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16/03/2011 at 02:48

Hotel provisionally booked at $600 a night for  3 nights.  Thankfully I can cancel that when I get something more sensible sorted, but it's there as a backup. 

Happy to provide assistance and will be bringing the bike workshop down with me, so don't stress about bike tools. 

 Flights - we really rate AirNZ foir the direct flight LHR>AKL via LAX.  Bike is loaded on once and stays on all the way so less chance of damage.  Excess baggage is dead cheap too compared to other airlines.  If you're based ooop north then get an avis one way hire car to get down to LHR - is a lot less stress than trying to get the AirNZ baggage applied to the internal flights. 

And can I put in a request to have shared first option to purchase the CO2 catridges you buy before the race and don't use during the race - they are crazy expensive over here and you can't fly with them. 

If you're looking for a campervan then I'd really recommend Gateway motorhomes and then debretts thermal resort in Taupo.

16/03/2011 at 02:54

Oh, 90% sold as of 9am this morning.  So I assume will be pretty much gone by now.    Hmmm, move 12000 miles to be near an IM that doesn't sell out in seconds only for the Aussies to do everything to ruin it.  Thankfully took the opportunity whilst supporting to remind as many of the convicts that trotted past who had the ashes and who won the Webb Ellis last (thankfully few Springboks there to chip in).

Ally Bally Bee    pirate
16/03/2011 at 05:23

Spoke with event director Jane today and she said the course capacity is 1500-1600. They expect a natural attrition of 20% so let the race oversubscribe.

BUT the race will fill tonight, well, definitely by the time my story hits the streets at 9.30am NZT Thursday!

16/03/2011 at 05:41
Herald or BOP Times?
Ally Bally Bee    pirate
16/03/2011 at 06:27
Neither, Daily Post! Though I'm sure the Herald will be on to it, well they should be. I am because I have an interest in it and because the race in our patch.
Ally Bally Bee    pirate
16/03/2011 at 06:28
IMNZ website says 50 places left as of 7pm NZT.
Trogs    pirate
16/03/2011 at 09:03

Wow!  3 year ago there were still places available in December but I think it was the first year they actually sold out.  Last year filled up in 3 weeks, this year looks like 2 days

Why'd it take over 26 years to get so popular?

Kanga M    pirate
16/03/2011 at 15:57

Kiwis are a bit slow, innit ?

Ally Bally Bee    pirate
16/03/2011 at 16:34
It's cos the convicts want to do our race so badly
16/03/2011 at 18:50
Kanga - draop me an email if you want any help on logistics / campervan hire / flights / etc.  I also know someone who does a homestay in Rotorua - very good Anzac biscuits may be available, but watch out or she'll make you eat some wieerd fruit that tastes like deep heat.
Trogs    pirate
16/03/2011 at 21:10

Sold out!

Unless you go with a travel package deal

16/03/2011 at 21:28
Wow - a good pirate turn out!
Ally Bally Bee    pirate
16/03/2011 at 22:19

Feijoas do not taste of deep heat. They won't be in season anyway, fruit still ripening although I saw some in the supermarket today for almost $10 a kg!

Anzac biscuits a definite however.

08/07/2011 at 15:34


Accommodation booked.  Looking at flights tonight.  Started the Fink base, base training and have a month to go before training starts for real.  

<bounces round thread>

Trogs    pirate
08/07/2011 at 19:17

 You're just too organised for your own good!   Must give my friends a call and start organising myself.

And as for training - I'm way ahead of the Fink on swimming, about on par for pedalling and haven't run since 1 June.  Tried a couple of 10 metre jogs while walking dogs today and didn't cripple myself so maybe ready to start the long slog back to run fitness.

WHEEEEEEE, bring it on!!!!

08/07/2011 at 21:03

Flights booked now

Wish training was as easy...

Trogs    pirate
14/08/2011 at 20:46

Just had a bit of a read through of the 2009 thread and got all excited again

Week one of thirty successfully completed - though not fully according to Fink.  With Vit only a few weeks away, I need to be doing more than 30min bike sessions!

201.5 days to go

Trogs    pirate
26/09/2011 at 14:27

Finally got around to booking my flights

Can now run again - but only up to 3.5miles; pedalling is getting stronger; swim is fine.  Still haven't managed to complete a whole week entirely according to Fink but I'm about on par with where I should be.  Schedules are made to be adapted

158.5 days to go

26/09/2011 at 14:32


Tis going really well though Trogs

I can't believe I attempted a half marathon off the back of diddly squat but managed it ok with relatlively little in the way of aches and pains.   Just goes to show there is quite a lot there under the surface I guess.  

Trogs    pirate
26/09/2011 at 14:55
All good IM training and you is well 'ard, innit
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