Always another competition
Life never really stops for Wanaka-based athletes Braden Currie and Nicky Samuels. As Samuels winds down from a busy year competing in triathlons internationally finishing with a world ranking of 14th, Currie’s multisport season is just warming up. The present Speights Coast to Coast champion recently returned from China, winning the Wulong Mountain Quest for the second year in a row. Samuels has a good chance of a placing in the World Xterra. It will be the first time the New Zealand cycling road race champion has seriously jumped on a mountainbike to race but she is looking forward to it. ‘‘This is just a fun thing to do at the end of the year,’’ she said. The Xterra is described as the World premier off-road triathlon but the event proved too risky for the professional triathlon in the past, because of injury. Another motivation to enter was the chance to holiday with her aunt who has multiple sclerosis, as well as husband and parents. Currie is building up to a busy summer season overseas with half ironman events in Perth, Tasmania and Melbourne, before coming home to defend his Coast to Coast title in February. He entered the Xterra last year and had a ‘‘reasonable but not the best’’ event but has been focusing on more time in the water in preparation for the October 27 event. ‘‘I have done more swimming than I have ever done before so I am just going to give it a go,’’ he said.
Quick breather: Top multisporter Braden Currie and professional triathlete Nicky Samuels have a break from training at Lake Wanaka.