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Third place and a different feeling

Came third in the triathlon. First time I’ve won an award for sport since playing waterpolo more than ten years ago. What an effort. To be honest, I could have done it a little bit faster though, with more preparation. Had I not prioritized work so much.

I hadn’t been in the water during a triathlon in a while, and this time as it was a relay, our team started with the third wave. I managed to get the fastest time for the swim, just. There was another swimmer on my tail the whole time, it was quite a good fight right to the end. But, I knew I had it in me to win, it was a different feeling today. It’s like I knew I was going to win. Well, I did, and it was really fun!

I sprinted at the start to gain position, but soon caught up to the second wave. I had to swim through and around a whole lot of people. Thankfully the second lap was much clearer, and I think I made some time then.

Next time, I’m going to train at least three times a week, and will include time trials, or at least a competition distance practice much more often.

A reminder for next time, the prize giving for the relay is right at the end, about 90 minutes after it starts.

Tim Bunting Kiwi Yamabushi


Hi, I’m Tim Bunting AKA the Kiwi Yamabushi, a New Zealander who became a Yamabushi Ascetic in the Dewa Sanzan mountains of north Japan. I’m part of the Yamabushido team, and we host life-altering Yamabushi training on the Dewa Sanzan (website link). People come to us for the ultimate mindfulness experience, to reach the next level, or simply connect with nature and themselves.

I’m on a mission to summit all 100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata Prefecture to spread the splendour of this fabulous location, and in dedication to all those who lost their lives out in nature, including my father.

On my daily blog I post thoughts of a practicing Yamabushi that I hope people can use to better themselves and live as fulfilling a life as possible.

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