Hi, my name is Te Kawa Robb. I'm a 32 yo Male, born and bred in Wellington and my whanau are from the Bay of Plenty. I'm a passionate outdoor enthusiast, triathlete, environmentalist and coffee addict.
What do you do?
When I'm not exercising my right to be outdoors and running on a trail or swimming in a pool somewhere, I am the Operations and Marketing Manager for Mojo Coffee. Aside from providing me with an endless supply of coffee, I love being around people, being super creative in my role, mentoring staff and managers and exercising my brain as much as my body.
Tell us about your favourite runs.
In Wellington it's hard to beat Skyline trail on a cool, crisp and calm Wellington morning. Sadly, that's pretty rare. While I was based in southern Germany a number of years ago, there were these amazing running trails round the small country town of Sigmaringen - they were perfectly groomed, deliciously undulating and seemingly endless - you seriously could have spent all day running and never crossed your tracks once. Closer to home though, I love the Redwood forests in Rotorua and barefoot running the black sand beaches of the west coast near Raglan.
Your favourite food
Coffee isn't a food, so I'm going to go with the next best thing; chocolate. And also pizza, which apparently is a vegetable.
Consistency - you simply have to just keep at it, and the results will come, no matter how great or small they are.
If it's a 7 am start, I'm up at 4 am for a meal, a very light yoga stretch and meditation, and then back to bed for 45 mins - that extra little power nap will always re-set the brain and body if you've had a poor sleep, nightmares or you're in a bad place mentally. Right before the race, I close my eyes and visualise my game-plan for the race.
Favourite song to listen to while running?
I have a couple of fire-up song, like The Pretender by Foo Fighters, but for a whole album or style, I really enjoy Eddie Vedder's (of Pearl Jam) solo and acoustic stuff.
How did you get hooked on running?
I've always been active as a kid and loved going on adventures. My parents always supported us kids to play sport and encouraged our adventurous nature, so running was so normal for us. Dad was a typical white singlet and trainers runner from the 70's and 80's and I distinctly remember him coming home beaming with joy after a run. I was never a sole runner, but always ran as a result of training for other sports, like football, rowing and (strangely) underwater hockey.
Anything else you would like to share?
I also coach a number of athletes, work and volunteer for three charities (all outdoor related) and I really can't wait to race this event! I've always loved outdoors and trail running, and much prefer the longer distances where my solid diesel engine can really come into it's own.
Te Kawa Robb