he weather conditions weren’t pretty in Taupo on the weekend for Ironman New Zealand but many athletes toughed out the conditions with the help of volunteers and spectators standing in the driving rain.

TriSpecific athletes shined again with Stephen Gage a good friend and training buddy taking out the 40-44 age group in 9:10:41 and coming 10th outright. Dale Hemley took third in the 35-39 AG in 9:17:14 (19th outright), Belinda Harper in her first M-Dot race as a professional took out 5th place in 9:40. Very impressive backing up from Wanaka where she crashed while leading on the bike and went to finish bloodied and bruised but not out. Finally Kevin Bloor finished in 12:02.

I would also like to congratulate good friend Brenton Yates who showed that long term consistency is a much need trait in getting to Kona. Brenton went 11 hours at Port Macquarie (IM Australia) in 2007 in his first IM, 1 year later he dropped that to 9:57 and has steadily reduced that. He raced in Busselton in December going 9:38:45 and on Saturday Brenton came 2nd in 35-39 in a PB of 9:14:14. Just awesome and shows what is possible. Brenton also runs an exceptional successful and busy law firm in Sydney and has 3 young kids.

Up next… Abu Dhabi and Australian Long Course.

Photo Darryl Carey