I haven’t done an Ironman events since 2015 and started to feel like a I need a new challenge. I had to opt out for relatively local race and it was perfect option for Ironman Wales, thanks for the tips from Claire&David, my fellow kiwis triathlete buddies. I couldn’t make my mind easily – 8 weeks is a very short notice period for signing up to a full IronMan event and I knew I would be able to get a new PB on such a demanding course, but the curiosity and desire for a new challenge overweighed the other factors.
I was told legends of great support of people of Pembrokeshire but a real life experience is better than any words. The atmosphere started building up days before the event and was giving me the goose bumps. That pre-start adrenaline rush is what I like about such an epic event! The starting line-up was around 2000 athletes with 1700 from GB with 4 kiwis and 2 Russians. I managed to find a new friend Pavel from Belorus/Poland – he was driving from Poland and I was happy to jump in his car to get Tenby a bit ahead of my family.
Read the full race report from Team Eat Me Supplements New Zealand from Wengan Outdoor Quest.
Day 0 & Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Special thanks to our sponsors who supported us in training and racing: Eat Me Supplements for providing awesome nutrition, Torpedo 7 for providing great racing shorts and Bike Barn for my new carbon hardtail which performed superbly during the race!
Day 2 is the "queen" stage of the race, with the most hours in kilometres racing. We had to use the GPS for navigation and not the red ribbons like we did the other days. I had a real drama trying to upload the track provide by organisers to my old GPSMap 72C. After a fair dose of tambourine banging, dancing and singing to the IT gods I finally managed to get the track on. Some teams were using just their Garmin 920XT to navigate off the watches. Most of the turns were marked with red arrows and you barely needed the GPS (may 2-3 turns overall)
This time, we rode on the bus for almost an hour to the start line. It was near a dam in a scenic place. Also, the toilets were world class - my first time in China races! They had plastic bags as containers for the waste which you had to "flash" by rolling the plastic bag with a foot handle - I think Reta forgot to "flash" :)
A bit bored with all the multi-sport races recently (kayak, mtb, run, kayak, mtb ,run) I wanted to challenge myself a bit and do something which I haven't done before. I was thinking abut getting an ultra trail run ago and the upcoming inaugural Wellington Ultra Urban 2K was perfectly timed (2K stands for over 2000 m of climbing)! The best part was that the flat\paved sections were minimal and following the magestic(al) Wellington trails around the city, the trails which are mostly familiar to me as my trainig ground.
One of many good thing working at Spark NZ is that once a year we get to do some volunteer work instead of going to the office. This year I've signed up to do garbage collection in the Porirua Harbour. What attracted me most that were was a boatie category - people who will paddle to otherwise unreachable areas of the shore. Exciting!
We gather at 9:00am by Mana Train station. Safety first - the briefing is on! This year there are around 85 Spark volunteers collecting the garbage! Hi-vis vests on, rubber gloves on, empty rubbish bags picked - ready to rock'n'roll. ( Read more...Collapse )
Coming to Adventre Junkie's top adventure race of the season has become for me a tradition as much as Xmas or Easter. This time it was a bit different: the race date has moved from December to March, location moved from the usual Eilden lakes to Gipssland Lakes, the length has been extended from 24hr to 36hr and format of the race has been promoted to an expedition race. The menu looks so great. I've booked my tickets as soon as the dates were confirmed happy to get in a random team, organise my own or just help Serj and Maria run this event. Alex, Paul, Dave & Eliot
My favourite day of the event! The start was at some scenic place(google maps doesn't work here!), 80min bus ride from the hotel. The sun was out and perfect condition for racing! Starting with our favourite discipline MTB!
Lucky enough I got a fantastic occasion to join a team for a 3 day adventure race in China. Thanks to my mates in Melbourne - Serge and Maria who got me into this and thanks to perfect timing being on gardening leave while switching jobs. It was only a 3 week notice for me - I didn't know that place Wuhan even existed! I got the air ticket sorted quite quickly ($1300NZD) and visa as well (Chinese visa costs - $60 for Russian passport and $120 for Kiwi passport!). The good news about these Chinese races is that each international competitor gets a $1000 USD allowance for air travel and the prizes are quite attractive as well: if a team gets even 5th it is $10000NZD price money for the entire team (team consists of 4 person and should be mixed). There are 10 Chinese and 10 International teams in this race.