UltraHumps: The Training Continues

Hi blog followers and welcome to another weekly blog of my journey to the Cameron Brown Award and IronMaori / Port of Tauranga Legend Series.

This week has seen me training full time back in the good old outdoors which I love. Due to work commitments requiring me to head to Waiouru in the latter part of the week I had to get up extra early the day I left to make sure my training was done as Coach Ray had me upping the tempo for reps on the bike. I didn’t have space in the vehicle to take the bike with me so it was an early start.

A problem with being in Waiouru is running at altitude, which slows my pace down, or maybe that’s my excuse for eating to much at a retirement I attended in Waiouru amongst work [Yes Humps, purely an excuse as Waiouru is just under 800m above sea level and the effects of altitude don’t have a physiological effect until over 1,500m – Coach Ray]. However I do love getting out in the fresh crisp air that Waiouru offers 365 days of the year (luckily no snow this time to add to the mix).

Saturday I was back in Wairoa and the weather was atrocious. The rain was heavy with hail at full strength and wind gusts that made it unsafe to hit the roads, so I had to hit an exercycle in the local gym for the 4 hours that Coach Ray had planned. I couldn’t do it on Sunday due to other commitments, and Murphy’s Law the weather was great on Sunday…bugger!

The highlight of the week was completing Coach Rays 10 km TT in 46 mins and 5 secs, which I was stoked with particularly with recently doing training on exercycles and treadmills whilst overseas. Not bad for a 52 year old I’m thinking, but I do know the younger members of Qwik Kiwi would give me a run for my money.

Take care team, as I continue my journey to the IronMaori Quarter Ironman being the second event of eight for my Cameron Brown Award and IronMaori / Port of Tauranga Legend Series.

The photo enclosed is of my medal and t-shirt from the first event, the Taupo Half Marathon.


John Humphries (aka UltraHumps)

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