Saturday morning dawned and it was beautiful clear blue sky from the bedroom window, went outside and it was WINDY - dang! The starting marshall was warning riders of the 34knot winds and to be extra careful around the western side of Lake Taupo... all I can say is thank goodness with Gearshifters we have trained in all weather (including Wellington gale force winds)... The first 90kms are hill after hill and head winds that almost stopped you in your tracks or blew you across the road. Stopped at the 90km mark to send Chris and girls the text to get ready to go to Moutapa (125km mark) intersection to meet me with the fresh cold bottles of drink, it was a very quick stop as I was on a mission. Then 1hr 30 odd minutes later I came through the finishing chute and no family were there :( They weren't expecting me to get there that early! Chris was still driving into Taupo and the girls (and Kait's boyfriend Callum) were having a cold drink at Subway... they were excited that I bet them, though guttered they'd missed the photo's of me coming through the chute (and I'd sprinted too!)
Anyhoo... I bet last years time (9hrs 4mins) by 2hrs 21 mins !! My time for this year in that awful wind was 6hrs 44mins. So very pleased - goal for next years event is to get under 6 hours :)
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And to top it all off, had a great breakfast with Rob and Kathy this morning, then Rob took us for a scenic flight over Taupo in his helicopter - such a buzz. Will load photo's tomorrow :)
Hope you too have had an epic weekend.