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About Lardman

"Lardman" (aka Jose Luis Fowler) is a 45 year old businessman, who runs and owns one of Aucklands premier computer development companies ( Four Acres Limited ) and he is rarely away from his computer desk. "Lardman" is happily married to Sally, his wife of 15 years and they have three children, George (13), Estafana (11) and Prudence (8). Sally is a keen runner herself and is often found pounding the pavements of Mt.Eden having herself ran 3 marathons in the last twelve months. "Lardman" is also the inspiration behind his wife's catering business "Cook at Home Paella" "Lardman" is an Auckland Rugby Referee, so supplements his training running up and down the pitch after Rugby Players. "Lardman" is also currently chairperson of the Eden Park Residents Association so with the RWC2011 and the developments at Eden Park he is kept busy during what little spare time he has. "Lardman" was born in Meriden, England (the heart of England, middle of The Midlands and the furthest point away from the sea) on 7th November 1965 and migrated to New Zealand with his family in December 1999 as has never looked back. The entire family are now NZ citizens and regard New Zealand as their home. "Lardman" had never participated in a Multi-Sport event before and since running a marathon in 1982 had not ran any significant distance, but is nevertheless looks forward to a challenge.

Story of how not to be a good support crew!

You have to laugh (well I did see the funny side eventually).  I went for a ride on the course with my Father who’s now in his 70’s in the support car.  The plan was he was to drive ahead of … Continue reading

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Tour of the Bike Course

Some great photos of the bike course, the first one is the sea at Club Santa which is on the other side of the island where Registration, Carbo and Awards parties take place, no wonder they don’t do the swim here.  One … Continue reading

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Remember Ironman doesn’t have to be serious

Whilst checking out the start/finish area yesterday, I found a place called “Monica MM Nite Club, Topless & Striptease Bar”.  Now at Kona the thought of a Corona at the Seven-Eleven by the finish kept me going, but surely this … Continue reading

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The rain in Spain falls mainly on the Plane – Yeh Right !!

Rode the run course and a bit of the bike course and got absolutely soaked.  Thunderstorms hit Lanzarotte.  Roads were very slippy, so cut short the ride.  Was going to drive the bike course today, but think I’ll delay plans … Continue reading

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The Swim Course in Panorama Vision

Walked on the sand and burnt my feet to  bring you this photo of the swim course.  Basically we swim from the end of the beach in the distance to about 100m from where I am standing and back again … Continue reading

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Ngāpuhi Warrior on Run Course

Got up nice and early and did another lovely swim, this time over a few reefs with some beautiful fish.  My parents flew in from Spain and my Dad who’s now well into his 70’s is a great bag looker … Continue reading

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First Swim in the Atlantic Ocean

Once the midday heat was over I thought it was time to get a swim in. So off I went in my swimsuit at took a dip in the Atlantic. The swim course is a two lap course and the … Continue reading

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