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.
The flight was smooth and we were picked up at Brisbane Airport by Simon Pohatu, a valued member of Anodyne Services Australia (ASA), where he took us back to ASA for an equipment check into our sponsored vehicle from ASA. Then we headed up to Noosa, catching up with Debs Pohatu and Jackie Te Amo, my additional Support Crew from ASA, who will be meeting up with us on Friday in Noosa.
The first stop in Noosa was to Trilogy Cycles to catch up with Keith and his crew. We reassured him on arrival there would be no 22 press-ups this year! Keith had previously advised me he was competing in Ultraman Australia this year, so that was the topic of conversation.
With my bike checked in for reassembly and certification check for the event it was time to head off to seek out our apartment. I was really pleased with the spa bath and more importantly the internal lift which I will definitely need during the later parts of the event. Sarah made us a great dinner then after a catch up it was off to bed after a long day and our body clocks still on NZ time.
Yesterday, started with uplifting my bike from Trilogy Cycles and completing the 30 minute training /test and adjust cycle that Coach Ray had allocated for the days training. After which we headed off for a recce of the cycle course which I’ll do on Day 2 (280+ kms). It was good to recognise familiar landmarks and road junctions etc, noting the hills still looked the same. Ironically I dozed off at one stage and woke to find we were still on the same road. Day 2 is definitely going to be a long day out on course.
Stay tuned team as I complete the daily blogs of the journey to Ultraman Australia, where I will defend my title as winner of the Military and Emergency Division in Ultraman Australia 2016 and raise funds for the Children of the Fallen Heroes at the same time.
Regards John Humphries (aka Humps, aka UltraHumps).
If you wish to donate to UltraHumps charity of the Children of the Fallen Heroes, which is what the 3+2+1=Charity is all about, then please use the enclosed link. 100% of the funds raised goes to the cause. UltraHumps is paying all other expenses himself. https://givealittle.co.nz/cau