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Well I hope you had a fantastic Christmas and New Years. Today was my first race back since the Hawaii Ironman, I chose the second race of the Contact Energy New Zealand National series which was being held in Whangamata, this race has a lot of history and is often a great hit out to see how the form is. I was pretty worried going into this race, I suffered a nasty achilles injury during the Hawaii Ironman that stopped me running for 8 weeks so there wasn't much of a running base in my legs going in. I also needed to check my form before the New Zealand Half Ironman champs in a weeks time. The swim leg is one of the nicest in the sport, a two lap course taking in the famous whangamata surf, lucky for us it was only a few feet so there were a few nice waves to catch. I had a good solid swim to exit 1 min down on Brent foster and only 30secs down on the main pack, out onto the bike I quickly gathered in the leaders taking the lead by the 10km mark and then tried to gap them as soon as I could. Stephen Sheldrake and William Curtayne were the only ones to follow, I rode strong throughout and we all came into transition together. I was worried about the run the most as this is the area where I haven't been able to do much work in, plus the three lap run course had 5km of sand running in so I didn't want to have the achillies flare up again. But I was pleasantly surprised by how I ran and I ended up running shoulder to shoulder with William until the 9km mark when his last surge was too much, also being 15 years younger he had a bit more speed!!! So everything is on track in preparation for next weekends New Zealand Half Ironman Champs in Tauranga, The 20th anniversary of the event with a very strong field. There was a childrens triathlon straight after our race consisting of a 100m swim, 2km bike and 1km run and My son Braeden did his 2nd Triathlon. Thanks Cameron Brown Contact Energy National Series, race 2, Whangamata, New Zealand 1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run 1st William Curtayne 2:00:15 2nd Cameron Brown 2:00:23 3rd Andrew Curtayne 2:02:50 4th Martin VanBarneveld 2:04:24 5th Stephen Sheldrake 2:04:51
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