Annual leave booked – check,
Entry for Georgina and I – check,
Accommodation booked – check,
Grandparents booked to mind kids – check,
With the trials of the Hillary long since passed it was time to plan the next round of challenges and goals. Which races to enter? What distance to do? and how the hell am I going to come up with a plan of attack be to do all these races? Continue reading “Coming up next…”
The day of the Hillary my mother called to tell me that I was famous in New Zealand. Trail running reporter extraordinaire Vicki Woolley earlier in the week interviewed me for an article on the Hillary race in the NZ Herald. This was published on the day of the race.
You can find the article here.
With all our collective training hours behind us it was now time to go for a lovely wee run along the Hillary trail with over five hundred of like (out of their) minded individuals. Oh and what a wee run it turned out to be. Continue reading “Post Hillary Wrap Up”
Less than 9 sleeps to go! Holy cow. When I signed up for the Hillary it seemed like there would be heaps of time to train and get ready, now it’s just over a week. I hope everyone is close to where they want to be at this point. As for me? Well I thought I was on track, however a testing of the waters last weekend has rekindled the nerves. Continue reading “When The Penny Dropped”
Over Auckland Anniversary weekend I successfully traversed the Tussock in the Icebug Tussock Traverse. This was my longest race thus far at 13km and an ultimately enjoyable experience. As this was out of town and over the long weekend, the call was made to take the families and make a family trip out of it. So with the wife and kids in tow we set out for a house we rented in National Park, us, the Brown family, plus Graham and Ben who were both single for the weekend. Continue reading “The Tussock Traverse”
Supporters, what is it that they say; behind every great person there is a team waiting to take the credit? Honestly though, we all rely on a support network to help us with both our training and on race day. Continue reading “We All Need Somebody To Lean On”
Since things have been going well and we’ve been getting to know each other a bit better over the past few weeks, I think that we can get a little bit more serious for a moment, but only a little as I’m not that kind of guy. My thinking is that if I’m meant to be inspiring and motivating you then it’s only fair that I let you know what inspires and motivates me day to day and in entering this race. Continue reading “All About The Motivation”
So as we launch into 2016 at full speed (that’s about 9:30min/km for me) some home truths are starting to sink in; in 3 weeks I have the Tussock and in 7 weeks I would have popped my proverbial Hillary cherry and will be enjoying an ice(bug?) cold beer. To say that the nerves aren’t kicking in would be a lie, and after reading Zara and Rob’s blogs I can say with absolute certainty that I am the least experienced runner of the Inspirers and the only one not to have run the Hillary before. Continue reading “The Abused Body of a New Runner”
And now for my second trick I shall wow you with tales of new shoes and earworms.
I’m going to jump into the IceBug section of the to be expected sponsors gear review quite early for a number of reasons which I’ll cover off as we go. When I signed up for the Xterra series I joined a team with my mates and we were the Badass Runners aka Team IceBug (although the team shirt didn’t fit at the time). As such I was able to become an early Ice Bugger and get my hands on or more specifically feet in some of the first Icebugs in New Zealand around the time of the 4th race. Continue reading “Gratuitous Product Placement”