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  2. Where are Hiro wheels from? China?
  3. Next Schapelle will be doing Kona. Professional wrestling on TV. Don't you mean professional acting!
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  5. Sorry, I should have put my smiley face at the end of it. I knew you were kidding, and mine was in jest as well. FYI - It chewed me up & spat me out, and I trained harder than ever right through winter.
  6. Oh yeah, the last 26km of that race fkn destroyed me mentally. I blame you guys for telling me to enjoy myself before the race started. Next time I'll save the beers and countless seafood chowder in bread bowls till after the race... Where has the sense of humour gone from people on this website ;-)
  7. Actually I work Fly In / Fly Out at a mine near Wiluna. There have been some huge improvements in Wiluna over the last few years - new school, new hospital, new police station. However there are area's that sadly look like a third world country and I would not feel safe walking through at night. Working at an underground mine may skew my perception of safety.
  8. From Ironman: Mens: Defending IRONMAN Cairns champion Tim Van Berkel and last year’s runner up and current IRONMAN Australia champion David Dellow head up the aussie contingent but they will have their work cut out against the Kiwi raiders, legend Cameron Brown, his heir apparent Braden Currie and Canadian Jeffery Symonds. Tim Van Berkel had a slow start to his year with a 6th at IRONMAN 70.3 Subic Bay, 5th at IRONMAN 70.3 Taiwan before he finally got his swim right and found form winning IRONMAN 70.3 Vietnam in early May. Cairns has always been a happy hunting ground for Aussie Tim van Berkel who is in form and keen to add the Asia-Pacific Championship to his resume. “I love racing in Cairns and it has always been a great experience with a 3rd in 2011, 2nd in 2013 and 2014 and finally the win last year. That is not too bad,” he said with a smile. “The rolling hills and wind on the bike make it a tough course but the beautiful coastline and the spectacular view make it a stunning a place to hurt.” “I was proud to have the IRONMAN Cairns title for the year but the race has even more prestige now it is IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship. It is one of two major races that I'm aiming for this year. Defending a title is hard and I need a top three to get back to Kona.” Fresh from his victory at IRONMAN Australia, David Dellow is finding form at the perfect time to light it up in Cairns. “On reflection I was pretty disappointed with my race in 2016, this year I will be aiming to go one better. I've place 3rd (Melbourne) and 2nd (Cairns) at previous Asia-Pacific championships so it's a title I badly want this year. I only need a minor placing to qualify for Kona but I'll be doing everything I can to win. Having the Australian and the Asia-Pacific titles at once would be nice,” Dellow said. Kiwi IRONMAN legend Cameron Brown is living proof that you can get better with age and he will be calling on all his experience to knock off the aussies and regain his position as the #1 Kiwi. “This will be my fifth appearance at Ironman Cairns, I always enjoying enjoy escaping the NZ winter and heading over to warm sunshine. The course is tough and the swim is always rough with the winds blowing into Palm Beach. The ride is a fast one but again the wind can prevail with a headwind all the way down the coast from Port Douglas to Cairns. If there is no wind then expect fast times, if not it will be a challenging end to the bike.” “The run course is pretty straight forward and pretty quick as long as the heat stays away, Winning in 2014 and running with Tim Berkel for the first part of the race is still a great memory and one I'd love to repeat. I'd love to be up front again but it's not going to be easy with a great field starting in 2017,” he said. Three-time Coast to Coast champion Braden Currie is one of New Zealand’s most well-known multisport athletes but it is his recent win at IRONMAN New Zealand really set the tongues wagging. IRONMAN rookie Currie arrives in Cairns with nothing to lose and everything to gain. “New Zealand was my first, so I am new to IRONMAN but I did race Cairns 70.3 many years ago. Someone accidentally took my shoes in the bike/run transition and it took me 15 minutes to track them down. I ended up sixth and while it wasn’t the best racing experience I loved the course and it was just unlucky about the shoes. I am looking forward to heading back to Cairns as I’ve spent many weeks/months training in the area and really enjoy the climate.” “Ironman NZ was a great experience for me, but I didn’t have any expectations there. Mostly I’m looking forward to see if I can push my body a bit further at Cairns. I haven’t got a specific goal but I am looking to race the event from start to finish and see what I can do. It is pretty important for me because I need to earn extra points to guarantee I qualify for Kona and it is the only other IRONMAN event I have on my calendar,” Currie said. Womens Heading up the strong pro women’s field are USA’s Sarah Piampiano and Danish athlete Tine Holst making their Tropical North Queensland debuts and local Sarah Crowley keen to improve on her third place in 2016. Fresh from two podium finishes at IRONMAN 70.3 Santa Rosa and Peru, Piampiano is keen to make use of her strong earlier season form and go one step further and take home the coveted IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship. “I feel great about my preparation for Cairns. My build from the beginning of the season has gone very smoothly and I feel like I am coming into the right fitness at the right time. I feel really strong and ready to go. This will be my first time racing in Cairns, so I've not had the opportunity to experience the course first hand, though I will be arriving ten days early to be able to train on the course and learn its nuances.” “I have heard amazing things about the course, the crowds and how the event is put on. I've raced in Melbourne and multiple times in Western Australia, but never in Queensland and so many people have told me that Ironman Cairns is one of their favourite Ironman races on the circuit. So I am really excited to experience it for myself.” “Next to the World Championships in Kona this is my biggest and most important race of the year. All my training and races I have done thus far this season have been with this race in mind and building towards the Asia Pacific Champs, so this is a big one for me. I've heard such great things about the area that I cannot wait to race there,” Piampiano said. For Brisbane based Sarah Crowley, the Cairns Airport IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship Cairns is her home race and she is keen to unleash her new swim leg to put herself in the mix from the gun. “I started working with Cam Watt from TriSutto at the start of last year and we set some goals for my swim. We saw some progress late last year, winning the IRONMAN 70.3 Middle East Bahrain but after IRONMAN 70.3 Geelong we decided to stop racing for the lead up to IRONMAN Cairns and go away and get even stronger at swimming and also shed some kilos.” “In the lead up for this race, I have raced the Jewel Gold Coast Luke Harrop Memorial and the Noumea International Olympic Triathlon purely to test my swim among world class swimmers. It is remarkable the impact the swim improvement has had on my racing and I am very excited to utilise it at IRONMAN Cairns. I have always been in the mix on the bike and run but coming out of the water at the front of the field is a game changer.” If local knowledge counts for anything, Crowley is in good shape to make 2017 her year. “I have raced either the 70.3 or IM at Cairns every year since 2012 when I won the 70.3 title. I received a boomerang with a note that has been willing me back. So I have a lot of experience on this course, all versions of it. The event has mixed weather and the heat and humidity cannot be underestimated on the run, nor can the winds or the potential for afternoon rain on the bike. Conditions are always tough which makes for a good battle.” “I am just loving triathlon at the moment and am really just keen to race. I certainly have my mojo back at the level I had when I was racing ITU pre 2010. I am loving being back in real shape and I would be super satisfied if I could just accurately execute the plan Cam gives me for the race,” Crowley said. Denmark’s Tine Holst has been rebuilding after withdrawing from her defence of IRONMAN Lanzarote with the flu. Rested up and back in training, she is ready to give it everything on debut in Cairns. "It's my first time racing Cairns and I'm looking so much forward to this race. I have heard it is called IRONMAN in paradise and a must do IRONMAN, so I'm really happy to finally make it to Cairns.” “Championship races always have a great line up, so I am hoping for a brilliant race day where everything falls perfectly together and my good training build will show off on race day." Further information contact: Noel McMahon, Ironman Media Manager (Oceania) +61 455 091 476, noel.mcmahon@ironman.com Cairns Airport IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship Cairns is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland as part of the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar. Queensland, just the place to experience Australia’s best live events.
  9. She is out of ICU and in a ward. Neurologists are amazed at the recovery. No memory of last week and can't process new memories as yet. Big relief tears right now. Very happy. I have been in touch with her brother about a possible visit on the weekend. Baby steps, but it's a start. Thanks all for the messages and support. You are bloody legendary. Cheers Sam
  10. Kona likes chewing up & spitting out those with that attitude.
  11. Oh, on this topic twits is like a disagreement between the five families. There's been a bit of action. The moderator had been binning people this week for using the C word! As you have said Pete. 25 min improvement is "IMPRESSIVE". His bike time is similarly "Impressive". And when I said that things didn't quite add up on this WR performance, it's simply that. There's been no indication from his recent performances that he was capable of going this quick. But that's ok, maybe he had an on day, everything came together and he has produced that once in a lifetime performance.
  12. Good to see a guy that has done time for not complying with the doping regime holds the record. Great story of redemption. Great to see miracles happen. Great day for the sport. Anyway, the professional wrestling is on the TV, gotta go.
  13. .....or chickens legs ?
  14. Any tricks when going up/down hills? Have tried lots of tiny quick steps, is this the best method?
  15. I just noticed you live in Wiluna. I just spent a week out that way, no wonder you think Brazil is safe
  16. You've already KQ. Why do you need to do anything after that?
  17. Yeah, but if you KQ, you'll need to buy armwarmers anyway. Unless you plan on doing nothing till October.
  18. Cause if you do cairns you need gloves and arm warmers but if you only train to port you won't need any winter gear. It's a known fact the cold always comes a week after Port.
  19. The last 3 years the winner has ridden away from a pack, though Tim did it a lot better than any of the previous years. Interestingly last year's winner was a DNF this year. I wonder if, as soon as he saw Tim get away, knew the race was over due to his experience behind the moto last year.
  20. I think it really is just a matter of learning what 4min/km feels like, if that's the pace you want. Do it a lot in training, just in shorter reps. I did a hell of a lot of running years back, so when I started again as an old fart, and decided I was going to run a 40min 10km, I made sure I knew what it felt like to run at that pace. When the day came, I did the first 1km in 3:58. By 8km I was only 5sec up on pace, which was exactly where I wanted to be. If you know how it feels, you can run at the right pace.
  21. Hang on. You're telling me that Cairns has more slots, an easier course and less competition? Why am I trying to get a spot at Port? I'm such a dullard.
  22. There are 6 other guys I'd believe should break that WR and Tim wasn't in the list. I see lots of people calling for the Power Data to see how real his time was. And I haven't even looked at Twits. Just FB. Averaging over 44km/hr for 180k and then running a 2:45 off the bike is "IMPRESSIVE"
  23. My understanding and I am happy to be corrected is that if they came to your door and rang the door bell, They also try and call your mobile and other contact numbers. If you had missed calls or they could prove they let it ring for 30 seconds and left a voicemail after ringing the doorbell, then they have tried. It's once again ONE HOUR. Update your blog. Read FB. Watch TV. Just have your phone next to you. Missing one, I totally understand. Missing 3 in 18 months especially when some Pro Ironman athletes say they haven't been tested in over a year, is bullshit. It should be longer than 3 months for 3 missed. Maybe they need to leave cards like australia post do if they have missed each other and you have 4 hours to call them before recording a miss. BTW I still think Tim Don having an improvement of over 25 minutes is "IMPRESSIVE". Especially breaking the Ironman World Record.
  24. I’m not sure why pacing is so hard, I’ve struggling with it in the past, I’ve improved this season and have got close to negatively splitting some runs, whereas previously I would have gone out way too hard and blown up. Silly really when there is nothing in my training to suggest I can hold 3.40 pace for 10km yet that’s how fast I’m running my first km in? Ego, stubbornness, inflated sense of ability? Probably, for me, a combination of all three. It is hard to hold back when every man and his dog goes flying past you, but I’ve figured that a good % of the field in most races can’t pace well, you’ll inevitably catch most of them. I’d suggest doing a few 3km TTs, get the pacing right for that first, so for you 4.20 pace. Work on speeding up as you go, 4.23, 4.20, 4.18… I don’t like to be a slave to technology, but sometimes at the start of the race you can be running at what you think is a reasonable pace, but is actually much faster, so I’m really anal that first 1km or so at keeping an eye on my current pace. I know what I need to be running and that’s what I’ll stick to, no matter how good I feel (at least for the first 2 – 3kms). For me I like to win, get a pb, but it’s equally, or more, important to correctly execute a race plan, especially with a 70.3 where there are many things to consider and a lot of things that can go wrong. It surprises me how many seasoned triathletes blow races through incorrect pacing. Why are you riding at 40km/hr when you can’t even maintain that in training with a group?? They complain in the finishers tent about how they overcooked the bike and then go and do exactly the same thing next race… So for your next 5km, get a realistic idea of how fast you want to run, figure out how fast your km splits need to be (or 400m splits), especially for those first 3kms and stick to that race plan. That is your goal, to execute your race plan, not get a PB or place, don’t worry about that. Take what I say with a pinch of salt though, I’m not in the same league as Ruley, that’s just my $0.02. What works for me, might not work for you.
  25. Bunch of pretty darn dumb humans then, if 300 missed tests. Why give a time when you could be anywhere, they can be tested from 6am and last hour slot is 10pm. Smart idea would be to put a time at the extreme ends of the slots so you are home not when you could be out and about. The problem with doing that is they would be there for the testing though. Dodgy times of day, when they could be out and about, is more likely for avoidance reasons in my opinion.
  26. Yeah I don't know. Mo Farah was down as missing a test as he didn't hear a door bell, Rio Ferdinand, who had never missed a test in 10 years, missed one as he forgot the tester was coming round and went shopping with the missus. Christine Ohuruogu, was punished even though the Flint committee accepted she was guilty only of "forgetfulness". On the occasion of the third missed test, she failed to notify testers of a switch of training venue to Crystal Palace when she discovered her usual base at Mile End Stadium was hosting a school sports day. It's all very well saying you will be in this location at this time of the day, sounds straight forward, but sometimes things go wrong. I know they are pros, but they're also human.
  27. British Cycling have been more focused on the incremental gains & 1%ers than actually worrying about something as menial as rules. How the hell would they be able to keep details like this if they can't even remember why they were sending Fluimucil in a jiffy bag from England to France (where it is available over the counter) to one of their riders, and then can't say for sure if that actually is what the drug was.
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