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    I'll add mine here. I wanna start by saying I'm dissapointed but I've also learnt a few things, I think as long as you learn then no race is ever a waste. I hit raceday in probably the best run form I ever have been in for ironman and with the most consistent bike build. My swim was lacking but as swimming is to feel it just is what it is. On the flip side it's the worst ive been with diet since cairns 2014 so I was a little curious to see what would happen. It was weird having a race at home. Not traveling sort of left me less prepared to the point I forgot to take one of my key nutrition supplements race morning. Though knowing I'd have some extra support on course and also managed to score a local toilet before race start was a big help. Swim was as expected clean and calm water but I seemed to miss all the good packs. It wasnt until til I had turned to come back to the boat ramp that I actually got some good feet to sit on. None the less I came out of the water with who I considered the guy to beat in my age group and we started the bike together. As expected I was dropped by the stronger guys pretty quickly but I know who they are and if I stick to my plan and ride sensibly then I shouldn't give up more than 10 min which I know i can claw back on the run. First 60k was uneventful, got into a nice group, 3 of us working hard and picking up time on the better swimmers in front. 5 guys sitting in doing sfa, but not much you can do about that. At 60k my power meter started reading 2000w. I thought the issues with it were resolved so this was a weird one I hadn't seen before. Anyways I thought when I come to a downhill next ill spin backwards 6 times and do a quick reset and see what happens. So what happens is your chain drops off and you lose the group you're riding g with..... Anyways I also managed to loop the chain twice, I've never seen this before so that added 2 min to my unplanned stop. I could not for the life of me figure out how to fix it. Anyways I finally did, and was on my way. Worst part was it was on Mathew flinders drive so I busted myself trying to make up time on the group I just lost. By the time i calmed a bit I was on my way back out of town and pro burnt a match or two. Anyways lap two was pretty lonely. Passed a few and one bloke latched on. He stuck to me for the whole lap and it wasn't till we came back through bonny hills he went to the front. I must say I was quite dismayed to see the group I had been riding with were now tangled up with my mate Clintred off here. It's kind of frustrating seeing where you might have been... Anyways back in town and off the bike, I've been thinking 2:5x might be possible for a month or so now and I had made the decision pre rave that I was going to have a crack. There was nothing on the line for me in this race. I'm not going to kona so I might as well experiment a little. Anyways after coming off the bike about 10min behind where I wanted (expected) I hit the run hard. Had a few ks around the 4.07-4.10 mark then settled in to some solid 4.15-4.20 stuff. I felt great and was taking time off a lot of guys I could see my mate Clint about 10m in front of me at the 27k mark and everything just went fuzzy. Never really happened before. Nutrition had been pretty good, had all my gels and lots of water but one minute I was running sub 4.20 pace the next a local mate caught me when I almost fell onto someones front yard at settlement point. Anyways safe to say this is where my day ended. I walked the next 3 or so ks a friend helped me clear the air from my lungs by making me squeeze my chest either side and blow out hard. Got me running again so maybe that's what I needed. Cruised home just under 5min pace and really enjoyed the finish shute. 9.40.45 with the biggest blow up ive had in an ironman. I think my day ended the moment my chain dropped off but these are the little things ill know to ignore next time. Running the first 5-8k sub 4.10 pace might have been a little stupid too but I had targets I was chasing. Again it's a learning experience and hopefully one day will help me execute better more often. I thoroughly enjoyed the day, having a big group of close friends I train with every week and seeing them have great days made it an awesome experience. Seeing my closest training partner score a kona spot after 15 attempts was gold. All round ironman australia was awesome, but I think all ironman races are awesome.
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    I get what you are saying. I have not had to contribute to this thread apart from the stresses of losing then rebuilding the house and all that went along with that, but a few months ago I was just getting really, really sad.... a lot, which for those that know me, would know it is very out of character. I put it down to a bit of a combination of things, the first anniversary of my mums death, which I don't think I dealt with fully at the time due to the Tornado stuff going on, the end of a year of manic stresses with dealing with insurance companies, councils, builders, trades, refurnishing a whole house, the financial stresses that go along with that and trying to insulate the kids from those very stresses to a great extent. My son is also struggling with his ADHD and a lot of other issues at school and I feel like we are unable to adequately help him, and coupled with the fact that he has inherited it from me makes me feel more guilty. More than anything it did open my eyes up to how quickly things can change and while I'm lucky that I have a lot to be thankful for and feel like I'm over the worst of it I can see how for those whose lives aren't great in other areas can start to get into a bit of a spiral. Look after yourselves people.
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    My only race day photo courtesy of Delly Carr Sportshoot. Yes, it's me. He didn't want to break his camera with a mug shot. FM
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    Port Mac race report: Thrown together in 15mins, but here goes! Race preparation Training generally went well over the last year with a build up to 14 hours, which was all I could fit in. I felt I was lacking on some of the big rides and runs but knew I’d at least done enough to get through. 2 sessions of Crossfit through the year has made a big difference too. Dropped 8-10kg and much stronger. Not a single injury during the year and healthy all the way up to race day. Swim leg 1:05 Exactly as expected. Cruisy swim just taking it fairly easy and enjoying things. Loved the rolling start but as a MOP I wasn’t racing anybody but myself. Crossing the weir was a novelty although I badly stubbed my toe due to gawking at the surrounds instead of watching my footing. Bike leg 6:00 exactly. Ride time 5:53 ( 7mins lost due to toilet stops and change of nutrition) What a hoot of a ride! Scenery was stunning in the first half and those rolling hills were so much fun. The road surface wasn’t as bad as I expected but it’s definitely slow. Lap1 went pretty well except for the HED sticker on my disc coming half off and flapping on the frame. That was my one big fright of “oh no, a mechanical”. Quick stop, peel off the sticker and stuck it to the drink bottle with the plan to give it to the Mrs “Here, have some HED”. <<insert groan here>>. Finished lap 1 in 2:50, which was right on my estimate but felt I’d overcooked it slightly. TSS score a bit higher than anticipated and thought I’d better knock 10w off for lap2. Lap2 exactly as planned. NP sitting around 165-170watts which felt much more comfortable given there was a bit of a run coming. Finished with a TSS of 264 so seeing I was aiming for 270 I thought that was pretty good. Oh…Matthew Flinders Drive…yep it was steep and short but quite doable. Crowd support helped make it a laugh along with Elvis at the top. Initially I was concerned running a 11-23 cassette but that was fine. Run leg: 4:57 ( ouch). Went in to the run feeling awesome, running well, thinking I could pull a 4:10 out which was about the best I anticipated. Unfortunately at the 5km mark I had an issue on the big toe. I wasn’t sure if it was the tape I put on in transition had come loose ( always tape the same spots due to blisters) or something in the sock. Scrunched the toes it went away so pushed on. 1 lap down and realised I needed to stop and check this frigging toe out. Big blister which hadn’t burst. Put on 1 of the 2 bandaids I had with me and pushed on. By lap2 the pain in the toe was back again, knees were starting to ache a bit and my feet generally hurt. I really couldn’t understand it as I’d done lots of 20-25 km runs without issue. Stopped at special needs to really patch up the feet. After a good 5mins everything back under control and back to running again. The last 2 laps was very much a run/walk, turning in to a walk/run. I think my old nemesis of ITB had come back as I could run for 50m, then the pain in the knees increased and became too much by 100m. Walking and the pain went away. Finish 12:13 - 77th out of 200 in 45-49 age group. I was absolutely stoked to finish in that time. I though the best I could ever do was 11:15 so still happy with 12:13 given the amount of training. Finish chute was a total blast, I found the Mrs just before the chute and was able to stop, give her a hug and kiss and thank her for being out there for 13 hours. Lots of high fives down the chute, big smile for the camera and perhaps a double fist pump. Recovery: Sore, tired but ok. Had a bit of food and as much liquid as I could then off for a massage. Could have stayed in there all night but had to cut the massage short after 15min…the wife was waiting! Only issue I had here was a similar one I had after Ironman Melbourne. If I lay down I was ok, but as soon as I stood up I’d get the chills and start shaking. I knew this was probably dehydration so started drinking and drinking. Water, soup, recovery drink…about 2.5l in 2 hours and was good as gold after that. Around 11:15pm headed back down to the finish line to catch a few of the last finishes. So glad I did that! Just fantastic to see people coming in after 16 hours on the road, what a great effort to be out there that long and still come in vertical! Lessons learnt/improvements: Ride more hills! It’s very flat where I am ( west sub Melbourne) and not that easy to find good rolling hills. These hurt me a bit on the ride. Run more hills. I think the hill on the run course caused my blistering. Again, very flat where I am and not that easy to find hills but must try harder! Nutrition was tolerated extremely well ( Perpetuem on the bike, winners gels on the run) but must prepare better for the 2nd bottle of perp. I had 1 bottle between the bars, a spare bottle with perp in a zip lock and spare tube in a bottle under the seat. 2 water bottles on the frame. It took too long to change the bottles and get new perp. I’ll have to think about configuration here. Race suit - while my TXU race suit is comfy and got through the ride well, it’s a pain to have a pee. You either get out of the sleeves totally or unzip, hunch over and try to pull it down. It just doesn’t work with lots of toilet stops. Instead I’d go 2 piece but still have something with sleeves on the top. Another one to ponder. I can tolerate more volume in training and I needed it. If I go again, I need to ponder the training and see how I can better fit things in. Conclusions: Stunning event, fantastic crowds, I had a great time and generally very happy with the way things went. The Mrs comment of “best event I’ve been to as a spectator” was a bit plus. Will I be back? I don’t really know. I’d like to focus on sprint’s for the next 12 months so perhaps 2019 I’ll have another crack. I’ll have aged up to 50-54 by then.
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    Had to leave before the offical results were out, but........somewhere between 5.47 and 5:50. Am super happy. Ran with 7 others ranging from 12 to me, 43. Second overall.....put it all out there. Will write more tomorrow but a BIG thanks for all the advice. Had a ball. The event was running behind, so was challenged with warm up. But just kept moving and trying to keep warm. Am so glad I asked for advice. I took two and both seemed to work for me no watch, the split times (Thommo is great). I had never thought like that but so simple during the race. Yay.
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    Whos in? I made sprint and std, but picked std. So Turts is in for Standard
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    Sorry to be a kill joy but, even though I personally find it very very funny, I think they should pull this ad. In fact, I think they should pull all the on-line betting ads. Apart from the companies being complete parasite bottom feeder scumbags (and that is a whole 'nuther story) they are placing betting in the cultural norms for sport - especially among kids and it is really p1ssing me off. I understand there is a (or going to be) a ban in some States for live TV or possibly even some viewing times.
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    Gotta say I'm super proud of my 15 year old daughter. She is doing really well at school but is generally a typical lazy teen who whinges and moans if I dare ask her to walk the 100m or so to the local shop to get bread or milk. So her school entered the relay for life and she thought she'd go along partly because my mrs survived cancer but mainly because she liked the idea of hanging out with her friends and getting to stay up late. Well she kicked off at 10am Saturday and was sending us txt updates saying she was still going every hour. This kept going through the night and the little bugger ended up walking the whole 24 hours solo. She also was the youngest person to walk all 24 hours and also ended up with the furthest distance of any solo competitor walking over two marathons. Im sure she still won't walk to the shops for me though
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    As I am only half the man, I did the half. PB swim, PB ride (I also had to stop twice as I lost my repair kit twice) and PW run (expected). Great day out. Currently soaking my legs in the 15C pool where I'm staying. Will have a showe then head back. Tons of people here. FM
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    They are due to be shipped from the manufacturer on the 29/5. Once I have them in my hot little hands I will let you know how to get hold of them. If its getting tight I will see if someone can look after Cairns distribution so I can just send one package, that way they will be cheaper too.
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    Oh, and as for master 13 y/o, he still thinks he's going to follow Ronaldo and play for Real Madrid. I said to him one day "That's a great goal mate but it would probably be wise to have a plan B". He chirped back "I do dad - Manchester United!"
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    Here's mine.........should make everyone feel better - plus its short If you are going to fail, ensure you fail gloriously. Ironman Australia, always a day that takes all that you have and I can safely say that yesterday It took it all, literally. A serious struggle that had me crook from 5km into the run. Steven Newman told me not to quit (actually I believe it was "don't you ****en quit on me Derek). I told him that they would have to drag me off the course. As it turns out they did. 24km in and after waiving off various attempts at assistance I finally collapsed against a barrier, was caught by a random old dude - thanks - and Mel, who by that stage I believe had sensed I was about to go - big thanks. Doctors called, ambo called and straight to the Med tent. 2 hours later, a bucket load of IV and being used as a pin cushion by the local med students I was back on my feet(ish). A huge shout out to Mel for all her support in the lead up to the race and for putting up with my antics yesterday. Thanks also for Newman and Dani who kept the chat up whenever they saw me - both Ironman Legends. And to Jo - big day yesterday you are now an Ironman - still can't believe you didn't walk the Shute. I am not disappointed, I wanted to test myself and see how far I could push my mind and body, and I did. If you are going to fail, choose how you fail, fail gloriously.
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    You might not want this...... My mate asked his wife to grab a couple of tubes from the LBS. She came home with a brand new MTN bike for him about $5k worth of bike. She always hated him spending money on bikes, so it seemed really strange at the time but he loved the new bike & was pumped to be getting into downhill riding. Six months later it all made sense when he caught her banging some dude from her work...... My wife keeps threatening to buy me a new bike every time I give her the shits. Talk about messing with my head.
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    Bittersweet day for me. Found some feet and had a solid swim (for me anyway) 56min Had a very ordinary ride. Funnily enough I too dropped my chain - coming out of town for the second lap I was having all sorts of trouble with my special needs bag and hit a hill so tried a panicked gear change from big to little dog and it dropped along with my nutrition. First bike incident in a race for me, not a great feeling. 5.17 Big run PB for me which I'm happy about. Managed to completely avoid walking, including aid stations, and ran a big negative split for a 3.12 9.31, 25th overall but 7th in my AG which won't be good enough to punch a ticket to Kona unfortunately. I'll be shattered if 6th gets a roll down - he pipped me by 15 seconds! Oh well, that's the sport I suppose. Well done to everyone who raced. Agree with RBR - that course is just relentless. * All splits rounded down of course
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    You hear the same rubbish every year. Don't sweat it, you did what was required as per TA's qualification criteria and gained the spot you deserved. The top level of most sports are filled with people who could actually afford to do them. If the general population were all presented with the same opportunities and equipment to achieve in their chosen sports then the leader boards would look very different. Like you said 'it is what it is' and you have done all that you needed to do to be there, just like hundreds of other athletes have done to represent their own countries. I'm sure most people realise that. I've been to several world champs and have had a great time at each of them. I've had a beer with both yourself and Stu and I'm sure you guys will be the same as me and will make the most of the experience when you get there. Once again well done on making the team, now go and have a blast!
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    In other words. 'i dug a hole so deep that I was coming out in a backyard in New Zealand and the only option I had to even begin to fill it in and rescue any credibility was to return the donations for something I should not have asked for in the first place, to folks who shouldn't have given it'.
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    This subject needs to be kept alive * Too many people lack simple functional strength - the type of strength that allows you to push a wheel barrow up a hill - swing a pick - shovel soil - too many dodge these activities and they can be so beneficial to "all round strength and core stability" - when a friend needs a hand with some digging, wheeling, gardening, furniture moving, you'll probably gain more doing that than you would in the gym, or putting in another "recovery run". * Everybody has time to do core work - those who suggest we don't need to do specific core exercises are misleading you - you don't have to spend much time doing core work - I have my squad do them for ten minutes three times a week - it's amazing how beneficial that is in injury prevention and the ability to hold good posture in the second half of an Ironman marathon * You don't need a gym membership - with a combination of chin ups - push ups - lunges - scissors - trunk twists (repeated over and over) you can work the body in a way that is really beneficial and is not worked by swimming, cycling and running (some franchise coaches have been convinced that swimming, biking and running are all you need for core strength) Everybody has access to a staircase and a knapsack - some of the best strength work can be done with a pair of hiking boots and a knapsack, go out and hit the trails for strength and endurance (hell you may even enjoy a bit of fresh air) * As the general triathlon community ages most can afford to pay someone to do the handy work around the home, just when you have reached an age where you can pay someone else to do the hard stuff, is when you need to do it most.You will not compete well into older age groups if you don't maintain, or improve your strength.
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    I will start by saying I am in no way suicidal, but I agree with the stress thing and I have noticed it in myself a lot in the past 6 months. Work stress and deadlines combined with what I see as a lack of leadership at work and a terminally ill mother have all meant that life is a lot harder than I feel like it should be. I have lost a lot of motivation for parts of life. I no longer spring out of bed to go training, my work output is not what it should be, and at times I have found myself mid-conversation and realized I am not even listening to what is being said, that never used to happen to me! Luckily for me I have my kids that are the shining light of everything and the hug I get before I leave for work and the moment I walk through the door make everything a lot better. My wife is also there to support me, and our communication about this sort of thing is getting better all the time. Given we have been married 9 years I am proud of that. All of that said, I can understand how stress and depression can take hold, if I did not have those shining lights I might be head down that path!
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    Re coaching I don't leave the door unless it's on a program so I really need it. Not sure why. Once it's in front of me I tick off a lot of work but unless it's laid out i stay in bed.
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    That reads exactly like one of those statements from a football club stressing that their Mgr has their full backing. Just before they sack him.
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    I'm not even remotely surprised by how many are doing it. I mean, we complain incessantly about drafting. We see dives in soccer. Cheating in other major sports. Let alone in everyday life. Look at the crap being dolled out to Ayto in the mental health thread. People are crap. Surround yourself with the few you can find that aren't.
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    So, if you have been around since 2007, you will know about the Green Machine. For those that don't, Ian Green aka Trannie "The Green Machine" had a heart attack during the IMOZ 2007 swim. Unfortunately he passed away. A lot of people know Ian's wife Pam. (Trannie - Mrs Chat). There was a plaque put of the Surf Club in Port after Ian's passing plus a special board has been dedicated to Ian. Anyway, it's been 10 years now and Ironman did something very special at the race this year. To explain, I have cut a couple of paragraphs from Pam Greens Facebook page (she won't mind). -------------------------- Wow 10 years have passed since Ian died. I have just spent the last week at Port Macquarie with such a big bag of mixed emotions. What can I say? Wow, what an absolute tribute not just to my wonderful husband Ian Green, the Green Machine using his rock for the towel, the first male and female finishing tape, the medal, the Tshirt and age winners trophy but a tribute to all Ironmen, particularly the legends who have competed at Forster and now Port Macquarie. As I say Ian left me the biggest legacy anyone could ever want in a sport. Thank you Australian Ironman and the Local Committee for all the support I receive from you. I dare not mention names I would miss some, You all know who you are. And to the Ironmen and their families who give me this big adrenalin rush thank you. I am deeply honoured to say that I was married to this beautiful man. Thank you for your hugs and love AND see you next year xxx Pam --------
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    I think at the moment Port & Cairns are too close and cannibalising each other's competitors (including Pros). Cairns also offers a lot more PRO points if you want to qualify for Hawaii as it is the Asia Pacific champs so if you're a pro and have Kona ambitions there's no way you'd waste your time doing Port. Port was originally run first week of April but because of the (now deceased) IM Melbourne, it was pushed back by about a month. IMO it's a bit too late in the season and should be moved back to where it was.
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    He should have asked Crowie as to how he was able to exit Orbea. He should have asked Macca as to how he was able to exit Hawaii
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    C'mon mate. I can barely run "Aid Station" to "Aid Station" as it is......and now you want them to be 5 km apart. Geez, I'd have to do some training to meet those standards.
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    That's certainly one way of reducing participation numbers in the sport.
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    So far today has gone to plan. 100 x 100 on 1:45. I did the first couple on 1:40 pace to warm up, then settled at 1:36-37. Leg cramped at about number 55, so I shoved a pull buoy in for the rest. At about 65 I upped the pace to 1:35's and held that through to about 90, when my stroke started to degenerate due to tired shoulders. I managed a 1:30 for number 99, then finished with another 1:35. B&E burgers have been demolished, loving this tired upper body feeling, and the better half has already been to Dan Murphy's to get a carton of IPA. Gotta love life when it all plays out to plan.
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    True. On that note I'm going to run 1000 marathon in 1000 days. We all know I'll fail but that's fine to have goals and fail. People will still support you saying you did a great thing and are farkin great. Btw. I have ankle issues. So I didn't do today's. I'll start again tomorrow. #oneinarow
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    Just make sure they're goggles and not headphones......................
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    I'm always heartened when I hear of smart kids wanting to be teachers, god knows we need some more smart teachers to teach the next generation. Teaching should be seen as one of the most important professions, not a back up plan.
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    You are young then. Back in the day when triathlon was hard, we all raced in speedos. No tops. Just speedos. 80's and 90's.
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    They only ping people because it looks gross on your average bucket-lister sprint triathlete. These guys don't have muffin tops.
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    Thanks everyone for your comments, PM's, Texts etc. Appreciate the thoughts. Dave T, your story is familiar with me. Your awesome wife was one of those who took the time to message me some words of support. Like yourself, I have always gone above and beyond financially, and spent the first 4.5 years post separation paying increased CSA (my choice) as well as the mortgage on the family home (again, my choice). Neither choice was overly bright in hindsight, however at the time I felt it was the right thing to do. Again, like yourself, when you continue to get shafted and and CSA is increased, there is no recognition of the extra you have paid over many years. Even now, despite paying a touch over $300 per month for my daughters braces none of that can be taken into consideration and applied against the CSA payment required. Unfortunately, I now have a decision to make which is to continue to pay the braces, or the increased CSA amount. Unfortunately I can't do both. The above specifically resonates with me. I am angry, full of spite, and bitter. Unfortunately, that spills over and impacts everyone around me, especially my wife, who is of course my biggest supporter. I try to avoid this but it is just so bloody hard. Bel understands, but eventually she will reach her limit (and fair enough). We are trying really hard to "live in the moment" as well. We are still working towards fulfilling all of the plans we had in place for the next 5 years or so, career wise, financially, travel etc. We are determined to not put our life on hold waiting for the moment things might turn around. Life is too short. I miss them terribly, and I worry. I have no idea how they are travelling and if they are ok. I am in touch with their schools and from what they tell me there has been no impact so far. Time will tell. In the meantime, I got to spend time with my stepdaughter and new grand daughter yesterday. It's not the same as there is still a hole, but it sure is nice to have a new little one around to love and watch grow. Thanks again for all the support. Just goes to show was a great community this place is Ayto
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    41 and a bit now. I will never in my life get a pb again, don't really care love just seeing how I go when I put my mind to a bit of consistency. . Just did a surf trip for a belated 40th present to my self the difference from when I was 20 is how many surfs a day reduced ..how much farking voltaren we were all taking and well the size of my balls shrinking and the tightness of my sphincter. ..lol Few of the boys took this on I hid behind the outboard. .lol
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    Ayto, take heart mate. It could always be worse. For the first 7 years post-separation, the CSA was calculating my Child Support based on the information provided by my ex-, that I had zero contact with my daughter. At that stage, it was in fact alternate weekends and a couple of hours on a Tuesday afternoon. Once I discovered I'd probably "overpaid" around $20k aftertax dollars, I asked the CSA if there was anything I could do about re-adjusting the balance? Of course, if I had "underpaid" they would have insisted I made up the shortfall, however, they said there was nothing I could do about paying too much. LOL. Don't give up hope that someday things may get better. Miss 12yo cut me off in 2011, and wouldn't have any form of communication with me for a bit over 5 years. Then, out of the blue I got a phone call from her in Port Mac last year, and we speak on the phone and Facebook every week or so, and catch up for lunch every month or so. I was a bitter, angry man ( internally, at least) for a long time and my lovely, new wife couldn't ever get me talk about my feelings with regard to my daughter. Eventually, I just managed to stop letting it hurt me so much, and got on with "Living in the Moment". The next stage will be trying to re-integrate my daughter with my "new" family and my parents ( she is the only granddaughter). One day at a time. Keep up the good fight. If nothing else,always be true to yourself.
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    Well my wife turned 40 yesterday. So we went to Hestons Restaurant. It was a pretty amazing experience. Cost a bomb. (Return ticket to LA). Shes a massive foodie. I really enjoyed it. 10/10. But certainly under the heading, 'finer things in life'.
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    Tough day. Dropped chain at 80k and lost touch with the guys i was drafting I mean riding with. Had a crack on the run. Went out at sub 3 pace and felt great, was looking like a possible podium and was about to run into 6th on 3rd lap and next min I was laying on someones front yard at settlement point struggling to breath. Got my shit together and finished in 9.40.xx. This course is brutal.
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    Finally finished the half..... Did I hear somebody say something about getting the result you deserve ? The sun has just set on another beautiful day in Port. Wouldn't be dead for quids (even though I wanted to be put out of my mysery earlier today).
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    I'm in! Sprint distance. They took 11 from my AG.
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    This was an interesting response to Jordans post: Lots of folks, myself included, asked your opinions of the Dimond in very recent months, including via PM's, and you lied your ass off. You never spoke of any major issues. Now you want people to fund a defence for you. Piss off.
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    I don't get why John is doing anything now other than support his wife. She is on track to do something quite exceptional and he keeps trying to drag the attention back to himself. What is the point of him doing a full now?
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    Meet my grand daughter, Savannah Rose. Born 11.51pm 21 April. 7 pound 5 oz. All well.
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    Next year I am going to be doing 'OneInARow' again going for my 20th Port. For this I will be doing what I always do and will be accepting charitable donations from myself only and those donations will be going to the IronmanFoz charitable fund (read Ironman entry)!! I will be training as normal, I won't be telling anyone! I will not accept anything else from anyone, so if you think you will help me fix a puncture or want to lend me your pump etc, then the answer is no. It's going to be business as usual in the IronmanFoz household.
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    A sheep station Wetsuit it is. Suckin it up
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    Lock and loaded nice and smooth and clean ready to race (we'll be a mule for 12hrs or so) should be fun :-)
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    why don't you name the beer mile after K2? The K2 Beer Mile....
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    Great work Turts & Ten Pints, you'll both have a ball. You've done the hard work, you're in the team, now just go and enjoy it!
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    I agree Goughy, especially when considering her role on the Federal ANZAC Centenary Commeration youth working group for which she was meant to be bringing inclusion. The excuse of she didn't recognise the signifigance of it shows her inadequacies in that role, and I would have to question all of her other roles being funded by the public purse. It also isn't great for the ABC after their controversy around attempting to sack a newsreader for missing a cue less than a fortnight before to then turn around and say this is fine - double standards anyone?
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    A bit over 4km OW swim this morning. I felt out of place, as the other 6 swimming were either doing the Channel this year, or booked to do it in the next 2. Maybe one day. Can't fault the location today though, and much warmer than the Channel, at around 21 degrees.