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Someone's nicked the sun and it almost rained when I was out on a little run this morning. I wish it had cos it was a bit sticky.
Managed a very nice 45 mile ride yesterday on fairly quiet roads, some of which were silky smooth, the rest were similar to UK but without the potholes. One of the great things about riding around here is that most of the main(ish) roads have a nice wide shoulder which means you are separated slightly from the traffic.
Hoping to get down to a local lake for a swim tomorrow then repeat the cycle ride on Friday and maybe again on Monday.
Bad news from Happychap in Taupo, she set out for a bike ride after reassembly the bike and one of the cranks came off
New crank on order but didn't arrive today. I'm guessing she went to the local AvantiPlus bike shop in Taupo and, as Avanti are bike sponsor for the event, I'd hope they'll get it sorted sooner rather than later.
To add insult to injury, apparently it's been persisting it down all day in Taupo and Toucs is leading the team Run to Live cribbage tournament by some margin!
As for being set for race day, I've got a pretty accurate idea of how much it's going to hurt and I've only got myself to blame for that
Ah, big bottom brackets (((()))) for Happychap's crank.
Glad you're all settling in well, and that the emergency training is going well
Oh that's a nightmare on the crank, hope it gets sorted soon.
Can't believe the race is upon you already, it seemed so far away when we were in Regensburg. I'll be tuned in to see how it goes.
Only pedals removed for packing - by the LBS in the end I think.
I may be reporting inaccurately here cos I'm not sure exactly what broke - text said ".. at 5 miles one of my pedals fell off, new crank ordered ..." so it may just be the screw threads are shot. Not that it makes any difference, still needs a new crank to sort it.
Plan for today is a spot of OW to remind myself how to swim in a wetsuit - and how to sight.
What was the water like?Hope the long range forecast is predicting pleasant weather for you. I thought I was going to get done for my helmet in Regensburg as my aerohelmet wasn't as tight as the checker would have liked (even though it's the smallest available size set to the tightest setting) and I thought she was going to say it wasn't tight enough.
Good luck to Team R2L and Trogs.
Glad you've arrived ok (even if some bikes seem to have jet lag).
Weather isn't looking like it's playing ball, so don't get complacent and I am expectign it to be cold for the start of the bike on Saturday - you will probably need a gillet or more.
I'm getting down there on Wednesday AM and will have most of a bike workshop with me. Any bike issues then free free to drop me a line. Avanti will start gettign chaotic from mid week, although there is another great bike shop in town too - jsut a little hidden away.
I went down for a training camp 2 weeks ago. Swim - disaterous. Was the first time I'd been in westuit or open water since 8:15 2008 when I exited Lake Taupo so no surpise, but navigation was awful. My pool pace implied a 1:15ish, my actual was bang on 2 hours including several massive detours out to the middle of the lake / hitting the shore and at one point swimming 180 degrees wrong straight back towards the only person behind me.
Bike. Perfect conditions with no wind. 5:34 for full distance + a tiny bit due to not being able to use the private road. Surface is rough though, and shook the bike to bits. Shifter and one aero bar came loose, so make sure you check all the bolts and I've threadlocked all of mine.
Run. Like the new course. Not as many hills, and will be more people on course / spectating. Big thumbs up compared to the soulless far side. Runs off the bike both felt good (did 1hr 10 after the one lap on the bike on Friday, and then half an hour on the Sunday after the 181km).
I'm staying at the Chelmswood on the lakefront, just at the far side of where the bike course turns up to the north.
Hope you all enjoy both the race and some of the other things NZ has to offer. If there's anything can do to help whilst you're here let me know.
Answering previous question, race starts 7am saturday NZ time which is 6pm friday night. UK
Dearie me HC sounds like your poor bike is in shock at being ridden!
Still at least you've got nice noo shoooooos to try on race day
Always best to use up any bad luck before the day anyway, and have a lovely smooth ride on the day!
does that mean they are all done..? or am I week early?