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  1. 33 points
    Hey Trannies. Just saw this post. Let's get down to the nitty gritty... Cam is not my coach anymore. I left him 4 weeks prior to Kona. No need to go into much detail about this, but I walked away from him as I saw his interest in coaching (and in the sport in general) decline over the few months prior. It was affecting my motivation and I needed a quick break before Kona so I could actually get myself to the startline with a level of stability and self-belief. Next up. I have been dealing with on-off itb bursa inflammation since Ironman Frankfurt in early July. I think this came about due to a general deterioration of some basic motor patterns, probably due to a number of long term actors, but mostly apathy towards adequate recovery after that race. I had to pull out of 2 70.'3s during this period before Kona (Cebu & Sunny Coast). I would take a couple weeks off running, then run a couple of weeks without issue, then it would flare up again. This ITB injury is never something you can train through as the pain is debilitating (and reflects why I pulled out in Kona, but more on that in a sec). Though I was going to race KOna no matter what, so I had no option but to really push the limits with the rehab in order to try and get some sort of run loading through my legs. I returned to running three weeks out from the race, but at a very limited capacity. In the couple of weeks after I left Cam, I was able to direct my swim & bike to sessions that I thought suited me better for the tight lead in period post-injury, rather than the same tired loop of sessions that I knew weren't working for me anymore. I found some good biking legs, and my swim was where it needed to be. I went into Kona with a semblance of confidence, and didn't actually give the injury or lack of run preparation too much thought until I actually got off the bike and onto Alii Drive. The race. I didn't apply much gas on the swim so as to have a group around me out of the water. The plan amongst a few of us was to drive the pace at the front & to take the race away from the cyclists. I pulled a bunch of guys around, but got no returns once we got onto the bike. Everyone soft pedalled and no one wanted to take the reigns. I felt as if I'd done my bit, and didn't want to get suckered into pulling guys around. The pace was pedestrian and very frustrating, so I jumped at the chance to join Starky when he went by, and not long after that we were joined by Wurf. I've ridden with both of these guys in races before & it was like a dream scenario until I started rejecting my nutrition and cramping at the 90 minute mark. There was points were I was riding through these crazy cramps for minutes on end. I'd have to back off my fluids for long periods of time until my guts settled, then I could resume loading again, but it would happen soon thereafter. Long story short, I made some dumb changes to my nutrition plan that I thought were a step in the right direction. I responded fine to the changes in training, but not in the race. 3 hours into the ride, I was still at the front with Wurf & Starky, but within the space of the 5 minute climb up from Kawaihae I bonked and was very swiftly popped off the back as Wurf began his assault back into town. I bled massive time during this point, but found a 2nd wind for the last 20-30km and still had some confidence that this was just part of ironman racing and it was no big deal. I just got into T2 solo before the bunch, and mentally was still positioning myself in the race for the top 5 or 10. Then I started running, and realised that my lack of run training has completely assaulted my naive belief that perhaps I could really pull something out of my ass on race day. I'm the kind of athlete that needs a lot of volume for my run, and there's never been a way around that for me. I'd never felt so bogged down and sluggish off the bike, and literally capitulated within the first 5 minutes knowing there was absolutely no way I could pull myself back. But of course, I was going to finish the race. I got up onto the Queen K and ran about 1 miles until I needed to stop for the loo. I was pretty far back at this point, so kind of took my time. As I stood up front the john, the pain upon extending my left leg jolted me and almost felled me to the ground. In those claustrophobic moments in the loo, my itb band has seized up and the pain it now presented was so intense that I couldn't even walk. The medics came over and I tried a number of times to relax and then continue, but there was just no option. It's crazy because up until that point, the injury I'd been managing for the previous months was a non-issue on race day, and I'd actually even forgotten all about it until it blew out. I'm now obviously on some forced rest, and am enjoying an early end to the season. I normally race into November or December, so I'm sure this is going to help me ease back into the training at a rate more conducive to an injury free 2019, rather than having to rush things because I've planned some early races. Generally, I've always been overly eager to get back racing early into the season to hunt for results and a pay check. Anyone self-employed knows you've got to have a strong ambition, but in a sport that presents an inevitably fine balance between being trained and overtrained, all the while trying to be career-focussed, it's easy to burn the candle at both ends. I'm well aware of the bubble we're in as triathletes though, and this is more or less a real world problem that everyone has in day to day life. As for coaching, I'm not sure where I'll go to from here, apart from the immediate decisions to continue steering my own ship until something better comes along. I'll wait until I have some sort of clarity after the recent events to make a decision.
  2. 15 points
    I aged up this year to the 70-74 cat - when I did my first IM at 38 I didn't even dream I'd still be doing them when I was 70 and had 12 grand kids. Still I'm very happy to be still able to do them. This was Ironman #46 and my nineteenth Hawaii Ironman , there are some who think I live too narrow a life, but hey, keep in mind it's my life. I have a very full life, I still do some landscaping jobs, I build brick pizza ovens, vertical gardens and renovate houses. I paint pictures, create mosaics, and enjoy cooking, eating good food and drinking red wine. In fact I believe I use my 24hrs better than many. Because it was my first year in the new age group, I was a little more conscientious with my training this year. If I let myself down at all it was doing a little too much manual work (I find it difficult to knock off if I can squeeze another couple of hours out of the day) this possible meant that I could have recovered better between workouts. But when you're doing something you love doing it's hard to knock off. I managed to have an illness and injury free preparation, I under train rather than over train. I only ever run twice a week. I start each day at 4.10-4.15, and am looking for bed at around 8.30, if that's a narrow life, I guess I'm guilty. My wife fits a lot into her life as well and my hours are very similar to hers. I arrived in Kona 10 days before race day, this allows us to acclimatise and do a couple of workouts out at the far end of the course on the weekend before. I felt strong in each of these workouts and then took it easy for the rest of the week with easy jogs down to the daily swim, of only 500-700m. Race day started well, 2nd fastest swim 1.17 - could have been better if I trained more, but the guy who was fastest messed around in T1 and I was first onto the bike. I rode comfortably all the way, best conditions I've ever seen in Kona, lost about 6 places on the bike, but a few don't realise that it's a race from the swim start to the run finish, and no-one's going to care what your bike split was if you're walking. Mine was 6.21 I started the run feeling hot and smashed, but know that everyone feels like that, experience tells me that I will come good. It usually takes me two aid stations before my legs feel OK. This worked again this year. I ran the whole way except for a few steps here and there in aid stations. It wasn't easy, it was a mental battle the whole way, but I expect that. I think a lot of people suffer unnecessarily because they have unrealistic expectations. Forty two km off the bike in Hawaii's heat is going to hurt like shit, feed yourself well, stay hydrated, and accept the discomfort and before you know it it's over. Run time 4.45 Total time 12.31 - 3rd in 70-74 - (there were 37 silly old bastards in this category) the view from the stage is worth fighting for. Got a wooden bowl, made in the Philippines (a piece of shit really) but I wasn't racing for the bowl, I was celebrating another year of living the dream. I'll be back next year for number 20.
  3. 15 points
    As of today, I've been training for IMs for 20 years. Began my first IM training program with a sunrise 20 km run along the Seattle waterfront 17 October 1998 (I was on a business trip). First IM was Lanzarote in 1999, came DFL at 16:51, my slowest result to date. 34th (start and finish) IM was Wanaka this year at 16:15. I've gone under 13 once – Roth in 2004, at 12:34. 2004 was also the year I did my second and third fastest IMs – Taupo at 13:14 and Busso at 13:19. I was training hard and doing ultra runs as well. But I couldn't keep that up, because of wear and tear, but also because of work and everything else. Why? I enjoy it. I love the races and the travel. My social life is training with friends (except for my friends at our local :-). My training cycle is pretty consistent over a typical year, and in the past 20 years I've taken exactly one month off completely, because of family matters. I haven't been seriously injured – worst was a twisted ankle a month before Busso. If I had focused on faster times, I would have left the sport a long time ago, either because of injury or burnout. I'm 61 now, and I'm finding myself finishing further up in my age group, even landing on the podium every so often. There are still fast guys in my age group, but not so many as there used to be and even fewer doing IM distance. My goal is to outlast them, and if that means never going sub-13 or sub-14 again, I can live with it. I've managed sub-15s in two of my four IMs, and figure I have a least a couple more in me. Regardless, I'm planning to still be doing this 20 years from now.
  4. 12 points
    Well that was a better day out although still painful and disappointing in a very first world sense! Clicked along nicely at 4:10s and was in 1st place up to 36km... hit the wall and pace dropped to 4:25 / 4:30.. kept 1st place up until 40.5km then grabbed a coke in the aid station and looked back and saw Estoban (amazing pocket rocket athlete) come cruising past and I had nothing left to keep up. 2nd place by about 400m 😞 But time was 2:58:30 which is only 1min slower than PB I now hurt. Pub.
  5. 12 points
    Well, I finally had some good yesterday. After all the misery of having to tell people they didn't have a job anymore, over the past couple of weeks, I had one of the guys that won a position knock it back as he'd got an offer from the sales area that he was chasing. This enabled me to go to the guy who was next in the list and offer him a position. He was due to leave the company tomorrow. The delight & excitement in his voice once it sunk in was such a pick-me-up.
  6. 10 points
    Only my Physio says I can’t run. everyone says you can’t
  7. 8 points
    Yes. Perhaps if you spent less time doing triathlon stuff and more time reading about triathlon stuff, you would have
  8. 8 points
  9. 8 points
    Turns out Flipper came 3/13 in the Under 5s, just picked up her trophy 😀 (sorry, can't seem to make the pic smaller!)
  10. 8 points
  11. 7 points
    Wacko, got it! Accepted with a photo from Noosa
  12. 7 points
    Happy ending to this one. After sending the letter through last week, my daughter spoke to the other party's insurance company this afternoon, and they have contacted one of the panel beaters she went to to organise the repairs. They've agreed with her that it was the other party's fault, and she won't be out of pocket for the repairs.
  13. 7 points
    That's because they are RUNNING shoes.
  14. 7 points
    Well, we got it done but the insane wind, rain, cold and mud meant nobody was breaking records today. Started with 4.33s but by km6 my mate was flagging a bit and couldn't hold, so a couple of kms were done at slower pace. I talked him through it and got him to lift at 8km and I sent him to line first for a PB of 45.57. He was happy, so was I. A good day for all concerned but that weather! ugh, everyone deserved their t-shirt today Flipper did the Kiddie Mile earlier with me, lots of kids were crying with cold, wet or just tired but she kept running and got it done. 👍
  15. 6 points
    Because the border authorities can intercept it at the letterbox....at least buying in store I have 30 days or so for credit card statement to arrive to prepare my story.
  16. 6 points
    I'm not allowed to feel old, just got back from my Dad's 80th birthday celebration, he is still farming 2,000 acres and not showing any sign of slowing down. He had a pacemaker fitted just over 10 years ago which really gave him a new lease on life, the only thing he has stopped is figured he is too old to ride the motorbike on the hills now so parked it up and takes the ute instead (mind you his motorbike was near 30 years old anyway). He's currently looking for a new farm ute, his old one is showing a bit of rust and age after 20 odd years so figured he needed a new one to see him out the next 20 years
  17. 6 points
  18. 6 points
    I'm sorry but is anyone else sitting here thinking everyone just needs to grow the **** up and possibly that all parties involved probably shouldn't have aired their grievances publicly like they did? In my view they're all to blame for this stupidity and it's done neither of them any favours.
  19. 6 points
    Two coaches out on the Queen K riding bikes & following their athletes. Surely this is outside assistance? pacing/coaching during the event?
  20. 6 points
    I don't think @zed did either as he posted it on ST and now they're all searching social media for it... oops
  21. 6 points
    45min swim. Easy. Pool was warm as a bath. Spoke briefly with my manager about altering my duties on certain days up until Busso so I can get more in. He was receptive about the idea. #goodayz
  22. 6 points
  23. 5 points
    But we're getting better at putting it on as we get older... 😋
  24. 5 points
    1:45 of being smacked in the face in the swim, longest IM swim I’ve done. 7:45 bike - included a 15m meltdown at the end of lap three when I had decided to quit then eventually changed my mind. I saw a camel on the last lap so that was nice, and just managed to beat the thunderstorm. Slowest IM bike by over an hour, although my power figures were ok. I hear I wasn’t alone - what was that all about? Best bike course, my (sore) arse. Run was ok though, hit my sub 5 target, making the total time slip into third place for iron distance style events. Great support on on the course from the volunteers and staff. Fun event, but I worry for the future of it with numbers being so low. Eight weeks training = not enough. Paul
  25. 5 points
    Time to get serious about training for IMWA. Swimming pool is ready - check TT bike is ready - check Running gear is ready - check
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