Experienced endurance athlete and Kathmandu Ambassador Hollie Woodhouse is preparing to compete in her second Kathmandu Coast to Coast in January 2017. As a special treat for our Summit Club members, Hollie took some time out from her busy training schedule to share a little bit about her experiences of competing in New Zealand’s most iconic multisport event.
MY FIRST COAST TO COAST EXPERIENCE
With the soft sand under my toes and the warm sun on my back, the mood was electric as people of all ages realised their dreams by crossing the Coast to Coast finish line at Sumner Beach. There and then I made a promise to myself; this time next year that would be me.
Knowing I’d be based in Christchurch for the coming year – and searching for a challenge – it was the perfect time to finally give it a crack. I had one year to train for the Individual 2-Day Coast to Coast, my first multisport race.
THE FINISHERS CLUB
It’s the most exciting event I’ve ever raced. I had a great start with a solid bike and run and finished day one sitting in third place. The following day didn’t quite go to plan with a swim at the first rapid, but I managed to hang on by the skin of my teeth and hold the third position. I was now a well-deserved member of the Coast to Coast ‘finishers club’.
PUSHING MY BOUNDARIES
Coast to Coast confirmed my adventure bug and has opened many doors. I have since travelled and lived overseas, competing in more endurance events, including Marathon des Sables in Morocco and a five-day Ultra in Peru’s Amazon Jungle. I love pushing my boundaries and the experiences that come from challenging my limits, plus all the amazing places my adventures have taken me.
ONE OBVIOUS OPTION
I’ve been back twice, once with the media and the other as support crew. That leaves me with one obvious option – the individual 1-day. So with a few more years of experience under my belt and the support of Kathmandu and Complete Performance, I’m ready to tick off another ‘adventurous’ item on my bucket list. Game on!