IMNZ 2010

Who's going to join me?

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Suffolk Punch    pirate
07/06/2009 at 11:35

Entry's been paid, the flights booked, anyone else want to come along?

After reading various reports on this and previous year's editions and always wanting to visit New Zealand, me and TL have decided to go next year.


07/06/2009 at 16:43
We will be there, husband doing it, me supporting. Combining it with a trip round in a camper for 3 weeks with friends. I'm planning on doing a couple of races there as past of my 7in7 coastal challenge need to find a March one out there. Very excited!!! What sort of deal did you get with flights? How long you going for?
Kanga M    pirate
07/06/2009 at 17:26
Not yet mate, maybe when we're living back in Oz one day and it's a bit more local. Heard nothing but good reports about it though (apart from obviously being full of Kiwis )
07/06/2009 at 18:01

Hi Kim

We're going for 3 weeks also, getting there the Sat before spending first 1 week in a hotel near the event, then some sightseeing.

We used Trailfinders to sort the hotel and flights, we're flying Emirates tho.

Please use this thread to let us know how your husbands training is going, where are you based?

SP is not  around at the mo as his on his way up north on business, but I'm sure he'll post once he gets access to the internet.

 Hiya Kanga see you and Mrs Kanga in IMCH.

07/06/2009 at 18:41

i am doing the western australian IM in dec. and i am planning on doing IMDE and IMNZ in 2010.

first things first, i need to make my first IM happen, but i will be at IMNZ in 2010.

Trogs    pirate
07/06/2009 at 19:02

I'm dead jealous.

I'm sure I'll go back to do IMNZ again one day but don't think it'll be next year.

cougie    pirate
07/06/2009 at 19:19
Good luck peeps - my im slush fund wont stretch quite that far !
07/06/2009 at 20:00
Wow, you going to be at IMCH too? He's doing that aswell. Perhaps see you there. I shall be running around like a mad fool trying to see him. Are you joining in Tiredlegs or spectating? We are in Dorking near Guildford. He has a blog
Kanga M    pirate
07/06/2009 at 20:58
Kim - think there's close to 60 Pirates doing IMCH, and probably an equal number of family and supporters, so you won't be able to miss us. If we were a country we'd have the largest contingent outside the host country !
07/06/2009 at 21:20
Kim defo a spectator - SP is doing the Oly on Sat, why not try hooking up with us? we're getting there on the Thursday.
07/06/2009 at 21:45
I don't really understand about the pirates, what does it mean? I've seen them at a few half-IM's.

Sounds good to all meet up at some point. We will be camping nearby the swim start from the thurs onwards
Imeccentric    pirate
07/06/2009 at 22:15
KIm , I am in South Holmwood and am racing IMCH , also did the Beaver , there are others around in this neck of the woods
07/06/2009 at 22:29
My husband did the beaver too, we're in North Holmwood. Small world. Any slow people around that want to join me for some runs?? Was part of DMVAC but things changed there. Sorry completely hijacked the thread from IMNZ to IMCH to going for a run.
08/06/2009 at 10:01

Me! Me! I'm doing IMNZ 2010 <huge grin>

First IM for me so I am terrified, obviously. I've not booked flights or accomodation yet, I need to work out how long I am going to go for. My Kiwi auntie is already panicking that I won't be able to get somewhere - she says the whole of Taupo is already booked out! Is she exaggerating? 

I was thinking of going the camper van route anyway, did that last time I was in NZ & had a ball. 

Hope there are a few of us doing this, I am afraid that training over the winter is going to be a real slog & I could do with as much support as I can get. 

cougie    pirate
08/06/2009 at 10:06
SP - if you get the US Triathlete mag this month - its the swimsuit edition - they have a feature on IMNZ - oldest IM outside of Kona apparently !
08/06/2009 at 10:08


Yep we heard that Taupo gets totally booked up for the week leading up to IM, we've only got the hotel booked for that week, not sure what we're going to do for the next 2 weeks we're out there.

Looks like there is 4 doing this so far.

Kim did you really go out running at 22.29?  for info on the Pirates google 'Pirate ship of fools'  (can't do links) tells you it from the beginning.

08/06/2009 at 12:59
cougie you going to do IMNZ in 2010?
Trogs    pirate
12/06/2009 at 12:37

Worry not PUP.  IMNZ was my first last year and it's a really nice course for a first timer - not that I have anything to compare it with mind! 

Don't know what you've done distance wise before but my top tip would be to do buid up your bike miles - up to 100 if you can - during the summer/autumn to give yourself a good base.  I didn't and found it really difficult to motivate myself to get out and do long rides in the cold/wet/snow.  My longest ever was 70 miles and as a result I suffered on the final leg of the bike.  If (when) I go back to do it again I'll be doing much more cycling during the summer.

Taupo is pretty much overtaken by IM during race week so the earlier you book your accommodation the more choice you'll get.

13/06/2009 at 08:56

Thanks troglodytes! Since I entered I have read back over the 2009 thread - awesome result for you! I was also watching online for ages as everyone came in and when I couldn't stop blubbing I realised that I just had to enter. 

I am eyeing up a couple of late summer/autumn sportives as I think you're totally right about getting over the "ton" barrier before winter kicks in! I'm going to do a couple of middle distance tris this year - A Day in The Lakes later this month and probably Aberfeldy in August then switch to some heavy bike training as I just feel that that will be the most difficult to sustain over the winter.  I'm not bothered about running in snow and wind, but I am a big wendy when it comes to getting on the bike in the rain.

What are other people's plans to cope with the fact that the majority of your training for this is going to be in entirely the wrong season?? Please don't tell me that what my coach said is true - she said she found herself doing 6 hour sessions on the turbo trainer I don't think I could stand the boredom...

Trogs    pirate
13/06/2009 at 23:04
If you can cope with the mental agony of 6hrs on the turbo, completing the IM will be a doddle
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