VERY brief race report to get the 2018 ball rolling. Yesterday I did the Kinloch ‘Erin Baker’ OD triathlon. Kinloch is on Lake Taupo and, given the early start, we were fortunate to be able to camp on site in our new VW campervan in the marina. The two lap swim in the beautiful clear waters of the lake was a real pleasure, even for me! The bike leg was also two laps and was almost as soggy as the swim. It was a very hilly course so, I was happy! The final run leg consisted of four laps around the town (?) and due to the heavy rain was a little boggy in parts so my best trainers took a bit if a battering. There were lots of other races later in the day the main one being the National Sprint Champs so competition was diluted somewhat. So far the organisers haven’t published AG results but I was 24th male and 31st overall…yes, this means I was ‘chicked’ five times!
I also did my first every aquabike a few weeks back. It consisted of a 1300m swim in Tauranga harbour and a pancake flat 45Km bike along the coast road from Mount Maunganui. I was third in the 60-69 cat which I was happy with but kind of proves I need the run to claw back time lost on the swim. The other Plews, Dan, did the half IM which was the main race, in the pro/elite category and came 5th with a time of 4.01 so was in the prize money. His next race is IM NZ where he hopes to qualify for Kona.