UltraHumps – America Calling/Cooling


Hi team

I am almost at the end of my overseas holiday then I will be back to the reality of work lol.

This week we first moved to Las Vegas and took the first day off training to have a look around. Well that didn’t quite work out as a day off as we headed out of the hotel about 0900 hours and the Nevada Desert heat hit us straight away, given that Las Vegas is a city built on a desert. We walked for a couple of hours in a very dry heat of over 100+ Fahrenheit or 40+ Celsius.  The locals were telling us it is starting to cool down with their summer heading towards autumn!  Really? It was definitely indoor treadmill training for this kid. Continue reading “UltraHumps – America Calling/Cooling”

UltraHumps Journey to Cameron Brown Award and Iron Maori Legend Series

Ultraman Australia

Hi team,

Since my last blog I have attended a family celebration of my mother’s 75th, a family wedding, and I am now on holiday with Mel in the United States.  This is a holiday we have had to plan carefully to fit in with the busy schedules of our respective careers. Continue reading “UltraHumps Journey to Cameron Brown Award and Iron Maori Legend Series”

UltraHumps: Day 1 Ultraman

UltraHumps: the Business Begins

Ultraman Australia

Hi Blog Followers

Well we have arrived in the Queensland Sunshine Coastal town of Noosa for Ultraman Australia.  A busy day on Tuesday with checking in at 0400 hours for a 0600 hours flight, so guess what that meant?  We were up and about in the barracks at 0230 hours to shower up and head for the airport on the other side of Wellington, picking up Sarah McMillan, a member of the Support Crew on the way. Continue reading “UltraHumps: the Business Begins”

UltraHumps: Ultra Widow

The partner of an Ironman is often fondly referred to as an Ironman Widow or Widower, due to the amount of training the athlete completes, so I thought I’d share my story as John’s partner or Humps or UltraHumps as I have often heard him called lol.
In 2013 I went to my first Ironman event ever.  I had visions of partying up after the event to celebrate with John.  The last thing I expected that night was to be picking him up from the bottom of the shower where he collapsed and was vomiting. Holy crap I told him “I think you need to hook up with a nurse or a doctor not a cop”, only for him to say when questioned why he didn’t pull out was “It’s all about the free t-shirt and towel at the finish line”!

UltraHumps: A Coaches Perspective

Ironman NZ

Humps asked me to pen this article for him, as he did with the other members of the support crew for the previous posts over the last two weeks. Read those articles here: Scott Cordwell and Derrick McMillan. Rather than talk about what we did in Noosa, this article will focus on what we did prior to getting to Noosa and how things differed for his build up this year. Continue reading “UltraHumps: A Coaches Perspective”

Ultrahumps – Sight for Sore Eyes


Hi Team

Welcome to Blog # 39.

This week has been a mixed week of training due to a change of work location for the week and a serious eye infection which kept me out of the pool from Monday.  I purchased new goggles as my last pair were pretty much done and dusted.  I always stick with the same brand as they fit to my face quite well, however the pair that I purchased had a very slight crack in the mould.  Every two laps during the warm up I had to stop and drain the goggles.  After the warm up I went back to the Pool Shop and exchanged them for another pair.  I continued and finished my  3km+ swim which Coach Ray had scheduled,  At that time I noticed my eyes were sore.  Once I got out of the shower my eyes were completely red and blood shot and discomforting pain was setting in.

Once I got back to Camp I went to the Doctor who put local antiseptic drops in my eyes.  That had me wincing around like a kid at the dentist.  It was obvious I couldn’t go to work as a computer screen and any source of light was unbearable.  In my room I had to sit there all day with the curtains shut and no lights on.  I thought to myself ‘this must be what solitary confinement feels like’. Continue reading “Ultrahumps – Sight for Sore Eyes”