Thanks to Wendy from SMC Events for supplying race results for 2004, 2003, 2001 and 2000 – always good to improve the depth of the results history.
This analysis of the Tauranga Half will be fairly brief – I didn’t post it last year, I’d run the numbers but didn’t get time to write them up. So I’m just trying to do better than that this time (a low bar to clear).
As always, we’ll compare both overall averages and those of repeat racers (recidivists).
Also, we captured a good collection of side on bike photos which were posted on Facebook.
One of the cool things about being a coach is getting data back from athletes and seeing that they have followed instructions perfectly and had great races. One of my athletes gave a master class in race execution at the Tauranga Half on the weekend – setting the fastest age group bike time (2.12) and winning his grade.
Happily he has given permission for me to use his files for the edification/education of all. If you’ve been wondering how power meters can add to your training/racing then this should be helpful.
It should come as no great surprise that Cameron Brown won the Tauranga Half, again. It was a decidedly average performance for him. By which I mean that his average time over the last ten years has been 3.54.53 and he recorded 3.54.10 in 2014 (OK – slightly better than average). So only average by his standards.
For those debating course distances – yes the swim was long. But overall the conditions were good. Read on for the usual race analysis