For­mer Mata­mata man shows met­tle at Ironman

Matamata Chronicle - - Out&about - ABBY BROWN

‘‘Find­ing the tip­ping point and know­ing the full po­ten­tial of my body I find really in­ter­est­ing. Be­ing fit is fine, but be­ing fast is fun.’’

Record race day tem­per­a­tures didn’t hold back a for­mer Mata­mata res­i­dent.

Mike Wright com­pleted his first in­ter­na­tional full Ironman, the Kona Triathlon World Champs, on Oc­to­ber 10 in the heat of 48 de­grees.

At the Hawaii-based event he said the 3.86 km swim ‘‘was just chaos’’.

As the field of swim­mers never thinned out, he spent the whole swim ‘‘climb­ing over peo­ple and be­ing kicked and punched’’.

He said he was glad to get off the bike af­ter 180 kilo­me­tres.

He said he strug­gled in the sec­ond half of the 42.195 km run with the heat.

Jan Fro­deno won the race in a time of 8 hours and 14 min­utes.

Wright was happy with his time of 10 hours, 23 min­utes ‘‘as a rookie ef­fort’’ in that heat.

Wright, whose fam­ily are all part of the Mata­mata Ped­dlers so he rides for them when he can, has been com­pet­ing in triathlons for three to four years.

Kona was his fourth full Ironman, the other three were Ironman NZ in Taupo.

He has com­pleted roughly 10 half Ironman events also.

Wright en­joyed the strat­egy and de­tailed plan­ning in­volved in triathlon, ‘‘where pac­ing and fu­elling add up, and where even the best can fall apart at any stage.’’

He said as fit­ness im­proves, the body is able to han­dle more.

‘‘Find­ing the tip­ping point and know­ing the full po­ten­tial of my body I find really in­ter­est­ing. Be­ing fit is fine, but be­ing fast is fun.’’

He trains six to seven days a week, for a to­tal of 12-20 hours.

The 10-12 ses­sions are split across swim­ming, bik­ing, run­ning and the gym.

Swim ses­sions are usu­ally be­tween two to six km.

Bike ses­sions be­tween one and five-and-ahalf-hours, rack­ing up 30km to 160km or more.

Run ses­sions can be any­where from 30 min­utes to al­most three hours.

Wright ben­e­fited from the down’.

‘‘For my age group (30-34) there were three slots. I fin­ished fifth in my age group, but two of the peo­ple ahead of me didn’t want their slots, so they roll down un­til the slots are filled.’’

‘Kona

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