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T-rex of Tri
Joined: 13 Jan 2005
Location: Wellington, NZ

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Below a couple of profiles on different sites:

Hill Running
Need to put some 2009 and 2010 results in here... in truth the last 2 good races I did were in 2008, couple of good halfs on hard courses, since then bad form, illness and bad execution have got in the way.

2008 Races

Ironman New Zealand- Taupo, NI
S3.8k B180k R42.2k
Time - S:1:13:08 B:5.20:14 R:4:04:02
Position - 257/1080
Happiness - 9.5/ 10
Great race, very solid result.

Challenge Wanaka Ironman - Wanaka, SI
S3.8k B180k R42.2k
Time - S:1:11 B:5.30 R:5:06
Position - 57/119
Happiness / 10 - 8
Great race, not great result.

2007 Races

K2 Road Race - Thames, Coromandel
B192k - 2300m vertical
Time - 6:54:13
Position - not 1st
Happiness / 10 - 6
Blew up at 100 miles!

Scorching Duathlon
distance 5/20/2.5
Time - 1:18
Position - 8 / 25(ish)
Happiness / 10 - 6

Levin Half Marathon, Taupo
Time - 1:38:00
Position - 83rd Open Male from 300+
Happiness / 10 - 7/10
Not fast but great to finish in one piece.

Wellington Half Marathon
Time - DNF
Position - Last
Happiness / 10 - 0/10
Through 5k in 7 min miles then hit curb and ripped hand up again Doh

Xterra NZ
Time - DNS
Position - Last
Happiness / 10 - 0/10
No chance of starting with hand.

Odyssey MTB ride - 300k
Time - DNS
Position - Last
Happiness / 10 - 0/10
No chance of starting with hand.

R&R series MTB race
Time - DNF
Position - Last
Happiness / 10 - 0/10
2.5k in and cut hand to smitherenes, 4 days in hospital

Wellington Standard Distance Champs
Very Windy Day - 18/3/07
S1.5k B40k R10k
Time - 2:28
Position - 15 / 60
Happiness / 10 - 8/10

Ironman New Zealand 3/1/07
S3.8k B180k R42.2k
Time - 11:47:42
Position - 395
Happiness / 10 - 7/10

McMillan Memorial Du - 28/1/07
R2.3Mi / B4.6Mi
<30 Mins
2 / 12
9 / 10 - Hello Mr Hurtbox!

Greenmantle Dash Hill Race - 2/1/07
51 / 119
6 / 10 - downhill poor

Edinburgh NYD - 1/1/07
S400m B11mi R3.5mi
S7:40 B36.59 R27.07 - 1:13:51
23rd of 317 finishers (less some teams) S41, B25, R43
7 / 10

Happiness / 10
Personal Bests
These need updated, the ones that I can think of that are wrong are: 5 Mile, beat this in the same trail race 3 years later.

10 Mile, I'm aware I've been through half marathon 10's quicker.

5k - 19.46 - 25/9/05 (Scottish Aquathon Champs)
5Mile - 32.35 - 26/8/05 (Kilmarnock Trail Race (went faster in '06)
10k - 41.12 - 10/5/05 (Troon 10k)
10Mile - 72.21 - 8/5/05 (Deeside duathlon - gone faster in halfs)
1/2 Mara - 90.50 - 6/09 (Christchurch Half)
Mara - 3:41:21 - 2/10/05 (Loch Ness mara)

10 Mile - 22.51 - 07/11 (Old Loans Course)

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Ironman New Zealand 2008
Tue Mar 04, 2008 10:21 am T-rex of Tri
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Another year another Ironman New Zealand at Taupo. It sort of felt like that but in truth didn't feel very much like that at all! This year was different right from the drive up, I'll try and split it up a bit into sections so as you can get cups of tea in between each stage!

The drive up was interesting, I left on Wednesday night after work, it was plain weird driving North in the evening for a race, it reminded me of Aberfeldy, it was earily like a Friday night driving up to Aberfeldy, maybe the nerves, the traffic were the same I don't know. Maybe being homesick at the moment was helping the feeling.

Got to Levene and my car again found that it doesn't like the town. Last time it was there it got bumped into in a petrol station. This time the issue that I have with the starter motor kicked in and I had to get some big Maori boys to jumps start it (OK, so they didn't need to be big to do that but they seemed more keen). I hate cars! Actually that reminds me it needs a WOF, must do that...

Then to the rest of the drive, stopped again in Taihape for a twix and a coffee to stay awake over the desert road. Now if the Aberfeldy experience wasn't enough the desert road reminded me of late night on Rannoch Moor, and now that I think of it the two are quite similar except the desert road is higher and longer... and doesn't have the beauty of Glen Coe at the end of it.

Up to Taupo late on Wednesday night, thankfully my accommodation was sorted for the trip. Staying in a family sized apartment with my friend Heidi who was doing her first Ironman, so making sure that she wasn't nervous probably made my nerves less. Heidi's family came up at the weekend and they were giving it big licks with cheering. Heidi is also a type 1 diabetic so to do something like Ironman is doubly mad but she's quite an athlete!

Thursday was spent registering and hooking up with the Tritalk massive, I spotted a few of them before the lunch that we had arranged, Duncan74 had the cheek to wear a Longest Day t-shirt when he had only done the run, I thought I was safe with mine?

Also met AndyS in the queue, he's not hard to miss.

At the tritalk lunch we also met up with Woolly (Christian), Jane (from TT), Coromandel (who has some ridiculous name on Runners World and some of their terrible kit!) and various partners / wives. It was good and nice to keep everyone calm.

Post lunch I'm sure there were things to do, I spent nothing at the expo, it just didn't interest me very much, I've got loads of Ironman branded clothes and way too much sports kit even for 20 hours a week training! Oh yeah, there was a massage in here, something that was great to have and cleared any rubbish from my legs from whenever I last trained.

The evening was spent going to the pasta party. There were the same loads of tritalkers along and loads of Wellington triathletes, looked a bit like this:

For those of you who are waiting for this post... I've just been out for a run, so it is about 45 minute delayed, I didn't get as far as I normally do in my 15min out and 15 min back run, but there you go.

Prior to the briefing my coach had us all meeting up at the swim start for a bit of swim bike run readiness session. As Heidi and I cycled the 5 minutes down to the start we didn't take wetsuits. Swimming OW with just a trisuit on was great, the water felt lovely to swim in although I didn't seem to go very fast at all!

10 minute swim, 10 minute bike and 10 minute run, all seemed fine, lovely weather (too hot for me, but lovely for everyone else).

The briefing was the usual affair, thankfully there weren't any questions to be asked by teams which actually quite annoyed me at Wanaka, as we had to wait around for all their transition questions to be answered, nope, just straightforward stuff.

So that was that, the rest of the day was racking up bikes, sitting in cafés and sitting about.

Saturday - Race Day

Race day was a 4 am start, I guess part of this report will have some nutrition thoughts for others doing IM this year, criticise as much as you want.

Early brekkie - Porridge at 4am
2nd brekkie - 2 pieces of toast around 4.40 and a banana
3rd brekkie - 1/2 powerbar for some additional carbs

No it wasn't digested when I went swimming!

I was pretty calm most of the time waiting for the swim start, just went through the process of doing things and getting ready. Down to the water about 6.30 when I had a strange realisation of not knowing why I was doing IMNZ, it was practically a panic attack, I didn't understand what the reason was for being there, I figured I'd end up in much the same time as other ironmen... so getting in for the swim was nasty for me. I lined up far too near the front, only realising too late that I was in the 2nd row of age groupers... Doh

Swim - the swim for me was a nightmare, all other reports of how quick the swim was seems to be a nonsense to me. The swimmers were given orange caps and the buoys were orange, I didn't have a clue where I was going and from what I could see loads of others didn't either, the amount of breast stroke going on to look for buoys was huge.

The swim was also hindered by the kayakers being quite strict on what side of buoys you swam, given that I couldn't see the buoys I was practically zig zagging them. What you'd get though was that at an interval of about 100m a sudden influx of swimmers would swim into you from the right, it was nasty and I didn't enjoy it. Remembering this wasn't long after my "why am I doing this?" at the swim start it wasn't stacking up as a great day!

So a terrible swim for me, coming out in 1:13... I was hoping about 1:09 or less as that's what I did last year and at Wanaka I was 1:11 with only 2 other people to draft in the water. Off to transition.

T1 - T1 at Taupo is interesting as there is about a 500m run before you get to transition, most folk don't run the transition when they come out as slow as me, I don't know why, there is enough time to do that later I reckon. Nothing too exciting in transition, one of my gels had squeezed a bit out overnight so I wonder if someone had stood on my bag? Not to worry. Only feature of T1 was my usual 2 minutes and 3 litres of pee that I seem to want to get out there! So some time wasted that I'd made running up transition... 6 minutes or so I think.

Bike - one of my motivations for doing the race was a bit of experimentation, try different "tactics", heaven forbid even pace some bits of the race to try and go faster later on.

Nutrition for the bike was a bit different too, Duncan74 had brought over a bag of malt loaf for me and one of them was my first 2 hours of carbs in one handy packet. It was soooo stodgy and good that I got so much carbs in. It was making me feel quite unwell but meant that I had to slow down on the bike which again was quite a good thing.

I was wearing a HRM that was working for the first time in an Ironman (it failed at Wanaka) and was sticking between 140 and 150bpm throughout. The only time I really let it drop was the last 28 miles which were downwind and I pretty much coasted home at 35kph.

The bike ride was really uninteresting, 5 hours 20 minutes, keeping it under control, spots with no spectators, spots with lots of them, I think I made up about 400+ places in that time, so it was the usual pass pass pass people and avoid them on passing as they're not that good on the bike.

It rained a bit at around 56 miles so braking was a problem, it would have been good to have bar tape on my carbon bars as my hands were slipping a bit, there was no real need for braking though, the course isn't particularly technical and I wasn't winding through my 54-11 very often (deliberately).

I was hungry, nice time for a photo!

T2 - jumped off my bike leaving shoes on, into T2. Faffed a bit with my drinks belt that was carrying 1L of Nuun and off we go.

Run - it was a case of keeping the HR down for as long as possible on the run. It was going to be an interesting run as I knew that if I blew then Heidi would probably chase me down as she was likely to be about an hour down on me but can run like a demon, even more interesting in the run was that fellow Wellingtonian Scott Ramsay had got a rare jump on me in swim and bike and was 2k up on me onto the run. I figured if I paced it well then I should have him, he is even less of a runner than me. But it was important to bide my time.

I looked cheery on the run:

(and these are scans of photos so my thighs look way bigger than they are!)

The run was I guess in many ways uneventful, it was great to see all the athletes who I knew out there, most were going really hard and well. Lots of complaints were made about the head wind on the way back on the run but for me it was just like Troon beach on a 5k night back home, and I was a bit legendary there on windy nights!

With 10k to go I had made up most of the 2k on Scott Ramsay and reeled him in with 4k to go, in that last 4k I think I put 5 minutes into him as I really beasted it not knowing what he had left. One missed aid station and a good long seat at the finish line were great. Finally I'd "run" the marathon of an ironman, no exercise induced asthma due to dehydration... now I need to work out how to hydrate on hot days... that could be further away!

Sorry no epic tale of triumph over adversity, just a sensibly paced run working off a HR of 150 giving me a 4:04 marathon... it's dull but that was a very safe way of working... I think I've lost some of the Alf Tupper in me!

10:46 - A pb by 1 hour and 10 minutes, not a bad effort but the weather helped me immensely. I can see that there are still huge places to save time, the bike could be quicker if I wanted it to, the run could be quicker if I knuckled down and did a lot of training... gulp... the swim could certainly be quicker but I want to do triathlon for a long time so don't want to bore myself with that.

After event - made it down to the finish, there was a good party going on there, Christian was dancing away at midnight which was good fun.

On the Sunday the prizegiving was great fun and the after show party in town was a who's who of triathlon with Bjorn Anderson, Bryan Rhodes, Jo Lawn, Scott Neyedli, Steven Sheldrake (particularly pissed) all out and there was a great atmosphere... I may still be hungover today. I blame Scott Neyedli, pros aren't meant to start the shots are they?

So that was that, now I have a serious case of post ironman blues, I'm just lost and don't know what to do, there seems so little in my life. That's why it's good to change life around after Ironman, new job, new location, new sport something like that, right now I don't know what to do... hopefully it will sort itself out soon, cos right now things don't seem too good.
'Mon the Biff

Tue Mar 04, 2008 10:26 am Angelina
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TRoT absolutely amazing. Really good affort and excellent result. I am so proud of you (and haven't event met you - isn't it funny how we got like this). Anyway, don't worry about the post-ironman blues, they will go away. Right now just remember YOU ARE AN IRONMAN Bounce
Tue Mar 04, 2008 10:27 am ray
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Excellent race report and excellent race :rock: Worship

and love the fact you ignored beavan at challenge wanaka Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy poor guy dose not need that Very Happy Very Happy
bad back and much for being an Ironman
Can't sleep the clowns will eat me

Tue Mar 04, 2008 10:38 am p00key
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nice report - excellent result , well done .
Tue Mar 04, 2008 10:51 am MoJon
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nice report mate and a great PB!
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Tue Mar 04, 2008 10:51 am Poet
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I was made up to see that you'd ran the whole marathon when I woke up on Saturday morning. Once again, amazed by your bike splits. Good luck with the decisions.
Tue Mar 04, 2008 12:06 pm Daz
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Well done lad! Just read your report. Home turf for you that race Wink
Swim sounded like a bit of a nightmare but 4mins+ lost isnt too bad, you did well in T1. Malt loaf? Blurch!
Nice strong bike and steady run....the buiness!
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Tue Mar 04, 2008 12:34 pm Toyota_Crown
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pb by 1hr 10mins. feck well done m8. you'll be too fast for me if we ever go head to head. you only passed 400+ on the bike, c'mon you can do better than that. Razz glad to hear you gave it large at the end of the run fearing your m8 might catch you, real class. it's nice to finish on a high and usethe competitve edge to push on, and good to know you can do it. sub 4hr next time...Ignore the post IM blues, you should be walking on air for weeks.
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