Murray excited about different challenge

Wanaka freeskier Craig Murray will be competing in the Ironman event in Taupo on Saturday. PHOTO:...
Wanaka freeskier Craig Murray will be competing in the Ironman event in Taupo on Saturday. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Wanaka freeskier Craig Murray is getting right out of his comfort zone.

Murray has claimed victories at Freeride World Tour events in Austria and Canada, along with several podium finishes at events around the globe.

The accomplished skier is now turning his attention to a challenge of a different kind ,competing at his first Ironman 70.3 event in Taupo this Saturday.

The 22-year-old will take on a 1.9km swim, 90km ride and 21km run, the Ironman 70.3 race running alongside the full Ironman event.

"I’m feeling good. I’m not really sure what to expect — my preparation has been tricky but I think overall I’m just excited for the event, Murray said.

"I’ve only done a kids’ triathlon when I was younger, 15 years ago maybe.

"I can’t wait. It’s going to be really cool to get to the start line and hopefully to the finish line. It’s been amazing doing different training as well. That’s something that keeps it interesting and keeps me motivated, especially with the postponed date."

He had signed up just nine days before the original start date of March 6 was changed because of Covid-19 restrictions. The extra time has allowed him to train more, including swimming in Lake Wanaka.

"Mentally, I think the postponement made it a little bit harder, having the event drawn out, just with thinking about it so much more.”

"I’m looking forward to the excitement of everything, from the other competitors, to the transition, to seeing how I’ll go.

‘‘I’ve had some advice from Dougal Allan, who is a professional athlete and coach, and that’s been quite helpful to talk me through what to expect from the day.

‘‘I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into at the start."

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