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Hi all

Thanks to the recommendations on this forum I have decided to enter IM NZ! 

What do I need to know? 

Accommodation near the race site is all booked out. Currently looking at some houses in either Nukuhau (just over the bridge) or down at two mile bay. What do people think? What is your preference? 

Cheers

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if you are taking family/supporters would go 2 mile bay as on the run course.

Race can be cold/wet so take extra gear to NZ

Go to the welcome ceremony as worth it

Be at swim start at dawn for the Whaka to come in, and Maori welcome.

Encourage spectators to watch swim start from cliff to, not by start as spectacular

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Go with tritravel.  They will have stuff in town. 

Buy cheap garden gloves for the start of the bike. Your fingers will thank you. 

Put sunscreen on. You’ll need it. 

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2 hours ago, Peter said:

Go with tritravel.  They will have stuff in town. 

Buy cheap garden gloves for the start of the bike. Your fingers will thank you. 

Put sunscreen on. You’ll need it. 

This and take a rain jacket for the bike and run just in case. 

It really is the best ironman experience you can have for a nearby race outside of Oz. mainly because everything is familiar and easy to understand and you can eat the food and drink the water without fear of getting sick. 

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4 seasons in one day - is what I hope you don't get...........

In 2000 we got Freezing cold mornings (6 degrees) to 38 degrees on the run. Hottest day in Taupo for 80 years....so they say. A lot of burnt puppies that day!

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18 hours ago, dogmada3 said:

Hi all

Thanks to the recommendations on this forum I have decided to enter IM NZ! 

What do I need to know? 

Accommodation near the race site is all booked out. Currently looking at some houses in either Nukuhau (just over the bridge) or down at two mile bay. What do people think? What is your preference? 

Cheers

I’m entered and have accom booked, however am going to pull out due to stress fracture in hip. Could probably offload the accom to you if you need some.

its only 3 nights as I was planning to go touring straight after the race, at Chelmswood motel from thur to sun.

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On 12/01/2019 at 10:10 PM, IronmanFoz said:

4 seasons in one day - is what I hope you don't get...........

In 2000 we got Freezing cold mornings (6 degrees) to 38 degrees on the run. Hottest day in Taupo for 80 years....so they say. A lot of burnt puppies that day!

I think it was even colder out toward Reporoa. Yeah, gloves and sunblock.

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I did this last year... we had near perfect weather and it was the  BEST. DAY. EVER.

That was my first full so have nothing to compare it to but wow, was dreamy.

My tips:

Get there early, it's a beautiful spot with loads to do around the area.

Be prepared for all weather. I had arm guards and a gilet and I was very grateful for them on the bike, you can drop them at some of the aid stations and they get them back to you.

Don't stress about the road surface, it's fine.

Hells Pizza is brilliant!

You cannot wear enough sunblock

Carry a running water bottle for the run, it gets hot.

The run is lumpy. Beware.

Go to the welcome function and try to get to the water for the welcome ceremony before the start.

 

Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. 

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On 13/01/2019 at 5:10 PM, IronmanFoz said:

4 seasons in one day - is what I hope you don't get...........

In 2000 we got Freezing cold mornings (6 degrees) to 38 degrees on the run. Hottest day in Taupo for 80 years....so they say. A lot of burnt puppies that day!

 

... and in 2006 we got the craziest wild and windy weather in 800 years - resulting in the now infamous 2/3 of a half ironman thing with the stupid scheduled bike start and the most dumb-arse piece of race directing I have ever seen. Even worse,  at the awards night we had to listen to the RD crap on about their day as if they were some kind of hero when all it was was a litany of indecision and poor planning.

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Hmm...
Things to know about IMNZ.
Great town, Great atmosphere. Course is fun, even when you should not have started in the first place.

Make sure your bike is clean before you box it up to stick it on the plane (both ways), same with the wetsuit, but you may need to get it cleaned before you race anyway. If you plan on swimming pre-race, check the suggestions for cleaning your wetsuit before you get their.

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Thanks for all the tips and advice so far. 

Have just booked a 3 bed apartment at Waimahana Luxury Lakeside accommodation. 

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On 15/01/2019 at 4:39 AM, Pete said:

 

... and in 2006 we got the craziest wild and windy weather in 800 years - resulting in the now infamous 2/3 of a half ironman thing with the stupid scheduled bike start and the most dumb-arse piece of race directing I have ever seen. Even worse,  at the awards night we had to listen to the RD crap on about their day as if they were some kind of hero when all it was was a litany of indecision and poor planning.

I started the "race" with a coffee scroll in my hand (knowing I wouldn't be off for another 4 hours!!!) and raced very angry that day. At the Awards Ceremony, I walked out as there was a Boney M concert in town and it turned out to be one of their last. 

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My tips after doing IMNZ in 2002, 2003 and 2006 are: - 

- Get there early and do some training on the course - the roads take some getting used to;

- Swim the course and dodge the golf balls being fired from the shore - best swim ever in Ironman;

- Take a couple of day trips - Rotarua and Napier are worth the trip;

- Go to the South Island afterwards if you can find the time - compluttly dufferent to the North (see what I did there?);

- Soak it up and have fun.

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10 hours ago, Rimmer said:

- Go to the South Island afterwards if you can find the time - compluttly dufferent to the North (see what I did there?);

Or go back the next year and do Challenge Wanaka, then spend time around that doing the south island.

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17 minutes ago, Cape_Horn said:

Or go back the next year and do Challenge Wanaka, then spend time around that doing the south island.

This..if you have 7-10 days after the race do the upper North Island, i.e Coromandel and Bay of Islands. Spectacular beaches, historic sites, etc..

trying to cram the South Island on after Taupo means you will probably only not even scratch the surface.. okay if this is a recon for a later trip though..

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Yep, agree with all above. Great race.

On another note, I saw one of the funniest things before the swim start. Whilst everyone was making their way to transition prior to start, I noticed a guy in a tracksuit with a smoke and a bag of McDonalds in his hand. Whilst walking out of transition I see the same guy, wetsuit on with another cigarette in his hand. Talk about pre race nutrition ............... No idea how he went :)

Cheers

NSF

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11 hours ago, Notsofast said:

Yep, agree with all above. Great race.

On another note, I saw one of the funniest things before the swim start. Whilst everyone was making their way to transition prior to start, I noticed a guy in a tracksuit with a smoke and a bag of McDonalds in his hand. Whilst walking out of transition I see the same guy, wetsuit on with another cigarette in his hand. Talk about pre race nutrition ............... No idea how he went :)

Cheers

NSF

I've done some tris and kermesse racing in Belgium and Holland and the number of people in race gear chaining it is hilarious. Also some of the most aggressive racing I've ever done ...

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On 13/01/2019 at 2:06 PM, Peter said:

Go with tritravel.

Put sunscreen on. You’ll need it. 

Not me, but a first timer in the 2018 TriTravel crew. 

 

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7 hours ago, iFoz said:

Not me, but a first timer in the 2018 TriTravel crew. 

I lost all the skin on my shoulders... stupid of me!

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On 16/01/2019 at 1:58 PM, Cape_Horn said:

Or go back the next year and do Challenge Wanaka, then spend time around that doing the south island.

Since Challenge Wanaka is a half now, you can do both in the same trip (if you're Jim Goodwin, then you do both fulls, every freaking year). I had that half planned out for this year, until the real world intervened.

If you only have a couple of weeks, I'd say pick one island or the other. Otherwise it's too much travelling and too little enjoying. Plenty to see and do on both.

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Can't wait to see you all in Taupo, good luck with the remainder of your training!

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Weather is looking good in Taupo for Saturday. The water was beautiful today.

Are there any other trannies around town ?

 

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10 minutes ago, POT said:

Weather is looking good in Taupo for Saturday. The water was beautiful today.

Are there any other trannies around town ?

 

Gezz.  How many is this for you Pot?  15?

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13 hours ago, POT said:

Are there any other trannies around town ?

EDO (Mr and Mrs) are on the start list again.

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14 hours ago, POT said:

Weather is looking good in Taupo for Saturday. The water was beautiful today.

Are there any other trannies around town ?

 

 

14 hours ago, Peter said:

Gezz.  How many is this for you Pot?  15?

BTW your number is basically a Pro number. Impressive 

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14 minutes ago, The new guy said:

Does anyone know if you can live stream this one? It doesn’t look like Ironman Now are doing it.

They never do Imnz.  

Just a few static cameras.  

Good luck all racing. Top temp on 21c.  No wind. 

Should be the hardest day ever. 

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21 hours ago, Peter said:

Gezz.  How many is this for you Pot?  15?

21st Taupo.

Not sure how this one will pan out. Been crook with flu + bronchitis so have had over 2 weeks off training until I arrived here on Wednesday. 

Conditions are looking good still.

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You could do that course blind.  

Good luck 

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Stark’s had a 16 min lead off the bike. That’s massive over TB. 

POT going okay. 

 

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Cameron brown been destroyed on the bike.  Not even top 10. 

Mind you should run into top 10. 

Currie for the win. Maybe philips  

Mind you, wouldn’t mind starky holding on. 12min lead at 14k. 

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Men finished 

women close to finish. 

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Looks like Terenzo is a DNF, no tomes after 14k on the run.

Brownie still going but must have issues, still 10k to go and at 9:08

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Wow 

2-40 is a great run at any time let alone on that course 👍🌴

and only 5 secs of a magical 2-39  xx

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Leading age grouper is outstanding Australian triathlete Hayden Armstrong in the 40-44 years age group - clocking 8:54:29 which was 10th fastest overall today - with a 53;10 swim, 4:48 bike and 3:06 marathon.

 

from the IM feed

 Notbad for  a 40 yr old 

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26 minutes ago, Nath. said:

Looks like Terenzo is a DNF, no tomes after 14k on the run.

Brownie still going but must have issues, still 10k to go and at 9:08

Wrong brown. 

Pro cam brown dnf. 

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52 minutes ago, Nath. said:

Looks like Terenzo is a DNF, no tomes after 14k on the run.

 

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On 15/01/2019 at 3:39 PM, Pete said:

 

... and in 2006 we got the craziest wild and windy weather in 800 years - resulting in the now infamous 2/3 of a half ironman thing with the stupid scheduled bike start and the most dumb-arse piece of race directing I have ever seen. Even worse,  at the awards night we had to listen to the RD crap on about their day as if they were some kind of hero when all it was was a litany of indecision and poor planning.

 

I do remember you farting at the awards ceremony and it was gross!! :)  The Customer can verify this.

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A mate of mine that I used to work with is racing, hoping to KQ, his name is Alex Lark.  Will have to see if I can find out how he's going.

hmm, looks like he went 11.06, 39th in AG.   :(

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4 minutes ago, FatPom said:

A mate of mine that I used to work with is racing, hoping to KQ, his name is Alex Lark.  Will have to see if I can find out how he's going.

He will need about 37 people to turn their spots down. 

 

POT finished. Slightly over 13hrs. Sickness seems to have got him. Still well done on so many finishes. 

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2 minutes ago, Peter said:

He will need about 37 people to turn their spots down. 

 

 

Yeah just looked him up.  I think it was this year race he  was going for it, maybe I got my years mixed up and he's going for it next year but either way, that's definitely not the day he hoped for.

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On 13/01/2019 at 1:20 PM, dogmada3 said:

Hi all

Thanks to the recommendations on this forum I have decided to enter IM NZ! 

What do I need to know? 

Accommodation near the race site is all booked out. Currently looking at some houses in either Nukuhau (just over the bridge) or down at two mile bay. What do people think? What is your preference? 

Cheers

How did you go?

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I made it! 

12:39:40, quickest ironman I have done by 6 minutes  

Was a fantastic day, crowds and volunteers are what make this such a special race! 

Thanks to all those that talked me into racing in NZ  

 

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15 hours ago, GSP said:

 

I do remember you farting at the awards ceremony and it was gross!! :)  The Customer can verify this.

Ms Grinch always holds fine form as I remember. 🤣

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Congratulations dog. The crowds are pretty awesome on that run leg  

well done. 

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What is the saying today in Taupo?. Be like Mike. as in Mike Phillips. I like new players on the scene..😁

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