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Come on - where is the report. Taking longer than Trogs T1 this is!
Well that was fun. Really odd feeling, almost like a poorly planned training session. Don't get me wrong, the event was well organised, but mentally it was hard to do. Pacing and nutrition were total guesses, but in my case it sort of worked. Drafting was inevitable on that course, in those conditions, and I let it get to me which is a lesson learn't. Hard when you're strong cyclist though, and have 15-20- people say 1m (or less) behind you for 40k.
I shouted to 2 pirates, although they had no idea who I was either on bike /run / or afterwards.
So, accommodation alrady booked for next year, so that makes planning for next year easy..
Well done everyone. Must be hard to motivate yourself after the let down of the full event. Looking forward to reports.
I was wearing black arm warmers and a blue and white gillet on the bike, black trisuit and white hat on the run, then stood near the 'baywatch babe' after I'd finished.
Glad you finished, was all that yesterday was about. Estimating 'what if's of the full is a dangerous thing to do, and also a bit pointless.
Feeling ok today. Heels a bit bruised from teh Swim>Bike transition. SUnburn - be careful with the NZ sun, it's pretty evil....perhaps a bit late to point that out
Wishing I wasn't at work though. Long drive after the awards party means I should sleep well tonight, althoguh I've got to do my unpacking and get my road bike ready for the club ride tomorrow night....
The course is a hard one. It's not like Lanza, or some of the other 'killer' courses in that there's nothing really about it to pin it to, but the strong headwind on the return bike (normally), the long long false flat, and the rough road surface all make it hard. And that's before the run with no discernable flat on the entire thing.
Add in the mental issue from the delay / change of distance, worry over weather conditions (note to readers, we were warned it would be 5 degrees on the course, then turned out to be pretty warm) and what to eat / drink then you did good. The worry over Toucs would have seen most people call it a day in T1.
And you were smiling whenever I saw you. So to me, as it's a hobby, supposed to be enjoyable, shows you had a successful day.
What a lovely race report HC.
I can't believe the amount of bad luck you had leading up to the race, and with the race itself being changed too not to mention your worries over Toucs!!! Talk about a mental toughness test!
Well done on finishing what sounds like a real tough day at the office!
Great report and well done. Smoky in here...
Sounds like the organisers and volunteers deserve a big pat on the back too for putting a race on at all in the circumstances.
Cracking report HC, well done on toughing it out.
What a great report. Getting the start line was a such a mental test in itself you all did brilliantly to start, Glad Toucs is OK even though he didn't finish the swim.
I've been on the speed boat on lake Taupo and I'm struggling to imagine conditions like you had .
Toucs is a big girls blouson and he knows it (although don't ask me to climb anything high or I will cry)
Well done Nicky, sounds a tough trip with too many things going on to make for a mentally smooth race. Too many things in your head make it harder to race well. Finishing is all that is asked.
Don't rush back, work beckons.
Rotura for a mud bath? If still in Taupo head south along lake towards Ruapehuand there is a municpal outdoor baths. Also have private baths. Basic but good value, nice and warm and no swell.