UltraHumps: Time to Buy a Lotto Ticket


Hi blog followers

I’ve been reading the articles of the other blog writers with interest and can relate to: what to write, or the struggle with staying in Coach Ray’s training zones, or missing a training session and how you beat yourself up over it, or training with an injury. Trust me I can relate to all the articles and they are truly inspirational, so keep them coming. Continue reading “UltraHumps: Time to Buy a Lotto Ticket”

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.

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UltraHumps: Melbourne Calling

Hi blog followers

Welcome to my blog as I continue my journey towards the Cameron Brown Award and IronMaori / Port of Tauranga Legend Series.

This last week has seen me visit the Physio who had me do a range of movements whilst studying my shoulder.  When I explained where the pain or discomfort was, she advised me not to worry about that.  Pain doesn’t necessarily come from where it is injured. After almost an hour long session and tape in place, with a whole lot of exercises to do for strengthening I was on my way with a follow up appointment after the upcoming ultrasound. So it will be interesting to see how it develops so Coach Ray can get me back into swimming.

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UltraHumps: Burgers To Die For

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Well I am back in New Zealand after an amazing holiday in the USA with my other half, staying in the cities of New Orleans, Memphis, Las Vegas and San Francisco and also passing through Houston Airport a number of times.  Some of the blog followers whom I work with, have asked me which was my favourite part? Each city has its own atmosphere with each activity being special, so it is hard to define the best.  The best thing we did though was to continue to train whilst on holiday, as we knew once back in New Zealand it would be hard to get back into it.  So we trained daily in the hotel gym. Continue reading “UltraHumps: Burgers To Die For”

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: Crashes, Bumps and Falls


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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”

Rotorua Half IronGIRL by Ness Gundry

Half Ironman Training

Through out the year I have entered in a variety of events ranging from mountain biking, trail runs, road riding, a woman’s adventure race and a women’s triathlon. These have all been a means to achieving my end of year goal to complete my first half ironman.

Because there was a such a diverse range of events I had entered in Ray set up a training programme that targeted the specific disciplines. Although I diligently chipped away at my training, I did however have countless concerns worrying if I was ever going to be ready for the Rotorua Half ironman. I couldn’t visualise completing a 2km run, 90km bike ride and a 21km trail run. I had no idea of the terrain. Sure the race profile outlines the maximum elevation. But that is an indication only. It means nothing unless you know the course.

Assimilating the event into your training rides/runs is quite a challenge too. Ray said to me trust the programme Ness. I know I’ve had these countless conversations with Ray before, and he has always been right. Continue reading “Rotorua Half IronGIRL by Ness Gundry”

UltraHumps – Attention To Detail

Tri Training NZ

Hi Blog Followers – Well a big week of training this week with Coach Ray focusing on sprint training in the Pool and some long reps of high intensity Running and hill work on the Bike.  I had to laugh (as did the rest of the swimming pool no doubt) as in between the series of sprints in the Pool, Coach Ray had me doing Individual Medley, which one of the activities is Butterfly.  A guy called Ed who has given me some swim tips and is an amazing swimmer, just happened to arrive right on cue as I was performing butterfly on the way back towards him.  He said “what the hell was that”, I said “a Tsunami” which he didn’t disagree.  The H20 Pool is having the roof replaced so there was ‘caution cones’ at the end of the Pool, well just at the end of my lane, the Air Force guy swimming in my lane with me said “the caution cone and caution tape is their for your butterfly attempt”. Continue reading “UltraHumps – Attention To Detail”

UltraHumps: Receiving Inspiration From Others

Ironman Training

Hi Blog Followers and welcome,

Training went relatively well this week for the majority, but not on Wednesday.  I call it the Good, the Bad and the Ugly! And always report as such to Coach Ray to analyse and plan, although I always feel I am letting him down more than myself when training is not up to speed.  So how did it all go… Continue reading “UltraHumps: Receiving Inspiration From Others”