The trip to NZL turned out to be a holiday. I currently feel as I wasted 3 months of my life and let down my wife and sponsors.
I came in feeling great. Swim was so easy and I was pumped to see Terenzo and Cameron on my left and right the entire swim. Once my feet touched the ground I went into a mad dash up the beach to get ahead of everyone to have an advantage. When i reached to pull my wetsuit cord it would not budge. I started to panic some and kept running with the pack. Pulling and pulling the entire way up nothing. I arrived into T1 and figured the suit strippers would get the suit off. NOPE. 2 minutes to get the suit off. The boys were gone and I was pissed. I chased hard and kept them at bay at 2:10 the first 90km. Then my legs came lose and I slowly begain slowing down.
Once on the run i felt solid and ran my way back into the top 10 and then the bike caught up to me and I cracked. Tough lesson to learn for a trip so far away.
The town of Taupo was amazing. The course was so spectator friendly and support was on every yard of the course. I will be back next year.
I will take this Ironman training as a solid base for 09 and look to have the break through race I so desperately want.