Win thrills Parsonage
Matamata’s Matthew Parsonage is ‘‘ very proud’’ after winning the Orca Auckland Half Ironman 2014 by nine minutes.
There were 123 starters in the March 23 race, which started from Maraetai with a 2 kilometre ocean swim.
‘‘ Swimming is my weakest part of the event, but I had been focusing on improving my swimming over the last month,’’ said Parsonage.
The 33-year-old was happy with his swim and eighth out of the water.
During the 90km cycle Parsonage said he worked hard to catch up.
‘‘It is quite a tough course with some quite steep hills in it, but I prefer hilly bike courses so this suited me.’’
He was extremely happy with his run, which was a half mara- thon (21.1km).
‘‘ Running is my strength as I was a runner before I started doing triathlons.’’
Parsonage’s overall time was 4h 8m 29s, which he said was the fourth fastest time in the 11-year history of the event and a new personal best time for him.
‘‘Pretty much everything went perfectly to plan,’’ Parsonage said.
‘‘I was happy that my extra work and training on my swimming paid off and I was closer to the faster swimmers than in previous races.
‘‘I feel very proud to have won the race, and having my name alongside some of the amazing long distant triathletes who have previously won this race.’’
Conditions for racing were perfect.
‘‘ The sea was completely flat and there were only very light winds for most of the race.’’
Parsonage nine or ten week.
He hopes to continue to improve and to keep enjoying doing triathlons.
‘‘I haven’t done a full ironman race yet, but I am thinking seriously about doing Ironman New Zealand in Taupo in March 2015.
‘‘And hopefully to be able to do a good time, hopefully under nine and a half hours,’’ he said.
Parsonage started doing triathlons and half ironman races more than four years ago.
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Wintec journalism student Champion: Matthew Parsonage at the Rotorua Half Ironman where he took out first place.