19th Feb

Another brief race report from down here in New Zealand. Last weekend saw the third race at in a four race series at Maraetai Beach run by Panasonic. I did the Olympic Distance race which consisted of a three lap sea swim, two lap bike and a three lap run. Most of the race followed the coast with the bike section heading south on the coast road before turning in land whereas the run section headed north where the iconic backdrop of Auckland Tower could be seen in the distance. The sea was warm but wet-suits were allowed. Drafting was permitted on the bike and after chasing hard on the first lap to get on the back of a pack I ended up towing them round for most of the second lap! The mercury was rising rapidly by the time we hit the run and I was hanging on for the second half…that finish line couldn’t come quick enough! By way of compensation for all that suffering I did manage to win the 60-69 AG but unfortunately there were only three in it. http://my4.raceresult.com/90649/results?lang=en#11_7EE542