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 couple of beers and a glass of bubbles.
Today, because I have an event near Queenstown tomorrow, I’ve kept things pretty quiet too. We came back to Wanaka this morning from the Maniatoto where we’d been for Christmas and I had a 40 minute run on the shores of the lake to burn a few of the December 25 calories.
Tomorrow is the Lake Hayes triathlon. It’s fairly short – 750 metre swim, 20 km bike and 5 km run – but it’s going to be windy. I just hope that Lake Hayes is a bit more sheltered than Lakes Dunstan and Wanaka, both of which had plenty of white caps and a rough swell today. If it’s as windy around the Wakatipu Basin tomorrow as it has been in Wanaka today, the short event might feel quite a bit longer. Will let you know how I get on. Would quite like to break 90 minutes for the distance.

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