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Archive for November, 2009

Contact Energy Olympic Distance

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

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

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WE ARE BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

Well I have been waiting twenty seven years for this, but we are back!

The All Whites are going back to the World Cup Finals, not since Espana 1982 have we been in the finals

It was a epic game in Wellington last night againt a fired up Bahrain team, Rory Fallon scored the only goal in the game with a brillant header from a perfect cross. Our hearts sank only minutes later when a Bahrain player was pulled down inside the pentalty box and was awared a pentatly kick. But big Mark Paston sucked up the pressure and saved the biggest shot of his life and the All Whites where off the hook.

We dominated the rest of the game, and the team most deservedly took the win and the place in the finals in front of a packed out Cake Tin in Wellington. This was the only time a soccer match has been sold out in NZ, a great occasion for NZ sport.

Well done team!

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Don’t miss out, you can watch the highlights here :) http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/football/3063562/Video-All-Whites-highlights

Karipiro Half

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

Yesterday I got to have a hit out at my local home town race, which finished only 1k from my house, nice :)
Well, I ended up 2nd behind good friend and training buddy Scott Thorne, by about 1min. The race was over a testing course, rolly hills with quite a bit of wind by the end of the day. I had a little drama in the bike, losing my second bottle of coke, lucky for me I got some water from Scotts dad! and didnt bonk to badly, but the run was a little messy to start with then I seemed to come better nearer the end.
The orgainsers did a great job for a first year event and I am sure It will grow in the future years.
Check out my next blog for the best bit of the day ;)

Harder than the track session

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Well I did one of the coach’s favourite long track sessions yesterday morning. As I am getting back into the training my legs where a little stiff after. I was at work about an hour after the session and had a meeting in the middle of town about 2k from the office to look at a building, well the client parked his car at work and decided it would be a good idea to walk down.
Well I was in the hurt box, he was pacing it out, and I am barely hanging with him, Im bonking because I didnt have enough breakfast, and my legs are aching. I cant tell him to slow down, I am supposed to be the athlete!
I ended up making it to the building with out getting dropped, I was happy to see a few sets of red lights :)
I take my time at the job, and the legs seem to get a bit better and I made it back to work in one piece.
I never thought a walk could be harder than one of Docs sessions …….