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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Kids aren't stupid. They are being manipulated at the moment but they'll work it out sooner or later. Hang in there.
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    Trout (Travis) Wayth | M 46 | Mowologist |
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    There are two reasons why I was competing in this 70.3. The first being that I had originally signed up for Western Sydney 70.3 in 2016 but was unable to compete, so transferred my entry, and secondly it was perfect timing for a trial run for Hawaii 70.3 (June 4 17) which was my main goal for 2017. I've come to the conclusion that I'm a notoriously lazy trainer, however I was coming off a 6 week base training, and was in week 12 of a 16 week 70.3 Training program which would have my peaking for Hawaii 70.3. I had cut out alcohol since the start of 2017, however had compensated that with a daily red bull (which have since been cut out, as to drop a few kgs before Hawaii) I had only done a few bricks (Yes, I am doing a short run of most of my bike training sessions, to get the feel in the legs) My swim and bike training had been going well, with my longest run being 14k (I had been nursing a heel injury that flares up after every run), and after a PB at Forster of 5.11, I was excited to test myself and see if I had made any progress) We drove up on the Saturday morning and went straight into Athlete Check-in at the Glasshouse, all went smooth, then headed back to T's Tennis Resort to drop our bags off and then ride my bike down to transition. Bike drop off was fine, and we chilled down near the finishers chute for a few hours on the grass, followed by dinner, then bed. Swim (36.32) - My swim training had been progressing well, All of my swims had been in the pool, with no open water swims, and no swims with my westuit on. My garmin clocked in at just over 2k, so not sure if it was due to my not swimming straight, or if the course was long by 100m, not to worry. It was, what it was. As we exited the water we had to run up and down an archway of stairs into T1. Wetsuit off, Helmet on, right. Now onto the bike. The official 70.3 results has me at 1.53 / 100 for the 1.9K, however my Garmin had me at 2.096k and average of 1.47 / 100. T1 - T1 - 3.29 Bike (3.03.04) - I had driven a little bit of the course so knew that it was, as I would define, to be quite hilly. Especially first couple of KMs in and out of town. I'm not a particularly strong cyclist, Running has always been my strength, however I'm not enjoying it so much after the bike! Perhaps I'm just whinging, or looking for excuses for what I feel was a poor bike, I thought the bike was quite hilly, and the road surface not the best. But it is, what it is. I averaged pretty much 30kph the entire bike leg, as it was a training ride, I always get the urge for a #1 in the bike leg, so rather than hold it in until T2, I stopped at the portaloo's for a tinkle probably around 60-70k in, and then set off again. I was looking forward to cycling up Matthew Flinders Drive as I had heard it was quite challenging, it was pretty cool going up it. I rode back in through the town centre and into T2. Total elevation was approx 600m Run As I've mentioned above, I enjoy a stand alone run, I've posted what I would say are pretty quick times (39.56 for 10K, and 85 for 21.1), however I've never really enjoyed running off the bike. In hindsight I'd say I went out a little too quick, with my first K at 4.40's, I then slowed it down to around 5. With most of my running being less than 14K, once again in hindsight, my performance matched where my training was at. Went through first 9K in around 45-46 mins, and then the wheels came off majorly. The head and the body both went at the same time. The last 10k my quickest KM was at 6.00s, everything else was 7, to 8+. At first I tried to just keep up running in between aid stations, but I knew it was over, so I did what I hate doing - and that was walking. I walked quite a lot, the entire time feeling really disappointed in my performance, and I think the negativity just grew and grew on me. I thought about DNF'ing about 5 times throughout the last 10k of the run course, but I just kept on going and was happy to see the finish chute. and cross the line in 5.58 with a total run time of 2.13.09. I was in a terrible mood afterwards, a major internal tantrum entailed. I'm trying to remain positive, and knuckle down with the areas I need to focus on (bricks, and long runs). My main goal for this year was to go sub 5 at Hawaii 70.3 (35 / 2.40 / 1.45), (which I know that i'm capable of) as I thought I could find 11 minutes compared to my Forster 70.3 time somewhere in the swim, run or ride. That's gone out the window for the time being, and I'm just going to focus on enjoying my training and racing, and keeping my heart rate low during the ride and keeping my pace easy the first few KMs of the run.
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    That was Andrew vickery from Team PIS Finished in his striped budgies and matching blazer.
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    Good stuff mate, I would go to Hawaii with time goals not in mind, go there just aiming to get the best out of yourself, it's a hard course, very slow regardless of weather. As an example my last four halves outside of Hawaii are 4:20, 4:32, 4:20, 4:35 and last two years in Honu are something like 4:42 and 4:47. If you have any questions about the race give me a holla, been three times, it's rad
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    It's taken me a little while to get to writing a race report, busy doing lost of family stuff after the race so it's actually nice to get back to work and relax a little! Haha Apologies in advance for the length, but you'll have to indulge me at least this once as I'm still pretty excitided/on a high after an amazing day. Race Lead Up I had a reasonable winter of training, hitting some reasonable consistency at around 8-10 hours a week with the odd week or two reduced due to illness. I completed Challenge Shepparton in 4:44 which was a 5 minute PB over the previous year. Stupidly in race week at Shepparton I had decided to do some 100m run throughs on the track the week of the race during taper and pulled my hamstring. I decided to race Shepparton with the injury, and as a result did some further damage. This injury took about 6 weeks to heal up, meaning very limited or no running for 4-6 weeks post Shepparton and a reduced bike volume. In total I averaged 9h 42min per week during the period after Shepparton to the week before race week, my biggest week was 15h 51min 8 weeks out from race day, weeks 4 and 6 out from race day were also in the 15 hour bucket. Two weeks out from race day and after I finished my last long run I ended up with quite severe pain in my right glute. I saw multiple doctors and ended up getting a cortisone shot in my glute the Monday afternoon of race week before flying out Tuesday morning. So no running whatsoever for the two weeks leading up to the race. Race morning I had a pretty good sleep, only woke up once to go to the toilet at about 2am. Woke up at around 4.15 and I could hear the wind howling. Got down to transition and it was really blowing. After getting suited up headed down to the water and there were small breakers on the beach, and you could see the chop out deeper form the water’s edge. Swim – 1:12 On Thursday morning I went out and did a swim of the complete swim course solo in calmer conditions and swam 1:06, so I was hoping to go a touch quicker race day with some drafting, but the weather gods were to have none of that. Being my first IM, and of course NZ being one of the very few (maybe even only aside from Kona?) that still has a mass start, I wanted to get the full IM experience and placed myself probably 1/3 of the way to the front, right in the middle of the pack. The cannon went off and we started swimming, there was quite a bit of contact for the first 500m or so. I swam over the top of a few slower swimmers that placed themselves right at the start, and had it paid back to me by a couple of guys that did the same to me from behind. There were also people crashing into me from the swell, where a wave would pick them up and throw them into my side. After 500m or so I found a nice set of feet and followed them all the way to the turn. Turning right, and wow. It actually felt like I was swimming uphill heading straight into the oncoming chop. That 50m segment felt like to took 5 minutes! Made the turn from home and again found a good set of feet, through sighting they were starting to go off course, so I left those feet and swam 500m or so by myself in a straight line then found some more feet which I followed all the way to the finish. I swam pretty straight the whole course and was happy with how I sighted. The conditions were definitely tough, but I really enjoyed the swim. Bike – 5:43 I had trained to try and hold an AP of 170w for the whole of the bike leg which I was pretty confident of doing, and knew that it was a pretty conservative number as I wanted to still be riding strong on the last segment back to Taupo as well as be in a good enough position to put together a decent marathon (by my standards anyway!). The conditions were as most people have already talked about, that wind was tough, but not that bad I didn't think. I’d have to say that aside from seeing a group of about 4 guys rolling turns in a pace line ahead of me get busted for drafting, and dropping a whole packet of shot blocks (damn!) by accident, the bike was rather uneventful. I found the surface actually quite good, I don’t know why everyone complains about how rough it is. I didn’t have any issues whatsoever. My only issue was that for some reason I could not get my heart rate down, on to the bike out of T1 I was at 160bpm which is pretty standard for me. In training I was holding 170w with a HR around 128-132bpm. An hour into the bike and my heart rate still hadn’t dropped below 150bpm which is not normal, even in a Half IM I sit low 140’s usually. I decided to trust the power I had been training at and focus more on RPE, which still felt easy through the whole first 90km. I made the turn for home back to Taupo for the last time and still felt good. I lifted the RPE and power a touch and started to pass a significant number of people. It became apparent that there might have been a few people who got a little carried away and overbiked the first part of the bike, there were a few people I passed really in the hurt box on that last segment. I actually averaged a higher AP and average speed the second time back to Taupo as I did the first which I was really happy with. Run – 3:55 My number one objective for my first IM was the enjoy the day, the second objective was to not walk the last half of the marathon. I had made a deal with myself before the race that there was to be no walking except at every aid station. My plan was to walk each aid station for 10 seconds, take on fluids/nutrition, then get running again quickly. I set out at a conservative pace on the run, which had been my mantra all day. I had heard that the best thing to do was be patient until the 32km mark of the run, so ‘be patient’ was something I kept telling myself all bike and majority of the run. First lap of the run felt pretty good, well as good as it could after just riding for 180km anyway. I found a good rhythm, and the km’s started ticking off one after the other. The whole first lap I was just soaking in the atmosphere and crowd which was amazing. Second lap and still feeling pretty good, I hit the first main climb on the run and started to feel some hurt. I kept on rolling at the same effort level but within the space of a few km’s it started to get really hard. I kept telling myself the deal I had made myself when I kept wanting to stop and walk, but instead just tried to block out the pain and kept running to each aid station. At about the 20km mark I started to get into a really dark/hard place mentally but just pushed on. It’s probably not the most advised strategy, but there was an ‘unofficial’ aid station some guys had set up halfway around the run course with a couple of chairs and a table with a few beers on it. The aid station before the ‘unofficial’ aid station I kept a cup with me. I ran up to the aid station with the beer, sat myself down in a chair and the boys poured me a beer in my cup to some pretty loud cheers and celebrating! They all huddled in for a group photo as a drank the beer, then a couple of minutes later I got up and kept going, again to a big cheer! I have to say from a mental standpoint that really helped! I got running again, found a rhythm to close out the second lap. The last lap started and I was hurting. I kept plugging away, and eventually got to the 32km mark and I don’t know what happened, but all of a sudden my legs came good. I told myself only 10k to go, I’ve done that so many times before, I’ve got this! Somehow I was able to up the pace, and the last 10km was almost as quick as my first 10km of the marathon. I was so happy to be able to finish this race strong, I soaked up the atmosphere on the way home, people on the side yelling all sorts of congratulations etc, what an amazing feeling. I hit the red carpet and my wife, daughter and a friend that came over to watch cheering from behind the fence. I high fived them on the way passed and crossed the finish line completely spent. A couple of volunteers had to hold me up as I walked over to the tent to recover. Finish – 11:03 (the beer might have cost me going sub 11!) Post-Race For the first couple of hours after the race: ‘I’m never doing that again, I’m done’. From the day after the race to now: how about IM Australia in May 2018!
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    Trout has finished, yay!! Hope this video works, I'm posting from my phone received_10156170234784867.mp4
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    My wife and daughter are heading to the States in June to see some relos - I didn't want to do the long trip and I've been there a few times before. So I'm heading off with my young bloke to the Warrumbungles, Cobar, Broken Hill, down through outback Victoria and back through the high country on a 'boy's own adventure'. It will be nice to get away from civilisation for a while. Might read that book while we're away - I ordered it last night.
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    hide it at work for sneaky lunchtime rides
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    Ayto, I am seriously crying while I read that you've lost the battle. I can't imagine the feeling, or I would be more honest to say I don't want to imagine the feeling. Situations like this are why Dads like us who totally adore their kids tip toe around like "naughty boys" when we should now days be considered totally allowed to see and gain access to our children. Personally, I panda to strange requests and change my plans so I don't upset the Ex....I am scared she'll do something similiar....that would end me. Ayto, you have a group of people who love you and know how ****ING awesome you are. You have a beautiful bride who is a rock. Talk to us, talk to her, even talk to a professional if you want to work through it. And know from a guy who grew up being told his "Dad's a loser"....the kids do love you. Deep down inside their souls. It will show one day. Wishing you all the best with everything, take care, vent here. Stay safe Take care, Sam.
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    We might complain a lot about wtc and things, but it seems when they get something right, they get it very right. Did you do that on purpose IP?
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    Have fun, Trout. Rosie too. Support crews are special.
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    Never underestimate the power of the old school tie. Right or wrong it still will open doors decades later.
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    Hey ip. Don't bother doing it next year. You'll get 5th. I just read it in my tea leaves. Btw. Well done. Epic 5 for you next my friend
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    Basically wtc is run by farktards.
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    I could do it. A cabin on the fringe of a French Alps National Park, a good supply of coffee beans and the ability to bottle my own red and you'll never hear from me again!
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    I went to private school and public school. You can get shit private schools with shit kids and shit teachers and you can get great state schools, with great kids and great teachers, but the one big difference between the two, is the private school can get rid of the shit kids much easier than the state school. And that counts for a lot if your state school has a bunch of delinquent kids that drag everyone else down.
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    Good on him, personally I could think of nothing worse. I dont even like camping. Im the opposite, I feel like I need people around me. I dont necessarily need to interact or know them but I enjoy being part of "humanity". Yep there are idiots around and plenty of them, but to someone else Im probably that idiot.
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    Hi Trannies. Rather than put this on the Pay it Forward thread, I'll just leave it here. If you have a use for this 58cm ( Large - suit 183 cm+/- ) bike, and have genuine use for it, be it road or trainer, and can pick it up from either Narrabeen or Balmain, then it's yours. PM me or call Andre 0412 173 573
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    Not a bad time for a double marathon is it.
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    Been there, done that. The collarbone is a pain but the 6 ribs. Ouch..... I sat up for 3 months with that (all 6 were broken from the back end, not the front). I slept, ate, watched TV for 3 months sitting up. Terrible time. Best wishes sent to Steve. As for the others and Trout - stay safe out there and enjoy. FM
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    A spot called Tea bags little island of nth Sumatra . The size of this day still dosn't show the heat of the situation with the exposed reef and the exit situation before it locks you in . I cracked my ribs on day 2 in 6ft different spot still hurts to sneeze and laugh ! Ive never taken so much voltaren in my life...haha bloody 40 + year old body
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    IP Knocked out his first marathon in 3.50. Currently at 60kms
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    You can here. East Kunderang homestead on the Macleay River, run by NSW NPWS. An old settlers homestead, but done up with all the mod-cons inside. No mobile reception, no internet, no TV. Just sit on the verandah, listen to the crickets chirp and watch the wildlife hop by or fly overhead.
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    What did I start! This post came after I bought red capsicum instead of green (cause red is like $2 dearer) and some dutch spiced gouda instead of homebrand cheese slices for my lunch. I need to get a life!
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    He was actually hitting on you TC.
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    Firstly, thanks to Flanman and Johan who answered my call re: finding someone who'd been to the DPRK. As much as I was keen to do the Pyongyang marathon for sporting but also personal interest reasons, I naturally felt some concern. The couple of people I did meet/spoke to, who'd been in, allayed my fears and I'm now so glad I went. It definitely was a trip/marathon of a lifetime. I went with Koryo group who have been going into the DPRK for 22/23 years now and are the most experienced, well connected and respected travel group for this region. They were incredibly professional. You have to be guided in North Korea, whether you go on a group tour or hire guides and drivers. Naturally, our group was there for the marathon so it was a group of like minded individuals. Pyongyang is an incredible, and yes, despite stories to the contrary, functioning, city. In fact it is really rather beautiful. Willow trees line the river and the blossom came out the week we were there. Although slightly shabby and aging, it is also impeccably clean. You definitely notice the lack of cars and also the lack of visual pollution (signage). Pyongyang is the capital and privileged but we did travel down to the DMZ/border and travelled through the country side and villages on the way. Oxen are still used in the country side and it is sad to see the affects of mismanaged agricultural practices made worse by their susceptibility to floods. Saying that, it is no where near as bad as our media makes out. It's funny: some things we saw or were told were weird, and yet, so much was so much more normal than I expected. We were there the week of the big Kim Il Sung 105th birthday (you would have seen all the media on tv). We saw them cleaning the streets and squares, and practicing their parades. A lot of the women wore their national dresses and we saw them partaking in 'mass dances' which was lovely to see. The marathon itself was an absolute blast. Perfect weather conditions - blue sky an sunshine albeit a little wind. We started at Kim Il Sung Stadium and this year they changed it from a 4 loop course to an out and back. They had three distances: marathon, 1/2 marathon and a 10km. We all entered the stadium in front of a crowd of 50,000 cheering people (the closest I'll ever get to feeling like an Olympian!) and lined up in the centre in groups to 'pay our respects' (ie. bow) to the pictures of the 2 Kims. The North Koreans are well practiced in lining up - us westerners were rather a bedraggled lot! The marathon started first and we went left the stadium out onto the main streets of Pyongyang, past the Triumphant Arch, the Kim Il Sung Square (the big square you see in the media when they're doing their military parades) and out to the city limits. The streets were lined with people and kids clapping and cheering and saying Ppali Ppali (Bali Bali - bit like alle alle/ go go...). Just like any other marathon, parents/grandparents holding kids and waving; kids grouped together watching and giggling etc... In fact this was one of the times we were relatively 'free' to see NK society functioning on a sunny Sunday. Due to tearing an ankle ligament (again) and having a month off running right in the middle of training, I knew I wasn't going to make the new cut off time of 4hrs. Yes, they changed it from 4:30 to 4:00 about two days before I flew out. That's just typical North Korea for you - things change. Roll with it. There was an option to drop down to the 21km but I really wanted to do this marathon so I stuck with the 42. At about 18km I thought there was a slim chance I could make the cut off - then I turned at the 21km straight into a head wind and realised I'd been running with the assistance of a tail wind. Damn! Oh well. As much a I hate wearing a fuel belt, I decided to carry one here as there only water to be provided every 5km. This was fortunate as for a BOP'er like myself (well in this event anyway - The North Korean only put their elite in so the tail end was just foreigners) they started to remove the stations after this and also remove the road marker cones! Talk about NK efficiency! At about 35km the I spied the dreaded yellow sweeper bus. Two North Koreans were standing by the door and as I came up they said 'Miss, you need to get on the bus'. I noticed two runners further ahead from me and guessed that they'd decided to keep running so I declined. "No thanks" and just kept running - not sure whether that was a dumb move or not. They weren't in uniform so I wasn't too worried. I trundled on as I figured, if I don't make the finish line, I'd rather run back to the stadium than take the bus. With 2-3km to go the bus came past again. I debated whether to run around the non-door side of the bus. This time they were a little more forceful and said 'Miss - you are the last (which I was most definitely not), you have to get on the bus' to which I replied "I'm not the last and I'm not getting on the bus". I tried to keep looking straight ahead and not give them eye contact and just keep running. I could see the arms of other athletes who'd done what they were told, resting along the window sill. So on I went, knowing now that I'd missed the 4hr cut off. Oh well. Within about 1km the bus came by and I'm not sure whether there had been a mutiny on board or what but the driver let the runners off. One guy got off right beside me a said 'well done you for being stubborn. I wished I hadn't got on as now I feel I haven't done the full marathon. We all admired you'. Ha ha. So I made it back but they would let me do the last lap inside the stadium. They were already handing out the prizes to the winners. Never mind I still managed to get a medal so I will now engrave it with: DNF, 41.88km, 4hr 26min.!!! Just makes it as unique as Pyongyang itself is. Who knows, when these current troubles die down, I may go back and give it another crack! It certainly was unique. I loved every minute of my trip and I wouldn't hesitate to return.
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    This is what I was thinking. My fastest 70.3 and IM run splits came from my lowest run volume and lowest intensity run training in a build for 70.3 and IM respectively. They were also both neg splits. Most of my run training was done at slower than my race pace for both those races. I was also much stronger on the bike than I ever had been. I used to run as hard as I could in all my run training, including bricks, with the philosophy that belting myself at or close to threshold will make me stronger for race day. As Rog mentioned, that training actually is not specific and doesn't lend itself to running strong in the back end of an endurance race.
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    lol - the race guide says that the highest point on the course is 84M above sea level. A 3km long @ 14% grade gives an altitude gain of 420M... something's not right...
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    Most recent Facebook post says 23 x IM 27 x 70.3 https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1743778282579210&id=1644626402494399
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    I've been fairly sedentary the last 3 months with the no exercise orders from the quacks, still wear a vivofit and have noticed I've been doing only around 5 - 6 thousand a day, a few days as low as 3,000. I have been driving to work, park around 50 metres from my desk and the most walking I do during the day was going to the toilet down the other end of the building (I have filing 3 metres from my desk and a personal printer 2 metres so office is not designed to move much at all). I think the most I got in that time was 8,000 odd steps When training though, 15,000 on light training was my average, usually nudged it over the 20,000 mark when right into it. Had a few days where 60,000 and 80,000 even popped up, but they were heavy run days, going to be a few months before I see those figures again
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    Just put one up in the race reports section
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    Another vote for e-go, they are owned by hunter transport, I have sent multiple 14ft Carbon stand up paddle boards all over the country with them and I've never had a problem, always well looked after, I'd certainly have no problem sending a bike with them. Pricing is very good, Last board i sent was Brisbane to Townsville and I paid $145, Bargain when considering the Awkward size of them.
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    Damm you're a SOOK.
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    I'll ask around for you. Have some friends in the game.
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    That's why you have insurance! Maybe your tradie could steal Mrs Bored's rings so they get replaced on insurance, and you can still buy your Canyon.....