Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge: Half

in #exhaust10 months ago

I just finished a 74.031km cycling that lasted about 4hh:30mm:30ss !


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Today I had mixed feelings about my overall riding experience. Even though I bettered my time from last year with an improvement of 24mins, I know I should've done a lot better. At certain points I was flying, and at others times I felt like I was just taking in the scenery as cyclists sped past me.

My preparation this time round was not the best

  • last minute registration (this race and Ironmaori Half on same day, decided on this race)
  • 2nd last bus allocation, start at 11:30am (I knew the heat is going to have a major play)
  • missed being part of the USO group (on earlier buses)
  • not enough training (in my own time)
  • need to work on my hill climbs, slow and comfortable just doesn't cut it.

Still, being a part of it and knowing the proceeds are going to a great cause, makes it all worth while. I now have a goal to work towards for next years race -

Finish the Half: 75km in under 3 hours!

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The video is only a small glimpse of what happens on the ride from a riders point of view.

cycle stats from Endomondo

Those 2 hill climbs right at the start are killer climbs, you really are not ready for them and it's a bit of a shock to people new to this category. Hatepe Hill is the hill most talked about, being the last significant hill climb on this course. The Quarter starts pretty close to the bottom of this.


There are times I just want to pull over, drop the bike and dive into that lake. Especially today with 26C temperature zapping away our strength.


Crossing the finish line makes me feel that another goal has been reached and it's time to plan for the next.

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Special USO Members mentions:-

Aileen won the Female Enduro (320 km 2 laps) in just over 10 hours, next rider came in 2 hours later!
USO Kupe Group of 9 riders coming in together also doing the Enduro (320 km 2 laps) in 14 hours.

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You have uploaded 15 cycling activities, and 2 of them have been of similar distances (within 10 percent)!
Here are your 5-fastest cycling activities of a similar distance:

Over these 2 similar activities, you have travelled approximately 145.26 kms at an average pace of roughly 3:37 min/km!
Your latest run was at a pace of approximately 3.654min/km!
Looks like you went a bit slower this time! Remember that it's important to take some rest days, and do some rehab / prehab / strength and conditioning training too! If you weren't intending to go slower, take a moment to listen to your body, and see if you need something. Check in with yourself!

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