Last 3rd (14-20km): Once at Surprise Lake it’s time to go head down and get the job done. Caffeine and sugar are your friends 😁. Have a reason to keep pushing and never give in to the hurt. This is what all those training runs have been for! Believe in yourself and if that doesn’t work, think about someone else who believes in you and don’t let them down. Stand as tall as you can on the last climb to keep good form and help the oxygen get into your lungs. Hell yeah, if they are not screaming at you then you’re not pushing hard enough.
In the last 3rd never think about how away the finish line is, this thought is always far too daunting. Break it down into small targets and if it seems too hard break it down to a smaller one until you’re only focusing on taking the next step and keep ticking them over.
There is something special about leaving it all out there on a race course and knowing you gave it your best.
I wish all of you the best out there, it is one hell of a great event.
Rhys Johnson – Athlete
Coached by Goat and Ring of Fire sponsor, Squadrun
Previous Goat age-group winner
First placed male 2021 Tarawera 102km