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Terenzo Bozzone 70.3 Taiwan 3rd November 2012. Another win!

It was a whirlwind of a trip and the last week is somewhat of a blur but I am glad I made the efforts to venture out to Kenting in the south of Taiwan. When I signed up for the race I didn't notice that it was a Saturday event, not a Sunday race and totally forgot about the crossing of the date line. So what I thought would be a 7 day turn around ended up being 5 days between Miami 70.3 and yesterdays 70.3 race here in Taiwan.


It was probably one of the earliest race starts I have ever experiences, 6am. It worked fine for me as due to the time difference I was up waiting for my alarm to go off at 2:45am. The swim was a 2 lap formation with a run up on the beach which I liked. Daniil Supunov and I managed to gap the field and I lead out of the water.


I was unsure how Daniil would race in this distance as it was his first Half Ironman stepping up from the ITU draft legal races. I noticed he has represented the Ukraine at 3 Olympics so I did not want to take any chances. I put the pressure on in the early stages of the bike and formed a breakaway, which I managed to grow on during the race. It was a rolling hill 2.5 lap course and after lap one we had to start weaving through the amateurs. This tested your bike handling skills and was very character building when you had to ride through the aid stations to grab drink bottles.


I had formed about a 3.5minute lead on Daniil coming off the bike with the next guys a few more minutes back. My legs had started to struggle a little at the end of the bike and I wasn't sure what I would have left for the 13.1mile run.  I managed to get in the zone which I needed as the run was 14km (9miles) in one direction then 4miles back to the finish. A mentally challenging format.


I kept pushing the pace and grew my lead to almost 8minutes by the finish. The wind and humidity made it a tough day for all, but aside from a few minor crashes in the event it seemed everyone had a great time.


I am about to start my trip back home to New Zealand, it has been just over 2months on the road. I have visited 6 countries, 3 of which I have never been before, won 3 races, got a second and a third but have some unfinished business, which I hope to see to next year in Las Vegas at the 70.3 World Champs.


2 weeks to recover then onto my last 70.3 race for the year in Sheparton.


Thanks for all the support and believing in me to get back in the game.




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