Perfect conditions greeted the 1400 athletes as we took off in the calm waters of Lake Taupo. I swam nearly the whole way by my self and ended up 4mins down coming out of the water, too much time to give away to the leaders Bevan Docherty and Marko Albert.
Onto the bike and the day continued to be hard, I kept loosing minutes as every kilometer passed and would find myself 11mins down off the bike. At least the weather was fantastic! Always hopeful of my run leg it didn't last long before I started asking myself questions "this would be a long day"! I struggled from the first kilometer and blew at the 21km mark!
I finished with a 2:57hr marathon, a long way off my best but my first bad day in 15yrs here and I still managed to get on the podium.
Time for a quick break before I start training for the next event.