Today I competed in the first race of the Contact Energy National Triathlon Series. It was a olympic distance race, over probably the toughest bike course on offer in New Zealand, and a two lap road/trail run to finish it off.
Now, I will give you a little background to my olympic distance career, dont worry it’s pretty short
I started doing some triathlons while at university, and tried to race over the olympic distance, but ended up getting pretty disheartened with injuries and never racing to my potential, I was probably trying to do a bit much of everything at one time! Well I did my last olympic distance race in 2002 and then had a few years of travelling and working and then I thought I would give IM a try, so along rolls 2007 and I enter IMNZ, that goes pretty well, so I think I have found something I enjoy and a bit more naturally suited too. Along comes 2009 and I get to join TBB….
So this morning was the first time I have done a olympic distance in a long long time, I have probably avoided them as if any one has seen me at the track, I am not exactly blessed with speed :)
Well, the swim went well, and I came out of the water about 90sec down on some front pack ITU swimmers, so I was pretty pleased with that. I completed the bike with some very heavy legs, so good IM training, and the run I managed to descend laps and give my ankle a good sprain in the process, and ended up in 4th place. A young Auckland kid by the name of Micheal Poole gave everyone a good spanking, probably a name to watch in the future.
Check out some photos below