January 5

A quiet time in the lead up to the big event in Mt Maunganui this week-end. I kept up the light training in and around Wanaka last week and then have worked well since coming back to Auckland on Sunday night. I have to say it’s a lot easier to train in the warm and humid weather up here than it is down south. Sometimes when the wind was blowing and the rain falling in Wanaka it was darn hard to get some enthusiasm for a run or a swim. But somehow it seems a lot more fun working out in the humidity of the north. As someone who grew up in the South Island, it would appear that I’ve become a softie.
Anyway, this week has been about getting in the right mental shape as much as anything, while trying to avoid injuries. I had a good 2 km swim at Parnell this morning – 14 lengths for 800 metres, out of the pool for a quick walk, then back in for 22 lengths or 1400 metres which is emulating what we have to do on Saturday – then I went for a 10km run along the waterfront ticking over a kilometre every 6 minutes, going by the markers on the footpath. So I’m hopeful I can keep that up on Saturday after the bike ride and complete the run in about 2 hours 8 minutes.
I’m back working this week till Thursday night before going down to the Mount. Guess I would have liked to go down earlier, but a man has to earn a living.
Last night I had my last beer till after the race. It’s helped by the fact that I have to work tonight and then drive tomorrow night. So Friday night will be the only real hardship. But then that night will be about getting stuff like food and drinks and equipment ready.
Only 3 days to go. Let’s keep healthy!

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