Final update on Ironman 2014 - Lana's Pillars fundraising

March 05, 2014 at 2:22 PM


Kia ora friends and whanau,

IM 2014 is now finished.

It's hard to put into words exactly how I feel. This event has certainly been one of the best adventures of my life.

The weather conditions were near perfect on race day. I really enjoyed the swim, bike and run and had an awesome time. The day threw in a few little surprises (there is no such thing as the 'perfect' race) but I was able to manage these through staying focused and relaxed. It was great seeing so many people out there on the course, giving it their very best.

I wanted to thank everyone again for their support on this journey.Together we raised over $1000 for Pillars and I know they and the children they support will be thrilled! Pridex Kitchens deserve special mention for their very generous sponsorship.

Special thanks to my coach Gene McNaught for his guidance and support. Nga mihi ki a koe, Gene. You are a true legend. My sincerest thanks toWinnie Cleary, a true friend and mentor, Liz Taingahue, who inspires and supports me to achieve my personal best, the health specialists who take care of my body, the Iron Maori Toa, and my beautiful family - I love you guys. To those that came and yelled support during the race - a big Kia ora!

Finally, I am grateful to everyone who sent little messages of love and support. This meant a lot both before and after the event.

I want to wish everyone the very best for the coming year. I hope that you achieve all your dreams and goals, whatever they may be!





"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena,whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat".  - Theodore Roosevelt, 1910.