LEISA's mul­tisport ca­reer

New Zealand Fitness - - FORUM -

Mul­tisport started for me af­ter see­ing a Coast-to-Coast fea­ture on tele­vi­sion. I was al­ready moun­tain bik­ing for recre­ation, had cy­cle toured both in New Zealand and over­seas, sea kayaked for fun and on re­turn­ing from my over­seas trav­els via Nepal where I spent 19 days hik­ing up and back to 5,500-me­tres and back from the Jury Road end in Solukumu (Ever­est Re­gion), I joined the Auck­land Tramp­ing Club. I was liv­ing in Auck­land when I started mul­tisport and the big­ger named races. These in­cluded: Motu Chal­lenge, Ton­gariro Clas­sic, Coast-to-Coast two­day, Coro­man­del Clas­sic two-per­son team, ARC 12-hour two-per­son team adventure race and then ARC 24-hour adventure race three-per­son team.

I had a brain tu­mour re­moved in 2002, which put a tem­po­rary stop on adventure rac­ing, but as soon as I was de­clared fit – I started train­ing again.

I moved to the South Is­land in 2003 and com­peted in Rollo’s 24-hour adventure race in Nel­son four-per­son mixed team 2004. Gol­dRush three times [twice in a three­p­er­son team, once in a two-per­son girls team].

Then there was the Five Passes – Road Cy­cle Race from Christchurch via Han­mer Springs, Grey­mouth, Arthurs Pass, Christchurch over four days.

Moun­tain bike events in­clude – Around Lake Tekapo, Mo­tat­apu and Han­mer 12-hour.

I com­peted in the Spring Chal­lenge Adventure Race in a three-per­son team in Kaik­oura in 2008 where 600 women took part. We fin­ished the full six-hour course, which in­cluded a hike up 1,602-me­tre Mt Fyffe.

I also raced in the 2010 State Ocean Swim se­ries, com­plet­ing the Cor­sia Bay, Christchurch swim of 2.6km in 42 min­utes.

The rac­ing was all about ex­tend­ing my own per­sonal lim­its, en­joy­ing the peo­ple in­volved in the sport and en­joy­ing the great out­doors.

On her up­com­ing cy­cle jour­ney, Leisa plans to stay in camp­grounds,

farm­ers’ pad­docks and maybe schools –

sleep­ing in a tent with her dog Indy.

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