Across the ditch we went with 4 athletes going around IM New Zealand on what was a windy day.
Matt Carmen carried great form into the race and was in a good position on the bike before a mechanical. After fixing Matt got on and finished the day off well. A credit to Matt for his resilience as his last 2x ironmans have had bike issues with 3x flats at Cairns last year. IM can be tough on people when things go right so a big hats off to Matt for fighting on both times.
Peter Howes is a hard working man on and off the triathlon track and after a recently joining the MEC ranks he put together a strong day in the windy conditions. Pete has raced IM NZ several times over the years and this year produced his highest age group and overall finish. Well done Pete on your improvement on an honest day
Naomi Wood showed put the work she has put in over the past 6 months to good use grinding out a strong performance to finish 5th in her age group. Many were not looking forward to the windy bike however Woody new this was her advantage and capitilised in the gusty conditions. The run which is a work in progress held together to give her a pb run leg and plenty of positives to take away.
Adam McCarthy got through his 5th of 6 Ironmans in 12months in his plight to raise awareness and money for testicular cancer. With Adams 6th Ironman on the 18th of March in Melbourne, IM NZ was about getting through well and starting to recover for the final event. The day kept him honest and he was smiles to the finish. A massive effort Adsy. 1 more to go. You can get behind Adam in Melbourne or donate through.
David Lloyd who is proving improvements can be had well into your 50’s dialed down the distance from long course to the Melbourne Corporate triathlon. David made quick work in the Baker IDI team.
Special mention to Courtney Mustac who has been attending some MEC open water sessions ahead of her first triathlon at the Corporate event. Courtney got through well and enjoyed her day.