Iron­man is an­other chal­lenge

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less than a year was a huge ef­fort, he says no race com­pares to the amount of en­ergy re­quired to fin­ish the Taupo Iron­man.

“You burn 8000 to 10,000 calo­ries dur­ing the race.”

To pre­pare he’s been train­ing be­tween eight and 25 hours a week and hopes to fin­ish the race some­where be­tween 9 hours 45 min­utes and 10 hours 45 min­utes, though his fi­nal time will de­pend on the weather.

“If mother na­ture’s kind to me it’ll be 20 de­grees and cloudy.”

If Allen fin­ishes in the top 10 of his age group, he’ll qual­ify for the fa­mous Hawaii Iron­man in Oc­to­ber.

“But since it’s the 25th an­niver­sary there’s a lot more peo­ple do­ing it.”

Allen also takes in­spi­ra­tion from the prospect of racing against top New Zealand Iron­man com­peti­tor Cameron Brown.

“It’s cool be­cause if you’re there­abouts you can see them and it eggs you on.”

Taupo Iron­man spokesman Ian Hepen­stall says Brown is the favourite to win the race, but will be chal­lenged by the likes of triath­lete Terenzo Boz­zone and Kieran Doe.

And if Jo Lawn wins the women’s sec­tion, it’ll be her sev­enth victory in a row.

The event has a record num­ber of en­trants tak­ing part this year, com­pared with 63 in the first iron­man in 1985.

Auck­land hosted the event for 14 years un­til 1999 when it moved to Taupo.

“From our view­point every­one’s worked re­ally, re­ally hard and there’s been some amaz­ing growth in the sport,” Hepen­stall says.

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