Observations from Down Under

I’ve gotten a bit away from race reports in the last few years. To be honest it just seems that they all just seem quite redundant! If you ever have any questions about the race particulars, feel free to reach out. But, when it comes down to it, I swim/bike/run as hard as I can until I get to the end. We had great conditions on the day which made it a bit nicer for us, but the Wanaka course is still tough as nails to get through. I’m quite pleased with 4th on the day — it was by no means handed to me and was a great indication of fitness for the year. Still have things left to get after, but it was a good start for sure!

As as I thought about writing this race report I was thinking through all the things I’d say – How amazing Wanaka is. How the people are so great. Everything is SO BEAUTIFUL.

Wanaka on my last sunrise there!

But, I’ve said it before. (I still mean it)

And sitting down to write it all again just felt so….American of me.

So instead I just compiled a few of the observations and thoughts I have after being in NZ for almost a month. They are in no particular order…….

NZ loves the 90s – more specifically, 90’s music. Do you miss Alanis? DMB? Come to NZ! #allday #everyday

You go to Hawaii for the sunsets. And the east coast for the sunrise. NZ has ALL FREAKING DAY.

A little bit of everything is here. NZ is a long, skinny country. With mountains. So it’s able to keep just about any kind of ecosystem within it. Brown, green, dry, wet, lakes, oceans, mountains and valleys….it’s here, and within an arm’s reach.

People are super nice. And unlike in the states when people are nice, you don’t get that weird creepy feeling that there’s more to it. They are just nice people, who like to be outside and be active. It’s a great way of life.

NZ loves coffee. And their coffee is much better than their IPAs (just sayin’…Cville has you beat there!).

But they also love their wine. And, my friends, it’s good stuff.

There are not a lot of bugs but there are spiders. There are definitely spiders.

Now, I’m not usually afraid of spiders, but the ones we saw are definitely enough to give anyone a bit of a fright. They are a lot bigger than the ones we find at home.

It’s a good job that my friend was not here to see them, as I think she’d have a heart attack. She HATES them. In actual fact, she recently had to contact this termite control iowa company because she kept coming across so many of them in her house, and because of it, she was almost confined to one room. Luckily, the professionals were able to remove them for her, and have told her how to keep them away. Let’s just hope she does it, as I’d hate to see how she reacts next time.

I’m sure she’d love to come here, but with the number of spiders that we’ve come across, I don’t know how she’d handle it. They definitely like to make themselves known.

When people tell you “there’s nothing in the lake,” that apparently also means “there’s ginormous eels.” (at least in Wanaka).

Kiwis <3 Chip Seal. You know what doesn't <3 chip seal? My bum. [caption id="attachment_3447" align="aligncenter" width="300"] With Mackenzie Madison checking out the chip seal situation![/caption]

Everyone needs to travel more. Travel with friends, travel alone. Travel around the world. Grab a tent and drive an hour away. Just travel. And meet people, hear their stories – and tell yours. Ignore the news, for a few weeks, and just get back to…..people. Smile. Laugh. Love. And race as hard as you can 🙂

Oh! And if you’re in the DC/Virginia/PA area – board your pup at Country Dogs when you travel. Nothing but good reports to come from them for my little Ramona (aka Coco aka lord knows what I’ll call her next!).

Ramona at Country Dogs DC

Thank you as always to my amazing sponsors who allow me to chase my crazy dreams and live in New Zealand for a month, and, and, and…..the list goes on and on 🙂 I am forever grateful, so please check them out here, and support them if you can!

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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