Brown chalks up another Surf Breaker win
Ironman legend Cameron Brown returned to the Eves Real Estate Surf Breaker Sprint Triathlon at the Mount taking another win with Sam Clark a close second.
I've been competing in this race since 1991 and it's a real classic triathlon with a surf swim along Mt Maunganui beach, a fast flat 20km bike and then a 5km run with the last 500m along the soft sand to the finish line.
The swim started with a two lap 375m course through the surf so it's always tough trying to catch a wave to the beach and then dolphin dive back out through the surf as you really use your entire body and all your oxygen to catch and dive under the waves. I exited the water about 15seconds behind the leaders but quickly tried to catch them early on. I was in the lead a few kilometres into the bike and now it was all about pushing the pace to extend my gap on the guys behind. The three loop bike ride is super fast and the only thing to slow you down are the sets of judder bars(speed bumps) on each lap. I was off the bike with a 1minute lead but lost about 20seconds with a super slow transition! I'll be practising this as my 14yr old son was quicker than me putting his running shoes on!
The final 5km run always hurts especially when it's not the distance you specialize in but a great speed session as you push your self to the max. I maintained my gap to Sam Clark(2017 coast to coast Champion) and finished with a 45second lead to win my 10th....11th? Mt Sprint title, I will have to go through the history books to see how many I have won as I can't recall at this stage. The next few weeks will be all about high mileage as I prepare for the Port of Tauranga Half Ironman on January 20th and then the New Zealand Ironman on March 3rd. Hopefully our record summer continues with more dry hot weather in January and February.
Kiwi ITU legend Sam Warriner won the womens in 1:04
Eves Real estate Mount Maunganui Sprint Triathlon, 750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run, December 27th 2017.
1st Cameron Brown 58:15
2nd Sam Clark 59:00
3rd Jade Stafford 1:00:07