Had an awesome day and managed to get to both the start and the finish line which was brilliant :) The swim went really and was probably my favourite part of the day. It was a bit daunting to see how choppy the lake was, however I'd been out the day before in similar conditions so knew it was fine. I had a great warm uproutine thanks to your sessions which really helped relax and focus me. I started quite a way out to the right (left hand turns through the course) so had a lot of space to myself. It meant no one to draft off but in the conditions that would have been hard anyway. At the first turn the lake suddenly got very shallow, it was so odd being able to see this gorgeous sandy bottom and I had to constantly fight the urge to put my feet down and see if I could touch the bottom!
Last month I was up in Auckland visitIng friends and meeting up with the Triathlon NZ director of coaching. While I was there I hired a mountain bike and cycled the bike course for the Auckland triathlon as part of my race preparation. For those of you who are entering the race and have not had the opportunity to cycle the course then check out the information below. I can tell you that it is a hilly course but the climbs are short and there are only a couple of steepish ones. I've also added some photos of some of the climbs for you to visualize, as well as the elevations.