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Cameron Brown 2018 Ironman NZ

posted 5 Mar 2018

Hello from sunny Taupo

 

Wow what a day for records at ironman New Zealand. Weather conditions were ideal for the 20th anniversary of Ironman New Zealand in Taupo. I lined up for my 20th race here in Taupo dating back from 1999, my record so far from my 19 appearance had been 19 times on the podium with 12 wins, 5 x 2nds and 2x 3rd place and I wanted to be up there again. My training leading into the race had been great and I knew I was in good shape.

Lake Taupo was calm, clear and warm at 21c, I had a pretty good swim to be 2mins down on the lead pack with the swimming fish Dylan McNeice 5mins in front. Onto the bike the weather could not had been any better with no wind at all, I was riding with Lachie Kerin and Joe Skipper and we were flying early on catching the 2min lead to the front group at the 45km mark, we then caught Dylan around the 70km mark. I was feeling great and settling into my pace when a small gap opened up with Terenzo, Joe Skipper and Mike Phillips making a 200m gap on the rest of the group, before I knew they were up the road and I chased but it was to late! A small error on my behalf was going to bite me in the bum! There gap continued to grow and by the time we reached T2 they had 9:30mins!

I was still hopeful I could make inroads into their lead but Terenzo was running exceptionally well, The run course in Taupo is tough with rolling hills throughout the entire 3 x 14km loops. I managed to gain a small amount of time back even though I was running at record pace. I moved into 3rd place at the 21km mark passing Mike Phillips and was now on the charge to catch Joe Skipper but he still had a 5min lead with 14km remaining. In the end I ran out of kilometres to catch Joe finishing 1:37min behind him and 7:15min to Terenzo. I broke my own course record from 2016 by 49seconds but so did the boys in front, I also ran my quickest ever marathon running a 2:41:55 at 45yrs of age so I can't complain to much as I'm still getting quicker.

 

The legs and body are pretty smashed today but that's to be expected after such a tough race yesterday. I'll have a short break over the next week, any more and I'll get injured! I'm looking forward to my next races and seeing what I can do this year with some new races planned and some old ones as well. Thanks again for all your support, My planned racing schedule is attached below along with the results.

Take care and I'll be in touch soon, Cameron Brown

 

2018 Schedule

April 22nd Strongman Triathlon, Miyakojima, Japan

June 3rd Ironman Philippines, Subic Bay

August 5th Asia Pacific Ironman 70.3 Championships, Cebu, Philippines

August 12th Race of legends, Embrun, France

September 23rd Ironman Italy

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