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I'm on honeymoon and losing fitness fast due to too much wine and food so I thought I needed a bit of a motivation kick up the backside so wanted to get the thread started.

I'm flying to Auckland on the Wednesday and driving down. I know Cape is coming over... anyone else?

Monkie

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I’m a starter for my third attempt at conquering Taupo.  EDO will be there too.

I was looking forward to nailing some big brick sessions over the new year break, but instead, managed to break/tear my left calf last Sunday. So it’s lots of swimming and gently gently back to volume over January. 

Taupo is my favourite IM race venue in ANZ.

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I don't class it as a beast - clean flat water --- undulating course - nothing too severe --- undulating run nothing too steep --- mild weather B)

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Swims fresh water with big chance of it being choppy.  So not as much buoyancy as a regular salt water swim.

 

Bike course on rough chip with strong chance of a demoralizing head wind all the way home.

 

Run course has about 2k of flat section on each 14k lap.  Which depending on how strong your run is could be good or bad. 

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You're wearing a wettie and you cite buoyancy as an issue? :lol:

Just had a look at the run profile. Elevation varies a "massive" 20 metres. You would have loved Port when the run went out to Harry's Lookout a couple of times.

Keep talking it up. At least to your mates who don't know better. ;)

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24 minutes ago, Paul Every said:

You're wearing a wettie and you cite buoyancy as an issue? :lol:

Just had a look at the run profile. Elevation varies a "massive" 20 metres. You would have loved Port when the run went out to Harry's Lookout a couple of times.

Keep talking it up. At least to your mates who don't know better. ;)

Wow. Chill.

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37 minutes ago, Paul Every said:

You're wearing a wettie and you cite buoyancy as an issue? :lol:

Just had a look at the run profile. Elevation varies a "massive" 20 metres. You would have loved Port when the run went out to Harry's Lookout a couple of times.

Keep talking it up. At least to your mates who don't know better. ;)

 

5 hours ago, Paul Every said:

I haven't raced the Taupo course.

 

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This was the run profile from when I did it.  

 

You're right though Paul it is only small gains but they are relentless.

 

I guess from the people I know who have raced it have agreed it's a tough course.   I have never done Busso and never did Melbourne but I rate it tougher than port and cairns.  

 

Re swim yes you're wearing a wetsuit but the open water of the lake means it can be rough like cairns with less buoyancy so it just makes it that little bit tougher and the mass start can be a tougher proposition than the rolling starts of today (especially if you're not fop swimmer)

 

I wasn't involved in ironman when it was really hard like you guys, so I can only compare with what's on offer today.

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43 minutes ago, Paul Every said:

You're right.

It was probably a typo. RBR probably meant "best".

My apologies.

I'm just confused mate... seems like a lot of anger... Go stretch.

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14 minutes ago, monkie said:

I'm just confused mate... seems like a lot of anger... Go stretch.

No. Not at all. Hence the :lol: and the ;)

But you're right, a stretch wouldn't go astray. Long swim this morning.

Saw a turtle too. That always makes me happy. :rolleyes:

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Most of the time the swim is flat. It's got a wide start so congestion is less severe than port. Unless the volcanic cauldera goes boom it's always wetsuit.

Bike - medium undulation, nothing long or steep but surface is very slow. Easier gradient s than port, less holes but just as slow due to surface. It's an honest ride. Expect a headwind last 45km with an ever so slight uphill back most of the way.

Run- rolling n honest, solid course but not slow. Better than busso if you've trained as not monotonous at all.

 

Atmosphere- race pretty damn good

Meltdown- pretty poor

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10 hours ago, Paul Every said:

What makes it a beast?

I haven't raced the Taupo course.

No Beast in this course....and the run is now easier than before. The big hill at turn around has been canned since its now a 3 loop run and not a 2 loop run.

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All Ironmans are beasts if you push yourself hard enough 

Clearly RBR did and got rewards, but for challenging races, Taupo is not a leader in the wow sense, albeit it nagging in not often throughout the course having a favorable design as alluded to in earlier posts.

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Great race. Everyone has their opinion on the road surface and the hills. I'm no great hill climber on the bike and I didn't struggle on that course. So it's not a toughly. I enjoyed the swim, had a bit of fun on the bike and remember the great crowd support on the run. 

All of my race experience could have been a lot worse if I'd let it be. The year I competed, it poured rain and the wind blew from before the race start, to well after the midnight finish time. The swim was the warmest I felt all day, I finished the bike with mild hyperthermia but shook it off after getting moving on the run and having a chuck or two which settled the nausea. It could have been good material for a moaning bitch fest, but the race organisers and volunteers just wouldn't let that happen. Their support and simple actions, like having warm soup at a few aid stations, meant competitors were given every opportunity to get to the finish regardless of the poor weather. 

Youve got to love an experience like that and it did make the achievement feel a bit more special. Go and do the race. You won't regret it,

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Sorry I meant to say it's a beast of a course if you have just spent a good period of time on your honeymoon getting fat.  You'e going to love it monkie 😉

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I think every Ironman is a beast - it's a beast of an idea to swim bike and run from sunrise to sunset 

If you pace it badly it surely will become more of a beast - when you watch Taupo as a supporter and watch how Cam Brown spins up the hill at about 3-4km into the ride - then compare his method to how some of the age groupers smash the same hill, three gears higher than the guy who's won the race ten times - they find it a bit of a beast later in the day :mellow:

I've raced it several times and it's a hard day like all Ironman races - I've never raced an Ironman and not been happy to see the finish line B)

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4 hours ago, RunBrettRun said:

Sorry I meant to say it's a beast of a course if you have just spent a good period of time on your honeymoon getting fat.  You'e going to love it monkie 😉

Cheers mate! I hit the treadmill this morning... ouch! Off to Waiheke now to get in some decent swimming & running (& wine).

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On 22/12/2017 at 6:48 AM, monkie said:

I'm on honeymoon and losing fitness fast due to too much wine and food so I thought I needed a bit of a motivation kick up the backside so wanted to get the thread started.

I'm flying to Auckland on the Wednesday and driving down. I know Cape is coming over... anyone else?

Monkie

You racing? A few mates from my club are going over. 

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2 hours ago, zed said:

You racing? A few mates from my club are going over. 

Yep! Getting very real now! First full. Tapering and hating it.

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I'm driving down Thurs morning from Auckland. Fittest I have ever been but struggling with a lower leg injury and not confident I will be able to run. I will have a trannie cap on so give me a cheer when you go past.

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8 minutes ago, Kiwinoz said:

I'm driving down Thurs morning from Auckland. Fittest I have ever been but struggling with a lower leg injury and not confident I will be able to run. I will have a trannie cap on so give me a cheer when you go past.

We've heard that before leading into IMNZ.  Enjoy kona.

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You must be confusing me with someone more talented! I will just keep grafting away and have a few good cracks next year when I age up, maybe even Busso 2018 as I hear the new swim course is easy.

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Arrived in Taupo this afternoon and the lake was calm. Went for a 1600m swim in the lake around 5:30 without wetsuit. Ok for the first 500 but the water is too cold for a long swim without a wettie.

Forecast looks good for Saturday. 

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1 hour ago, POT said:

Arrived in Taupo this afternoon and the lake was calm. Went for a 1600m swim in the lake around 5:30 without wetsuit. Ok for the first 500 but the water is too cold for a long swim without a wettie.

Forecast looks good for Saturday. 

Good luck.  You've certainly done the work for the bike.

How many is this for you now?

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2 hours ago, POT said:

Arrived in Taupo this afternoon and the lake was calm. Went for a 1600m swim in the lake around 5:30 without wetsuit. Ok for the first 500 but the water is too cold for a long swim without a wettie.

Forecast looks good for Saturday. 

Have a great race @POT

All that time on the top of the leaderboard for the Trannie's Strava page will pay dividends on Saturday.

Kona???? ( #2 )

Good luck.

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On 2/22/2018 at 6:28 PM, iFoz said:

For those joining us at Taupo next week, here’s the weather webcam

https://www.greatlaketaupo.com/webcam/

B)

Hey @iFoz , 

Isn't it about time you came to end of that "Slow road to Kona" and reached your final destination?

Good luck and smash it mate.

Then break out the AC/DC kit for the after party. :wine:

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Thanks Dave.

If any Trannies in Taupo would like a trannies bum bib to wear on race day, I have some blank ones with me. I’ll be rego at 9am and getting a massage at 1pm so will be around race central.

 

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1 hour ago, Peter said:

Good luck.  You've certainly done the work for the bike.

How many is this for you now?

Thanks Peter,

This will be number 20.

A bit unsure how this one will go as I'm still struggling for speed and confidence in the water after coming back from a broken scapula and collarbone.

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Made it eventually.

Long journey made longer by having to go into Auckland and back out again because some chump forgot his bike shoes...:wallbash:

Off to Hobbiton tomorrow after registering...  Tranny cap will be on so say hi!

Monkie

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Mine was from Quinn. Pretty much made me cry! Will be sending him a reply. Have school name, first name and room number so should make it. Will wait until I have a photo of me hopefully finishing though!

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2 hours ago, Bored@work said:

That is so cool. Are you able to write back to him & thank him for the support?

Sure am Dave. I’m planning to do it with a finish line photo and some gift to inspire him.

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4 hours ago, iFoz said:

The contents of the gear bag is pretty lean. But who cares when you get a hand written note from a local school kid. Thank you Hamish of room 11, best thing I’ve ever received in a gear bag.

 

1 hour ago, iFoz said:

Sure am Dave. I’m planning to do it with a finish line photo and some gift to inspire him.

That is fantastic.  IMNZ is so far in-front of other races.

Is Jane the RD still? 2004 was my second worst race performance wise (of 10 IM's), but probably the second best run race outside of Kona half.

 

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3 hours ago, Peter said:

 

That is fantastic.  IMNZ is so far in-front of other races.

Is Jane the RD still? 2004 was my second worst race performance wise (of 10 IM's), but probably the second best run race outside of Kona half.

 

It's a bloke... he was in the local paper been doing it for the last three years apparently. I forget his name though!

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On ‎1‎/‎03‎/‎2018 at 9:27 AM, RunBrettRun said:

That's awesome, I can't wait to go back and do this race.

I agree, better than  another backpack....:D

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10 minutes ago, Chuckie M said:

I agree, better than  another backpack....:D

What no backpack. The sport has gone down hill since I left. 

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Plastic bags now. Tough times.

Live coverage is pretty good to be honest.

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