2nd place in Takapuna

February 15th, 2015 by

Photo: Scott Taylor

Photo: Scott Taylor

A friday evening in Takapuna.

A tight course, a short race and a big beer drinking crowd – could you ask for a better setting?

Even if shorter means faster, more intense, lots of pain and no windows for mistakes its a lot of fun.

And it’s great training for the bigger races to come. A great opportunity to nail the transitions, find room for improvements and just really try to rev the engine as much as possible.

The race: 

Started off very good for me with a super swim. I was first to the first turn bouy and kept the lead from there. A very fine moment for one who started off her career swimming third pack. I still do enjoy a good swim very much. Then I got into a small break of three on the bike sitting about 20-25seconds ahead of the chase back. It’s was tight and technical and stung a bit towards the end. First in and first out of T2 was another nice one to have in the bank. Hung on Sophies shoulder for the first half lap then felt great and picked up the pace. Opened up a small gap and ran hard for a bit, thinking that maybe, just maybe, I had enough in the legs to hold on.But I didn’t. Sophie came past me and I didn’t have much to respond with.

The outcome:

A second place and another bunch of points towards the ITU pointslist

The conclusion:

Things are falling into place and some boxes can be ticked.  I’m still catching up on the run and have more work to do in terms of layering the fitness and building a solid base. Lets just keep building from here.

Overall it was a great night in Takapuna – truly enjoyed it!

Thanks everyone who came out to support us!

Photo: Scott Taylor

Photo: Scott Taylor

Podium in Kinloch

February 4th, 2015 by

Photo: Jay Shelgren

Photo: Jay Shelgren

It was the first race back in ages.

After last years roller coaster of a year with injury upon injury it was such a nice feeling to be out on the racecourse again.

I had spent some time with coach Darren at his home base in San Diego before coming out here. Most of it was with focus on putting me together as a triathlete again.

Not a rehabbing biker that was spending a lot of time in the pool.

To get a feel for the rhythm of consistency and good work over all the disciplines. Getting over being afraid of breaking down or having pain. It was  good base phase where I slowly regained confidence in that I could train normally. With my lack of racing last years I had fallen through the ITU pointillist of which the world ranking is decided. Fallen like a stone.  I think you would have to scroll down to the 260+ somewhere to find my name.

To get starts – you need points. And for me it didn’t look very likely to get any starts in the bigger races. So like everyone else needing points we decided to start racing early and gather some of those very important points through Continental Cups (and eventually World Cups). Darren sent me over to NZ this past week and my first race was only a few days after arrival – the Kinloch ITU Oceania Sprint Championships.

A first opportunity to wrap my head around racing – and remind the body of the intensity and pain it comes with. 

Photo: Jay Shelgren

Photo: Jay Shelgren

The course itself proved to be a bike worthy a championship with a hill that was going to destroy anyones plans in terms of “sitting in” and “let the pack drag around them”. There was no easy way to get up there. It was going to be a tough race.

So how was it like to race again after such a long absence from the circuit?

Well it wasn’t as bad as expected and I did get some good pointers that we are moving in the right direction.

I still haven’t run masses but to be able to run in a group and feel in control was tremendous. Also having enough juice in my legs to start to ponder about the finish and where to make a move was a great reminder of why I love racing so much.

It was painful – but I did truly enjoy being out there.

And from here it should only get better as the form keeps building.

I’ll spend the next month in Cambridge, NZ and race another couple of Continental Cups. If things go to plan I’ll be quite fit and ready to rock n’roll by the time my points get me in to a WTS race.

Photo: Jay Shelgren

Photo: Jay Shelgren



The Island House

January 21st, 2015 by

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I’m very proud to announce my place in the Island House team 2015.

A newly designed sponsorship backed and created by Mark Holowesko.

I met Mark back in 2012, just after that race in Auckland… The race that was the last of my massive 2012 and gave me the world title to take back home. But also saw me racing through the worst possible physical condition after having been struck my food poisoning the night before. I managed to pull through the race but raptured my calf last thing before crossing the finish line. Needless to say I arrived in the Bahamas somewhat fatigued and with a big limp, so the race back in 2012 never had a Norden in it. But the race didn’t actually happen as I was there as the big hurricane closed the airport and the race got postponed a week… To make a long story short I had a great stay in the Bahamas and I became good friends with Mark. He has got a lot of passion for triathlon and after many years of sponsoring the Garmin team he know wanted to so something in triathlon. The Island House is a newly build boutique hotel and the team will go under its name.

The Island House lineup includes:

– 2014 Ironman World Championship runner-up Ben Hoffman
– Three-time Olympian and four-time worldchampion Tim Don
– Six-time Ironman champion Luke McKenzie
– Standout swimmer now focusing on half-iron distance Barrett Brandon
– Multiple 70.3 champion and former ITU duathlon world champion Leon Griffin
– Ironman champion Trevor Wurtele
– ITU world champion Gwen Jorgensen
– 2012 Ironman and 70.3 world champion Leanda Cave
– Two-time Ironman World Championship podium finisher Rachel Joyce
– Olympic silver medalist and former ITU world champion Lisa Norden
– Multiple Ironman and 70.3 champion Heather Wurtele
– Half iron-distance specialist Lauren Brandon
– New mother and standout runner Beth Gerdes
Read more about the team here

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