Setting my sights Tri

Countdown to IMNZ 09

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Trogs    pirate
05/04/2009 at 17:45

Mind you, there was only one Brit in my age group

Look forward to seeing the pics.

05/04/2009 at 18:00
Trogs - you up for bike rides this week or next?
Trogs    pirate
05/04/2009 at 18:20

This week might be difficult except for Fri/Sat but possibly up for something next week.  Now working Tuesdays and Wednesdays so have to avoid those.  Have posted on other thread re possibly joining up with Ditchy and TB on Thu 16th.

jellybabe (M.)    pirate
05/04/2009 at 18:52

I am homesick for NZ

would like to try and live and work there in a couple of years time for a a year or two, and the ironman will be on my list of to do's

Trogs    pirate
05/04/2009 at 18:58

I know what you meanJellybabe.  It's on my mind to do something similar.

jellybabe (M.)    pirate
05/04/2009 at 19:49
perhaps we should have a game plan for 2011 then??
jellybabe (M.)    pirate
05/04/2009 at 20:29
just idlely toting up points re emigrating, need 100 got 200 so there is hope
Ally Bally Bee    pirate
06/04/2009 at 22:12

Apparently Hamilton is the happening place for immigrants - more Brits are moving there than any other place. Can't think why though. They do have a big hospital if that's any help to you Sally (Waikato Hospital).

I'm now into my winter training - spinning twice a week plus weight training. Also running a little (though just short interval training on the treadmill). No swimming as yet cos I burnt my leg on Casey's motorbike exhaust and apparently it's a third degree burn! Only 7cm wide but it hurts a wee bit.

jellybabe (M.)    pirate
06/04/2009 at 22:41

fancy the south island, maybe christchurch area, may too quiet though

there is an expo in london in oct so we will go to that

Trogs    pirate
07/04/2009 at 21:39

Being essentially unskilled and unqualified, not sure NZ will want me

Nothing to lose by investigating further though.  Do you have details of that expo Jellybabe?

08/04/2009 at 01:42

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08/04/2009 at 01:43
Ally - weight training?  Are affletes supposed to do that?
jellybabe (M.)    pirate
08/04/2009 at 08:44

NZ expo

lots of info here about emigrating etc

Trogs    pirate
08/04/2009 at 22:11

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 Thanks for the link Jellybabe - nothing to lose by trying.

Edited: 08/04/2009 at 22:13
09/04/2009 at 05:17
jellybabe (M.)    pirate
12/04/2009 at 19:18

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jellybabe (M.)    pirate
12/04/2009 at 19:20

well dont know what happened there, will try again

I am just putting in my race report

jellybabe (M.)    pirate
12/04/2009 at 19:22

Then we set off for our long trek to Taupo, plan is to get there tonight for tomorrows ironman, several pirates, old and new friends are competing. We got there around 20.50 and strolled down to transition. The street was lined with placards wishing the competitors good luck from their friends and families. We waled up to transition and sussed it out incase we ever do it, it’s a long run to T1 about 400m. but seeing all the bikes there got the old race excitement going.

Back to the van for a light supper then wild camped behind some garages not far from T1. the plan is to watch the swim and see the pirate off on the bike leg then head out to do a bit of sight seeing.

Saturday 6th

We had set our alarm for 6 am but the buzz of race day saw us awake at 5 am so we had a quick cuppa and headed down to the lake. The water felt warm. The moari’s came out of the dark, in their traditional boat yelling and chanting. They ran onto the shore and did a haka type dance for the swimmers

jellybabe (M.)    pirate
12/04/2009 at 19:25

Then we headed back to town, by now were knackered and would never see the finish of the ironman so had a couple of hours sleep before heading back for the run. On the way in we saw Andersnog from the forum and his family. He was one of the pirate we hadn’t met before. He had finished and was heading off for a beer. We had fish and chips (well Teriaki and chips). We saw Trogledytes aka Penny just head out for her 2nd leg. Then went to the finish line and saw ally bally bee and jaggy come in. I always like this part of the race, its ordinary people finishing and the smiles on their faces as they see the finish line makes it worth while watching.

We were cold and tired by now and there was no sign of Penny. Just as we were about to call it a day, the famous pirate colours loomed out of the darkness, we ran to the finish area and saw her finish, her smile made it worth hanging round for.

Sunday 8th

We slept in til 9.30 then headed into town for breakfast at Dixie Browns with the gang. The post race party was slightly smaller than the usual piratey affairs we have been to in Germany, Switzerland and Lanza. We decided we must be the furthest travelled supporters who don’t actually have a partner racing.

The usual post race chatter of what was good or bad about the race and Andersnog and his family had made some little pirate hats and put each pirate in their pirate ranking as per the forum.

it was great to be there and I was pleased we made the effort to get there

jellybabe (M.)    pirate
12/04/2009 at 19:34

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