The course is a hard one. It's not like Lanza, or some of the other 'killer' courses in that there's nothing really about it to pin it to, but the strong headwind on the return bike (normally), the long long false flat, and the rough road surface all make it hard. And that's before the run with no discernable flat on the entire thing.
Add in the mental issue from the delay / change of distance, worry over weather conditions (note to readers, we were warned it would be 5 degrees on the course, then turned out to be pretty warm) and what to eat / drink then you did good. The worry over Toucs would have seen most people call it a day in T1.
And you were smiling whenever I saw you. So to me, as it's a hobby, supposed to be enjoyable, shows you had a successful day.
What a lovely race report HC.
I can't believe the amount of bad luck you had leading up to the race, and with the race itself being changed too not to mention your worries over Toucs!!! Talk about a mental toughness test!
Well done on finishing what sounds like a real tough day at the office!
Great report and well done. Smoky in here...
Sounds like the organisers and volunteers deserve a big pat on the back too for putting a race on at all in the circumstances.
Cracking report HC, well done on toughing it out.
What a great report. Getting the start line was a such a mental test in itself you all did brilliantly to start, Glad Toucs is OK even though he didn't finish the swim.
I've been on the speed boat on lake Taupo and I'm struggling to imagine conditions like you had .
Toucs is a big girls blouson and he knows it (although don't ask me to climb anything high or I will cry)
Well done Nicky, sounds a tough trip with too many things going on to make for a mentally smooth race. Too many things in your head make it harder to race well. Finishing is all that is asked.
Don't rush back, work beckons.
Rotura for a mud bath? If still in Taupo head south along lake towards Ruapehuand there is a municpal outdoor baths. Also have private baths. Basic but good value, nice and warm and no swell.
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