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  1. 11 points
    She was never in danger. Apparently sharks don’t bite real estate agents out of professional courtesy.
  2. 10 points
    Hello everyone. Long time, no check in. Much has happened since I was last here, around September 2016. I'll try and catch you up in as few words as possible. After becoming suicidal, and reaching the lowest point in my life, I ended up failing three subjects at uni in semester 2. This ended up adding a year to my course. I was devastated. But I pulled up my big girl pants and eventually got on with it. At some point, I don't really recall when, I stopped the ADs with great success. Early in 2017, the bloke got work (I think, the timeline is a bit hazy). He was (is) working up north so wasn't around much. I starting seeing how life was going to be without him in it. The critical day occurred on 15 March 2017. I had just arrived home from my 4th night shift. He has done fark-all as usual, leaving everything around the house for me to do. It suddenly occurred to me that it was more difficult for me for him to be in my life. So, I threw him out. He left that day and that was that. He now stays with his parents when he's not at work and has all of his belongings in storage. There are so, so many other things that have happened I won't go into, these are kind of the highlights. Since that day though, I have refinanced the house which ahs allowed me to live reasonably comfprtably, have started working full time, am doing reasonably well at uni (repeating the failed subjects) and signed up for Busso half in May. The best part though is, in the last few weeks, I have become happy. Really bloody happy. I've emotionally cut the ties with him, finally, and feel free. I have a long way to go. I've gained a lot of weight, lost a lot of fitness and feel alone a lot of the time, but I am on my way back. Look out Trannies.
  3. 8 points
    Happy Mental Health Day +1 and Happy Mental Health Week to all Trannies and their loved ones.
  4. 8 points
    A lot of keyboard captain comments as usual. The guy’s a world champ not some chump who follows people on Strava and thinks they know what they are doing. With all the physio and psychological issues Pete’s had the last few years you would’ve thought he might as well give up but he just keeps plugging away trying to find his groove again. That’s easy to do when you’re a nobody but would be a very humbling experience for a world champion. Whatever happens to Pete moving forward , I know he’s not a quitter and he will work something out somehow.
  5. 8 points
    Sorry for the lack of posting on here of late! I'm on here most days reading but just haven't been writing much myself. Was a pretty funny old day over in Malaysia with my steerer snapping in half and then 32-33k on a city bike. Owed it to the race to finish and glad I did albeit very slowly. In terms of Dimond, I will refrain from saying anything.
  6. 7 points
    And I'll also add that THIS FORUM was also a big part of my recovery. Being chatted to and encouraged etc. People who I have never ever met sending me the most beautiful messages. With nothing but good intentions. Really special stuff. ✌️ Cheers again
  7. 7 points
    Roxii is spot on. He feels useless and a burden. "Everyone will be better off without me" headspace. I've been there. It's a self esteem thing. Once I saw that I was worth fighting for, I stopped trying to top myself. It's REALLY hard for someone who is "there" to see it. But if you maybe call him and ask him for advice, or what he'd do in X situation, make him part of your wheel. Make him think that without his knowledge that stuff wouldn't happen. If you understand what I mean? My best mate from Grade 6 (1989) did this without me realising. Thank God he did. It took 6 months for me to see sense. I really sincerely hope that he picks up gradually. It can be a dark dark place. But love, communication and understanding helps light it up. Trust me. Cheers. Take care.
  8. 7 points
    Damn, enough of the miserable negativity... 23,000 posts and most of it is just bullshit. do you every actually get off the computer and partake in this sport for real. At least PJ, and AP as well, are out there living it, and not spending their life passing opinion on others
  9. 7 points
    At last some input from someone who can actually do it - understands what's right or wrong from experience About five years ago Plazbot posted his two week out of Busso workout which I had set for him - he was running 20 x 1km repeats off a 4hr bike - someone on here got on and said "it doesn't make sense to do a workout like that two weeks out" - history shows us that Plazbot went to Busso two weeks later - went four hours faster than one year before and did around 9.50 If coaches had to write programs that "made sense to the learned men of Transitions" we'd all be happy with 14hrs - some are not
  10. 7 points
  11. 7 points
    Today was 3 x1km (goal 4:10) and 5 x 200m. Ran (in order) 4:10, 3:59, 3:52 --> (a new PB for 1km - previous was 3:55). Felt like road runner today - meep meep
  12. 6 points
    Yes mate, let everyone who does or may care about him know. If it all goes south its too late for anything but regrets. Do everything YOU can now. If others choose not to act, that will be their choice, but ensure you do all you can. Get the kids to make him a card and post it with some photos etc. Make plans for the future,,, tell him you are planning to vivt and bring the kids etc. Give him more reasons to stick around than not.
  13. 6 points
    What is clear watching the race yesterday is the level of pain both mentally and physically the top pros are willing and able to endure to do what they do. And they do this session after session in training and I am in awe of them for it. I know I will never KQ and be more than a MOP athlete because I am happy to train in the comfort zone and don't push the boundaries of physical and mental endurance that the pros and top AGers do. To win the race in 2012 PJ had the desire to push his mind and body beyond its limits and achieve what to many will only ever be a dream. We took that journey with him because he was living our dream too and for those who have ever met him know PJ is a great guy and someone who you hope the best for. In my opinion once he had won the race PJ lost the drive to keep going to those dark places that other athletes continued to go. Suddenly he felt the mental and physical pain during and after training that previously he had been able to ignore. He is trying to blame onions but I feel the answer is so much simpler and he just doesn't have enough desire to win a second time. If he came to terms with that he can preserve his legacy as the last five years have raised unnecessary question marks. This is why Maffetone has been his method of choice this year as he had the justification to himself to train at lower intensity. This put him in a better personal physical and mental space which was great to see but means he cannot compete at an elite level as shown yesterday. PJ will always be a world champ but the time has come to end the mental and physical torment he is causing himself and retire from the sport at pro level
  14. 6 points
    I made it, thanks to @willie Swim was long, ride was a little short, run was a disaster, I think I over drank/ate on the bike and by the time I got onto the run I felt ill, I spent time wanting to hit the bathroom or throw up. Willie walked the last 10k with me, thank god he was on race crew!
  15. 6 points
    Then I'll sue him for using my name without permission
  16. 6 points
  17. 6 points
    It's a long race. And so you hold it up to yourself closer to the event, so that the very girl you need most, 'endurance', is not left far behind. Contrary to popular belief, you give up endurance before threshold/speed. Brett is (unless he's changed since I was involved with him) a big fan of still running 2h the weekend before (but easy) and biking 4h...but DEAD easy/slow (a regeneration pace eg. '25kph') at 5-days before an IM. I still had Michael Fox doing 24h of training at 2-1 weeks out, and 'long' over the weekend 1-week before his break-through race at IM Cairns (6th in 8h11m in a very tight finish, and with a 2:51 marathon)....and this was only 5-weeks after he was 4th at IMOZ. After a 10-day recovery block, we went straight back to full volume which, given he works 4-days a week, is closer to 30h a week than 35-40h. Frodeno: I’ve gone from calling it a taper to a race prep. This is because I still train a fair bit even during race week (20-25 hours) and tapering has become associated with resting/sleeping, and hanging out at a coffee shop too much, which I can’t wait to do after race day. The key is to “keep the engine running” and doing that just enough to still rest and recover from the hard weeks prior. The training routine stays much the same but in a reduced version—shorter sessions, shorter intervals but same intensity. Ryf: My taper begins six days before the race. So, the volume and intensity is still quite high until then. To finish off the block, I do a long run and slow long ride about four to five days [before] the race. After then, it’s all short to give the body a chance to recover, freshen up and fill up on energy. In my experience it's a mistake to think you can't impact form in periods well shorter than popular belief. I mean, at the end of a training camp, athletes can be going better on days 8-10 than when they started, despite the load of the preceding days. I laugh when I hear people suggest that at 4-5 weeks out from IM, the 'work is done'. That's a crock of shit. You can have a HUGE impact in that space, eg. coming off lower volume then doing 2-3 weeks of miles. And you can also give away your 'long' endurance form aplenty by trying to 'sharpen the blade' in the same period, by cutting too aggressively and adding too much speedwork. My own approach is to consider the 6-2 weeks (10-days) from IM period THE key period.
  18. 6 points
    Had a call from Delly this afternoon and chatted for about 20 minutes - he's going OK. Still a bit limited with his left arm and hand but making improvements and, in his own words, "in a far better place than a month ago". He's doing fine motor skill rehab (picking up toothpicks, rolling golf balls in his hand etc) and that will continue on. The rehab is aimed at helping him get back the appropriate functions he needs to work. On typical post-stroke meds and goes back for an MRI in 3 months. Sounded pretty good overall although a bit disappointed he won't be in Kona - first one he's missed in 25 years. Also disappointed to be drinking decaf coffee but he'll survive...
  19. 6 points
    That photo's probably not a good Rapp for Dimond Bikes.
  20. 6 points
  21. 6 points
    Well, credit due where credit is due. I was very disapointed with the turnout that the agents had at the auction on the weekend, however the last 4 days doubt I could have hustled as much as the agents did. We signed off the sale of the house last night at what I would have been happy with at auction, not the level I would have hoped to get to in my dreams, but a good result all the same. We had 5 offers on the table to choose from, all from parties that saw the property the first time on Saturday or after. Only downside is the offer we accepted had a condition of the pool table staying, however was high enough above the others to get a new one without the hassle of moving it so all up a positive anyway Move to the country is back on, we got the extension on the other offer and have just gone unconditional, moved the settlement date forward so should have the time required to get the vege patch in and sweet corn planted just in time to be putting corn on the cob on the BBQ on the deck by mid Jan while looking at the orchard coming along nicely out the back and wondering when the cow is going to stop pooping everywhere. (The cow is from my sister in law, they want to give their block a chance to rest so are sending it down to us, city slickers thinking they can keep a cow on an acre block...) Onto the packing...
  22. 6 points
  23. 6 points
    My day out: bad swim! Took off well, cleared the people around me and then hyperventilated (I think that's it - felt like I couldn't breath). Couldn't believe what was happening, and am ashamed to say, I switched to backstroke just to keep moving. Eventually got under control and back to free and started clawing back places. Went hard on bike to compensate, got in some groups but they were easy to lose as people would take off too much speed into the technical sections and things would break up. Had to slam on a few times to avoid a crash and a few swerves around danger, but was aggressive as I could be into the bends - actually enjoyed the bike a lot! Was one of my slowest runs though, stomach cramps, a dry chunder and just no go (food poisoning two days before and a night on the loo might have been a factor). Anyway, enjoyed the atmosphere and really glad I had a bash, and the bonus is, I didn't come last!
  24. 5 points
  25. 5 points
    Thanks guys. It's great to be back. I plan on being around a lot more. FP, I know, I know. I guess I always knew it wouldn't work long term too. I had to try though. Skel, I'm studying physiotherapy. Someone to read over assignments is always welcome.
  26. 5 points
    Rosie finished in 14.52, I saw some pics of her running with her friend and she looked comfortable and happy. She was a doubtful starter earlier in the week with the flu, so it was really good to see her do it and enjoy it. No doubt IP can fill in the details when he gets up at 4am tomorrow Hawaii time ;-)
  27. 5 points
    He limps coz he has gigantic big balls! LETS GO LIONEL!
  28. 5 points
    Hottest most windy year ever.
  29. 5 points
  30. 5 points
    Surprisingly didn’t get picked up by the Dimond Facebook page
  31. 5 points
    I thought it was dr Ferrari's pet name for you
  32. 5 points
    Probably because they hear you talking about “blowing up” on your way home from each Ironman.
  33. 5 points
    I can't see how swimming on someone else's hip will slow them down ? But one thing I have noticed is that a lot of guys who do a lot of posting on internet sites and don't do much swimming, swim pretty slow times
  34. 5 points
    Had the flu the week bwfore. PBd the swim, ride and run, but the 10min run from swim exit to T1 chewed that back up again. Had a great time ho!
  35. 5 points
    That 8% active fee is the biggest bullshit deal I have ever heard of - 8% is just robbery
  36. 5 points
    I have had a couple of people contact me about stuff Hiltz was selling. First thing I did was check out what he was selling decided I didn't want it & then gave him a good review
  37. 4 points
    Absolutely FFF. This thread and this place has been ridiculously helpful and generous to me. There might be a bit of fire around the place at times, but what family doesn't?
  38. 4 points
    Ive just finished reading the 11 pages. Nice work everyone. I got to watch the last 10km of the Male Pro Race. what an awesome display of courage from Sanders. Lange was just fabulous in the parts I saw of him. Sanders looks like a wheelchair for a few days will be in order. I was out all day and what a day of tracking people on the phone. I had no drop outs on the tracker all day.. Im truely amazed. I hear the Red Bull app is awesome and has a 9 hour highlights package . Thats tomorrows job. It was so nice to see a few trannies go out there and have a great day living dreams or achieving what they trained so hard for. MountainBoy did a great time of 10:11 with a 3:47 marathon. Mrs IP looks like she was having a blast out there from the pics ive seen. Keeping a friend company. TGL. bloody hell mate if you had only picked up the pace to sub 3;20/km for the last 41 km you would have had a new PB. I had faith in you all the way to get to the end and fulfill the dream so many of us have. I wish Id been there to talk shit for the whole 42 km but if that was the case we probably wouldnt have got to the end. Well done mate. Ticked that box well and truely. A few x club mates also raced today and im almost inspired to get off my fat arse and go for a run tomorrow.
  39. 4 points
    Just got back to our resort after a day of supporting. Took less interest in the pro event than if I was at home. Clocked up 30000 steps for the day. Up at 4:30, writing this at 11:00 pm. Changed shirts during the day due to sweat. No idea how you can do the event. Parked in the Walmart lot all day without issue. Heaps of others did too. Saw AP’s charges, George Hulse & Deepak Raj. Saw heaps of other cool people running around. Watched my mate convert his legacy spot into a Kona finish, which was awesome. Didnt spot any other a Tranny hats.
  40. 4 points
    Jeeze Pete, stop mincing your words and for god's sake tell us what you really think!
  41. 4 points
    Best conditions I have ever run in. Absolutely perfect. Ran with the 3:30 pacer and kept expecting to hit the wall and drop off. It wasn't until the downhills around the Tan at about the 37km mark that I drifted off the back. Did it hard for a couple of kms but came good in the last km. Finished in 3:30:58 which is a bit off my pb. But with a less than perfect prep, I am pretty happy with that.
  42. 4 points
    A woman on Strava has blocked me because I made it my sole ambition in life to take all of her QOMs Now I have almost 200 and she has less than 20. Soon I will own every QOM on the island. Then, I will leave
  43. 4 points
    Exactly gone are the days of doing stuff all , in the last two weeks of IM prep all modern coaches have you doing plenty and keep the body in the long (ish) mode discalmer ive never won kona im real fat I haven't riden my bike on the road for months I have cake in my fridge
  44. 4 points
    Not "semi-pro". Make 3 classes. Pro, Elite, and AG. No-one races pro without at least a year or 2 in Elite, and no-one races AG until 5 years after they hand in their pro card. They sit in Elite till then. You earn your pro card with results in Elite, and you drop to Elite unless you pick up 'x' number of points in some type of system devised by either the international associations or pro-union. And what's wrong with Michellie racing AG? She's 48 years old. Do you expect her to still be racing Pro?
  45. 4 points
    Hey Bored@work, Can you see what odds sportsbet are giving on Peter qualifying for Kona before AP dies of old age? Ladbrokes are giving me 5000:1
  46. 4 points
    Current assisted swim. So they had four miles to the bike. The roads in Chattanooga are fking shit. I felt sorry for the poor guy had to spray pain all the pot holes etc. would have taken him all week. felt solid on the bike & then exploded as I ran into transition. Not the best prep for this race so wasn't expecting much but was aiming for sub12. I got fkin owned. The course chewed me up & spat me out. Glad I did it, but wouldn't recommend it. The town is awesome, lush green, great food scene, good coffee, art gallery's etc. Just looking forward to getting home to my girls, now.
  47. 4 points
    Mr T is out of hospital a day earlier than we thought. Surgery on Monday night once all the bleeding had stopped to explore why and fix. Sort of a version of a decoke and valve grind. Released once he was over the general anaesthetic as the op had no cut. Due to the mismatch between the travel insurance's need for a medical report and the French system of providing one only when everything is known, I knew I would have to pay and claim back and called the insurance company to let them know that was the plan. I was a bit worried about the cost exceeding my pay anyone limit and the phone banking was closed for the night. Silly me. If you ever need to get sick anywhere else in the world, chose France. 6500 EUR all up for six nights in hospital, CT scan, innumerable pathology tests, two surgeons, anaesthetist, surgery, medication, drip, catheter........ including 18EUR per day for food - which was quite good according to the patient. We'll stay two more nights here (Avranches) to be sure he's strong then head south and on to Barcelona.
  48. 4 points
    Here's the highlights: - Swim was choppy and I hadn't raced a tri in 2 years. Kind-of bricking it. Loved the nervous energy. Got through it reasonably well and found some form. Didn't swallow too much salt water. Quick transition - some people should look at how the ITU guys do it and take some Bike was great, but I knew I was a little underdone. It was the first time I'd raced the new Litespeed Blade and it is a jet of a bike. Anyone who says that Carbon is the optimal material hasn't ridden Ti! Also used the BYOS suit from De Soto and it is awesome - actually kind-of felt like racing in the nude! Was cruising along and keeping everything in the plan (hoping to be off the bike in 3:30ish. The roads were awful in places and I lost a couple of fillings along the way. Then, just before the halfway point, the saddle clamp came loose and the saddle went vertical. I tried to fix it, but I didn't have any Allen keys with me (see the irony of my earlier post on what to carry!!!). I waited 45 minutes for a mechanical support, by which time I was cold and fed up and wanted the Sag. Waited for a further two hours with another guy on the side of the road, before walking 4km down the road to The Poachers Inn where they let us in to the warmth of the snug bar and gave us coffee. So, 2017 summary is: - 2 OW Swim races 1 Triathlon, 1 DNF 1 mouthfull of abuse from local drug addict whilst walking the broken bike back from Transition 1 MBA. As I had no money to pay the pub for their hospitality, I have just sent them a cheque for £50 for their Christmas Party. Hopefully some good karma will come of it. Time to move to Ireland (this weekend) and go XC Skiing in Norway in January. FP is still a good bloke, although I am questioning his sanity after already thinking Lanzarote is a good option after Wales last weekend.
  49. 4 points
    True FP, met some new friends and was awesome meeting triathletes from around the world - real friendly camaraderie in transition and at the start. A race I won't forget!
  50. 4 points
    I enjoyed my race. Weather turned out perfect. Bike course better than expected. Had a ball and ran for fun not a time. Heres cheers!
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