I’ve known Nikki Kaye for about a decade. But not well enough.
On budget night she challenged me to race around Taupo during the Challenge in November.
I do a bit of biking. I’ve done Taupo four times mostly taking between 5.31 and 5.36. Over 6.20 first attempt. Ok for my age.
I looked at Nikki. She’s young, looks pretty good but didn’t impress me as a finely tuned athlete. I accepted her challenge.
How wrong I was. Nikki did the coast to coast last year. Not as part of a team but as an individual. And she was only one off a top 50 finish.
Experts tell me that it is the equivalent of a 4.45 Taupo. My limit would be around 5.15 if training went well and conditions on the day were great.
I haven’t quite given up but I think I am relying on Nikki understanding that to retain her seat she is going to have to use all her spare time door knocking starting now and only getting the bike out in late November.
In fact I think the chances of me beating her and her retaining the seat are about the same. So if iPredict offers odds on me that are below 10c then I might have a flutter.