I’m heading up also just to do the bike leg as part of a team. I did a 2:34 bike last year when I did the entire thing, first crack at that distance. I had no power, no idea how to pace the bike and no idea what training zones were.
What a year or TrainerRoad, this forum and podcasts etc does to your knowledge, feeling confident for a 2:20-2:25.
Recently did an aqua bike and held 0.84 IF for three hours 112km so hoping to put in a great bike leg for my team.
The water is beautiful in Taupo. Very clear and because you stay close to the shore it’s quite shallow you can see the bottom the entire swim. Can’t comment on water temperature, it’s always a shock to the system anytime!