IRONMAN 70.3 Taupo

IRONMAN 70.3 Taupo

Taupo, New Zealand Dez 7, 2019

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Hawera man inspired by love for kids to lose 40kg

Hawera man inspired by love for kids to lose 40kg

Brad Kempton

4 December 2018

IRONMAN 70.3 Taupo competitor's amazing weight loss inspired by love for kids.

Hawera’s Brad Kempton knew something had to change, if not for him, then for his kids. Six years ago, the then 31-year-old was a hefty 134kg and realized he could not continue to live this way, but more importantly and more urgently, this was no way to show love for his kids.

On Saturday he will take part in IRONMAN 70.3 Taupo as a testament to that hard work and take another big step towards a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle.

“I realized that this was not a sustainable way to live and no way to show my kids that I love them.  I started losing weight through counting calories and lost 40kg in 40 weeks.

“I freely admit being a food addict, that is how I got to the weight I was. What I have done is substitute one addition for another, now it is mentally and physically challenging myself to do bigger and better things.”

Losing the weight was great, but while lighter, Kempton realized he wasn’t necessarily any fitter.

“I did bootcamps for a while, but my knees didn't enjoy them.  A mate suggested I take up cycling and I have competed in a number of cycling events including around Taupo and loved them all!  Someone then asked me if I would consider triathlons. I tried a couple and really enjoyed the multiple disciplines so started looking for my next challenge.

“I started doing some triathlon events through IRON Maori here in Taranaki. I did some small events with them and Taranaki Toa, and it was around then that my mate Glenn Moriarty said he was going to do the Taupo 70.3, and here we both are a few days out from the race.”

The 37-year-old says it was a family history on both sides that jolted him into changing his lifestyle and risk of illness, not only for him, but for the impact he might have on his three teenage children.

“I woke up at the age of 31 when my father in law passed away very young from obesity related complications and I saw the impact that had on my wife Pania. I thought I was heading the same way, both my grandfathers passed away form heart attacks and while I can’t control that outcome, I can control what I put in my body.

“I want to hang around to annoy my kids for as long as possible, but it is also a testament to how much I love them. If I am not willing to invest in myself, then how much do I live my kids?

“I have never challenged them to get involved, but they are my biggest supporters and ask questions about the events and the nutrition related to the events and my training. Being that inspiration for my kids is one of the things when I am out training in the cold and wet that helps me keep going.”

A member of the HR team at Fonterra, Brad is looking forward to sharing the weekend with Pania supporting him throughout, and with Glenn also out on the course, but describes a community effort in supporting his training and progression towards Saturday.

“I couldn’t have done this without Pania, the time training and away from home makes it just as much her achievement as it is mine. Ki Whanau, the little gym up here that started on the back of the IRON Maori movement has also been influential, I had not been in the pool for 25 years and while I am not quick, I am keeping my head above water and not drowning!

“Glenn and I will both be looking to do our best on the day. We are telling each other we are not going to be competitive with each other on the day, but it would be nice if we were to finish reasonably close to each other.”