Challenge Taiwan Half - Bozzone reports



Kiwi's filled the podium at Challenge Taiwan Half, with winner Terenzon Bozzone reporting on the race.  "it was only fellow Kiwi, Mike Phillips and myself, bridging across that one minute deficit to Dylan.."

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This weekend was the first race of part 2 of my 2015 season. It was the Challenge Taiwan Half distance triathlon in beautiful Taitung in southeast Taiwan. The race was on a special day for us Kiwis and Aussies being on the 25th April which celebrated the 100th year anniversary of ANZAC day, the first time New Zealand and Australian troops fought alongside each other when we landed on the beach in Gallipoli in World War I. It also marks my mum, Diane’s Birthday… I forgot to get her a present before I left home so there was extra pressure to break the tape in 1st place for her.
The race was set to be an ANZAC battle if there ever was one with only one male professional not being from NZ or Australia. With Dylan McNeice in the race it was sure to be a fast swim, he built himself a good 1-minute lead over us, the chase pack with included a couple other kiwis and a couple Aussies. But the pace through the 1st transition was so hot that it would see us splitting that bunch, it was only fellow Kiwi, Mike Phillips and myself, bridging across that one minute deficit to Dylan within 3-kilometers. The 3 of us made sure to keep the pressure on to cement our lead, which we slowly grew through the 90km cycle to 8 minutes over the rest of the field. We were in a good position for a kiwi sweep!

Starting the run, the mercury was rising, along with the humidity it was going to be a battle of attrition. Who of us could handle the heat best and pace ourselves efficiently. My legs felt good heading out onto the run and I quickly found my rhythm which saw me gaining a small gap on Dylan and Mike. Thankfully my lead kept growing and soon I found myself in the final kilometers of the 21km run, at 18km I relaxed and maybe a little too much cause I went from feeling okay to basically running the last 3km sideways. The heat had finally caught up.
It was a great to be back competing and coming home with the title makes it that much sweeter. Next stop for me is Perth where I will spend the week getting ready for Ironman 70.3 Busselton, a venue I have been wanting to get to for a long time, who knows maybe some wine tasting along Margaret River after the race…

1.      Terenzo Bozzone  (NZL) 3:52:41
2.      Mike Phillips    (NZL) 3:56:42
3.      Dylan McNeice   (NZL) 3:56:53
4.      Mitchell Kibby (AUS) 4:07:03
5.      Mitchell Robins (AUS)4:13:28
1.      Eva Potuckova (RUS) 4:41:14
2.      Kathryn Haesner(NZL) 4:42:48
3.      Brooke Langereis(AUS)4:47:21
4.      Monica Torres (PHI) 4:50:02
5.      Jodie Scott(AUS)  5:15:58