After a rough few years I was looking to hangup my shoes and call it career until I had a chat with my coach who convinced me to head down to New Zealand for one more shot at revitalizing my career. Being “pro” is tough when things don’t go as planned and if you aren’t accomplishing goals and making money, devoting all the time to training becomes tough and stressful. I still have the desire to put in the work for Ironman New Zealand and the race will give me closure since the first event I ever raced was the weet-bix kiwi kids triathlon. So here is my journey to Ironman New Zealand.
Ironman New Zealand 2015
The flight over to New Zealand is always a breeze on Air New Zealand. The staff and environment on the plane is always top notch and you’re landing before you know it. The problem starting arising after 20 minutes of waiting for my luggage. I noticed my bike box had not been pushed through. I wondered over to baggage services to file my claim and see if I could at least get a location on my bike. When the agent informed me there was no data on my baggage I became worried. My layover in LAX was 11 hours and it shouldn’t have been too hard for my US carrier to scan my items and have it lined up ready for loading onto my flight.
I wasn’t to keen to hang around the airport and filed my claim and took off on my home. We were on the phones for 2 hours and nobody had any idea where my bike was. The last known location was in Austin! Too make my long story short. None of my bags were scanned, nobody knew how my first bag even made the trip. My bike had made the journey but was placed in transit in Auckland thinking it was heading outbound on a soon to be departing flight. Always makes me a little annoyed you have to pay a large fee for bikes when this occurs. It’s for that reason I have been insuring my bike with Velosurance.
Once I knew my bike was here and was en route, I was able to calm down some and get ready for a run with my old man in the Hunua Ranges.
Was a spectacular 2hr run in the bush. My dad told me to try the “challenge trail” which looked like a fun run that would probably take 35-40 minutes to complete. My dad secretly held back the details of the route. Lets just say 4.3km took me close to 30-40 minutes to complete! The goal of two hours was accomplished.
This morning we headed out for a nice swim at the local 50m pool. Not flash like the University of Texas pool I normally swim in, but just awesome that pools are set up year round at 50m. I do love my walls, but really enjoy 50m.
x4 (150 Free/50 stroke)
400 band only/6×50 fly
300 band only/6×50 fly
200 band only/6×50 fly
100 band only/ 6×50 fly
Now off to execute my route I plotted from Strava heatmaps. Until next update