Autumn fun

fullsizeoutput_43dAn awesome Autumn of training and racing has come to an end.  Here’s the recap:

May was all about the family trip to Rarotonga for the Rarotonga International Triathlon.  A couple of firsts for me with this one – first time to the Islands, first 18556761_1624698727572652_6385134888115328505_onon-wetsuit swim for an Olympic distance triathlon, first time I’ve been accompanied on the swim by rainbow coloured fish (bit different to the carp of the Cotswold Water Park…)!  We had an awesome holiday in Rarotonga, staying in Muri Beach and doing heaps of snorkelling, swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, eating, drinking and generally hanging out on Island Time.  The racing was cool too.

I finished 4th in the triathlon, 10th in the Boiler Swim (earning myself a scratched up torso in18527060_1624711307571394_211338164072045240_o the process by straying too close to the reef), and a DNF in the Tour de Raro bike race through a couple of punctures.  I was rescued by a good Samaritan who strapped my bike to their soft top convertible with an inner tube and drove waaay out of their way to drop me back.  Thanks Trish!

Finlay won the Beer Mile (partly through not having any beer and partly through just running really fast).  Very cool trip indeed!

Back in cold NZ, I took part in the In the Footsteps of the Marines trail race, looking tUntitledo reclaim my crown from 2015.  This is a great little 13km trail race in Whareroa Farm, Paekakariki, with 6.5km of uphill and 6.5km of down…  After 2km of sparring with Sean Eaton, I pulled away on the hill, running solo for the rest of the course and winning by about 6 minutes in the end.  Pretty happy to have the crown back.

Next up is Wellington Marathon next weekend.  Feeling pretty excited, although the marathon distance has always been my achillies heel so I’ll admit to a bit of trepidation about it too!

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