Clinton up for NZ contest

Clinton up for NZ contest

INSPIRATIONAL local Ironman Clinton Staehr is gearing up for his next big challenge – the Ironman New Zealand on March 1 at the picturesque Lake Taupo.
The 44-year-old father of five who runs the Ocean Grove newsagency, this month competed at the Half Ironman 70.3 Geelong event on Sunday February 9.
The Ocean Grove local finished the race in a time of five hours and 54 minutes, which included a 1.9km swim, 90km bike ride and 21km run in a blazing hot 38 degrees.
Staehr said rest and recovery will be important after the long-time Ironman competitor sustained an injury during the run leg of the Geelong-based event.
“The one in Geelong was basically training for New Zealand,” Staehr said last week.
“It pretty much went to plan other than the fact I strained a calf muscle two kilometers into the run, so I had 19km to go.
“I have got a sore calf at the moment. I have got three weeks to recover and it should be plenty of time – a bit of massage and a bit physio.
“New Zealand will get done, it just won’t be pretty.”
The Ironman New Zealand is the oldest ironman event in the world and this year’s race will be Staehr’s fourth attempt.
Lake Taupo, situated on the North Island, is a 3½-hour drive from Auckland.
Staehr, who competed in his first Ironman in 1990, departs for New Zealand on Wednesday February 26.
He will then compete at the Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship in Melbourne on Sunday March 23.
Ironman New Zealand will be Staehr’s 10th attempt at a full Ironman.
MEANWHILE Staehr joined fellow Ocean Grove locals Ian Ralph, Darren Franken and Cameron Spolding who competed at the Geelong Half Ironman 70.3 Geelong event.
More than 2000 athletes competed at the shorter 5150 competition as part of the Geelong Multi Sport Festival.

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