Next Step

Its nice to be home after being away for just under four months. We have been welcomed home to winter by crisp, clear blue sky days.

The unpacking from the campaign has mostly been done with suitcases laden with washing and stuff accrued over the last 18 weeks dealt with. There are some cool things in the pipeline that I am looking forward to.  On a sad note though Jack Ralston has passed away.  Jack was a highly regarded and much loved figure in the New Zealand Triathlon and Athletics scene.  Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and those closest to him.

On a happier note the Whanganui Descent Kayak race is back on and coming up fast.  The date for this year is Saturday the 29th of September.  This will be a great event and a good opportunity to test yourself in some magnificent North Island back country.  For those taking on the Speights Coast to Coast early next year it will be a useful stepping stone, a chance to gauge progress, and an opportunity to test your systems and boat set up for the longer paddle.

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This really is a beautiful piece of North Island river that I am very grateful to have been able to grow up on.  There have been many more trips than I could count where my Mum or Dad has driven the car down to Ohinepane or Whakahoro to pick myself up and on occasions a group of us if there were paddlers to join in with from out of town.   Its was always good fun to try and paddle back up some of the rapids and we often wondered whether it would be possible to paddle the 22km with grade 2 rapids down to Ohinepane and then turn around and paddle back up again.  In 2010 I found out it could be done, although it did take 4hrs and 45 mins. It is amazing to think that we never would have dreamed of me as a skinny little high school kid from Taumarunui going on to paddle for New Zealand not to mention competing at the Olympic games three times.  This is really where I learnt to paddle.  Thanks Mum and Dad!

In other news pumped about running in the Auckland Marathon in late October. I haven’t raced a marathon before other than the run portions of the three Ironmans that I have taken part in. My best run split was Kona in ’09 with 3hrs25. I’d really like to go sub 3 in Auckland which is a bit ambitious at 85kg and with very little running in the Olympic build up.  Still, I am excited about the challenge.


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