Ok so Mike didn't get my age right ( 22 years 11 months but what are you going to do.)...but he pronounced my name right which was cool. I came in at 11:13. 42 doing the "Blazeman" log roll, after PR-ing on my marathon (3:50 and change). I'll have a whole long winded race report posted when I get back, also Catherine has some action shots from the bike and run so those will be posted shortly. No Kona slot unfortunately, but I'll see how roll down goes granted it's an early season race so there aren't many qualifiers from other races, but hey there's always the lotto...that and I think I might be making this one a yearly event ( granted I hope to work out my finances better next go round....
Some things I learned about Kiwi culture
Coffee is instant coffee. ( Depending on who makes it.)
ALS is referred to motor neuron disease down here so the War on ALS togs on the bike got some blank stares.
House is as big here as it is in the US.
Lamb lasagna is actually quite good.
a $2 dollar coin down here is about as big as a $1 dollar coin back home ( It was confusing on the first day when I handed the clerk a $5 and she took the two coins out of my pocket...one good thing no pennies.)
L&P soda is world famous....in New Zealand
The first question I kept getting from a lot of guys was if I was going sky diving or bungee jumping after the Ironman ( sadly I suffer from a deadly fear of heights.)
Drivers on the main highway rank somewhere between NY drivers and Massholes. ( like the mini van that barreled through the road block near the town pool.)
The guys at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation rock!
To get into the left grandstand at the finish line there is a two drink minimum.
It isn't windy down here until there are surfers on the Lake.
Also to answer some questions:
I spotted Jo Lawn after an interview also she races in a Speedo so she was kind of the easiest female pro to spot on race day. She actually lapped me as I came into start my second lap of the marathon. I also bumped into her at the med tent after finishing.
On a completely different not I bumbed into Luke Bell at the finsh (He DNFed with a bum knee)
So I've got a nice photo of that.
Alright that's enough for now, I've got to break down the Bitch Stomper and pack up for the flight home tomorrow.
The Latic Acid Filled Ironman.