Well done to all athletes competing in this years Taupo 70.3 duathlon. If you wasn't aware, due to a toxic algae found in the lake, the 1.9km swim was substituted for a 3km run.
Ben Chidgey, despite puncturing twice completed the race in 4:45:00. You can see the disappointment in his face in the above picture, one of his better ones I think you'll agree.
Lee Ornsby finishing in 5:20:48. Ben, his coach commented. "Yes, I see the problem here, not enough training". Lee replied, "He may have a point, but I think triathlon is the real winner here today".
Tony Frost had a hard day at the office completing the race in hot hot run conditions in 6:07:25. Tony gave a quick race report via Facebook which we have stolen. After a quick run through the spell checker and swapping out some expletives, here it is:
"Well that's Taupo 70.3 done and dusted for another year. After a discussion with my coach Andrew Mackay I decided it was going to have FUN in this race. I've finished too many races recently just angry at myself for various reasons. Conditions on race day were the best I know them being. Overcast in the morning and very light wind.Best of all mostly the wind was coming from Reparoa. Literally Perfect race conditions.We started out with a 3km run starting in pairs. So a bit of warm up jog and off we went. I got to start with my buddy Robert Gleeson which increased to fun effect.Temptation to push it in the 3km first leg was pretty big. Transition 1 was pretty fast and I was out on the bike. Last year I had a pretty fast bike leg which I thought cost me in the run leg. So I deliberately kept the ride speed and heart rate under control -which meant about 7-8 minutes slower than last year.I also pretty fast realised the negative (for me) of a run for leg 1. A real improvement was that Both transitions were fast compared to last year. The run went pretty much the same as last year.-so 7.0 plus minute splits. Happy with that given the lack of distance running on the lead up . I finished in about 6 hours 7 minutes which would be about 6.17 if we had a swim leg. Whats really cool is that with the exception of Peter (dark horse) Donovan most of the Waitakere club members finished within about 2 minutes of each other All in all a really fun enjoyable day. What REALLY made a huge difference was being out there with a whole bunch of friends who were also having a great day. On wards and upwards to the full Ironman race in march next year. As always I'm eternally grateful to Boost Coaching for the help and encouragement to get me over the line. My family especially my darling wife for supporting this insanity and all the Boosties, Waitakere club and Black Sands Club members out there with me"
Awesome effort guys, well done!