Tarawera race week

We flew into Rotorua on Sunday afternoon. After an 11 hour overnight flight to Auckland from Bangkok and another short 35 minute flight from Auckland to Rotorua it was nice to get out and stretch. The weather on arrival was 29C (84F) with no clouds to be seen. Only a slight sulphur scent on the gentle breeze. Went into a grocery store to pick up a few supplies. Nice to see all the fresh fruit and vegetables. The young one was pretty tired so we had dinner and then off to bed to see about getting rid of some jet lag.

Monday morning showed up bright and sunny. I went out for a 4.5 mile run to explore around the hotel. One thing I noticed right away was that it was a little bit chilly. About 70F degrees. Ok, I noticed a few more things too. The area around Fenton Street is nice and quiet. All the people I encountered on my run were very friendly. I would have to comment on the amount of room to run and bike. There seems to be trails all around and big wide sidewalks along the streets. We did a little shopping and sightseeing to round out the day. There is an excellent selection of running and cycling stores around Rotorua.

Tuesday Morning was a great day for a 3 mile easy run. And Wednesday I did a short 2 mile easy run. These were supposed to be the last runs for my taper to the race.

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Except that I was here on a holiday too. This meant that I was doing some cross training in the form of walking/hiking and carrying my young son. The Rotorua area has a lot to see. This is an area rich in thermal activity with many geysers and hot bubbling mud. Also New Zealand has history of sheep farming. We visited many sites and experienced Rotorua’s history and culture. If anyone is interested in reading more about Rotorua, send me a message and I will write more.

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