3D Multisport Champs

3D race report!

Holla it’s been a week since I raced in Rotorua at the Blue Lakes and in the Red Woods.

I really like the 3D Multisport event and I was looking forward to give it another good crack since my victory in 2013,

The weather Gods turned on a nice sunny, not too cold and not too hot day.

The few weeks before the race and the week leading into the race were a little stressful as I worked more than I had in the whole year.

Teaching at the pool,doing once a week social work and the change of the season/temperature made me worry if I got enough quality training hr’s in.

I also had to pack up all my belongings from my flat as I am leaving for overseas for racing and training for the coming six months. It felt weird but I am exited about the change of all.

Looking back at my result I did ok….I managed it all well.

The last week before leaving Wanaka and the 3D race I had more time to

be creative and do some awesome backing which I really enjoy. I made some yummy very healthy cakes….all unbacked.

As You can see here ha ha…. I love the fact that even as an athlete, we can enjoy sweet, delicious desserts and I don’t feel guilty for eating them

because it’s all natural and organic ingredients and low sugar and low fat + I feel great about it too.

This is how my race went :

I was very happy with my kayak leg. I’m not the best or fastest paddler but I felt great. And I like to dedicate this section to Steve Norton from Queenstown. He helped me just a few weeks before 3D with technique sessions. I still have a long way to go but we made a start and I could

feel the differencde already which is awesome and exciting for me and the future.

Just a shame now that I’m heading overseas for a while. I can’t wait to get back and get more coaching Steve 😉

My biking during the race was okish, not awesome or brilliant but ok. I wanted to be better but what I realised after the race is: when you ride by yourself you can get lost a wee bit in your brain/mind and you don’t push as hard as if when are with another rider. Do you know what I mean?

3/4 through the ride I caught up to Malte Hagener and that just made my day. It was the highlight off my race and it really was!!!

I was pretty happy at that point, not that I caught him but that we kept pushing each other very hard and had fun along the way. He made me laugh so much that it didn’t feel like I was racing at times.

When I came into TA2 I was still in second place  about 45s down on Elina.

In the MTB section I had a very very sore back and it was hard to imagine to run well off the bike.

When I started the run I didn’t even think about my back pain. I felt it at the run-start for a few meters but then it went awayyyyyy….!

My run was great. The first lap I ran what you would call conservative as it has a nasty little climb in it and you don’t want to blow up because you do the hill twice. On the second lap I just ran and it felt awesome, it felt better than I thought and imagined it.

My running training back home in Wanaka didn’t feel that great and I was concerned about this and that’s why it is so important for me to have an amazing  coach like Nicky Samuels !!!

It does help me heaps to stay in the present. And to believe that I have done the hard training and to run well even if it doesn’t feel that way at times 🙂

During my race I made a little space in my head for a finish line interview just in case I would win : I wanted to dedicate that win to my coach Nicky Samuels. She has been coaching me for the last 3 years.

She believes in me and supports me no matter what and how many doubts I have about myself. She is an amazing athlete herself and soon off to race the TRI Olympics in Rio 2016.

When I felt bad especially while training in the last few weeks she was the one that kept me going day by day. That win was for youuuu Nicky!

I know it wasn’t a big win but it was something special and I raced as you told me to : Go out there, do the best you can and make sure you have fun!

And that is what I did :-)….

 

A huge thank you to all my sponsors : Racers Edge,Torpedo7, Wanaka Organics, Sweetcheecks, Raisey Original … BodyWorkshop, Wanaka Physio, and friends. Their support is essential to me and I would not be able to do what I love without them# living the dream …..

Here some photos before, during and after the race, + my time away from Wanaka :-):

 

 

 

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Less then 24hrs till the race start

It’s Sunday the 17th late avo, team O2Bhealthy ( Marcel, Sam,Hamish and me) are all checked in, singed off , have boxed up our gear and we are ready to rock & roll !!!

ha ha sort off 🙈🙊🤓🙃👍☀️💨🍀😱

The boys are pretty exited to race and so am I, specially after my interresing NZ summer experience with my 4 broken ribs at challenge Wanaka. I have to say my recovery has been amazing and I feel as strong and fast as I was if not better which is incredible really, but this week has changed a few things around for me !!!

Back home in wanka I got a clod, I didn’t pay to much attention at it and thought it will become better as I don’t train to much/hard this week and we will travel quit for a while make it to the race in China. 

Wrong thinking and wrong aprouch ha ha …… We travelled for over 48hrs, not ideal for recovering + my cold got worse and turned into a very nasty cough Autschhhhh ae ( bronchitis) 🙈🙄😬 shit happens right !!! 

I have never done a race, where I was sort off sick or not feeling that well than now, 

but I believe I will do the best I can too not to let my teammates down as they worked/ trained so hard for this race + with there help and awesomeness I’m sure we will do great 👍🍀☀️🐳😃💨

Be and think positive right !?!?

Race starts Monday 18th @ 9:40am

Here a team photo 😃, I tryed to upload more but somehow everything is gone very weird here ekkkkkkk 🤓 China ha ha ……  

    
    
 

China here we come…

Well ….we all made it over to China in the last minute 🙈🙊😝,  Hamish and Sam where the unlucky once last night.

They tried to check in and the airline told them there ticked is voided 😱….

Somehow with help from our travel agent Andrea it all got sorted, kind off ha ha they managed to fly out but got told their luggate will travel all the way to Nanning airport, but those two would have to get new tickets in Shanghai. Anyway it all sounded like more trouble and surely it was. Mine, Marcels and Sam Clarks luggate turned up but Sam and Hamishs didn’t ekkkkkkkkk…… Oh well I guess it was a good call to come here a few days earlier just because off those things that can happen quit frequently boom …..

We left the boys in Nanning and we are on a 6hr bus drive to Baise right now 🙄. Hopefully we meet our two teammates with there luggate tomorrow 👍🍀😃…..  

In the meantime here some photos from our trip so fare 

  
  Me getting serious ha ha …..😃  

Hanging out with the airline crew and getting lollies 😂
  

Finally we are on the plain woop woop👍

 

Ha ha Marcel taking a shower outside Nannings airport (he’s loving it) 😂

PS: we will keep you posted

September china, October malaysia and australia ….

September 6/7th

first race up Torpedo7 ( Marcel Hagener, Hamish Fleming,Sam Manson and myself ) came third in the 24hr race in Suqian China 🙂

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Best food after racing for 17hr’s yummy……Made in NZ teheeeee

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thats just the beginning, way more photos to come, but different races 😉

Second Race:

Wulong Mountain Quest 2015 from the 19th-22nd september

This is where it’s all happening, it is where all the best multisport athletes from the glob meet and race there heart out 🙂 sort off and share what they passion about it (the pain)…..

it was a four day event, starts with ae prologue which means you do sort of everything very short it last only for 1:14hr sort off at your max HR ekkkkkkkk…….

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Then on the first day racing, we finished second woop woop….

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Second race day, we finally won that stage yehaaaaaa 🙂 🙂 🙂 what a day

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third and last day,

we finished second and had enough time up the sleeve too win over all

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Next stop Zunyi

Race 26/27th September

thanks god the first day was only a running day max of 2hr’s

uhmmm haven’t got many race photos from the first day only the podium….

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Second and last day woop woop

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Than off to Malaysia ekkkkkk…..

for a little recovery time and another race

called the royal belum iron bound!

We finished second yeaaaaaa yeaaaaa yeaaaaaa 🙂 🙂 🙂

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And then I went to Australia by myself for one more race in WA,

it’s called the Augusta Adventure Fest! I will be racing sunday the 8th november 🙂 woop woop

So fare it’s been nice, lovely warm, yummy food and heaps more …

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keep you posted and happy thoughts…

Podium in Baise (China)

Podium in Baise (China)

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Whoop whoop!!…here we are again back in China 2015 !!!

Not a bad start so far, we’ve had our challenges all the way during this race…but we are stoked to come home with 2nd place after four days of racing yeaaaaaaa!!!!

Our little adventure started right from when we left home because our flight from queenstown got delayed – so we weren’t even sure if we would catch our international flight,  but luckily we did.

Tuesday 21st April:

We flew out of New Zealand, arrived in China 22nd then onto another domestic flight plus a 6hr bus drive to reach Leye, China.

Finally got there Wednesday evening at 8-9pm had quick dinner and off to bed – wow….

Thursday 23rd April:

We spent all day sorting out equipment for race day Friday the 24th, we also had to pack camping stuff + clothing for after the race, race gear for second day  + pack up everything else to be on a different bus to another hotel for when we finished our 2nd day of racing.

It was quite a lot to think about and it was a bit unfortunate that the organiser completely underestimated times on our race timetable ekkkkkkkk…. anyway it was the same for everybody, so all good!

What alway amazes me, watching other athletes, while we were are busy packing and organising stuff for race etc…. other teams arrived and all they were worried about was how and where to get Internet from…funny eh? teheeeeeeee 😉

I think our Torpedo7 team did very well and we had everything sorted by 8pm yipppeeeee ready for bed and sleep ka-pow!! .

Friday the 24th April:

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Race start was at 10am, after the  opening ceremony. We started with a 1km sprint into town to get some orienteering maps with check points on it, we all had to get one of them, our team spit up to get the checkpoints and we finally met up again at the start TA1, straight after that we carried on with a 25km trail run which had a caving section in the middle of the trail run 🙂  Unfortunately,maybe just 2hrs into the race, one of my team mates suffered from horrendous cramping in his legs, he could hardly move at some point and honestly I thought “that’s it!“, the end of us racing in China ekkkkk, but we managed to keep moving slowly with less cramping all the way to TA2.  We then had to do a 43km Mountain Bike ride, I was pretty excited because we are all pretty good cyclists but, again, poor Bob suffered from cramping on the bike. 11164813_10152982541273668_1713778852298690856_n

But there is nothing like having super duper strong team mates, right?  Teehee… we all kept holding together, helping each other when we needed it and finally made up a few more places again. I think when we hit the 30km Kayak section we were in 5th or 6th place.  It got very exciting when we realised all the other teams are actually not to far ahead and it is possible to catch them.11149287_10152982539083668_6458743811645397846_n

With Bob and Hamish’s awesome Navigation skills we pulled in a few places on our way out to the turn around, and on the way back we passed second place. Unfortunately first place team Thule were too far away to catch by then … never mind :-).

We were pretty happy about our achievement that day, especially with the cramping situation.  Bob and Hamish went to bed pretty early, while marcel kept on trucking along cleaning up and sorting out stuff for the next day.

We camped over night and had a pretty early start next day.

Saturday 25th April:

The race started @ 5am with a 120km MTB ride  (elevation from 350m to 1750m)

We started on the bike, knowing it was a long way, 120km on a MTB, but nobody seemed to really want to make a move at the front, everybody just sitting there chatting away at a really slow pace and, as you could guess,  it did my head in!! Holy moly.. that day, that morning on the bike…I just thought about Dougal Allan and Braden Currie – they would have been 20 mins up the road!!!!!! What is going on?!?!?

The girl from Thule and I were at the front riding and chatting – ha ha pretty funny – but I just wanted to GO, but I can’t go without my team right?  After about 1hr of riding I realised two of my mates weren’t feeling well and were struggling to keep up with the pace at the front, so we let the other teams go and focused on doing our own thing – going as fast as we could with the circumstances we had :-).  I was surprised, a little later on the bike, when we caught up with some teams that had passed us earlier and we overtook them again ;-).

After we finished the bike surprise surprise we actually caught up to the leader Thule at TA1… yeehaaaa really exciting.  Straight into our 25km trail run, which didn’t seem too bad at the time, a nice undulating trail next to a river that took us through some nice villages and quite hot and humid.  But Hamish hit the wall straight after we started running, we didn’t waste much time in attaching him to Marcel, while Bob and I carried his running pack to keep him going with no weight. (poor bugger!… Hamo)  That 25km run felt more like a 42km marathon, it just kept on going and going forever…but surprisingly we caught up with two teams, at that stage we where all walking and shuffling along slowly.  We managed to pass the two teams in front of us even with poor Hamish suffering sooooo soooooo much!

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I take my hat off to my team mate Hamish, what a legend – pushing through his darkest place, fully committed to do what ever it took to get him to that finish line! Yeaaaaaaah!   And what an outstanding performance from all of us working so incredibly well together.

After we had passed the two teams we were still 2-3km away from the next TA2 and it felt like forever again.

We finally made it to TA2, got refuelled and jumped into our raft.  At this stage the boys carried Hamish down to the raft, put him in the middle and off we went rafting down a river with almost no flow for the last final 10km.  It was very beautiful around us, the nature in China is just soooo unique and mind-blowing, very special I reckon.  We also managed to gain more time on the other teams in the raft and finished second that day again.

Straight after we finished we had a little prize ceremony and then left for a 2hr bus ride to our next hotel in Baise.  On arrival we went straight to dinner, apart from Hamish – ekkkkkk sick as a dog – the organisers took him and a few other athletes to hospital.  We ate then sorted out everything for the next day of racing and overnight camp again !!!  Poor Hamish came back at 4am Sunday morning, but we had sorted his gear as at 7am we were off on a 1 hour bus trip to the start of that days racing.

Sunday 26th April:

First we did 5km of orienteering with check points, then met up at TA1 and went straight into a 27km trail run – again Hamish was attached to ‘Papa’ Marcel ;-).  For whatever reason I found it quite hard that day and it took me a lot of effort feeding and looking after Hamish.  When you see somebody fighting so hard, hanging in there so badly, looking as death as Hamish – it does make you feel better and realise you have nothing to feel bad about really- it was just my mind having a tantrum ha ha!  Soooo Hamish you were my big big motivation in those three days 🙂 – thank you.

After our 27km run/walk, we jumped onto our MTBs for another 43 km ride.  It was hard work, very hilly as always but we made up some places even with sick poor Hamish attached to Marcel.  What an amazing effort from Marcel and Bob (+ me) – we just had to make sure we could feed and cool Hamish down etc…

Made it to TA2 and straight into a run again, apparently 7km to a rope skill section then another 3km run to the Kayak.  We tried to do a fast walk/shuffle/run, followed by a quick abseil and then the last 3km to TA3.

We got onto the water in 6th place I think, 10km to go apparently.  1.5hr was the estimated time for the last leg and i think it was about right.  We managed to claw back another two places wooohoooo!!!, what an achievement it was sooo sooo good!!!  Hamish started to look way better than in the morning or the day before – yessss!

We camped out in the middle of nowhere that night, surrounded by those very cool looking mountains :-)…what a great spot for a camping….

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Monday 27th April:

Race start at 7am with a Kayak, the same course we did the night before, this time we took over the lead pretty quick he he and came into TA1 first 🙂

Then into a 7km run where a few other teams caught up with us but luckily not too many only two and that was quit nice,

We walked toward this huge massive massive wall it was absolutely enormous and we had to go underneath it and popped out on the other side in a different valley it was very impressive !!!

TA2 whoop whoop!!! only 43km of MTBing to do, seemed way too easy  finishing off a race like that ….and Hell yes, in china its never easy!!!

You always have to imagine the worst, just to give you an idea, we where riding for 1.5hr Bob asked me how many more km we have to do or what have we done so far?!?!? I looked at my watch and honestly i didn’t want to tell him that we just did 10km so far – we still had 33km to go jesussss yep…?!?!? Now you can imagine the profile, it goes up and down, up and down we hit a drink station that’s good, we all were out of water and still had like 15 odd km to go! Thanks god for that water, because right after that we had to climb up again and that climb was just so so so steep and I guess I got more and more tired because I could hardly ride away from Hamish ha ha ….( or Hamo got fitter maybe ;-)).

We had one team in front of us coming to the final downhill into town, maybe about  2km away from the finish line and we managed to  pass that Chinese team and finished second again behind Thule. This gave us second place overall for the race – awesome!!!!!

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What a race and what an amazing effort from my team! I’m very proud of all of us for such an incredible achievement.

Everybody can race well, in great conditions, I mean when everything just runs very smooth with no issues, no sick teammates, no bike dramas etc…., We still raced very well with all the dramas and still came second i think this is a huge accomplishment for us yeaaaaa!!!!!

Overall, it was a very hard race, I think that was the hardest race I have ever done in China but it was very satisfying, it was well organised, with amazing scenery and the places we have seen and been through were very challenging as a team but we are very happy with the outcome!!!!

I also like to say a huge thank you to my sponsors:-  Racers Edge, Bolle, O2bhealthy, N.O.M. Nutrition, Wanaka Physio for my body maintenance 😉, Skeggs foundation, Wanaka Organics, Wanaka Pool, Kevin (Bodyworkshop), my coach Nicky Samuels, and to all my friends and Family

and everybody else that has helped us on this journey. I certainly could not achieve these great results without all your support – thank you so much!   11188199_10152982540568668_2388797303260778833_n

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2nd place in Wuhan (China) 8th-10th November + 2nd place in 24hr race Southern Lake Multisport event in Clyde (NZ) 15th November!!!

China awesomeness part two with team SOSRehydrate Adventure team:

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It has already been over a week since my team and I raced in China.  We left on Wednesday 5th November and returned home the following Wednesday… whohowwww what a crazy fast trip!  I raced with new team mates Hamish Fleming based in Wanaka, Will Sams based in Wanaka and Marcel Hagener from Ohakune…and I had one of the best ever racing experiences with them, wow….  🙂

China is always an adventure in itself, just to get to the race can be a long mission ha ha!  We all thought it would be so much easier this time because we flew right into the city of Wuhan where we thought we were racing…but of course nothing is ever that simple teheeeee.  We arrived at the airport at 10pm and were told we had to wait for a few more teams… probably another 1.5 to 2 hrs! We then drove for about 1.5 hrs to the race hotel which was in at a little resort out of Wuhan city. Great, well finally we got there at 2.30am Friday the 7th, race starts Saturday the 8th. Yeah man that’s china !!!  At least we had all our racing equipment and no other issues.IMG_5448IMG_5459

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First day racing was a pretty exciting day because we got to race head to head with NZ Adventure, until the last stage (Kayak) where we realised that we had forgotten our tracking device in the TA and had to turn around to get it …otherwise we might have been disqualified from the race.  We still managed to finish third just behind the Thule team that day.  Sure it was a bit frustrating but in the end it was a very dumb mistake where we all learned a valuable lesson…won’t be doing that again! This didn’t happen again over the next two days, yeaaaaa.

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We were racing together for the first time and I was very happy with my three boys, every day, all day long – it was just great and fun to race with the boys and I really really enjoyed myself 🙂 I hope they did too with me ;).

Second race day, another “glamorous“ day for us with great team work, pushing hard from the start till we crossed that finish line!  This time we finished second 🙂 happy Simone and happy boys !!!

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Third and final day, we were actually leading all day long and crossed that finish line first, but here it comes…. we missed a checkpoint in the first orienteering section and received a 10 min time penalty which put NZ Adventure in first place. We had quite a bit of time up our sleeves so we still came second that day and kept our second place overall…cool shhhhhh!

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What an achievement for the newby SOSRehydrate Adventure team 🙂 🙂 🙂

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And then…..

I arrived back in Wanaka late afternoon Wednesday 12th and had one day to get ready and organised for the 24hr Southern Lake Multisport race in Clyde (South Island NZ).

I felt a bit like I was in shock and wasn’t really feeling up to a 24 hour race, but found it very hard to let down three people because I wasn’t feeling well but not sick enough to call it off !?!??!!?  That’s always a hard call for me to make, when is it the right time to call off a race???  Have you ever had that ?!?!?  I know now what I need to do in the future…again, it’s one of those things you learn by doing it! Honestly, I have to do some things over and over to actually really learn from them!!!

I raced the 24hr race with my Godzone Team, Greig Hamilton, Milan Brodina and Rob Creasy.  We started Friday 14th @midnight 12pm…just as it started raining… awesome, after riding my bike for about 45min I was freezing cold and bloody wet!  Just what I needed!

The first ride took us about 1.5 to 2hrs, I couldn’t drink or eat at all in that time as it was too cold to feel my fingers or grab/ hold of anything apart my handlebars holy moly…..

After that we did a long hike in the dark, it was still raining and cold, I was so happy that I took soooooo much warm clothing in a huge bin!  I almost felt a bit embarrassed about it… but you know what, it was totally the perfect thing to do!  On that hike I had my Mamot ski jacket on to stay warm, after every section I completely changed into dry clothing. Thank god we only had 5 transitions :-).

We were leading the race until the first big hike and then we got “bluffed out“ and another team, from Queenstown, took the lead and we never got to catch them again.  I think they definitely had faster transitions than us… I might be the reason for that up’ssseeeee but only in TA’s was I a bit slack!  It just shows you, you can make up heaps of time in transition – you don’t even have to go faster just be more organised and have a nice smooth TA …it is gold !!!

I was pretty happy with how well my body felt during the race, especially as I had just returned from China, but my headspace wasn’t there at all.  That was the hardest challenge for me over the weekend and I didn’t like it, but sometimes we have to do things in life even when we don’t want to. I might be wrong I might not be …. anyway I was sooooooo happy when we kayaked back home to Clyde late Saturday afternoon, finishing in about 16.5hrs!!!

I had a good experience with my team and hope to get to know them a bit more before we race Godzone next year.

Now I want to say a huge thank you to my special bike mechanic Zeph http://cognitivecycleworks.co.nz who again did such an amazing job on my bike after racing Red Bull Defiance. I only had 1.5 weeks to get sorted for China and he just made my bike look and feel like a brand new one ;).   Also pretty stoked with GoodRotations  bike shop in Wanaka,  where I’ve twice got the most amazing bike lube for my chain..thanks guys for stocking such good healthy products for our bikes :).

A massive big thank you goes to my local sport shop in town Racers Edge -Torpedo7 for always being there as my main sponsors + supplying  me with one of the best mountain bikes a TREK superfly FS 9.8 SL 29er …that is pretty awesome ehhhh 🙂

Then a huge thanks goes to Grant Guise for lending me one of the Ultimate Direction Backpacks to try out for the 24hrs. They are really nice running packs, lots off little pockets which are very handy to have and store all sorts of things. A big thumbs up for that pack and I also got to try some yummy yummy pocketfuel energy shots, they are 100% Natural energy soooo delicious… almost like having pudding 🙂

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And then best of the best is local farmer John at Wanaka Organics, huge thanks for helping me out at the last minute with the most nutritious eggs to bake up a storm for my race food for the 24hr race, thank you so much it totally kept me going and going and going ….

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Plus every one else I haven’t mentioned here, thank you, I couldn’t do what I’m doing without all your help/support!!!

I will keep you all posted about what’s happening from now till the next races.

EXCITING …

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ohhh here more photos from the china race:

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Maier and Hagener Take Out Mixed Elite Team in Inaugural Red Bull Defiance

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Red Bull New Zealand’s first ever involvement with designing and hosting a multisport/adventure race happened last weekend (24th/25th) in Wanaka.

I’m very happy to say that Marcel Hagener and I, racing for Team Tineli (tineli.co.nz), won the elite mixed category race

with a final finishing time of 13 hours and 52 minutes. This gave us more than six minutes overall lead on second place getters – the legendary duo of Richard & Elina Ussher with 13:59:13 and third went to Jackie and Mimi Boisett of the Red Bull France team with 15:02:26.

I have a huge respect for all the competitors who competed in, and completed, this gruelling two day journey. What a weekend ehhhhh…. pretty amazing really….the scenery, the elements of the water, cold, wind, mountains, it was worth every single minute of pain.

It was also a huge honour to race at home and basically have such a cool event right on my front door step, I think I’m very lucky :-).

So to my race report and I don’t even know where to start right now, all I can think is :

I had the best two days racing of my life in Red Bull Defiance with Marcel… poor guy I hope I didn’t traumatise him but I think he does deserve to get a break from helping others and it was time for me to help him :-). I kind of like my new nickname of “the tow truck“.

When Marcel asked me to race with him here in Wanaka (NZ) – while we were racing in China in September – I had already made different plans but I am so glad I changed those plans.  Thank you Marcel!

First day:

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Stage Discipline Distance Elevation Description
1 Bike 43km 1200m A challenging ride of well formed farm tracks and rough 4wd tracks.  Features a special stage for fastest hill climb as an individual.
2 Run 7.5km 490m The route will lead competitors to the summit of Rocky Mountain (752m) then down to the Special Abseil stage.  After the abseil keep running.
3 Kayak 12km 0 The kayak takes in the Matukituki River and onto Lake Wanaka.   Expected fastest time: 60 minutes
4 Run 15km 250m 15km sprint finish to the finish line on the shores of Lake Wanaka.
Totals 77.5km 1940m

Second day:

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Stage Discipline Distance Elevation Description
Run 2.75km 0 Day two starts off with a sprint downhill to Lake Wanaka.
5 Kayak 20km 0 Lake Wanaka, down the Clutha to Oxbow.
6 Bike 28km 1278m Stage 3 starts with the day’s Special Stage that only one team member will complete. On the bikes and up Criffel Peak then along a track to Cardrona Valley.
7 Run 25km 1848m The last leg – the Wanaka skyline track then down to lake level for the last 4km sprint to the finish.
Total 75.75km 2478m

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On day one Marcel and I basically raced alone all day. We created a little gap about 30 min into the bike ride, which was awesome, and from there on we just focused on our race!  We won the first day with an almost 7 min lead to second place.  That was great but 7 min is not much, we still had a second day of racing which was a pretty big day and anything could happen. I felt very good after day one, I was ready to charge and go for it (with Marcel of course :-))

I think the second day racing was the best pumping, exciting, pushing, determined day I have ever had…because all day we were racing neck to neck with the Usshers!  Ha ha neither of us would give in, it was absolutely a great, outstanding performance racing each other till the finish line.  The second day’s win went to the Ushers, but only by 1:30min. That put us second on day two, but the winners over all… yehaaaaaa …we had made enough of a buffer on the first day to keep our lead in Red Bull Defiance 2014:-) 🙂 🙂

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I am also really proud that we also finished 4th team overall, with only 3 men’s teams ahead of us.

I loved racing back home, it is such a great feeling, seeing so many friends volunteer out there on the course is absolutely incredible and I believe it really helps me with my performance ha ha because you just want to show everyone your best side, your determination, everything …10348292_1551685808401659_6222696821053915582_n

Thanks to all the volunteers, friends and who ever has been involved helping Red Bull Defiance to put on such a great race, we couldn’t do what we are doing without you guys, thank you heaps :-).  I’d also like to say a huge thank youuuuu to the most amazing, special coach… Olympian Nicky Samuels, I know it is me out there on the race course… but there are so many more elements that are a big part of the whole training and racing that she’s helping me with !!!  The last thing she said before the race was : Chin up and do it !!!

Ohhh and a huge thanks goes to my special bike mechanic Zeph (Coginitive Cycleworks) who did such an amazing job on my bike. Sorting it out straight after i got back from China, then getting it ready for the Red Bull race then, most appreciated, giving it check between the two days racing. He looked after my bike like a champ… thank youuuuu 🙂

Also big thanks goes to Kevin (Bodyworkshop). I’d been away for 7months with no massages and he warmly welcomed me back with loads of good massages 😉  thanksssss.

And every one else who has been there for me – helping me with equipment etc…. couldn’t have done it without you guys

I’m very grateful for living here in Wanaka what a special place with so many special people xxx.

Most of all a HUGE thank you to my awesome team mate Marcel Hagener…hope your toes are ready for our next adventure in China next week…..

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FINAL RESULTS:Elite Mixed

1. Team Tineli: Marcel Hagener and Simone Maier. 13:52:57.
2. Team Subway: Richard Usher and Elina Ussher 13:59:13.
3. Team Red Bull France: Jackie Boissett and Mimi Boisett. 15:02:26.
4. Team China: Han Meng and Dong Li. 16:00:43.
5. Team Animal Instinct: Graeme Ewensen and Anyika Thomsen. 16:03:26.

Elite open 
1.Team NZ: Braden Currie and Dougal Allan. 12:58:24.
2.Team Peak Adventure: Jarad Kohlar and Alex Hunt. 13:33:00.
3.Team Hillary Foods: Hamish Fleeming and Pete Smallfield. 13:43:02.
4.Team Breen Homes: Bob Mclaughlan and Keith Murray. 13:55:14.
5.Team St Martins New World: Flavio Vianna and JJ Wilson. 14:32:16.

Visit redbull.co.nz/defiance now to watch action clips from throughout the two spectacular days of #Defiance 

or click on the link below 🙂

First day:

http://www.redbull.com/nz/en/adventure/stories/1331686368405/red-bull-defiance-the-action-stage-one-day-one

http://www.redbull.com/nz/en/adventure/stories/1331686416245/red-bull-defiance-more-action-from-day-one

http://www.redbull.com/nz/en/adventure/stories/1331686558196/watch-the-highlights-from-day-one-of-defiance

second day:

http://www.redbull.com/nz/en/adventure/stories/1331686567213/watch-stage-one-of-day-two-of-red-bull-defiance

http://www.redbull.com/nz/en/adventure/stories/1331686572353/a-new-breed-of-adventure-race-is-born

4th in Taining

1.5 weeks ago I have been racing with Luke Osborne the Taining outdoor challenge and we finished 4th over all👍😃.
It was a great race experience, awesome teamwork and good fun competing with Luke 😃. Every day we where racing within the top three teams, a pretty awesome feeling ha ha ….
Somehow I didn’t had that 5 power gear, on the last day 🙈 it was a battle making it to the finish line as smooth as possible.
Here some pics:

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