Get out and enjoy Round the Bays

LAUREN PRIESTLEY
Last updated 05:00 22/02/2013
Round the Bays
LAUREN PRIESTLEY
TRADE SECRETS: Ironman champion Terenzo Bozzone offers training tips to Ports of Auckland staff Jesse-Lee Thomson-Cowley and Matt Ball ahead of next month’s giant fun run along the waterfront.

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Make the most of it, be on time and don't give up.

These are among the top training tips professional triathlete Terenzo Bozzone is sharing with Ports of Auckland staff preparing for the region's biggest fun run.

The Ports of Auckland Round the Bays event will be held on March 10 and Bozzone has lots of advice.

He says the event is one of the first races he ever participated in.

"The whole thing was over before it began," the New Zealand Ironman representative says.

"It's really important to get out there and enjoy it, basically. Don't let the whole race pass you by without thinking about it."

Bozzone, who has 19 half-ironman wins under his belt, focuses on core strength in his training and spends a lot of time running up hills.

He tries to maintain an even pace but says it is sometimes best for newcomers to start out slow.

Even someone with his experience hits lows but it all comes down to attitude, he says.

"It's a bit like climbing Mt Everest in a way, one step at a time. The last kilometre in any race feels like you're pulling one of those 40-foot containers behind you . . . don't give up and just keep moving forward."

Another tip for runners is to be well prepared, he says.

Arrive at the start on time, wear proper running gear and pick a spot in the pack based on your ability and speed.

"Control what you can. Control it up to a point and then let the other things go . . . It's all about your response to the conditions."

Ports of Auckland has sponsored the event since 2010. The company also sponsored the Ironman 70.3 event held in Auckland in January.

Spokesman Matt Ball says it supports waterfront events to encourage healthy attitudes among its staff.

"A large proportion of our workers are doing shift work. With that type of work you really have to look after yourself."

The company encourages all staff to do the fun run.

It will be Mr Ball's first time running in the event and he is taking his whole family along.

He says Ports of Auckland supports events that encourage visitors and residents to enjoy the Waitemata harbour.

"We want to promote activities that will bring the waterfront to life."

Ports of Auckland Round the Bays is co-owned by the Auckland Joggers Club and Fairfax Media, owner of the Auckland City Harbour News. Registration fees will be donated to nominated charities including YMCA Camp Adair, Auckland Cystic Fibrosis, Choice Foundation Stand Tall Programme, Variety, Make a Wish NZ and Fairfax First Books. Go to roundthebays.co.nz.

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