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”
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 # 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”
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”
Each Sunday I’ll post my ‘best of’ list in a number of categories from the inter-webs. Other weeks can be found here. Click on the images to link through to the article. Continue reading “Best of the Internet for Endurance Athletes: 05 Mar 17”