It only seems like a few months ago I was in Tauranga winning the Tinman triathlon in 2012 but a year has passed and in the weekend I was back on the start line with a goal of defending my win.
It has been a few months now since my last race. Training has been ticking along especially well over the past few weeks with the great weather we've been having. A bit of sunshine does a lot of good to lift the spirits and it’s been nice feeling my fitness return.
Race week was solid, I had a few hammer sessions with my training buddy Nik Elidas tearing up the roads round Taupo, well trying to keep up with him on his new P5, so it was nice to have a rest day before the race to get the bounce back.
Race morning rocked around and after the usual morning rituals I rode down to race start to rack my bike and have a warm up. Was a strange sensation to have to rack my bike so far in to transition at number 59 but things were organised a little differently for the race this year so you just roll with it, it was time to go test the form in the first race of the season. I had a strong swim, setting me up with a 30sec lead heading out on to the bike. The winds had picked up and I was hauling down to the first turn around hoping to increase my lead but instead found myself still at 30 seconds. I kept the pace on into the wind and after the first lap of two I finally began to extend my lead, things were looking up. I set out on the run with a nice buffer and settled in to a steady pace coming in with a tidy 6 min margin over second place.
Was good to see Tri NZ presence at the event and a well organised prize giving too