Duncan's IMNZ Report

Slightly late, bit like me on race day.

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Trogs    pirate
25/03/2008 at 19:09
All sounds pretty to me.  Am dangerously close to signing up as soon as entries open rather than waiting till I've at least done an standard tri in May, or Vit in September
25/03/2008 at 22:20

Sign up, you know you want to. The first person to sign up when entry opens gets their fee refunded!

My photo album: http://www.photobox.co.uk/album/7788798

Mostly NZ shots, some of me pratting around. 

25/03/2008 at 22:50
stunning pics andy
Bouncing Barlist    pirate
25/03/2008 at 22:51

Great Report D74, see you at Bala..

How about Andy posts his report here too... come on Andy

25/03/2008 at 23:08

Good effort Duncan, hmm pirate outing No2 2009 on the horizon me thinks.

Bouncing Barlist    pirate
25/03/2008 at 23:38
You thinking of NZ as well as Lanza Pebble?
Ally Bally Bee    pirate
26/03/2008 at 00:17

I'm doing IMNZ 2009 too (I have a score to settle, yet again). A friend of mine here has also decided to do it (possible pirate material too, first IM).

PS If anyone wants any holiday ideas while they're here just shout (and I'm sure Duncan can add his ten cents'  worth).

26/03/2008 at 07:19

We used New Zealand In Depth to sort our trip (excluding the flights and the bit in Taupo but he'd have done that to if I hadn't already booked it). You tell him what sort of holiday you want and he sorts it out for you, all custom built for you and reasonable prices as well.

http://www.newzealand-indepth.co.uk/

I couldn't possibly post my report in here, this is Duncan't thread! But I'll post a link.

http://www.mile141.co.uk/triathlon/imnz08.aspx

D74
26/03/2008 at 08:17

I used Ally Bally Bee and TRoT (from Tri-talk) to arrange my trip.   Seriously, then we used the top 30 must see list in the Rough Guide, identified the things from that we wanted to see, got a few ideas from the people above and then just winged it as we went.  The campervan meant we had total freedom to go where we wanted, and using the TomTom satnav which has all the campsites in it with their phone numbers and a free 'Jason's campsite guide' then we jsut booked the sites on a lunchtime as we toured around.  Worked really well as we spent a bit more time in some places than we thought we would, and a bit less in others.

Flights get released around April-May I think, and it pays to book early if you can.  Don't believe the April race entry date as that drifted back ages.  100% definately talk to Roger at Gateway Campers as they worked out a lot cheaper than the big names that pop up on a google search, mainly as you don't get stung by all the extras that the other companies add in. 

And Andy, do I still need to play admin on your posts?  Link to Andy's Report 

D74
26/03/2008 at 08:20
Oh, and some of my piccies are HERE .  I'll probably get around to adding a few more at the weekend.
26/03/2008 at 10:44
We didn't listen to MoreFM, I wouldn't let Michele move the dial from Rockin Radio, The Radio That Rocks. Do you think we should go back and listen to MoreFM? If you say so then, I'll book the flight.
D74
26/03/2008 at 11:12

Depends.  If you already have the one best of the 90s CD and the last James Blunt single then you have their play list, but really it's the totally inapropriate DJs that make it.  Especially Douglas that was in Plateau when we went back on the Monday night.  You can't beat a drunk kiwi version of Chris Moyles staggering around, with 8 thirty year old women doing '11 year old girl in bedroom smash hits' line dancing whilst being hit on by the Taupo Divorced mens society on their monthy outing.  Class night out

mellifera    pirate
26/03/2008 at 11:41

Duncan - great work. Glad you had a good time. Hope your feet recover soon. Some lovely pictures too.

FB - you never miss an opportunity to remind us that Florida is the hardest IM It's a sentiment expressed with a frequencey matched only by: "It's mainly muscle..."

Andy S - great photos!

Was Pirates of the Carribean flimed in NZ? 

Ally Bally Bee    pirate
26/03/2008 at 20:04

For anyone who has not seen it yet, my finish video (filmed by the great director Casey King) is on youtube. Type in Ironman New Zealand and Alison Fraser and you will see me.

It feels like a holiday every day here, even if I do have to 'work' 40 hours a week.

Trogs    pirate
26/03/2008 at 22:50

I've been lucky enough to visit NZ twice before so while there are lots of places I've not seen yet or would like to go back to, suspect I shall end up splitting this visit between friends in Auckland and Palmerston N plus the potential week in Taupo.

Still not seen anything in all your race reports to bring me to my senses - though some of the bike/run pics look pretty miserable weatherwise.

27/03/2008 at 08:01
Out of the two types of weather they have (hot and sunny or warm and raining), the raining option was the better one for me. I ran out to the turn point and back a couple of days before and totally melted, it wasn't that hot but the strong sun got to me. Coming out of the UK winter into the NZ summer is a difficult transition to make, rain on raceday made it much easier to handle.
31/03/2008 at 13:15

Is this the funniest finsh line photo you've ever seen?

http://www.asiphoto.net/fileadmin/data/images/0238/0238_07328.JPG

31/03/2008 at 13:45
do you mean this one???

http://www.asiphoto.net/fileadmin/data/images/0238/0238_07328.JPG

hmm pirate outing No2 2009 on the horizon me thinks says the man who retired after Florida - LOL!!

"It's mainly muscle..." - well it is isn't it!! *cough*
Monique    pirate
31/03/2008 at 14:05
A great report and I like the race photo. It reminds me of those news pictures of people being hustled out of courtrooms with blankets over their heads.
D74
31/03/2008 at 14:22

Hmmmm

Last time I held the flag up above my head, hence hiding the time (which that time I didn't need to do).  So this time then I   thoguht, go low, bgut then of course covererd my number and so the 'proper' ones are lost and even having waded through 1700 'lost and found' couldn't get the ones that I know he took (based on flashes going off). 

 I can't believe that I'm going to have to do another one just to get a decent sodding finish photo.

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