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