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Adam Wilson takes on Challenge Wanaka 2015

Outside Sports sponsored triathlete Adam Wilson gives us a personal account of his winning race review from Challenge Wanaka 2015:

Adam Wilson:

Challenge Wanaka was an amazing feeling, especially seeing it was my first ironman. I didn’t expect to win let alone by that amount.

My race when better than expected right from the start, 18 degree, mirror flat lake couldn’t ask for better swim conditions. They changed the swim to a beach and with a couple of good duck dives 2 of us cleared the hundreds of other swimmers and shot away into the clear water. The other swimmer was pushing pretty hard so I snuck in behind him and he gave me a good drag around the entire swim course. It wasn’t till early into the 2nd lap that I realised that this other swimmer was my sister’s boyfriend who was also competing in his 1st ironman. As we exited the swim we had a decent gap before the chase group.

Adam Ironman Outside Sports NZ Swim Challenge Wanaka

I took the lead for the 1st time early into the bike and tried to settle into my race plan and forget about the chasing riders. For quite some time I didn’t see another rider which made it feel rather like a training ride and took away any race nerves. During the ride I was lucky enough to have some supporters updating me on how the race was progressing behind and to my astonishment my lead just kept on growing. By the time I entered the bike/run transition I had a 15 minute gap and had rode a 5:05 bike split, much faster than my 5:20 target time.

Adam Ironman Outside Sports NZ Bike Challenge Wanaka

Into the run, which tends to be my weakness in any distance triathlon. In the back of my mind I was wondering whether 15 minutes was enough and didn’t really know how fast the chasers would be. My target was to run around the 3:30 mark and with the day heating up I was wondering if even sub 4hrs was possible after a hard ride. My first lap when much better than expected and to my surprise I was well on track for a good finish. With more progress updates from my support crew and nobody catching fast I was beginning to believe I could really win. The 2nd lap was really painful and I had a couple of moments where I thought I was blowing to pieces but I managed to keep ticking over finished the marathon in 3:33.

Adam Ironman Outside Sports NZ Run Challenge Wanaka

I finished over 14 minutes in front of the next amateur and even bet some of the professionals (They started 15 minutes before the amateur field).

Adam's Times:

Swim – 54:52

Bike – 5:05:55

Run – 3:33:41

(plus some transition time)

Total time – 9:39:24

Adam Challenge-Wanaka-2015-Prize-Giving Outside Sports NZ

I’ve been a sponsored athlete with Outside Sports now for around 3 years and I’m really grateful for the support they have provided. Without their assistance I would have struggled to achieve my goals as a triathlete. Triathlon is an expensive sport, with multiple bikes, bike accessories, wetsuits and not to mention the international travel it soon gets expensive and without the assistance of Outside Sports I would not have been able to afford to compete internationally.

Outside Sports specifically help by supporting me with all the equipment I need to be a competitive triathlete and more importantly help me maintain this equipment so it’s all running smoothly not only at all my races but during every training session in between. The staff at Outside Sports Ride Centre, Queenstown are extremely skilled bike mechanics who have always managed to get my bikes working perfectly whenever I come to them with any issues.

One of the most effective improvements since coming on board with Outside Sports was my bike positioning. After they put me through a Specialized Body Geometry Fit which is a highly scientific approach to bike fitting I had my best result to date, placing 5th in my age group at the New Zealand Half Ironman Champs in Tauranga in a personal best time of 4hrs 19mins. Subsequently I qualified to race in the World Long Distance Champs in France. I definitely recommend that any recreational or competitive cyclist or triathlete who wants to be more comfortable and efficient on their bike looks into getting a Body Geometry fit with Outside Sports.

I’m happy to see Outside Sports moving into their brand new store. The new store looks and feels amazing. One of the issues in the past was parking and store access which will be vastly improved making it much easier for customers to spend time in the shop and not wasting it trying to find a park.

In my role for Cardrona we worked closely with Outside Sports last winter to provide some great packages for skiers and snowboarders visiting Queenstown and we look forward to teaming up again in 2015.

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