I am an Auckland based Professional Half-Ironman Triathlete, and a Pilates Instructor. I came into the sport of Triathlon rather late in the game from a running background. I raced cross country, track and marathons and spent 6 years living in Gunnison Colorado firstly on an athletic scholarship at Western State University then racing marathons on the elite road racing circuit.
Through frustrations of injury I moved back to NZ and decided to give triathlon a go. I wasn't a great swimmer and I had to learn how to ride a bike and at that stage wasn't allowed to run as I was getting over an injury, so of course I decided to start training for the NZ Ironman!
I had my first ride on a borrowed bike, in borrowed kit and shoes that were too big for me in June and then raced the Taupo Ironman the following March. It was a massive eye opener to endurance sport, with particular highlights been my rather impressive crowd silencing power chucking episode along with my picnic/meltdown on the side of the road with the Saint Johns Ambulance Worker!
Needless to say it wasn't the “fairytale fall in love with Ironman can't wait to do another one affair” and I didn’t rush back to the full Ironman distance! but it did ignite my passion for the sport of Triathlon and from there I have trained for and raced the Half Ironman both nationally and internationally. I am currently training with my Boulder Based coach Michael Lovato as part of the Lovato Performance Team.
The two things that impress me the most about Hoka One One Shoes (specifically the Clifton 2) is firstly the amount of spring and responsiveness of the shoe despite the fact that you have ample cushioning in forefoot. I am a mid foot striker and I am pretty hard on my shoes so I like a decent amount of cushioning in the mid to forefoot area of a shoe. In the past I have had to compromise between getting that cushioning but sacrificing the lightness or responsiveness of the shoe. The Clifton 2 gives you both.
Secondly even though the shoe provides the forefoot cushioning it still has a great underfoot feel. Running in the Clifton, my feet feel super light, and cushioned yet I still have the feel of the under foot terrain so I feel very agile in my footing. Where I have noticed the impact of the shoe the most is running off the bike when my legs are feeling the heaviest and dead. The Hoka One One shoes give you that feeling of spring and lightness and the combination of the cushioning and responsiveness helps reduce the impact of the loading on your legs, helping you to keep moving forward. Honestly these shoe Rock!!