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”
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”
Hello my beloved public this is my account of my very 1st Ironman event at Taupo New Zealand. Continue reading “Matthew Schipper, Congratulations YOU Are An Ironman”
Saturday, 3 March 2018 – IRONMAN NEW ZEALAND, Taupo
Trying to write this event report still seems somewhat surreal. After three consecutive attempts to officially finish an ultra-distance triathlon – the first being Challenge Wanaka in 2016, NZ Ironman in 2017, and back at NZ Ironman this year – I finally officially finished. Continue reading “Helen’s Ironman Experience”
Hi Team and welcome to Blog # 40.
Gee the weekly blogs are flying by and the date of the ‘1‘ for my 3+2+1=Charity is getting closer. The ‘1‘ being Ultraman Australia during the period 13-15 May 2017. This consists of a 10km ocean swim and 140km cycle on Day 1, a 280km cycle on Day 2, plus a double marathon on Day 3. A total of 515kms over the 3 days.
As you will recall, this is after the ‘3‘ which was ‘3’ consecutive half ironman events over ‘3’ consecutive weekends in December, followed by ‘2‘ full ironman distance events over ‘2’ weeks in late February / early March, and now the Ultraman Australia event as the ‘1‘. Continue reading “UltraHumps and Missing Out On Easter Eggs”
Welcome to Blog # 39.
This week has been a mixed week of training due to a change of work location for the week and a serious eye infection which kept me out of the pool from Monday. I purchased new goggles as my last pair were pretty much done and dusted. I always stick with the same brand as they fit to my face quite well, however the pair that I purchased had a very slight crack in the mould. Every two laps during the warm up I had to stop and drain the goggles. After the warm up I went back to the Pool Shop and exchanged them for another pair. I continued and finished my 3km+ swim which Coach Ray had scheduled, At that time I noticed my eyes were sore. Once I got out of the shower my eyes were completely red and blood shot and discomforting pain was setting in.
Once I got back to Camp I went to the Doctor who put local antiseptic drops in my eyes. That had me wincing around like a kid at the dentist. It was obvious I couldn’t go to work as a computer screen and any source of light was unbearable. In my room I had to sit there all day with the curtains shut and no lights on. I thought to myself ‘this must be what solitary confinement feels like’. Continue reading “Ultrahumps – Sight for Sore Eyes”
Hi Blog Followers and welcome to April
Gosh the year is flying past and so is the time towards Ultraman Australia, which is mid next month (13-15 May 2017). Ultraman is the ‘1‘ of the 3+2+1=Charity, having completed the ‘3‘ Half Ironman events over ‘3’ consecutive weekends in December, and ‘2‘ full Ironman events over ‘2’ weeks in February / March. Continue reading “ULTRAHUMPS VERSUS THE WILDERBEAST”
“I first met Ray when he was crewing for one of his athletes, John Humphries at Ultraman Australia in 2016.
After Ray befriended me, I started noticing that he had significant knowledge, experience and qualifications setting him apart from many other Triathlon coaches. Continue reading “Dave Carroll Gets Ready For Ultraman With Assistance From Coach Ray”
Hi Blog followers
Welcome to Blog # 37.
The weeks are ticking by as I head towards Ultraman Australia on 13-15 May 2017. Coach Ray has me back into full training. Normally after an Ironman, let alone two Ironman events over a two week period, Coach Ray continues his athletes with training, but at a lower duration or lower intensity in order to recover. Once he determines the time is right, it is back to the full schedule.
This means I know roughly what I have each day of each week i.e. swim and a run on a Monday; swim and a bike on a Tuesday; brick session on a Wednesday (bike followed by a run); swim on Thursday; long run on Friday; rest day on a Saturday with only stretching, and a long bike on Sunday. This hasn’t changed during the recovery stage. It is simply lesser durations of each activity. Continue reading “UltraHumps – moving towards Ultraman Australia”
Hi Blog Followers
Welcome to blog # 35…
The journey gets closer as it’s now less than nine weeks to go until I back up the three Half Ironman events over three consecutive weekends, the two Ironman distance events over two weekends and finish off with Ultraman Australia, which is a gruelling 515 kilometres of swimming, cycling and running scheduled for 13-15 May 2017.
Coach Ray had the task of throwing me straight into training after the Kelloggs Nutri-Grain New Zealand Ironman with the short time frame in mind until Ultraman, however he also had to consider my recovery. None of my training performances were flash this week (particularly the Time Trials in the pool) as the two Iron distance events have left me heavily fatigued, but I still managed to get out and complete the training. Continue reading “UltraHumps: Ironman Reflection”