August 24, 2011
BY THOM DODD
We have had an amazing August for triathletes
to train here in New Zealand — the last three weeks
have seen nothing but some of the clearest skies
imaginable, lush green hills set against blue sea
and sky, light winds in these parts, and lengthening
days as we emerge from another mild (North Island,
The last couple weeks we have
had the polar express, a veritable
conveyor belt driven by a cyclonic
flow one side and an anticyclonic flow
the other that makes them like egg
beaters driving purified air from latitude
70 degrees near Antarctica to us here
– the air is normally clear,
but this is off the charts!
Needless to say, it is tough to keep myself
inside, and the New World Tourist has been
treated to a few weeks of
The training is ramping up as my challenge is
now only five months away.
Rides over 100 miles now, hills galore, and it is
so stunningly gorgeous out that I hardly notice
anything other than the desire to get out again
once a ride is over.
Running is good too, with the odd ride/run “brick”
workout creeping into my routine. The ocean is
down to 11 celsius, perhaps its
coldest in my 15 years here, but so clear that
it is still tempting.
But no reason to hurry that along as cycling and
running are what I emphasize in winter anyway. It
has been mostly “unfold that Friday and let the
beauty unfold before you.”
Anyway, I know you have Triathlon Eugene coming
this weekend, and I want to wish you all a
great final week of “tuning” and resting so
that you are fresh and hungry for the event.
I will try to update this a few times this week
hoping to inspire someone this coming weekend.
It should be a great opportunity to meet fellow
athletes and hear what they have to say. The Tri
community is a great one — we’re all lucky to be
able to be a part of it.
Stay healthy and have a great day next weekend.
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