The weekend was jammed packed full of great results so we are going to spread them over 2 posts.
Long Course and Short Course.
We will start with Ironman NZ
We had 7 athletes toe the start line all with individual expectations.
Having all 7 athletes finish the race is simply a credit to each individual, some had great days and other battled the whole way – the beauty of this sport.
Gary Johnstone was the first finisher with a 9hr 15min result, 2nd in his age group and 21st overall. This meant Gary qualified for the Hawaiian Ironman World Champs. With consistent splits of a 57.38 swim, a 4.59 bike and a 3.12 run Gary was near the front all day. This result was also 40min faster than his previous Ironman effort, congrats Boots and we look forward to your first journey towards Hawaii.
Nadine Edwards was also chasing that Kona carrot and unfortunately for Nadine she fell 1 place short, crossing in 4th place. The experience and hunger that Nadine has from this race will hold her in a great position for her next race. With splits of: 1h 5min swim, 5hr 45min bike and a hard fought 4hr 22min run, we look forward to the progression to the next IM.
Peter Frew was starting his 2nd IM with the goal of piecing together a strong race from start to finish after his first attempt didn’t go to plan after 10k into the run. This time Peter go to the 35k mark on the run and was sitting inside the Top 10 in his age group before the wheels fell off. With splits of 1hr 3min for the swim, 5hr 8min for the bike & 3hr 51min for the run, this was an improvement of close to 1hr from his first attempt. We know that Peter is not far away from ticking off some significant goals.
Our 2 first timers had cracking races.
First Hadyn Paynter finished in 12th position in his age group with a 10hr 32min. Those who know H know that if he committed more than the last 6 weeks of the program his times would significantly improve. It was a really strong outing by H and word on the vine is that he is hungry for that Sub 10hr IM soon
Our Second First Timer Brad Pokroy had a day out. Not being able to swim the length of a 50m pool in Sept 2017, we spent lots of time making sure that he would be able to complete the swim course well within the time frame. Brad swam 1hr 28min, had a bike time of 5hr 46min and a leisurely run of 4hr 30min to cross the finish line in 11hr 51min.. This was under the target time of 12hr.. Awesome work Pokroy.
Taryn Audrey & Scott Francis had near faultless preparations for this race, however both athletes had their battles on the race. To their credit, they never gave in and got that finishers medal.
Taryn crossed in 11hr 59min and 57 sec whilst Scotty got the job done in 12hr 9min.
A job well done to everyone above. There were lots of smiles on race day..
We look forward to the next race prep that you do and the results from those.