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  1. 18 points
    I think I am probably the oldest regular poster on this site who is still competing, for me the "secret" if there is one is to mix with younger people, still do what you enjoy doing, stick with people you can laugh a lot with. I have worked with a bunch of miserable old pricks when I was in my early twenties, and I can tell you misery is contagious. I think I needed to work with them to learn that lesson early in life. Since moving on from there I have always employed fun people, surrounded myself with fun people, people who enjoy life. As far as peerformance goes I accept that I no longer finish an Ironman in the daylight, on average I have lost 7min per year in my Ironman time over the past 20yrs. I believe staying healthy is heavily dependant on the company you keep, the diet you consume, and doing some exercise every day. The exercise has to be fun, you have to enjoy what you do. Accept that your goals and interests will change, but again they're influenced by the company you keep. Humans are basically pack animals, choose your tribe carefully 😏
  2. 10 points
    Can't give too many details, but my wife & her boss are helping a family of political asylum seekers settle in our town (and trust me, they need it - the husband who was in the Govt (right at the top) is dying has already been jailed in his country for trying to expose Govt corruption and worse). They have 5 kids & the girls have found them a house, furniture including stuff donated by Vinnies & the Salvos, her boss has spent $500 of her own money getting them things. The husband won't last very long he is so ill, but just wants to see his family settled safely here. Hopefully he'll live past tomorrow to see that.
  3. 9 points
    Great day weatherwise and everyone seemed in good spirits. The day was about consistent pacing through the bike and the run, and happy with the outcome. Swim - Starting in the 2nd last wave, is always a challenge having to navigate around the slower portions of previous age groups and it ceases to amaze me that people can zig zag the amount they do. Ended with a swim time of 31:53 when it would normally be 29-29 so I think the course was a little long. Bike - I recently have worn my roadie shoes on the ride due to the comfort factor, however the wire tightener came off its guide and I couldn't tighten the shoe. After a couple of mins trying I gave up and rode with a loose shoe. Settling into a rhythm was fairly easy albeit not quite sure what power to ride at. In the last 3 weeks the PM (stages) has calibrated differently to what it has for the last 12 months (normally 851, the closest I could get was 843) this meant the power number was displaying higher than expected. I know last year I rode just shy of 38kmh and this year was the same target, so just used a combination of speed and hr to settle on a wattage. Lap 1 was pretty uneventful, lap 2 was mentally a little tougher with a few extra riders in the sprint causing a some challenges in that they would ride hard, pass then sit up, and I'd have to go back around. Lap 3 fairly boring, with very few riders let in sight (top riders in the earlier age groups were well up the road and I had passed the back markers. My Garmin watch also froze on me from a display perspective, it was beeping away on the bike, however the display wasn't showing any splits, hr, power etc...... Having tried a few times to reset it, I couldn't even power it down. This was going to make the run interesting without any splits or pacing to look at. 2:19:43 - My first sub 2:20 with last year at 2:22. Run Eased out of transition and just worked on finding a nice cadence. The run for me is always me weakest leg, and today I had set my mind at trying to go 1:40 and not stop along the way (aid stations / toilets). Today without the benefit of the pace, as people started to pass me I would ask them what pace they were running and try and correlate that to what I was doing. At the end of the 1st lap I asked someone the time of the day, so I could work out how long I had to make it home on my target. Quick calculation saw that I was pretty much on track. Focused on keeping a good cadence and body position, and then at the far turnaround tried to pick up the pace a little. Finished well, happy with my efforts and crossed the line with a time of 4:37:07 a couple of minutes under my pb (4:40). Unfortunately I had a guy pass me at St Kilda baths who must have been in my age group (his race number was not in the same range) and he took the final podium position from me by 20sec, disappointing but realistically I probably couldn't have gone with him anyway. Great day out in the sunshine and some good racing all round. Now to recover and get ready for Port Mac. Stephen
  4. 9 points
    Questioning others priorities is one of the things that has always pissed me off about triathlon and triathletes. In the cold hard light of day we all know that 99% of the time, the result is a reflection of the time and effort put into the training and if you own that and are happy with that then that is all that matters. Sure, if you don't train and complain about the result then you are a goose, but apart from that, live and let live. If winning plastic trophies is important to you, then great, knock yourself out.
  5. 8 points
    I hope this one doesn't degenerate into an argument over commitment levels and family values, it is pretty well common sense but so many get it wrong on race day Training tip # 5 Race day feeding, trust your intuition. In half Ironman and full Ironman races, a huge percentage of disappointments can be avoided. How often do we talk to people who’s training suggested they were set for a great race, then on race day they had gut issues, or simply run out of legs in the run. Over feeding and under hydrating has ruined so many good races. We all know that training consistently to a gradually increasing plan, in each of the three sports will set us up for a good race. The people who swim well, swim often – the people who ride well, ride often – and the people who run well run often. But there are so many possible traps to cause us to undermine our expected performance. Most of us who are training for a half Ironman or a full Ironman race will put aside 12-16 weeks to prepare for it. I suggest 16 weeks is an ideal time to allow. In that 16 weeks assuming that the last 2 weeks are freshening up / taper weeks, it leaves us with 14 weekend opportunities to get our feeding right. We have the opportunity to rehearse our feeding plan in all sorts of workouts. Most Ironman run performances are limited by the stomach’s ability to absorb nutrients. It’s a big day of work. To do a big day of work, no matter what it is whether it’s laying bricks or swimming the English Channel, it has to start with a good breakfast. Practice our race day breakfast several times each week. Get it right, this is the foundation for your race. For most it needs to be a balance of protein, carbs and fat, to keep our blood sugar levels stable up to start time. We need to be aware of starting our bigger workouts and race days, fully hydrated. In cooler weather we may not be drinking enough through the previous day and start a workout under hydrated. I get the guys in my squad to weigh themselves before training and after the bike and again after the run, in test workouts. Most of the daily fluctuations in body weight are due to fluid levels. If we drop as little as 2kg on the bike we can seriously suffer later in the run, once you start running you can’t absorb enough fluid to “catch up” to where you should be. But the important figure is the percentage of your body weight that’s been lost, not just the kilos. 2% or more is troublesome. With our fuel intake, what we have for breakfast has to suit you, not necessarily what suits someone else. What you have during your workout needs to suit you, your gut. There are so many different gels and drinks on the market. Test – rehearse – test – rehearse – test – rehearse – you have lots of time, get it right, be aware of the type of sugar in the gel or drink. I have tested products with the following sugars, sucrose, maltodextrin, Birch Xylotol, D-ribose, dextrose, sucralose, honey, glucose – of this list four of them don’t suit my gut. Often people have had a bad race because they have used a product with one of these sugars in it that doesn’t suit them. When you try different products in your rehearsals be aware of how you feel right after having it. Your intuition will tell you right away, if it feels right, it generally is right. Base your race day feeding on your rehearsals.
  6. 8 points
    Well, I've had an interesting start to the year. Had a pretty down time a month after the strokes where my shrink was pretty worried about me, to my last appointment where she couldn't believe the difference - she said it's the first time she's seen me smiling. My trial of strattera for my add has seen it slowly increasing, and after a few weeks on the new dosage I think I've been finding it working. And it's really weird! I've been on ritalin before, over a decade ago, and I think it was effective but I didn't like the feeling on it. I think there was a kind of rush to me. This stuff is a non-stimulant, but supposedly not quite as effective. The last two weeks at work have I think been some, if not by far my most productive weeks at work. Time didn't feel like it was dragging by and I still felt the usual pull of distractions but kinda didn't care about them. It might sound silly to many saying this, but is this what it's like for normal people? I mean, sometimes a distraction would be just that, but it didn't last as long. And jobs that I usually find dull and boring were much less so. I worked Sunday week ago and got the same amount of work done that day as was taking me two, and it didn't feel like an effort. The big thing was not feeling like a was rushed, on the go, like I did on ritalin. I thought this stuff a week ago, but wanted another week to see if it was still happening. And it seems to be so. I hope I'm not blowing it by being so excited by this. But it so frustrating to be like this, and spend sooooooo much time at work for what often feels like a waste! I've been getting into my yoga, doing several sessions a week plus a mindfulness session. And some Les Mills body balance sessions which have actually been fun. Otherwise just doing easy sessions so far. It hasn't sparked me to get into meditation and mindfulness properly yet. Maybe once I'm a bit better and more comfortable with it that will happen. It's still a bit of hard work. I can tell I'm slightly more flexible though. Tuesday I get to swallow an ultrasound camera or something to get a better look at the hole thingy in my heart. That sounds like fun.......
  7. 8 points
    On the whole I coped with it pretty well. Though I didn't perform quite as well as I had in Kona the previous year, and in retrospect I went into Kona a little over-raced. The effects of over-racing really became apparent the following Saturday when I ran the Royal National Park 50 Mile and felt obviously fatigued and struggled throughout much of the race. I had a couple of weekends off racing before the MMM and that was all I needed. It was my most satisfying IM of the year (NZ, Forster, Kona, MMM). I had a consistent cycle backed with a run of around 3:30 which was pretty much my benchmark at the time. The course suited me; climbing and endurance being more critical than raw speed. I think they paid the top 10 or 15 outright, and I finished just outside of that, picking up $300 for taking out M25-29. Not bad for a $190 entry fee. Travel and racing doesn't worry me. I sleep well on planes, I'm flexible with food when abroad, and generally relaxed and comfortable going into races wherever they may be. Many of my best races have been abroad, including my marathon PB in Austria after about 5 weeks of traveling, 100km PB in Japan after 3 weeks of traveling, and half marathon PB in the UK about 2 hours after I stepped off the plane.
  8. 7 points
    Training tip # 4 Learn to recognise quality training, it can save your race. No-one needs to be good at trudging along. To train for a race that will take from 9hrs to 15hrs, for most people, fuel efficiency and endurance are the greatest needs. Sure you need good core strength to hold your posture through the run, especially in an Ironman marathon when you start it already nearly worn out. You need good flexibility and as efficient a swim stroke as you can manage to develop, in order to swim the distance and not come out of the water exhausted. But you will find that the people who swim good times, swim often. I see triathletes too tired to hold their technique together, as a result while they’re driven to get the meters done, they’re gaining nothing. Sometimes it’s time to get out after 800-1,000m. One thousand meters of good swimming is more value than 1,000 good with another 1,000m of sh!t added onto it. With endurance and fuel efficiency as your main requirements, you need to accumulate lots of hours in each sport. There’s no point in dragging your sorry ass through sessions just to build these hours. There’s is no point in practising poor technique in any of the disciplines. You would be training yourself to trudge through the race, instead of racing it. It doesn’t matter what level you are, nine hours or thirteen hours, you can still race the course. The quickest way to cover the distance is with the best technique. Quality training doesn’t mean going flat out. It means doing what you do as well as you can do it. The object is to gain the strength, fitness and/or endurance with the best technique. Training should be practice first, actual training is what happens while you practice the best technique. In a two hour run for instance, if the last half is a survival shuffle, all you’re doing is training yourself to do the survival shuffle. On the other hand if the 2hr run is punctuated every 10min with 20 steps of walking, then each start up is focused on starting with good technique and holding it. The run then becomes twelve short pieces of good quality, rather than one hour of good and one hour of crap. Also an Ironman marathon is generally divided into 2km pieces by the aid stations, so the run/walk approach is training you to run efficiently between aid stations. There are some days when because of outside stresses in your life, you’re just not up to training. It’s important to not make this decision while you’re still laying in bed. Get up, get ready, even start out, sometimes you come good and have a great day. Sometimes you will gain more by going back to bed, if there’s no quality in the workout, there’s no point in wearing out lycra or running shoes. Train for gain, not to make your diary look good.
  9. 7 points
    What or who is 'X'? Lol. You think I need to be more crazy? 🤔 💪 No news yet.... I'm ok with it. I actually took it as a compliment. I know that I am not on the juice, but if people think I could be, shows that I must be doing ok in the racing world. It takes a bit to offend me. Thanks for the love everyone (not sarcastic). (I just didn't post earlier because I spent the afternoon with family, went to bed early, went to the beach this morning and then had visitors.)
  10. 7 points
    Please shut up both of you. It’s annoying.
  11. 7 points
    mortgage free today
  12. 6 points
    Training tip # 3 Don’t be afraid to take a day off when you need one. Following my previous post on discipline, many would think discipline means training must come first. Everyone I am training has one full rest day each week, usually Monday. This is not only physically beneficial, it’s psychologically beneficial because it’s a break, it prevents staleness, boredom. Not many employers will work their employees seven days a week, if they did, they’d risk burning them out. So often when I start a new athlete when I look through their recent training history, I see that they have had a minor illness, a cold or sore throat every 4-6 weeks. They just get going, put in a couple of good weeks training, then they’re sick again, losing a few days. I look at the number of weekly hours they average over a 2-3 month period. It may only be 8-9hrs a week, I ignore the 16-18hr weeks they put in before they got sick, because these are most likely the problem. You can’t just come into this sport, start training for an Ironman and start averaging 16-20hrs a week training, especially if you’re no longer in your twenties. You’ll gain more in a year averaging a consistent 10-12hrs a week than a stop / start program where you do two big weeks and get crook for the next two weeks. To race well good health has to be our greatest goal, you can’t get an unhealthy body fit. Good health is not just the absence of illness, I’m talking sparkling good health. A look that radiates good health. Anyone who has met Dave Scott, he’s the best example of radiant good health you’ll find in this sport. The formula I have worked out that suits everyone from beginners to experienced pros is · Get your diet sorted – have protein at every meal – increase your vegetable intake (50-60%) · Make good health your number one priority (not training hours) · Take supplements – we’re asking our bodies for unnatural amounts of work and repair – they need super nutrition · Have one full day off each week – you’ll stay in the sport longer and you get faster · Make each fourth week real easy – focus on technique rather than volume · Read my Home Remedies doc – this is what I post to my athletes Home remedies for athletes Often dodging a cold can be as easy as taking a day off when you really need it – being aware of the first symptoms and taking action rather than training on, can help prevent the loss of a week or two of training. · Have a bottle of zinc lozengers in your cupboard to suck on at the first sign of an itchy, dry throat or sniffle. Carry these with you when you fly to a race, sucking on them while flying can’t hurt. There are lots of germs being circulated through the cabin. · Your standard daily intake of omega three oils, vit C and a multi vitamin will help support your immune system · Taking colloidal silver (available from the health food store) during a cold or flu can help the body fight off the infection. One dessertspoon in a little water gargled and swallowed can help sore throats. · If someone close is sick but you have not yet caught the illness, taking “Inner health” (pro-biotic from the health food store) will boost immunity – also for any stomach bugs – take inner health three times a day for a couple of days – works just about every time without anti biotics. If you have had a course of anti biotics for any reason – take inner health for two-three days to repopulate the stomach with pro-biotics and reload the immune system. · Eating garlic, chillies, ginger, cloves all help boost the immune system · Once you have a cold, eat well cooked hot foods rather than salads. · Vitamin C can be taken in doses as high as 1,000mg every three hours. · Your multi vitamin will contain some zinc but it doesn’t hurt to increase the dosage of zinc when training hard, particularly in cooler months. · At the first signs of a cold coming on we reduce training load, increase garlic and vit C intake, get to bed early and don’t overeat, eat light well cooked meals – soups are great – a chicken soup with lots of garlic and as much chilli as you can handle is good.
  13. 6 points
    I'll be 55 in a few months. I realised 7 years ago that I could no longer train and race full throttle. In 2012, I returned from Japan having run the Sakura-michi 250km and finished my 25th IM Aust two weeks later. Summer had been regular 200km training weeks with monthly long runs of at least 90km in preparation for Sakura-michi, but when I tried to ramp up the mileage again over winter, I realised the my left knee could no longer sustain the mileage to run big races. And I didn't want to attempt them half-arsed. Sakura-michi was my ideal farewell to ultra running. It had been 29 years since my first marathon and probably over 800 races all up. Who knows, maybe even 1000. I knew I still wanted to be active into my 70s, including being able to work in a physical job, so I had no misgivings about going from focused (albeit mediocre) athlete to sporting dilettante. The intervening years have been about enjoying myself, staying active and keeping generally fit. Playing hockey with my brother (a new sport for me), bushwalking, canyoning, rock climbing, even a little 6-a-side soccer and trapeze lessons. There's still some cycling and running, though usually on a social level. IM Aust is increasingly a year-by-year proposition. I even had an attempt at marathon swimming a couple of years ago with 2017 being a year of minimal running and cycling in an attempt to lay down enough blubber to become the Paulrus. I no longer run more than a half marathon on the road, but I may squeeze out an occasional short trail ultra on limited training. I ran fewer training miles than race miles in 2018, even with the sum of my year's racing being less than 200km. One 45 minute orienteering event (7km or so?), Six Foot Track 45km, Mt Solitary 45km, Port Macq and Wild Goose 54km after arriving in WA. This summer I've used tri as a rehab goal after sustaining a high-grade quad tear in October. I never knew that when tendon and muscle sever, you can actually feel the quad muscle snap back as it contracts toward your hip! Since Xmas, I have been either running, cycling, climbing or swimming every day, often just 5 km of running or 25 km on the bike. I've finished two ODTri's and almost felt like I was racing. A few weeks ago, I shuffled through a 50 km trail race, even though my "long run" beforehand was 13 km. And my climbing is almost back to where I was prior to the injury. Still love pinning on a number and racing as hard as I possibly can on the day, just that my body and training only allows me to do so over shorter distances. The occasional long stuff is just about getting through and enjoying the day. For the time being, I'll just keep enjoying what I'm doing. Though I do need to make a firm decision regarding Port.
  14. 6 points
    Ah well to close this one out, I’m no longer aiming for worlds 2020, I’m full of excuses but the big one is I’m just not mentally there. I’ve had a few battles lately that are well documented and is driving me to do other things - like my spearfishing and just purely exploring with my kids and wife. im Going to rock up in Taupo this December and have a fun day swimming riding and running. cheers.
  15. 6 points
    An excuse is a non valid reason. Saying you don't have time to train whilst watching two hours of TV a night is an excuse. Saying you don't have time to train whilst spending two hours of quality time with your family is a reason.
  16. 5 points
    After a week away at Mums, putting flowers on Dad's grave and then taking a nasty fall trail running, I was feeling a bit low. Came home today and there is a chq from the tax man informing me I've overpaid by £940. 👍
  17. 5 points
    A few beers and a bit of a snooze in T1. And the bike leg begins. Bike done in 3:45:42 including 1 water stop at caltex. Maybe should have picked a flatter course. Still, no drafting, no road rage, and beautiful smooth road out to West Head.
  18. 5 points
    I’ll lend you mine, it’s an older model but it goes ok 👍
  19. 5 points
    I'll gladly sponsor your ParkRun entry fees.
  20. 5 points
    Road race. Got dropped in the first 1km. They were descending at 73km an hour & I don’t have the balls or the skill for that. Chased all day & got back on only to get dropped on the 1.5km gravel section. Then spent the last 30km chasing back on. Got third & was closing in on 2 second but ran out of km to get him. I could see him in the distance for the last 6km. Hard day at the office. Got my prize money & went to to the bakery
  21. 5 points
    Might be the only time I have a crack here... all up today, 50 x 100m swim (broken into 5 sessions inter dispersed with runs) 50km ride (one ride) 50km run (7 runs, 5 after each swim, 2 after the ride). so 50/50/50 and yes, it has significance 😎 Prep not ideal. No riding for months, longest run 8km, 2 swims. Stupidity really but wanted to do this for some time on the day. Not up for 50 beers though.
  22. 5 points
    I can't see how it could possibly be faster if you prepare for the 5km race properly. If you are actually racing the full triathlon, and not just the run portion, then you have spent some of your ammo before you put your running shoes on. It's like saying your 2nd 5km of a 10km race is faster than just doing a 5km race.
  23. 5 points
    Did a 5k ocean swim today at Balmoral. Couldnt really seem to get going or hold the rate I’ve been training at, then about 3k in cramps started. Never had any cramps in training at all. Almost pulled the pin but managed to finish it off. Slower than I was hoping for but it seemed to measure at 5.25 - 5.3km for most I talked to. squeezed in under 1.30
  24. 5 points
    How long till they make the bike leg a tollway?
  25. 5 points
    I dont get the anti-vaccination crowd
  26. 5 points
    Seeing as IM is 90% mental, can I do 190m swim, 9km ride, and 2.1km run/walk? I'll think about the rest.
  27. 5 points
    Goal for 2019 is to be a good father for my twins arriving soon! From a sporting perspective, I'm going to turn up to Sunshine Coast 70.3 having either trained or not trained and enjoy it, rather than worrying about time or pace, just so that I can come running/plodding/shuffling down that red carpet and see my babies.
  28. 5 points
    Be disciplined If we were to spend a day reading posts on this site (and many of us do) the lack of discipline which a lot of athletes show in their dialog, can be the key to everyone of them being better at the sport they obviously love. I doesn't make much difference whether you're training to break nine hours or breaking thirteen hours. Discipline can make a difference, quite a big difference. It can come down to simple stuff like turning up to training on time. I tell the guys in my squad there are only two options, on time or early. There's no third option. The mental quality you exercise to get anywhere on time, every time will come back and reward you on race day. Not just getting to the start on time, it'll show up as a habit, the habit of doing things well. If you start every day "doing things well" it becomes a habit. If you go into your race not thinking about what anyone else is doing, just focused on doing what you do as well as you can do it, the outcome will be good. There's only one square meter you can influence, if everything in that square meter is done as well as you can do it, you'll race to your potential. It doesn't matter if you have 8hrs a week or 18hrs a week available to train, having a military style discipline can make those hours count. Training for 8-10 disciplined hours will give better results than 20hrs of half @rsed training. When you run 400m efforts, you run 401m instead as a lot do, start easing up at 390m. It doesn't seem much at the time, but the psychological gains from knowing you have done it well, compared to the attitude of discounting, will show up when you have to dig deep in a race. Discipline is about building attitude. Your attitude is the most important asset you can take into a race. Especially in the last 20-25km of an Ironman race, It's OK to walk a few steps at an aid station, but it must be to a pre-determined plan. Whether it's 7 steps, 10 steps or whatever you have rehearsed in training, you have to use your practised discipline to start back running. Discipline is a habit. It's a way of life. It's doing the right thing. If only one person changes to a more disciplined life as a result of this post, that's a win. It can enhance every aspect of your life, work, family relationships etc. It simply allows better use of the hours you have.
  29. 5 points
    The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago, the next best time is today - chinese proverb
  30. 5 points
    I'll retract my 'cock' statement. I assumed you were driving, still possibly illegal but not worthy of 'cock' status. My apologies. My last Ironman was Busselton last year, I raced my best executed Ironman to date. My circumstances were below I was working in PNG for the 6 months prior to Busso. I had a lot of restrictions on locations I could go and hours I was permitted outside the compound. My family commitments were merely a skype call home and a few return trips to Aus. I wasn't allowed outside the security gates before 5am, doesn't sound too bad but this meant doing long runs after the sun came up when it frequently was beyond 33 degrees and 90% humidity. I had a 4km stretch of 'road' that I could run on, I did my longest run of 2.5hrs on this stretch. I couldn't ride outside because safety and routes weren't practical. I chose to ride indoors. I chose to do my Saturday bricks on a 500m out and back stretch because it was midday and I needed litres of water to survive. Swimming I had a pool but it frequently closed because staff didn't turn up to open it or the staff responsible for maintaining it didn't turn up so it went green. Rules regarding travel and timings meant there was limited times I could swim, I got it done. I had a treadmill which I used a lot however was rather inconsistent, the power supply in PNG isn't the best so it frequently cut out mid runs, I dealt with it. I averaged 60 hours of work per week for the 6 months and was on call 24/7. I worked shifts that were midnight to midday, midday to midnight, 7am to 5pm, 3pm to midnight a lot of variations. It was preparations for APEC, it was a high demand environment. I've been told there was plenty of reasons I may not have trained and to not do well at Busselton, I don't/didn't see any. I went 9:40, 6th AG and Kona rolled to 7th. I'm about to do a Kona build in a Canberra winter plenty of cold excuse filled reasons to not train.
  31. 5 points
    Finally welcome to transitions. Basically if you can't qualify for Kona, you just don't want it bad enough. Despite getting into the sport because you like doing triathlons, you should only do 2-3 races all year. Preferably the same ones year in year out. It's okay get have a toxic marriage or no partner at all and get to Kona because you know, the sport only exists if you qualify for Kona. You can't get a rolldown for Kona, simply put, you didn't really qualify. If you don't win in Kona that's okay as long as you looked fresh crossing the finishline and can walk to lava java the next day for your soy latte. You also have to pretend you work 40 hours a week and have no time to train however you are often seen at the pool at 2pm when most people are back in the office. And you've done an extra 100K ride that morning with other fulltime workers that just happen to never work wednesday mornings. Oh and the biggest thing of all, if you get beaten by some new guy/girl that no one has heard about before, he/she is clearly a drug cheat. Where's the sarcastic ?
  32. 4 points
    Ok, don't bother explaining what that tax is, because I can't explain a potential inheritance tax that doesn't exist. An explanation of why you made up pretend facts to try to put others down will do. You know "sorry I was mistaken" would have been a much better response IJ, but I suppose that doesn't happen, does it.
  33. 4 points
    Finished off another solid week on the bike. That’s 5000km for the year & 450km for the week.
  34. 4 points
    Thanks for all of the advice. I will see if I can pick up a cheap one. It will protect me from stingers and sun and protect everyone else from the sight of my belly!
  35. 4 points
    It’s because I’m not a nice person especially in groups
  36. 4 points
    Another ocean swim today, the “1.9k” tilbury classic at Culburra nice little round the headland swim. A little bumpy round the headland then a nasty shore dump to finish.
  37. 4 points
    That's what's happening - a few of the people who have been in the sport for a few years are just not paying to enter things they could easily do on their own - some only race 2-3 races a year Back in the late 80s to 90s we would all race at least once a month and we knew most of the people there 😏 now we go to support friends at these races and it's full of "first year triathletes" and instead of looking ripped like we all did when there were fewer of us, now the field is full of fat people (but so has the rest of society gained weight)
  38. 4 points
    I’ve been avoiding putting it out there because I think I’ve bitten off more than I can chew but,,,,,, Im attempting to qualify for UTMB. More accurately, the CCC, which is 117km and something mental like 9,000 mtrs elevation. To qualify, I need 8pts from two qualification races. You can do this over two years but it may take 3 yrs for my name to be drawn, so I’m trying for 8pts this year. The two ultras I’ve chosen are the 85km Race to the King on June 22nd and the 100km Race to the Stones on July 14. Both these races can be done as a split distance (camp overnight) but for UTMB points, I need to do both in one go. Ive never run further than a marathon before. I’ve been gradually working my way up to 70-80km weeks and trying to keep in touch with my riding. It’s a one shot deal and if I don’t get drawn in the next two years, I lose my points. No, I don’t know what I’m doing, yes, I’m an idiot.
  39. 4 points
    People living their lives and judging others on the basis of a made up book. Then hiding behind a freedom of speech defence. bolt and jones defending the right to attack someone behind a religious freedom of speech defence. the number of people who are defending this
  40. 4 points
    Conditions were absolutely perfect. The swim course was a little confusing to start but was all good in the end - as flat as a pool. It got a little busy out on the bike course towarss the end but i didnt see any blatant drafting. I had a good race - great when you consider it's my first race all seaon and my lack of running. Saw Jess on the run and bumped into her at the end. Didn't see any other trannies as I just don't know who they are!
  41. 4 points
    Yep. Hence why my swimming improved. Cycling, yep bikes have improved but so has my leg strength from manipulating my strength program with better techniques and exercises. and there in lies the secret, as teased out by Mr Every. By using better training techniques and methods along with effective nutrition to suit your individual bodies needs, you can limit the decline in your performance. All that is fine and good, but the real issue as you get older is recovery. You can pump out your near best efforts in swimming or running, but instead of being able to back up the next day for more, it usually takes two to three days. Fortunately with weight training and gym work, your muscles can cope with maintaining a regular routine, most older athletes find their skeleton and ligaments become the limiting factor. So enjoy getting older. A lot of non triathlon people don't.
  42. 4 points
    You still doing the enticer event after all these years?
  43. 4 points
    Did the Luke Harrop tri today. Swim rate for the swim was 1.50 which in a negligible current is pretty good for me, 34.9kmh average on the bike - previous fastest on this course, 32.5kmh average and today was with a weird additional 400m turning loop which slowed things down, and a 4.55min/k average run which is a 10 sec improvement on previous bests here. So who says getting old slows you down 😂😂. Managed to avoid the drug testers so maybe I need to go faster 😄. Last triathlon race for me for the season and best result. Also scored a very fancy white box which TA deem appropriate for a national championship 🤷‍♀️🤔. Now I have a week to get ready for the tour de Brisbane. Hmm, sprint distance training for a grand fondo, now that is going to be interesting....
  44. 4 points
    Because until then your body is still capable of running 😂
  45. 4 points
    There's usually only 1 male finishes it, if that. I think 3 is the record. It would take a special woman to get through. Maybe Ashley Horner could give it a go.
  46. 4 points
    Can't believe no one said it...... new bike!
  47. 4 points
    Am 50yo. Ambition has always exceeded talent. Still have goals I'm yet to achieve. Refusing to let reality overwhelm my delusions.
  48. 4 points
    Foz, your memory is definitely holding up way better than my body. MMM capped off a pretty intense few months of racing and training for me, starting with Escape from Alcatraz, I packed 7 tris and 5 ultras into about 10 or 11 weeks.
  49. 4 points
    swam with Telf on sunday. the great man in his 70s now. Still punches out 3k 4 x a week
  50. 4 points
    My 5th or 6th triathlon and I had never run over 32km. That's what you did in those days. The bike ride was brutal as the West Head section was a bit of gravel with some bitumen thrown over it: not the hotmix heaven it is today. Tony Unicomb obviously has less good memories of it, but I loved coming around the Queenscliff corner and seeing the last 2km to the finish.
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