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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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Floortje takes on the Kepler Challenge

The Kepler Challenge Race

By Floortje

Floortje on the Kepler Challenge race

Running the Kepler with Floortje:

Kepler was a big Challenge. I had the pressure on all day, I didn't even have time for toilet stops!

I ran comfortably with a friend up to Luxmore Hut. And started to realise I needed to get ahead to chase the other girls. I was running 4th by the half way point, 32km at the Iris Burn hut.

I had no time to grab goodies from transition, this meant missing out on Christmas cake!!.

From there I thought the hills were over and I would be on flat terrain..... turns out I got that absolutely wrong......

With the girls on my heels I started to pace out fast, working on mental strength to stay ahead. After holding the lead for 1.5 hours of fast pace I still hadn't found the flat terrain I was expecting, and so I decided the guys in my train could lead for a while.  It was at that moment I realised one of the girls was hanging on and passed me freshly.

The fast out pace bit me in the bum. I kept going, sitting in a black box, I got passed by another girl in the last 10km. Still looking for the flat terrain I finally found it in the last 500 meters before I happily finished.


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Outside Sports at the Peak to Peak

Outside Sports at the Peak to Peak

The Southern Traverse Peak to Peak race took place over the weekend and it was a beautiful day for the 44km race across the Queenstown basin. The races five stages consisted of skiing, mountain biking, kayaking, running and road cycling which meant individuals and teams needed to master a range of outdoor sports in order to make it to the podium.

The event began at the top of The Remarkables ski area with the skiers running downhill to their skis and boards then speeding 4km down the trail Homeward Bound to the road. There, individuals ditched their ski boots and team mates were tagged in for the 12km mountain bike down the Remarkables road and onwards to Frankton beach. Once at the lake, the racers took off in kayaks and paddled 7km to the Queenstown lakefront. From there, runners bolted through Queenstown, along Gorge Road 9km towards the bottom of Coronet Peak road. The final leg started at Coronet Alpine Hotel where runners swapped to road bikes and cyclists pedalled 9km up the Coronet road to the snow at the base building...

"where they were cheered in by supporters and team mates as they crossed the finish line."

Outside Sports Queenstown entered a social team to have some fun and show the town what they were made of. Elke got on the skis after a challenging run in ski boots and shot down Homeward Bound somewhere in of the middle of the pack. Feidhlim then took to the downhill bike and bombed down the road, overtaking people on the way. Feidhlim then swapped from bike to paddle, putting some real effort in for the team. Unfortunately...

"the kayak was quite tippy and threw Feidhlim into the freezing lake a couple of times"

which meant having to paddle to shore to empty the boat before continuing. James took over at the lakefront with some ground to make up and sped away on foot toward Coronet Peak. James made back the ground lost in the kayak putting the Outside Sports team back near the middle of the field. Geoff then shot off up the coronet peak road chasing down the teams ahead. The Outside Sports team ended up crossing the finish line with an overall placing of 58th and a 12th placing in the business house team category, not a bad effort for the social team.

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Outside Sports athlete and staff member Floortje Grimmet entered as an individual in the women’s open section. Floortje had just come back from a 6 month training break so it was time for her to come back in style! She had a good ski, bike, kayak, and run but had to chase hard on the uphill cycle to make it to the front of the pack. Floortje ended up flying ahead and taking out 1st place in the open women section. Well done!

"Jo Williams from Wanaka, another Outside Sports athlete claimed her fifth win at the Peak to Peak"

with a time of 2hrs 31mins and 33 secs beating her time from last year by more than 12minutes. What’s more impressive is that she was in the veteran’s category and was still the fastest women of the day. A huge congratulations to Jo who was 1st veteran women as well as being the 1st women overall.

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All in all it was a fun day out and everyone had a great time whether they were on the track or spectating form the side-lines. Watch out for Outside Sports at the finish line next year!


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Outside Sports Sponsoring Jacks Point Trail Run

Outside Sports Sponsoring Jacks Point Trail Run

Scheduled for Saturday September 5th. The first ever; Jacks Point Trail Run and Charity fun run, Queenstown, is already proving a big hit- with increasing local entries and others from as far away as Auckland, Dunedin and Christchurch. For the First year the event will be capped to ensure that competitors experience Race organizer, Andy Town’s visual of an “enjoyable and fun event”. Andy explains: “I feel many events grow too fast and the competitors experience can be overlooked as organisers struggle to cope to  with the extra work load of unexpected entries”.

Jacks Point Trail Run Outside Sports Queenstown NZ

Race organizer Andy Town on the Jacks Point trail.


  • 7km trail run for the ‘entry level’ off road trail runner
  • 21km half marathon trail run for those wanting a descent challenge.
  • 3km Charity fun event - all proceeds go to the Dog Rescue Charitable Trust , ‘the Trust do an amazing service re housing dogs that have been left abandoned and would otherwise be destroyed’.

There will be heaps of prize giveaways, including a brand new Kids’ Bike

An event to be enjoyed by the whole family.

See the website www.jackspointtrailrun.wordpress.com  for more details.

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