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Icebug/CEP Hillary Inspirer Zara returned to The Hillary this year to beat the trails, that’s not exactly how it turned out ….

Mama always said “you’ve got to have a bad race to have a good one.” So if that’s the case I’m due for an absolute blinder. I feel like the big man upstairs was throwing a bunch of hard balls at me during my build up for the Hillary, as there a multitude of reasons [...]

By | 2017-05-19T00:12:56+00:00 March 22nd, 2016|2016 IceBug CEP Inspirers|1 Comment

Icebug/CEP Hillary Inspirer tackled his biggest challenge yet at the Hillary. He tells us how that went …

With all our collective training hours behind us it was now time to go for a lovely wee run along the Hillary trail with over five hundred of like (out of their) minded individuals. Oh and what a wee run it turned out to be. Who would have believed it had been nearly 3 months [...]

By | 2017-05-19T00:12:58+00:00 March 16th, 2016|2016 IceBug CEP Inspirers|2 Comments

Icebug/CEP Hillary Inspirer Rob gives us a run down of his race day

Look so fine, feel so low. I’ve spent a fair chunk of my life watching weather come in over the Waitaks. As a sailor since I was a kid on both harbours and around the gulf, it was often fairly important to keep an eye to the West to get an idea of when to [...]

By | 2017-05-19T00:12:59+00:00 March 8th, 2016|2016 IceBug CEP Inspirers|2 Comments

Icebug/CEP Hillary Inspirer tests her race-readiness at the Mauao Half

“When you go to the mountains, you see them and you admire them. In a sense, they give you a challenge, and you try to express that challenge by climbing them” – Sir Edmund Hillary. Indeed, it is a great and satisfying challenge to conquer a mountain, but how about conquering that mountain three times? [...]

By | 2017-05-19T00:13:01+00:00 February 24th, 2016|2016 IceBug CEP Inspirers|1 Comment

Icebug/CEP Hillary Inspirer Rob tells us about his last few days of preparation

Tapering to a point... Yesterday was my last longish run before the Hillary, a gentle 12km out and back from home down through Te Puru Park, the Omana Regional Park and along Omana Beach to Te Pene point where the foot track goes on around to Maraetai. It’s a pretty run, mostly coastal, with a [...]

By | 2017-05-19T00:13:02+00:00 February 24th, 2016|2016 IceBug CEP Inspirers|0 Comments

Icebug/CEP Hillary Inspirer Rob details the course and his race plan – A MUST READ!

The Good, the Bad and the Awesome There is a strange phenomenon that occurs on the ascent of the Constable Road stairs. No matter how many times I try to count them, I never actually arrive at the top with a definitive answer. Perhaps it is something to do with oxygen deprivation, or maybe it [...]

By | 2017-05-19T00:13:03+00:00 February 24th, 2016|2016 IceBug CEP Inspirers|0 Comments

Icebug/CEP Hillary Inspirer Brent takes us out on Te Henga

Less than 9 sleeps to go! Holy cow. When I signed up for the Hillary it seemed like there would be heaps of time to train and get ready, now it’s just over a week. I hope everyone is close to where they want to be at this point. As for me? Well I thought [...]

By | 2016-02-19T01:34:29+00:00 February 19th, 2016|2016 IceBug CEP Inspirers|1 Comment

Icebug/CEP Hillary Inspirer Zara tells us how her race plan usually pans out

In anticipation of competing in the Foundation Clinic Mauao Half Marathon this weekend, I’ve been contemplating the ideal race plan. I’m taking this week’s event as a good opportunity to check my fitness levels and test out some different gear and nutrition strategies. We all have our own necessities and rituals when preparing for a [...]

By | 2017-05-19T00:13:04+00:00 February 14th, 2016|2016 IceBug CEP Inspirers|0 Comments

Icebug/CEP Hillary Inspirer Brent gives us the lowdown on his longest race yet

Over Auckland Anniversary weekend I successfully traversed the Tussock in the Icebug Tussock Traverse. This was my longest race thus far at 13km and an ultimately enjoyable experience. As this was out of town and over the long weekend, the call was made to take the families and make a road trip out of it. [...]

By | 2017-05-19T00:13:05+00:00 February 11th, 2016|2016 IceBug CEP Inspirers|1 Comment

Icebug/CEP Hillary Inspirer Rob gives us his hard-learned tips on how to get through the tough bits of a race

In my head… I had just shuffled back into the driveway after my first ever continuous road run in excess of 30km and I was feeling pretty shattered, but rather pleased with myself. It was a few weeks out from my first marathon and the 30km mark had been a significant milestone on the training [...]

By | 2017-05-19T00:13:07+00:00 February 9th, 2016|2016 IceBug CEP Inspirers|1 Comment

Icebug/CEP Hillary Inspirer Zara tells us the best way to recover well from our long runs.

Hey there, sorry we haven’t spoken in a while. Between work, training, and social occasions, life has been pretty full on and it’s left me pretty exhausted. You know when you’re about to go out for a run but your whole body is tired before you’ve even started, so you know you’re in for a [...]

By | 2017-05-19T00:13:07+00:00 February 5th, 2016|2016 IceBug CEP Inspirers|1 Comment

Icebug/CEP Hillary Inspirer Brent tells us about supporters …and how to keep them supporting you!

Supporters, what is it that they say? Behind every great person there is a team waiting to take the credit? Honestly though, we all rely on a support network to help us with both our training and on race day. Some of our supporters help us as training buddies (or as my daughter says “rumming [...]

By | 2017-05-19T00:13:08+00:00 February 3rd, 2016|2016 IceBug CEP Inspirers|0 Comments

Icebug/CEP Hillary Inspirer Rob takes inspiring to a new level

Last Saturday was my ‘Beast run’ day. I wanted to give my legs a real workout, and get out in the heat for an extended period. I think I achieved that with a 5:30ish loop from Lone Kauri Rd carpark via Zion Hill, Muir, Gibbons, Omanawanui, Puriri Ridge, Walker Ridge and back via Odlins. It [...]

By | 2016-02-01T22:02:42+00:00 February 1st, 2016|2016 IceBug CEP Inspirers|0 Comments

Icebug/CEP Hillary Inspirer Brent gets us up close and personal with… well, with Brent.

Since things have been going well and we’ve been getting to know each other a bit better over the past few weeks, I think that we can get a little bit more serious for a moment, but only a little as I’m not that kind of guy. My thinking is that if I’m meant to [...]

By | 2017-05-19T00:13:08+00:00 January 29th, 2016|2016 IceBug CEP Inspirers|2 Comments

The very experienced Icebug/CEP Inspirer Rob gives us trail running tips

Technically Speaking… When I began trail running seriously and set out to research and read as much as I could about the subject, one thing that puzzled me somewhat were all these references to ‘Technical Trails’. I couldn’t quite reconcile the term ‘Technical’ with my own experience of wilderness paths and wild landscapes. My background [...]

By | 2017-05-19T00:13:08+00:00 January 21st, 2016|2016 IceBug CEP Inspirers|3 Comments