Posts from ‘December, 2010’

December 27 – The Lake Hayes Tri

Well if my ambition was to break 1 hour 30, I failed miserably. I was just a bit over 1.41 by my own stop watch (haven’t seen the official results yet) so that’s a bit disappointing. But may I say there a few mitigating factors. It was not windy but it was really wet. The [...]

December 26 – Merry Christmas

I spent a very unenergetic Christmas Day with absolutely no exercise except for a very slow after-lunch stroll for half an hour or so. But isn’t that what tapering is supposed to be about! Like most of us, I had a lot to eat, but didn’t do too badly on the booze – just a [...]

Bay of Plenty Times Article

Link to article in the Bay of Plenty times on Christmas Eve, “Half ironman not about the speed, says TVNZ newsman”.

December 22

I’m back in Mt Maunganui for a few days before heading south for Christmas. With no TV commitments, it’s been great to put in some serious work on the course in the last few days. On Monday, I had a 4 hour ride and a 2 hour run, Tuesday was a 2 hour ride and [...]

Dec 16

It’s been quite a hard week so far with more to come. On Monday I did 3 km at Parnell pools, then took a break, came back late in the afternoon for another kilometre and then ran for 45 minutes off the back of that. On Tuesday it was an indoor cycling session at Les [...]

December 9 – The week after the Tinman

I’ve worked pretty hard this week after the Tinman. My performance in the race suggested I need to put in a few hard sessions. So on Monday I did a 2 hour 10 min run in Cornwall Park, on Tuesday I did 75 minutes around Takapuna and Devonport before doing the 1 km Beach Series [...]

Interview with Triathlon NZ

December 6 – Tinman Update – photos

My colleagues at very kindly (!) posted this on the company’s website. It expresses my feelings about the race rather succinctly … especially as the interview was conducted shortly after the race when I was bit vulnerable. Thank you also to Paul Garratt for the photos below.

December 5 – The Tinman

I made it. It was, frankly, a hell of a struggle. It took me 3 hours 40 minutes but I beat a couple of other competitors home. All it’s done is make me realise how tough the Half Ironman will be. It’s quite frightening to think that what I did today was actually less than [...]

December 4

I had started my latest dispatch on Wednesday night, December 1, with the idea of finishing it later that night when I arrived in Greymouth again for the remembrance service for the miners. However, it was late when I got there and then Thursday was very busy .. and I was travelling from 6 am [...]