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February 2018

December Race Wrap Up

With my first key race of the season at the Future ChampioNZ Triathlon Festival my form was tracking nicely. The race took place from the 15th to the 17th. Each event counted towards an overall time for the weekend with three events plus a team relay for fun. Day one had a lemans style criterium with a 300 meter run either side of the bike to put a triathlon style spin a race favoured for the strong bike riders. From start to finish the race didn’t really go my way. Straight off the start line my heel was stood on ripping one of my shoes off. I hesitated whether or not I stop for my shoe before carrying on, losing enough time before jumping on my bike to miss the front four boys. I ended up in a two-up time trial in an effort to chase the four boys up the road. Just as we came off the bike we had bridged the gap to 2 of the riders but in the heat of the moment I dismounted my bike late and faced a 15 second penalty which was more than enough for the boys around me to beat me to the line. I finished up 6th in my heat but 18th overall.

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I headed into the second event with extra motivation. The race was a 400m pool swim followed by a 750 meter run two times through. On paper it was going to be the weaker event for me with no cycling and such short runs between swims. Despite this I improved on my result from the criterium and moved up some spots to 16th.

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The grand final triathlon was the key race of the weekend with double points up for grabs. With a breakthrough swim I came out of the water only 50 seconds down on the leaders. The bike course was very technical and hilly. I nearly bridged the gap to the front group only 8 seconds up the road. My run was good but not great, but I made up a few places to finish in the 7th. Enough for 10th in the series points for the weekend.

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I’ve since had some time back home in Queenstown and raced at the local Lake Hayes Triathlon.  After a really big week of training I just felt drained from start to finish to finish one spot off the podium in the U20 boys race and 5th overall. However I’m happy with where I’m at as 2017 draws to a close and look forward to 2018 and my lofty goals ahead.

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November Race Wrap Up

This month I have continued progressing towards the Future ChampioNZ Tri Fest to be held in Taupo mid-December, with more speed work and specificity in my training. As well as racing at the Te Awamutu Summer Series races every Tuesday night I also raced at the New Plymouth Round the Mountain Run relay and at the Tinman Sprint Tri this month.  

My best result at the TA summer series came Week 7 on the 21st. A breakaway of 5 riders including myself got all the way to the line and I managed to (poorly) sprint to 4th in the open A grade. These races have been an important session of the week building my speed on the bike. I also went down to New Plymouth to race for Team Body Logic in the round the mountain relay. My leg was 5.2 km long. We mixed between first and second for a long time before a mishap in one of the legs put us back a few minutes and we never made up that time. After over 9 hours of running the team finished in 2nd. 

My season opener triathlon was the Sprint Race at the Tinman triathlon at Mt Maunganui. After an average swim I managed to ride myself back up to 2nd place overall with the fastest bike split. On the run I battled for 2nd place for around 4km but couldn’t quite match the pace. Still nudging the 2nd fastest run split however, I finished in 3rd overall. Since the race I have already made some big changes to my open water swimming and am working lots to improve it so I can be closer to the front of the race for the bike and the run.

Looking forward to coming back to Queenstown for a couple of weeks, in late December and racing in the Lake Hayes & Lake Dunstan Tri’s.

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