The Ironman that just wasn’t meant to be…
Hi blog followers and welcome to my final blog of this particular journey before I switch to another journey later that I come up with in consultation with Coach Ray. This season’s journey has seen me focus on the 3 events that make up the IronMaori / Port of Tauranga Legend Series and the 5 events that make up the Cameron Brown Award. To refresh your memory the IronMaori / Port of Tauranga Legend Series is made up of the IronMaori Quarter Ironman in November; the IronMaori Half Ironman in December; and the Port of Tauranga Enduro Half Ironman in January. These are 3 amazing events promoting health and wellbeing and a great stepping stone into each other. They are also a great build into an Ironman if you asre wanting to take that further step.
The Cameron Brown Award is a similar opportunity to lead or build up to an Ironman, with 5 events based around Taupo and held in conjunction with Sports Taupo. These events are one of the three half marathons held in Taupo in July, August, or September; the Around Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge in November; the Kinloch Triathlon in February; the Across Lake Taupo Swim also in February; and finally the Ironman held in March.
Not only did I complete all 3 of the IronMaori / Port of Tauranga Legend Series events, but I almost completed all 5 of the Cameron Brown Award events. A little thing called work got in the way, which prevented me from signing up for the final event of the Cameron Brown Award being the Ironman NZ. I knew that something was coming up in the background at work which meant I would be heading overseas about Ironman time and would be unavailable to attend Ironman NZ. So I discussed this with Coach Ray and my better half, deciding to register for Ironman NZ at the last safe moment. Once the dates were confirmed very recently for me to head overseas, we knew Ironman NZ was off the cards or off the table.
Simple journey solution though, the Erin Baker Award is the same events as the Cameron Brown Award less Ironman NZ. I was quietly chuffed I could still switch (after consultation with Coach Ray) to the Erin Baker Award and then have the Cameron Brown Award as another focus for when it fits into my availability calendar once back from overseas.
I am sure blog followers understand the predicament and I know how supportive Qwik Kiwi members are of each other. It’s just one of those things where work has to take precedence, but I could still complete a journey of the IronMaori / Port of Tauranga Legend Series and switch from the Cameron Brown Award to the Erin Baker Award.
Stay tuned team for future blogs on future journeys I come up with with Coach Ray.
Regards John Humphries (aka UltraHumps).
Humps will be writing weekly as he continues his journey raising funds for the Fallen Hero’s Trust.
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