Terenzo’s tips for Round the Bays

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By LAU­REN PRI­EST­LEY

Make the most of it, be on time and don’t give up.

Th­ese are among the top train­ing tips pro­fes­sional triath­lete Terenzo Boz­zone is shar­ing with Ports of Auck­land staff pre­par­ing for the re­gion’s big­gest fun run.

The Ports of Auck­land Round the Bays event will be held on March 10 and Mr Boz­zone has lots of ad­vice to of­fer.

He says the event is one of the first races he ever par­tic­i­pated in.

‘‘The whole thing was over be­fore it be­gan,’’ the New Zealand Iron­man rep­re­sen­ta­tive says.

‘‘It’s really im­por­tant to get out there and en­joy it, ba­si­cally. Don’t let the whole race pass you by with­out think­ing about it.’’

Mr Boz­zone, who has 19 HalfIron­man wins un­der his belt, fo­cuses on core strength in his train­ing and spends a lot of time run­ning up hills.

He tries to main­tain an even pace but says it is best for new­com­ers to start out slow.

Even some­one with his ex­pe­ri­ence hits lows, but it all comes down to at­ti­tude, he says.

‘‘It’s a bit like climb­ing Mt Ever­est in a way, one step at a time. The last kilo­me­tre in any race feels like you’re pulling one of those 40-foot con­tain­ers be­hind you ... don’t give up and just keep mov­ing.’’

An­other tip for run­ners is to be well pre­pared, he says.

Ar­rive at the start on time, wear proper run­ning gear and pick a spot in the pack based on your abil­ity and speed.

‘‘Con­trol what you can. Con­trol it up to a point and then let the other things go ... It’s all about your re­sponse to the con­di­tions.’’

Ports of Auck­land has spon­sored the event since 2010. The com­pany also spon­sored the Iron­man 70.3 event held in Auck­land in Jan­uary.

Spokesman Matt Ball says it sup­ports waterfront events to en­cour­age healthy at­ti­tudes and ac­tiv­i­ties among staff.

‘‘A large pro­por­tion of our work­ers are do­ing shift work. With that type of work you really have to look af­ter your­self.’’

The com­pany en­cour­ages all staff mem­bers to do the fun run.

It will be Mr Ball’s first time run­ning in the event and he is tak­ing his whole fam­ily along.

He says Ports of Auck­land sup­ports events that en­cour­age vis­i­tors and res­i­dents to en­joy Auck­land’s Waitem­ata har­bour.

‘‘We’re here on the waterfront so it’s fit­ting. We want to pro­mote ac­tiv­i­ties that will bring the waterfront to life.’’

Photo: LAU­REN PRI­EST­LEY

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