I’m still not sure why I did it, and over the space of nearly 7 and a half hours I thought about it a lot … a hell of a lot. Why The Hillary event? Why the 34km event? And I’m sure I wasn’t alone out there questioning our (poor?) choices at some point. But life wasn’t all bad, the views and scenery was breathtaking, watermelon at aid stations is awesome, everybody out there was amazing and the beer afterwards was quite simply #thetits. There was even a very special moment that I’m certain left no eye dry.
Continue reading “Big Hills, Blow Outs, Blisters, Beers and Tears.”
In what seems like an age ago Paul and Tim of the Tarawera events fame announced the inclusion of the Tikitapu 16km and 23km Adventure Run into this years Tarawera Marathon and 50km event. Given the choice of running the Auckland half marathon or a new trail race the decision was simple one.
Continue reading “#UltraHalf”
I’m pretty sure that I wasn’t the only one thinking “why the hell am I doing this?” at some point. Last weekend was arguably the hardest of the Xterra series, the much loved and hated Waharau Regional Park. It’s
Wednesday night Thursday morning and I’m just regaining full control of my legs. Continue reading “Waharau? – More Like ‘Why The Hell?’”
Being a little snowed down lately with work and sick kids, I am only now getting to a wrap up of the Shakespear Park Xterra Series race 3 weeks ago and the Tough Guy and Gal OCR race last weekend. Continue reading “Two for one race wrap”
So it’s taken a bit longer than I’d hoped but I have finally finished putting together short review with bonus video of the first of this years Xterra series at Riverhead with Team Icebug. Continue reading “Mud, mud, glorious mud”
Thanks to Facebook advertising algorithms I was alerted to the existence of the inaugural Waitomo Trail Run, and I was intrigued to see what a race in and around the caves would be like and I signed up for the 11km race quick smart. Being the first year of the race, no one really knew what to expect but with Paul and Tim of the Tarawera Marathon’s fame behind it you knew you could be assured of something special. Continue reading “Cave Dwelling Runners”
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…”
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”
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”