AMI Round the Bays is the perfect excuse to visit Wellington and take part in an iconic New Zealand running event and then partake in the best of what our country has to offer. New Zealand’s capital city is nestled between rolling hills and a stunning harbour, with a vibrant and compact downtown area that's best explored on foot.

 

 

Wellington’s stunning inner city harbour is the picturesque setting for New Zealand’s second biggest fun run. AMI Round the Bays Wellington is a 7km Fun Run and a half marathon.

 

The Fun Run starts in the city centre and follows Oriental and Evan’s Bays to Kilbirnie Park. The Half Marathon continues on around the Miramar Peninsula where it hugs the shoreline, before returning to the finish at Kilbirnie Park.

 

The fun run is in its 14th year, with the half marathon available for the fourth year. In 2011 a record 11,100 people took part, with 9,500 in the 7km event and 1,500 in the half marathon. Live music, food stalls, spot prizes and massage tents at the finish add to the festival atmosphere and free buses then shuttle participants back to the city, although many opt to walk back around the bays, such is the beauty of the scenery.

Next event date:

26 February 2012

 

Registrations open late October 2012

 

www.wellingtonroundthebays.co.nz

 

Cycling has become one of the most popular means in transport in recent years with the media creating scares about global warming and making us all focus on reducing our carbon footprint, as well as the economy taking a nose dive and petrol prices heading in the opposite direction. Apart from the practical use of the bike, recreationally it has also taken an upturn.

 

Cycling is one leg of the internationally popular triathlon events where training is a must to optimise performance and timing. Computerised training programmes are a helpful start when training for your next race. It requires some time and commitment to key in the facts and figures, and more importantly the numbers relating to timing, but once this is done, the programme will plot a graph to show easy identification of training strengths and weaknesses. The downside of the computerised training programme is that it is designed based on average ability, so should be used bearing this in mind. Perhaps a more accurate method of measuring performance is the cycle computer which is efficient at calculating distance, speed, cadence and elapsed time.

 

Many professional cyclists favour bike weights which can be attached to a bike during training to help with improving ability to cope with resistance.

These are removed for the race which gives the cyclist the feeling of lightness and increased speed as a result.

 

Climbing hills is also good resistance training and is good for mental preparation for races. Best combined with spinning at the gym to improve stamina.

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