We've been following her transition from Ironman to ultra runner, and it is now just two days until Penny Comins takes on her 85km test at the Tarawera Ultra Marathon in New Zealand. She's calming her nerves by enjoying all of the pre-race activities and meeting ultra running legends...
After a hectic year which included Ironman South Africa, Norseman and Kona, Penny Comins looked set to keep up with the endurance challenges when she set herself a challenge of the Manaslu Mountain Trail Race- as part of a qualification route for the infamous Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc. Could she keep it going? No!
Following a busy year which has included Norseman and Ironman Hawaii in her last blog. Penny Comins revealed that her next challenge was a 216 kilometre ultra with over 14 kilometres of climbing involved at over 3,500 meters of altitude.
With only three weeks to go now until Kona, Penny Comins is still "sweating in Thailand" in preparation for her first Ironman World Championship appearance. Thankfully, the surroundings of Thanyapura (www.thanyapura.com) mean she is surrounded by plenty of experience to ask questions all while dodging typhoons...
She should have no excuses on the big Island-having just completed week one of three weeks at the Thanyapura Sports Centre (www.thanyapura.com) in Thailand. She arrived, her bike arrived...unfortunately her luggage took a detour! Here is her first update from Thailand.
Penny Comins reports from her Thursday in Eidfjord- just two days before she takes on the infamous Norseman (www.nxtri.com). She was 'nervous in Norway' yesterday, and not too much has changed today!
While Kona may be the ultimate goal. I think you'll forgive Penny Comins for having that as the last thing on her mind right now. 'Dig me' beach will come certainly in October, but right now, everything is focussed on the small task of conquering the Norseman this weekend. "Nervous in Norway" just about sums it up.