4x per hour and eating 2x per hr. The special needs coffee stop really gave me a boost.
What would you do differently?:

Nutrition - I need to get more scientific about this.
Transition 2
  • 05m

Good change over and made ure I had sunscreen coverage. Banana and toilet stop.
What would you do differently?:

  • 4h 44m 7s
  • 42.2 kms
  • 06m 44s  min/km

I tried to start slowly and save the legs. I was eating and drinking at almost every aid stations and taking ice. Had to stop twice at toilets but that's normal for me. Strangely I had lots of energy at the end and picked up the pace for the last few kms. At the finish line they wieghed me and I hadn't lost anything (last year was 2kg lost).
What would you do differently?:

Nutrition - again have a closer look at this.
Post race
Warm down:

Shower, stretch and eat. Champagne and beer.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My preparation was affected by normal health issues and I was found to be iron deficient the week before the race so I just wanted to finish in good shape. The weather conditions were also a big factor for everyone. Many people DNF'd in this race. I was really pleased with myself for sticking at it and completing the course.

Event comments:

In summary, the weather played a big part today. The swim and bike were more challenging than usual due to the wind so I think everyone who finished can be very proud. My favorite part of this course is the run because there are lots of supporters along the roadside for the duration giving lots of cheers and noise. This race also has the best volunteers and everyone in the town is interested and excited to talk to the athletes. I would recommend to anyone.

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Last updated: 2017-03-02 12:00 AM
01:16:44 | 3800 meters | 02m 01s / 100meters
Age Group: 6/40
Overall: 360/1270
Performance: Average
Suit: Yes
Course: Lake swim, clockwise along 12 buoys out and back. The weather was windy and the water was rough like swimming the sea!
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Shot
Water temp: 21C / 70F Current: High
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 08:13
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
07:06:12 | 180 kms | 25.34 km/hr
Age Group: 14/40
Overall: 648/1270
Performance: Good
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: Out and back to Reporoa. The wind was a tailwind on the way out and head wind on the way back.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 05:00
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal Good
04:44:07 | 42.2 kms | 06m 44s  min/km
Age Group: 9/40
Overall: 528/1270
Performance: Good
Course: Three lap to Wharewaka and back to town. There are a few small hills and the course is along the lakeside and through some residential areas. The support on the roadside is fantastic and really gives me energy to keep going.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %0
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2017-03-06 1:01 AM

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Auckland, North Island
Subject: Ironman New Zealand

2017-03-07 10:48 AM
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Austin, Texas
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Congrats on a great race! 

Finishing with energy (and not losing any weight) then having champagne and beer as an after adds up to one heck of a day!


2017-03-07 3:35 PM
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Langley, BC, 'Wet Coast' Canada
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Nicely done! I have read that it was a very tough day for many...


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