Triathlete Teresa Adam is used to intense pressure in sporting competitions.
But this Sunday she will face a different kind of challenge when she competes against Ironman New Zealand champion Sam Warriner in a bake-off.
Both will be using their own secret brownie recipe with the aim of raising funds for the Christchurch earthquake appeal.
The event takes place at The Falls restaurant in Henderson and the winning batch will be sold at the restaurant for a month.
Ms Adam says she is confident of her kitchen skills and is hopeful the public will appreciate her brownies.
"I started out in the kitchen a couple of years ago by cooking regularly for my parents since they have devoted so much of their lives to me," she says.
"I began with healthy food except it didn't taste as good."
The Swanson resident says she owes a lot to Mrs Warriner for her fledgling triathlete career.
"I don't know if she knows this but Sam is the reason I took up triathlons."
Ms Adam says the earthquake appeal is a great reason to get involved in the bake-off. A number of New Zealand's top triathletes were raised or based in Christchurch including Olympic triathlete Andrea Hewitt.
Mrs Warriner announced the baking event after winning the Ironman in Taupo this month.
She admits Ms Adam has the advantage in brownie presentation but says taste is the deciding factor.
"I think it is going to be close," the 39-year-old says. "The younger ones are still trying to beat me in the triathlon and now in baking as well."
Deputy mayor Penny Hulse is among the judges who will decide the winning batch of brownies.
The Falls part-owner Alan Parry, who is also a member of the Waitakere triathlon club, has had to prepare the competition quickly.
"We had a rough idea three weeks ago about what we wanted to do but we couldn't do anything until Ironman was over," he says.
"People can pay $2 to taste and vote on the brownies with all money raised going to the Christchurch earthquake appeal."
Ms Adam, 21, is recovering from a successful operation on February 3.
"The muscles in my legs got too big and tight and last year when I raced my legs would go numb. I have some big goals this year so it was best to get the surgery done as soon as possible."
Ms Adam is aiming to reach the 2012 London Olympics by qualifying in a London world champs series race later this year.
The bake-off starts at 2.30pm on March 20. There will be games and races and the Kumeu brass band will play.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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