Since this is the start of my first blog and nobody really knows who I am. Thought I best dedicate this one to the 'who I am' and 'where I came from' (and no it wont be the birds and the bees talk either..)
First things first, I am indeed Nige Burgess (NB to some), a 32yr young Nelson based all-round endurance athlete, primarily triathlons at the moment. I work in the fitness industry as a tri-sports coach and personal trainer, which fits perfectly for training in day times and enable me to do what some would call, 'living the dream'.
I've always been an athlete, playing most sports as a kid, including during all breaks at school, well, once my lunch box was emptied first... Come on, we have to prioritize! But I always ran and it all started competitively with the well known Colgate games as a 9yr old, winning a few events here and there in all sorts of distances and events.
I continued with track and field until my late teens when chronic knee injuries due to, too much sprinting, bounding and jumping weakened my very long and frail legs causing considerable weakness around my knees. I medaled in the NZ champs in the 400m (50secs flat) as an 18yr old and finished 5th in the 800m in 1:57mins. Both were pb's (personal bests) and were part of a 4 race weekend, plus a 400m relay leg (team finished 4th and I was clocked at 49.8).
I ran a bit of harriers to keep fit, but didnt really train that much at this stage, won a few local events and completed my first ever half marathon with my dad (1hr 37min as a 16yr old). Two years later I ran a 36min 10km and a 1hr 24min half marathon on nothing more than track training (speed intervals and light jogging). We even teamed up and ran the Maungatapu murderers track (40km trail event), made famous by the Burgess gang in the 1800's. But they are no relation thankfully!
I dabbled in some inline speed skating and hockey for a while but ended up cycling for a year when I was 20, while I couldn't run. By 21 I was back running and entered the NZ Duathlon champs finishing 3rd and consequently being selected for my first world champs NZ age group team. These were in Italy and on a pan flat coastal course in Rimini, It suited my speed and with a few local sponsors, off I went with my $1000 Avanti.
With a 34min 10km run I was 2mins off the lead pace, but I rode the 5th fastest 40km time-trial (61.5mins) and managed to run (2nd run was 5km and I ran 17mins flat) myself back into 10th place. Terrenzo Bozzone (now a top pro long distance triathlon champion) won his first world junior title here as a 17yr old and that was awe-inspiring, needless to say after a run with him, I was hooked!
Once returning to NZ, with a knee injury (tendonitis) after another race in Europe (Zofingen, Switzerland duathlon short course) I got some swim lessons over summer time and managed to survive my first ever triathlon. I have been a regular multi-sporter ever since, dabbling in all sorts of events from sprint distance tri's, to 6/12/24hr adventure races. Various multi-sport events including the goldrush, finishing 4th in 2 person teams.
Very recently have completed 5 half Ironman's (6th in age group in NZ champs in Tauranga 2012) and the bike leg of Ironman Wanaka finishing 3rd in mens teams. This was also the day after competing in the Wanaka leg of the Contact energy NZ tri series finishing 8th.
Cycling has become a real love of mine (4 bikes hang in the man-cave) and I enjoy nothing more than a long weekend ride in this great region with friends that includes a coffee stop somewhere. I also love the pureness that running is and still thoroughly enjoy a good honest run race or long run on plentiful local trails. I do dabble a lot in bike and run racing singularly and also regular local sea-swims. Training is now a journey and adventure - just as important now, as the racing is a challenge.
I am now a member of the NZ age group triathlon team competing in the sprint distance event in Auckland on October this year in the world triathlon champs.
More about this event and my training and racing plans during the next few blogs. However, I'm open to some feedback about what my future blogs may entail, what you want to know about and any questions regarding anything, about anything that I may know.
Please contact me via email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy training people, Nige