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Last Triathlon of the season

The National Triathlon Championships

My last triathlon of the season was the national triathlon champs where I participated in the Individual Tri, the Teams Tri and the Individual Aquathon. 

I placed 4th in the Tri where I had concentrated my effort over the other two events.

Reuben Thompson Outside Sports NZ

It was my first year in the age group, racing U14 last year so I’m really stoked with my race.

My bike set up was really good and the bike course suited me well with the descent climb at the start of each lap. I had another really solid bike split, to my advantage it was on home ground at Jacks Point, meaning I could get a lot of training in prior to the event. Saying that, there was a course change which I only found when I started the race so my splits were off my training times and goal times but the more time on the bike the better!

Reuben Thompson Outside Sports NZ

I came out of the swim in 25th so I had work to do!

I pushed the bike and came off in 8th. The run was going be hard as I had a big pack of boys on my heels that I had passed on the bike. I had got to 4th by start of the second and final lap where we were straight up the hill again. 

At the top of the hill I looked back to a bunch of at least 10 boys and knew I had work ahead of me.

I attacked the downhill with the support of Joe Cheifetz (who manned the drink station) as my main motivator and only had 500m to the finish. I had broken the pack down and starting to form a gap before the finish line. There was some confusion at the line with placing's because of penalties etc. I had got 4th and equivently 2nd if there was a U15 age group.

Reuben Thompson Outside Sports NZ

The teams tri went great too, I didn’t have the freshest legs though after the smashing that morning. The Aquathon (Swim-Run) went well to but after the swim I was well back and had no bike to catch me up, I was useless. I was 24th out of the water and made up 8 spots in the run to finish in 13th. On the positive I was 7 seconds off the fastest run split so I know where the work needs to be done for next season.

So that’s it for the tri season. I have the NZ road cycling champs next week and I’m not really sure how well I’ll do as I am yet to race age group cycling since mid year last year.

A huge thanks to Thijs Hubber at Protégé Coaching for the work he’s done with me, I wouldn’t be where I am without him and Outside Sports for my one and only love - my Specialized Tarmac. 

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By Reuben Thompson

Photo Credit: Barking Cat Photography 

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Young Athlete Reuben takes on the Triathlon Champs

Triathlon Champs

Outside Sports sees a big future ahead for local Queenstowner, Reuben Thompson. We are hugely impressed by his riding ability at such a young age and look forward to supporting and following him on his journey.

Here's what he had to say about his recent competition, the South Island Secondary Schools Triathlon:

On Sunday 6th of March I competed in the South Island Secondary Schools Triathlon Champs. I was racing with the older boys in the U16 age group after racing in U14 last year. I came out of the water dead last.... Probably my worst swim ever! I hadn't realized that yet however and jumped on my bike feeling pretty good.

It was my first race on my new Specialized Tarmac and it flew!!

Ruben Thompson Athlete Outside Sports NZ

I passed all the stragglers and caught to the third bunch at the start of the second lap. I did some work for them for half a lap before making my move for the second group. I didn't quite catch them but had made up some serious time.

I had the fastest bike split of the day but still had some work as I was still back in 8th. I ran pretty good and got back to 5th before the finish. I'm pretty happy with the result, I did better than I thought I would for the age group and the competition there.

Ruben Thompson Athlete Outside Sports NZ

My new Tarmac was absolutely flawless.

The feel was amazing and the stiffness was something completely different to my previous bikes. I am racing again next week at the Southland Secondary Schools Triathlon Champs in the U16's. I would definitely like to win and its doable with a good bike and run but my swimming isn't up to scratch with the other guys yet....

Huge thanks to Bryn, Jacques and Outside Sports for all the new gear and my Specialized BG fit. 

By Reuben

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My First Tri of the Season

By Adam Wilson

My First triathlon of the season went off with a bang.

The Southland Triathlon and Multisport Club put on a fantastic event and Southland even pitched in with some perfect race day weather. Everything went much better than expected and after another fierce battle with Matt Randall (deja vu from last year) I managed my 2nd win in 2 attempts at the Southland Summer Challenge, even managed to set a new course record!

Adam Wilson Outside Sports Triathlete NZ

Massive thanks to all the support crew,

who made the trip down from Queenstown especially Becky Nixon, Ben Benjamin Alexander Maxwell Roberts & Tamsin Browne who helped me sort some last minute gear issues, might not have made the swim start without them! Carol Corcoran, the most dedicated swim coach, thanks for making the trip down to support all your squad again. Mum and dad for putting up with me all these years and still coming along to pretty much all my races. Finally to Outside Sports for my amazing new bike, I definitely needed every bit of it's speed to stay with Matt.

Adam Wilson Outside Sports Triathlete NZ

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Adam Wilson Outside Sports Triathlete NZ

By Adam Wilson 

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