I am absolutely over the moon to have completed the Taupo Ironman 70.3 course yesterday. This was only my second half iron distance race but it was my first official ironman branded race! It is a beautiful course and so many people came out to support the athletes that the atmosphere of the race was completely overwhelming with support. I had a good swim and was happy with my bike time. The run was super fun coming back through the township for three laps and passing all the encouragement each time - it honestly does give you a boost when you are out there! I was so grateful for the aid stations with cups of ice which I threw down my race suit to keep my core cool. At every opportunity I took whatever liquids they had to offer and threw them in the general direction of my mouth as I ran... Sometimes I was lucky and got a drink and other times I completely missed and inhaled electrolytes but at the end of the day I was full of a final burst of energy to cross that finish line. A very happy and proud Heather saturated in sweat and red bull from failed drinking attempts crossed the finish line with the fastest run time in my age group and 2nd place in female 18-24 age group. I could not be happier to have also achieved personal bests across the board for half iron distance and also qualified to compete in the 2020 ironman 70.3 world championships which are going to be held on home turf next year in Taupo! I cannot possibly name every single person I would like to thank in this post, but I am so grateful to everyone who wished me good luck for the race, and who continue to support me, it honestly means the world. Special thanks go to @salmingnz (was awesome to see their relay team out there too!), @nscarbon, To Mitch and his family who came to support, to Imogen, Keegan, Simon, Robo, Tammy and all who cheered for me out there(I'm sorry if I've missed people... You get in the race zone!) Congratulations to everyone on that course yesterday, you are all inspirational!
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