Cheers! I’m in NZ!

In case you haven’t noticed from my social media …. I’m in New Zealand (sorry not sorry about the constant pics: this place is gorgeous!!).

I used to race the same course at least a few times in a row because I definitely like the feeling of being a part of the town before a race. I like to know my way around (especially when traveling on the opposite side of the road!). I like to know the course, sure, but it’s also nice to feel like you know where to get a good coffee. Where there’s wifi. Where the burrito truck is. All crucial elements of a successful pre-race week.

So, that’s what we’ve done. I rode the course. I ran the course. I’m swimming the course momentarily (sorry no GPS for this as I don’t have a watch to take GPS in the water!). The best flat white is at Ritual. I actually haven’t been able to get on wifi outside the house yet, but I think that’s because apparently when you turn 30 you have trouble using technology – no fault of the town. The burrito truck is here, next to the pizza truck, which is actually much better than the burrito truck IMO.

So yeah, I guess you could say I am settling in just fine! It was also nice to finish the last of my big workout sessions in town here, with coach by my side to push me.

Also: Next week as the rest begins, Maik and I plan to sit down for a “fireside chat” on Periscope on to tell you about our gear for the race. You can also ask us any questions you may have about what it’s like to race an iron distance event in February! Be sure to follow @Smashfestqueen on twitter and Periscope for more info when that will be.

Published by Alyssa Godesky

Alyssa is a professional triathlete who has logged over 8,000 miles in competition of swimming, biking and running across five continents. She came to triathlon from an ultrarunning background and over the last few years has found success back on the trails: in 2018 she set the female supported Fastest Known Time (FKT) on Vermont's 273 mile Long Trail in 5 days, 2 hours and 37 minutes. In 2020 she set the women's supported FKT for climbing the 46 High Peaks in the Adirondacks in 3 days, 16 hours and 16 minutes. She is a triathlon and running coach, and also enjoys spending time guiding hikers out on the trails. Alyssa is based in Charlottesville, VA with her dog Ramona.

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