Pre-Kona Qwik-View with Kiwi Pro Braden Currie

Qwik Kiwi: Congratulations on qualifying for Kona again. I was on the edge of my seat last year watching the coverage of you smashing it up the Queen K!!!

Your season thus far has been very confidence building with some great results, winning Cairns with a 2:39 marathon off the bike and going well under sub-8!!!! This has been packed in there with a 2nd place at Challenge Wanaka and some great 70.3 racing. What have been the highlights of the season for you personally?

Braden Currie: It’s been a great season for me. I think you always have your highs and lows as a professional athlete. Hopefully this year the highs have out weighed the lows.

Obviously Cairns, and Wanaka was a great start to the year. First time I got to race Javier Gomez. Probably the first time I got to go head-to-head with one of the best in the world on a course I was familiar with. That was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed it, but I learnt a lot from it too. Continue reading “Pre-Kona Qwik-View with Kiwi Pro Braden Currie”

UltraHumps: A Coaches Perspective

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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 – Doing It For The Children

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Hi Blog Followers

Welcome to Blog # 36.

After the weather storm last weekend, I woke up on Monday to fine weather. Makes me wonder why the weather blast always happens in the weekends lol. I normally train in the rain regardless, because if it’s raining at an event, ya just have to get on with it, so why not train in it.  However when I heard the thunder rolling in with the torrential rain last weekend, I pushed my bike back inside and headed for the Exercycle in the Camp Gym for safety reasons. Continue reading “UltraHumps – Doing It For The Children”

UltraHumps: Tough Day At Ironman Taupo

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Hi Blog Followers and welcome to Blog # 34. A HARD DAY OUT!

Well I did it.  The 2 of 2 from my 3+2+1=Charity is now complete, having finished the Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Ironman New Zealand two weeks after completing the Challenge Wanaka Ironman distance.

Of course this was after completing the three Half Ironman events over three consecutive weekends in December, being the IronMaori Half Ironman in Napier, followed by the New Zealand 70.3 in Taupo, followed by the Rotorua Half Ironman.

This leaves the 1 of the 3+2+1=Charity to go, which is Ultraman Australia in May. Continue reading “UltraHumps: Tough Day At Ironman Taupo”

UltraHumps: Training in Taupo for Ironman

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Hi Blog Followers

Welcome to Blog # 33 as I inch my way closer to Ultraman Australia, but not before completing my second Iron distance in two weeks as part of the 3+2+1=Charity.

Unsurprisingly, I felt myself fatigued during training in the first part of this week.  Coach Ray had the challenging task of planning my training for the second Iron distance whilst having to consider my recovery from the first one.
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UltraHumps: Crashes, Bumps and Falls

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Hi Team

Welcome to Blog #31 as I enter the final week before the start of the ‘2’ within the 3+2+1=Charity, the ‘2’ being ‘2’ full Ironman distance events two weeks apart.  The first is Challenge Wanaka on 18 February 2017 followed by Ironman New Zealand in Taupo on 4 March 2017.  If anyone is in either of these locations, come along and support me.  Trust me, spectators have a blast of a day and are often quoted as saying “it is just as tiring being out there all day”.  Bring yourself a foldout chair, chilly bin and if necessary a sober driver. Continue reading “UltraHumps: Crashes, Bumps and Falls”

UltraHumps: Weather Bomb #2

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Hi blog followers and welcome to blog # 29.

For me it was welcome to Weather Blast # 2 in good old Wellington.  My training result was average this week as I struggled again with insomnia which affects my output, but the biggest hiccup came on Wednesday which is always my 2 hour training session each week that Qwik Kiwi’s Coach Ray has scheduled for me.  I didn’t sleep very well throughout Tuesday night, so I thought if I hit food and ate well throughout the day that would help combat the energy effect from lack of sleep.  Unfortunately a conference that took up a good part of the day with a minimal break for lunch prevented that opportunity, so I only managed to consume fruit and hot drinks whenever the opportunity existed. Continue reading “UltraHumps: Weather Bomb #2”

UltraHumps: Strengths and Weaknesses

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Hi Blog Followers – Well the festive season is behind us and training is full on, with Coach Ray putting me through my paces in the pool, in the running shoes, and on the bike in preparation for the next phase of the 3+2+1=Charity, being the 2 full Ironman distance events over 2 consecutive weeks (Challenge Wanaka on 18 Feb 17 and Ironman New Zealand in Taupo on 4 Mar 17).  We only have six weeks to go until “game on” again.

I have often been asked a couple of questions: Which is your favourite/strongest discipline? And, which is your weakest? So thought I’d use this blog to discuss my thoughts.

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