Currie hoping training pays off

Braden Currie. PHOTO: SEAN BEALE
Braden Currie. PHOTO: SEAN BEALE
Wanaka triathlete Braden Currie will line up in the Tauranga half ironman today looking for revenge on his rival.

Currie and family have been training in Hawke’s Bay for the past five weeks, and Currie is now hoping the training bears fruit in Tauranga.

A showdown between Currie and course record holder Kyle Smith is expected.

Smith came in first ahead of Currie, who finished second, at last month's Rotorua Suffer event.

Smith also smashed Currie’s 2017 Tauranga Half record last year.

Currie wants to make the most of getting back into competition.

"Tauranga Half is always a tricky race to fit into the schedule if I’m racing Challenge Wanaka, but I decided to mix it up this year," he said.

"I’m looking forward to racing and feeling very lucky that we have events we can actually race, so I’m making the most of it.

"Depending on my recovery, I might race Challenge Wanaka, too."

Currie has always advocated for positive mindset and even in light of what could be deemed as a devastating year for any professional athlete, he quickly accepted his reality and has used the past year to consolidate everything he has learnt, homing in on where there has been potential to make gains across every aspect of every discipline.

"I’ve been working on every level of optimising my bike position over the last few months and feel like I have a much faster, higher performing position than I’ve had in the past.

"I’ve also been able to look at my saddle choice and created custom foot beds with [custom bike fitters] Gebiomized, as well as integrating a custom bar system which is already making a big difference to my ride."

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