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Written by: cfladmin
3/11/2011 3:30 PM  RssIcon

I'd been eagerly awaiting the tauranga half ironman all summer. After implementing a different training regime this season Taurnaga was going to be a good benchmark to compare myself to last year.
The swim kicked off at 6:30am. I had done little swimming leading up to this race, maybe once a week, so was not expecting a great swim time. I made sure I took paced it well and got out in a respectable time a little over 27 minutes.

Next the bike leg. At the expense of the swimming, the cycling is where i had stepped up the training. I'd set a target of 2 hours 15 for the cycle, an average speed of 40km an hour. I set off on the bike and and looked down at my speedo to see if i was on the required speed and it was showing 0 km per hour, clearly i was going faster than this and my speedo was not working. Luckily i was wearing my garmin gps watch so i quickly set it to flash my speed every km. I started to reel in and pass a few people and thought i was out by myself as we reached the first turn around at about 20km. As we turned and headed back the way we came i relised everyone i'd passed had just slotted in behind me and i was leading a group of about 10 guys. Instead of dragging them all for the rest of the cycle i slowed and slotted in to about 3rd postion.
The rules for a half ironman state that you must be 7 metres behind the cyclist in front. Although not intentionally i had started to drift in and out of this distance. Suddenly a motorcyclist with technical official printed on their vest pulled up next to me and held up a card telling me i'd incurred a drafting penalty and would need to stop at the next penalty box for 3 min. Bugger, 2:15 was now out the door and I lose the group of faster cyclists. I stopped at the penalty box which was just before the half way mark and used the time to fix my speedo problem and get some fuel into me. I set off on my way again with what like seemed half the field passing me and began to try reel them back in. I managed to team up with another cyclist and we made some pretty good progress and managed finish the bike with a time of 2 hours 20 minutes. 2 minutes faster than last year including my 3 minutes spent waiting on the side of the road.

Onto the run I was feeling pretty good but was surprised to see other athletes flying past me. I tried to forgot about them and kept at a pace a thought i could hold for the 21.1 km. As we got to the mount base track I started to close the gap and the runners ahead and by the end of the first lap I caught the same guys that had flown past me at the start. With renewed confidence I was now running as fast I ever had and was feeling great. Every KM i was runnning i seemed to be getting faster and faster. I finished the run with a spilt of jusu under 1:27 and had managed to negative spilt the run by 2:30 minutes. My overall time was 4 hours 18 minutes which was 4 minutes faster than last year, taking off my penalty of 3 minutes i would have gone round in a 4:15 which was my goal time for the race.

All in all it was a pretty good day and everything looks on target for Ironman NZ on March 5.

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Ironman Australia 2011  
Swim 00:52:10
T1 00:03:43
Bike 05:10:49
T2 00:03:53
Run 03:41:47
Total 09:52:22

Taupo Ironman 2011  
Swim 00:52:52
T1 00:05:38
Bike 04:59:16
T2 00:03:45
Run 03:32:40
Total 09:34:09

Tauranga Half Ironman 2011
Swim 00:27:11
T1 00:02.35
Bike 02:20:12
T2 00:01:54
Run 01:26:54
Total 04:18:46 
Taupo Ironman 2010  
Swim 00:51:19
T1 00:05:32
Bike 05:09:18
T2 00:03:38
Run 03:46:06
Total 09:55:55
Tauranga Half Ironman 2010  
Swim 00:27:41
T1 00:01:53
Bike 02:22:39
T2 00:02:05
Run 01:28:15
Total 04:22:33 

Results 2008 - 2009 Minimize
Taupo Half Ironman 2009  
Swim 00:28:16
Bike 02:44:01
Run 01:27:19
Total 04:39:36
Auckland Marathon 2009
Taupo Ironman 2009  
Swim 00:54:43
T1 00:07:53
Bike 05:18:42
T2 00:04:16
Run 03:50:47
Total 10:16:24

Taupo Half Ironman 2008  
Swim 00:28:48
Bike 02:41:13
Run 01:42:23
Total 04:52:24
Auckland Marathon 2008