Ironman is another challenge
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.