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Saturday, August 29th, 2009

Well, I have been home in NZ for the past week. I am taking a small break from structured training and enjoying some rest time. I am looking forward to early next week as there is some big swell coming, and offshore winds predicted. Perfect time to get my surfboard out and go to Raglan for the day. Hopefully i will get some good photos to post here. I cant remember the last time I had a surf as these days most of the time when im not training, im to tired to move and just want to stay on the couch :)

Coach Spotting

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Not sure what the coach was yelling, but have a guess and post your answer on the forum. Picture is from Embrunman on the weekend, Erica and Bella ripping it up079

Embruman

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

This past weekend i had the chance to race at Embruman in France. The race started at 6am in the dark and you got to follow a flashing yellow latern attached to a canoe, i had a pretty average swim, but knew it was going to be a very long day so it didnt matter too much. 

 The bike course can be decribed as hills +little flat + big  mountain + hills + mountains, total climbing is around 5000m vertical. I started the bike very conservatively as I knew it would be a long day, and had about 20 guys pass me up the first climb, then came the big mountain at the 80k mark, the Col Iozard, the first two thirds of the climb wasnt to steep, but the last section really ramped up. By this time the day was starting to heat up. I was wearing a Scody cycling top with a full length zip and had it fully undone, i didnt know about the French rules that this is not allowed, so after some pointing and jestering by the referee on the motorbike i figured out what the were telling me in French.

Next came a super fast decent on a nice wide road with alot of switchbacks and melting tar. The next 70k was hilly and then you get back into town, think you have finished the ride and boom, they send you up another 7k climb! Coach had told us about this, but i was hoping they might have changed the course :)   The decent back into the town was very steep and on a road which was very bumpy and technical.

Out on to the run and I felt very average for the first 20min then started to come right and ran pretty well until the end of the first lap, then came an explosion and I was just counting down the kilometers to the finish. The crowds on the course where great, with heaps of support and supporters making there own aid stations.

Overall i didnt place very well, but was pleased just to make it to the finish of a very long day. Next up for me is a flight home to New Zealand on friday and some recovery time before building back up to some races at the end of the season