Dear All. A big thank to Verna again this week, who once again has supplied all of the results and who did what to whom.
In addition, a huge vote of thanks to Helen, Charmayne and Brandon who have offered event reports. It makes THINGS so much more interesting than just results.
Also, Grant has come up with a great new suggestion for THINGs, read on below, and Shelley had the bright idea to move the Waitangi Day picnic to Kohi.
Finally thank to you Katherine and Charmayne for their contributions to the Funny Bone below.
THING One: Waitangi Day Picnic
Important notice – change of venue
The Waitangi Picnic is being moved by popular request to Kohi, to Vellenoweth Green – the reserve across the road from Kohi Beach where our swimmers will be racing.
Swimmers: Gather as usual for your salt water assault.
Walkers and Runners: Gather suited and booted for a 5:30 start
Huia Cyclists: Rattle your aching limbs and other body parts and come and join the rest of the OWR mob on the green.
All: Bring a picnic tea for afterwards at about 6:30-7pm.
By this time the swimmers will have swum, showered and shone and will be ready to dine with their foot weary buddies. Also our fatigued Huia Ride cyclists will have had a chance to gather themselves up and head to Kohi.
Please pass this message on to those (Kath) who do not have time to read THINGs.
THING Two: O’Hagan’s 5km – Tuesday 29th
Thanks to Verna for these results
Well done all of you. Great see TK back in form.
THING Three: Kohi Results – Thursday 30th
Thanks again to Verna for these results
Well done all of you in what I heard described as trying conditions.
Here is an event report from Brandon
It was really rough from buoy 3 out and all the way back to buoy 1. I copped a wave right down the windpipe as I was taking a breath. Lost a good minute with that. And had goggle troubles again. Lost a good minute with that. The pack was 200 metres out before I got going properly. Overall, not one of the nicest swims for me.
Verna, I hope you laid a big guilt trip on your inconsiderate massage client for having to miss Kohi because of their slacktitude.
THING Four: Eve’s Multi Sport
Thanks to Helen O’ for this event report.
I was down at the Eves Multi sport weekend in Rotorua. It’s a great low key club event held by the RATS of Rotorua, out at the blue lake.
On a beautiful sunny Saturday morning I ran and swam, 5.5k run around the lake then, a quick 800m, 400m x 2 lap swim in the lake. The second lap is always the more enjoyable one, no wetsuit of course, and your arms work better on the second lap. It really is a different race running first and then swimming !!
Next came the swim down the Blue lake on Sat evening; 2km. It was AWFUL!! By then the wind had gottten up and the sun was setting. Try spotting a small white buoy, somewhere over “near the trees” [ I kid you not] while trying to swim directly into the sun. It was terrible. You couldn’t see it from the beach when you started and definitely couldn’t see when you swam. I was well out to the right when I finally spotted it, so had to turn backwards, round the buoy and then swim another 1k to the beach at the far end. That was no problem except for the pesky waves from swimming directly in to the wind.
Sunday morning – the triathlon 850m swim. I really enjoyed that but ooh my arms were tired, it was a bit of a jaded effort. I was in a team so that was my job done for the day.
I really enjoy Rotorua for this weekend. The location is just fab.
THING Five: Kinloch Tri
Well done to our lot at Kinloch over the weekend. This has been a great event for OWRs over the years and it is great to see OWRs still giving it all they have.
Event Report from Charmayne
Just an update re Kinloch. It was a very hard day in the office. There was wind at 25 with gusts up to 35. Anyone who knows the bike course will know how hard it is even if there is no wind. My legs felt dead before I even got to the hardest hills. Anyway I finished and would not have qualified even if I had been as fast as last year.
Winner did 1:29:56 so to qualify I would have needed to do under 1:48:00.
My times for the swim and bike were up with the others but again I lost out on the run.
The stink bit was that Tri NZ moved my bike and all my gear to make way for the elite men before we finished our race, and they lost my goggles. I was rather cheesed off about that as I have had them for about 10 years and they fitted me perfectly and never leaked. They weren’t even sorry. Tri NZ are not in my good books at all.
Good news though for Jerry. He qualified for the worlds in the 70-74yrs.
We all recorded a video to send to Garth Barfoot as well at prizegiving.
I think that’s all.
THING Six: Bean Rock Light House Swim
This is a 3.2 km swim which can be quite tough, especially as the lighthouse is approached. It can feel like swimming in a treadmill. Well done Doug and Grant who once again took on this challenge.
THING Seven: IronMaori
For those who have yet to think as far ahead as summer next season – more particularly, your sporting goals for next summer – begin the goals in December – contemplate something totally different. Individually or as part of a team.
VERNA: Registrations open March 29th 7am for IRONMAORI 1/4 IRONMAN And IRONMAORI 1/2 IRONMAN, just to get you all excited here’s a video that will get you going whanau x
It is a lovely weekend away in Napier, preferably a lovely few days.
Entries close within days.
THING Eight:Tough Guys & Gals
Entries are now open for the hugely popular Hydr8 Zero Tough Guy & Gal Challenge Series!
New Zealand’s original mud run series, the Tough Guy & Gal Challenge is expanding to six venues across the North Island in 2014. The series, now it its 12th year will feature 12 events across 6 locations; Napier, Palmerston North, Auckland, New Plymouth, Wellington and Rotorua.
24 May: Cape Kidnappers, Hawkes Bay
7 June: Linton Army Camp, Palmerston North
21, 22, 28, 29 June: Woodhill Sands Equestrian Centre, Auckland
12 July: Inglewood, Taranaki
26, 27 July: Wainuiomata, Wellington
9, 16, 23 August: Lakes Ranch, Rotorua
6km (one lap) and 12km (two lap) options available at all venues. The courses are all unique and include magnificent scenary, water trails, net climbs, barb wire crawls, swamp crossings, wobbly bridges, wire bridges, hurdles and of course…lots of mud!
THING Nine: Buy, Bargain, Barter
There has been a request from an OWR who is keen to support a spot in THINGS for OWRs to buy and sell pre-loved equipment. Please forward me your items to buy or sell on firstname.lastname@example.org . Photos are good.
THING Ten: Lotto Lady’s Lament
I have to check tickets for the last two weeks, fingers crossed !
Mike McKeown and Verna have put moneys in my account,
for those of you who still wish to be part of the syndicate….. be quick !
THING Elven: Funnybone
As the last few weeks of Ironman training bite hard and bike rides are of 5-7 hours duration (depending on who you ask), some might relate to the meerkat below.
For others, the romance of triathlon is alive and well. . .
From Katherine Lester
For athletes, food is always on the mind. . .
From Charmayne, who ate the light bulbs and became a bright spark!
And if none of that has tickled you to the core, then check out this Link
And that is it for this week. Thanks again to the contributors. It is a great feeling to have a shared blog.
Ka Kite Ano
PS Dubai Mike – 12345…15 I just don’t get it. And I love number patterns. Will publish when/ if I figure it out.
Up Coming Events
Nothing is impossible to the willing mind
|Sun 9th Feb||Tri (Sprint)||Tri||Christchurch||Link|
|Sat 22nd Feb||La Grande Swim||Swim||Akaroa, Chch||Link|
|Sat 22nd Feb||Taupo Great Lake Relay||Run||Taupo||Link|
|Sun 23rd Feb||Rangitoto Swim||Swim||Auckland||Link|
|Sun 23rd Feb||Stirling Half Marathon||Run||Auckland||Link|
|Sat 1st Mar||Ironman||Tri||Taupo||Link|
|Sat 8th Mar||Tri (Sprint/Std)||Tri||Wellington||Link|
|Sun 9th Mar||Rotorua Off Road Half Marathon||Run||Rotorua||Link|
|Sun 16th Mar||Panasonic Tri||Tri||Maraetai Beach||Link|
|Sat 22nd Mar||Sand to Surf Swim||Swim||Mt Maunganui||Link|
|Sat 22nd Mar||Motutapu – Rangitoto Traverse (Multiple options)||Mtn Run||Motutapu & Rangitoto Islands||Link|
|Sat 29th Mar||Moon Ride (Mtn Bike)||Mtn Bike||Rotorua||Link|
|Sat 5th Apr 14||Rotorua to Taupo 100k Flyer||Bike||Rotorua||Link|
|Sun 6th Apr||Tri (Sprint/Std)||Tri||Auckland||Link|
|Sat 12th Apr||King of the Bays Swim||Swim||Milford, Auckland||Link|
|Sun 27th Apr||Panasonic Tri||Tri||Mission Bay||Link|
|Sat 03rd May 14||Rotorua Marathon||Run||Rotorua||Link|
|Sun 11th May||Sri Chinmoy 5km to 21.1km||Run||Auckland Domain||Link|
|24th May 14||Tough Guy & Girl Challenge||Mud Run||Cape Kidnappers, Hawkes Bay||Link|
|Sat 07th Jun 14||Tough Guy & Girl Challenge||Mud Run||Linton Army Camp
|Sun 8th Jun||Sri Chinmoy 5km to 21.1km||Run||Auckland Domain||Link|
|21/22 Jun 14||Tough Guy & Girl Challenge||Mud Run||Woodhill Sands Equestrian Centre, Auck||Link|
|28/29 Jun 14||Tough Guy & Girl Challenge||Mud Run||Woodhill Sands Equestrian Centre, Auckland||Link|
|Sat 12th Jul 14||Tough Guy & Girl Challenge||Mud Run||Inglewood, New Plymouth||Link|
|Sun 13th Jul 14||Sri Chinmoy 5km to 21.1km||Run||Auckland Domain||Link|
|26/27 Jul 14||Tough Guy & Girl Challenge||Mud Run||Wainuiomata, Wellington||Link|
|Sat 09 Aug 14||Tough Guy & Girl Challenge||Mud Run||Lakes Ranch, Rotorua||Link|
|Sun 10th Aug 14||Sri Chinmoy 5km to 21.1km||Run||Auckland Domain||Link|
|16 Aug 14||Tough Guy & Girl Challenge||Mud Run||Lakes Ranch, Rotorua||Link|
|23 Aug 14||Tough Guy & Girl Challenge||Mud Run||Lakes Ranch, Rotorua||Link|
|Sat 13 Sep 14||Day Night Thriller
|Sun 14th Sep 14||Sri Chinmoy 5km to 21.1km||Run||Auckland Domain||Link|
|28 Sep 14||Tauranga City to Surf||Run||Tauranga||Link|