Amelia Rose Watkinson  

NZ Champs | Port of Tauranga Half Ironman

NZ Champs | Port of Tauranga Half Ironman

My last race was 70.3 Taupo a month ago and since then it's been a busy festive season. In Northland for a wedding, Aussie for Christmas and Auckland over the new year. The routined training went out the window making me feel I wasn't training quite as hard. That combined with a few too many ciders and some sensational Christmas puddings skewed my race weight a little. Though it was lovely to have a change of scenery and be reunited with a few training buddies.

We got into Tauranga on the Wednesday before the race, Kris helped out the event management team. I too got a brief insight into what goes on behind the scenes and their job is quite possibly more tiring than doing the race!

The gun went off at 6.16, 1 minute behind the pro men. I knew there were a few strong swimmers in our field and was excited to potentially have some feet to swim on. In preparation I've been doing some top end speed over the last few weeks with Jana at HPK. I was feeling good in the water swimming with another couple of girls for the first half of the swim before deciding to pick the pace up, I exited the water with a 45 secs advantage.

Onto to bike had the same plan as Taupo 70.3, to stay patient and ride to my power numbers. The course was flat and fast and I managed to extend my lead to 7 minutes. Though Larisa Cochrane was chasing hard and I knew Candice Hammond would have a strong run on her as always.

The run was amazing, heaps of support and people everywhere really gave me a lift when the legs were hurting. The first Coke I consumed was refreshingly cold however that also meant it was fizzy, I didn't manage to keep that one down! An enjoyable run with some undulations round the back of the mount felt like I was at home on the Te Mata peak trails.

Awesome feeling to lift the banner above my head at the finish line and add my name to list of winners, so many great NZ athletes have won this race.

Huge thank you to all my supporters who help make this journey possible. Friends and Family, 2XUtrainingtiltMikkiWilliden and fitter.

It may be stormy now but it never lasts forever

It may be stormy now but it never lasts forever

70.3 Taupo: New Zealand

70.3 Taupo: New Zealand