G'day from Australia
I've been in Cairns for nearly 10 days now and the weather has been pretty good but for some reason every year on race day the weather brings out the worst racing conditions. The swim at Palm Cove was rough as guts and very choppy, I've been searching for my swim arms for a long time now in races and today they arrived as I exited with the front group! It was great coming out with all the main players and we were only 2mins down on super fish Josh Amberger and Clayton Fettell. I had a rather slow transition and that left me 100m off the first 7 riders and they quickly made there move up the road. I chased hard but the lead kept growing and I found my self 1min down on them at Port Douglas and 3mins to Josh. That lead then blew out in the later parts of the ride and I came off the bike with Canadian Jeff Symonds and fellow Kiwi Callum Millward.
We tried to make inroads to the 12 guys in front but the lead was too large in the end, never one to give up I pushed as well as I could but after my 3rd Ironman race of the year I think my body did it's best with what it had left in the tank, I still ran pretty well but not at my normal standard and it's time for a well earned break before I start building for my next race. Thanks again for your continued support. I'll be touch soon with my schedule.
Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship
June 11, 2017
S 2.4 mi. / B 112 mi. / R 26.2 mi.
1. Josh Amberger (AUS) 8:02:17 47:15, 4:17:29, 2:53:26
2. Joe Gambles (AUS) 8:04:03 50:02, 4:25:19, 2:44:30
3. Braden Currie (NZL) 8:07:46 49:46, 4:26:12, 2:47:56
4. Tim Van Berkel (AUS) 8:09:22 49:50, 4:25:46, 2:49:54
5. David Dellow (AUS) 8:11:33 49:49, 4:25:51, 2:51:32
6. Michael Fox (AUS) 8:11:42 49:45, 4:25:56, 2:51:53
7. Cameron Wurf (AUS) 8:11:55 49:49, 4:15:13, 3:02:35
8. Mark Bowstead (NZL) 8:16:37 49:48, 4:25:44, 2:56:42
9. Cameron Brown (NZL) 8:19:08 50:13, 4:35:17, 2:49:15
10. Daniil Sapunov (UKR) 8:21:14 49:57, 4:35:14, 2:51:27
Konnichiwa from Miyakojima
Its been 20 years since I last raced in Japan and I was excited to come back and race in the 33rd Strongman Triathlon one of the oldest and biggest races in Japan, so popular is this event over 3500 people apply to race but only 1700 can take part.
The Strongman Triathlon is nearly an Ironman distance event with a 3km swim, 157km bike and finally a 42km run. The race takes place on the tiny Island of Miyakojima some 1900km south of Tokyo and just off the coast of Taiwan. The Island has three smaller islands just off it's coast and are connected by bridges the longest being 5km long which we go over during the bike course.
Race morning came and I was not feeling well, I was coming down with something and was thinking about not racing or just finishing the swim! I was one of the last athletes into T1 and only arrived 5mins before registration closed. I was not motivated at all to race because I didn't think I would be finishing. I prepared all my Balance gels and electrolyte drinks and walked down to the swim for the 7am start. Once the gun went off I actually didn't feel to bad swimming and made sure I got on to the lead pack of swimmers which was around 6 athletes. The swim course was in clear blue tropical waters and at around 24c it made the wetsuit swim very warm. The course was marked off in typical Japanese accuracy as we just had to look up every few hundred meters to see how far we had swam with volunteers holding the exact distances on signs.
I finished the swim leg in 6th but made up some time in transition and headed out in 4th trying to chase down Germany's Simon Jung who I eventually caught at the 10km mark. I was able to get a slight gap just before the second bridge and went about trying to increase the lead from there on. The road surface was just fantastic! super fast but the only problem was the wind was building by the hour, add in the undulating bike loop and it was one tough little course. The coastal loop around the island was spectacular especially the southern end of the island which featured a loop out to the famous Higashi lighthouse. By the bike to run transition I had built up a lead of some 4:30mins to Simon and 14mins to Canadian Shawn Wilyman, I wasn't feeling my strongest but I was getting through the race so far! Only a marathon to deal with now! This was where I was starting to worry about how I would really feel as it's hard enough to run a marathon at 100% let alone feeling 70%. The run was quite brutal as it was a out and back one loop course, 21km out and 21km back, put in a head wind on the return leg and the sun coming out just before the end of the bike and it was turning into a warm day. Every aid station I would grab around 4-6 sponges putting them over my head or into my 2XU race suit to try and cool my core temp down.
I was hoping my lead was building during the run but I wasn't able to get a real split to 2nd pace until I reached the half way point where I could see I had a lead of some 6mins to Simon. The final 21km back to the finish line was tough as we ran into a head wind and rising temperatures. The final 400m of the run was on the Miyakojima running track so it was great to finish just under the 8hr mark for one very hard but beautiful race. The awards party was quite amazing, I received over 7 trophies to take home and 4 which stay on the island(probably because they are just to big for anyone to take!) Plus A years supply of Beer! I'm now having a very easy week off and then I have the Asia-Pacific Ironman Championships in Cairns, Australia on June 11th. Thanks once again for your continued support.
Kind Regards Cameron Brown
Miyakojima Strongman Triathlon 3km Swim, 157km Bike, 42km run
1st Cameron Brown 7:49:10
2nd Simon Jung, Germany7:56:26
3rd Shawn Wilyman, Canada 8:02:03
4th Viktor Aloshyn,Ukraine 8:17:12
5th Damien Collins, Australia 8:18:14
Highlights of the race can be seen here
Well that was one tough day at the office. I Couldn't quite pull off the win but I got close!
Race morning dawned and the wind was already blowing strong at 5am! 1200 very nervous Ironman athletes awaited the start on lake Taupo which was getting rougher and rougher by the minute. I was worried there might not be a swim but the wind didn't turn the lake into a surf beach thankfully. Still this was one of the hardest swims ever here with a very nasty chop hitting the lake and it was hard to navigate your way around the course. I was swimming with Marino Vanhoenacker and Cyril Viennot in a bunch of five athletes but we came out of the water 5 minutes down on the main group of Marko Albert, Terenzo Bozzone, Clayton Fettell and Braden Currie.
Onto the bike and my legs weren't quite there and felt like I couldn't push as hard as I wanted. I knew the bike was going to be extremely tough as the wind was still building, we were sitting on 50km/hr on the way out to Reporoa but coming back into Taupo and speeds were only hitting 30-35km/hr and the 2nd lap was even harder. The lead to Terenzo was increasing as every kilometer passed by and when it hit 15minutes I thought that was the end of my day. Around 130km the gap finally started to turn back in my favour but only a little. As we reached T2 the time to Terenzo was now 11:30 minutes and 9:30 to Braden. I was off the bike in 9th and started the run with Cyril who is a great runner.
I felt more in control running than I did on the bike and felt like I had more power and immediately started gaining back time on the leaders. The run leg is not flat and has rolling undulations the entire course with a few steep pitches on some of the hills. We managed to take 2mins off the lead in the first 14km(lap) but it was going to take some of the athletes in front to start blowing up and that's exactly what started to happen on the 2nd and 3rd run laps. I was now in 4th with 14km to go and had 6mins to chase down, you can never give up in an Ironman as you never know what can happen just around the corner. Suddenly I had Terenzo Bozzone and Marko Albert in my sights and passed them with 10km to go, there was only now one more athlete in front of me but I was running out of space to catch him in time. Not even my fastest ever marathon(2:42:30) here in Taupo was enough to stop Braden Currie from winning. I was happy to see the finish line as my legs were absolutely smashed at the finish along with everyone's!
I'll take a short break to let my body recover and then begin training for my next race on April 23rd in Miyakojima, Japan and then the Asia-Pacific Ironman Championships on June 11th in Cairns, Australia.
Thanks again for your support. Kind Regards Cameron Brown
Ironman New Zealand | Men
Well this coming Saturday marks my 20th Ironman New Zealand, hard to believe I have raced for that long and especially at one event but I couldn't imagine not training through a kiwi summer and getting ready for this amazing event.
My first race in Auckland back in 1997 was a bit of a shocker. It was my first ever Ironman as a 26yr old and although I had a great swim things quickly changed on the bike with a bad back that kept going into spasm, I was lying on the road at one point with my back out of place only to get told to get off my arse and keep going by my wife. I finished 23rd and it was a big shock to Ironman racing. When the race moved to Taupo in 1999 I wanted to be on the start line again and give this Ironman racing another go, I finished 2nd by only 13seconds behind Tim Deboom a 2x Ironman world Champion!
In 2001 I finally won my first Ironman New Zealand and it was a dream come true, I had watched the race as a teenager hoping to one day race in this incredible event and also dreamed of maybe winning it! To win it now 12 times is also quite amazing and again I'm lining up on Saturday to give it another crack as a 44yr old. As always you can watch the event unfold on http://www.ironman.com from 6:45am NZT. I'll be in touch after the race to let you know how I did. Thanks again for your support.
Here is a list of my Ironman New Zealand finishes throughout the years
2006 2nd(shortened to 90km, 21km run due to weather)
2012 3rd(shortened to 2km,90, 21km due to weather)
My 19th Port of Tauranga Half Ironman turned out to be a solid day at the office. With the race starting at 6:15am I was hopeful of a calm swim but it was quite the opposite with very strong winds churning up the Tauranga harbour. I even had to swap out my front wheel due to the winds being that strong. The swim start was the only bad part of my race as I struggled to get my arms turning over, once I got going I was fine but the front group was gone and I exited the water 1:50min down on the leader Eddie Rawles.
Onto the bike and I went about trying to catch the guys in front, the 90km course is dead flat but still a hard ride with half of the course on a very rough chip surface. I reeled in the main group to be in 3rd at the 45km mark with Braden Currie the defending champion and Eddie Rawles 2mins up the road, in the final 5km I caught Eddie but still had the pack just behind me. I was off the bike 2:10 down on Braden but still had company, Hayden Wilde took off like it was a 5km race so I just settled into a pace I could control for the entire 21km's as I knew the 4km trail section around the Mount Maunganui base track is a killer in the final part of the race. I eventually caught Hayden with 6km to go and was able to drop him around the base track to finish in 2nd place. It's only 8 weeks until Ironman New Zealand where I'll be racing in my 20th IMNZ! My form is right on track so I'll be getting stuck into the big mileage until March 4th.
I'll be in touch soon, Cameron Brown
TV news coverage
Port Of Tauranga Half Ironman, New Zealand Championships, 2km swim, 90km bike, 21km run
1 Braden Currie 3:45:38
2 Cameron Brown 3:47:55
3 Hayden Wilde 3:48:33
1 Amelia Rose Watkinson 4:16:30
2 Julia Grant 4:19:04
3 Teresa Adam 4:20:08
Happy New Year
Well I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Years and have fully recovered from your celebrations. It was the usual quiet night for me but a very special day on the 1st of January with being awarded a New Years honours for services to Triathlon with a New Zealand Order of Merit, a very prestigious award. I will be receiving the award sometime in February at a special presentation so I'll have to dust off the best suit for this. December started off racing the Taupo 70.3 Ironman event, I was in good form leading into the race but I had blocked sinuses before the race and 100m into the swim I could not breath and had to stop to regather myself and regroup, It was not a nice experience and I was one second away from pulling out. I lost too much time in the swim and ended up finishing in 8th place and tried to turn it into a solid training day.
TV Coverage from January 1st
Last week I raced at the Mount Maunganui sprint Triathlon which is an old favourite of mine having competed in this race since 1990, I think I have won the event some 10 times. It's a tough ask stepping down to this distance when you are against the best under 23 athletes in the country who specialize in this short distance. I had the lead off the bike but a slow transition and the speed these guys run over 5km made it to hard to win. I was pretty happy to finish 3rd only 40secs down especially when you know your old enough to be there father and have 25yrs on them! It showed I have some good form for this weekend which was the main reason to race and gain some confidence.
Mount Maunganui Sprint Triathlon
Swim 750m, Bike 15km, Run 5km
1st Tayler Reid 46:10
2nd Hayden Wilde 46:35
3rd Cameron Brown 46:51
I'm now in taper mode for the Port of Tauranga Half Ironman this Saturday 7th of January, this race also doubles as the New Zealand Half Ironman Championships and again one of my favourite events on the New Zealand calender, it's a perfect lead up race for Ironman New Zealand which is only 9 weeks away. Having won the race 10 times helps but another stellar field is lined up for what should be a fast race over a completely flat course. I'll be touch after the event.
Kind Regards Cameron Brown