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  1. 21 points
    when I can process what you lot have done, and can come up with something more than just thankyou without all the swearing that's been going on I'll say more. IP, you're just I don't know.........
  2. 18 points
    The last two days have giving me great satisfaction. For the first time in a very long time I have felt wanted and respected. The first one was on tuesday i turned up to work (arvo/night shift). I started here in December. Went to my clipboard to check my client list for the shift. My payslip was there as usual but so was a card. A birthday card. I hadnt even told them. There was a gift card in there too but the best thing was the messages from all those work there. The messages were very touching to me and a one of acceptance and genuine want. Number 2 was yesterday (my actual bday). A guy with MS, a mum of a swimmer i have helped and a client who did rehab with post Cervical spine fusion took me out to lunch. Their words during lunch were very touching and a bit emotional. Both these experiences made me feel uncomfortable as it was unexpected but also very rare for me. So the take away i have got from these two days is 1. I have worth in my role and am respected. 2. I have some real friends 3. I have stuck to my guns and finally seeing some positives. 4. Dont change you because you are not the right fit for others. Find the right fit for you.
  3. 17 points
    https://www.facebook.com/RunWith.com.au/ www.runwith.com.au After two years of thought and banging on about my new shop. It's finally here (well stage 1 is). RunWith will open (stage 1) on the 13th January, 2018. This will be the Retail/Online and run group side of things. The prehab/rehab/recovery centre (Stage 2) will open about 4-6 weeks after this, with a runners gym and Normatec recovery systems. Then Alter G/Hot and Cold pools not far behind (Stage 3, expected June '18). In total, it's about 420sqm of fun. Stock might be a touch thin on the retail side of things, but will be a lot better as the months go on (I expect to be at full strength somewhere around the end of March, subject to suppliers being able to get stuff to me). I've got plenty of the bigger brands, a couple of smaller ones and at least two that at the moment are unique to RunWith. I have all the staples to get started and look forward to adding things as they come into store. If you happen to pop past the store for a tour and a yarn, I'll have some of Skulduggery's finest (Hey Burgs and Dan Wilson's brew) to share and tunes going from a few local record labels. If you know of a good quality local brand that can add to the RunWith community please let me know (the more the merrier). As a thanks to everyone here for providing advice/support and to Roxii for letting me advertise here, the code below will give you 20% off everything in store and online till the end of January (20% will be added to the value of gift cards)*. Further to this, I'm giving 2% of all sales made through this discount code back to Transitions - I know Roxii puts a bit of coin into the site and it's a little way to give back to the place that's given us all a lot at times (adding Transitions as your 'group' in your account will also give you 9% off everything store wide at all times** and will continue to give 2% to Transitions, yes - I can make this available to other clubs, email willie@runwith.com.au) CODE: IAMATRANNIE - This code will be good till the end of January and will not be repeated. Generally speaking, this will be the first and last time I offer a dramatic discount. BONUS: Spend over $200 in one transaction in January 2018 and I'll send you a RunWith shirt to wear, you'll be able to select your size in checkout if you qualify. Sweet huh? Website will go live Monday 8th January, with as many products as I can manage to put up there between now and Launch. If there is something missing, that I may stock or should stock please comment below or send an email to info@runwith.com.au and I'll try and work it out for you. If you need any advice, help, suggest products, suggest clubs or sponsorships, offer support or simply want to yell abuse ( ) down the phone my number is 0404 133 183 or willie@runwith.com.au * Please note 20% off not valid on Electronics. Gift Cards bought with this discount are not able to be used to purchase electronics. ** Subject to change without notice.
  4. 17 points
    Wow! You guys are awesome! Thank you! It isn't often Dean is speechless, although I am not sure if you can count swearing for 10mins speechless. I thought you might all appreciate this. Goughy's reaction Goughy's reaction part 2
  5. 15 points
    Was chatting this morning about my year last year and the role this thread played in it all. The conversation made me feel the need to pop in and say thank you to all of you for listening to me when I needed it most. I also wanted to make sure anyone who needed it right now knows there is someone here (although I'm sure we all are), if it's needed. And finally, if anyone at all needs a private chat about anything, drop me a line, please.
  6. 14 points
    Swim, Ride, Run - there.... it's Tri related. I hope everyone has a great Christmas and New Year. Be safe and at peace with yourself over this time. Reflect on the good and learn from your experiences. Don't be afraid to reach out and talk about "stuff" if you need to. This time of year is also about giving an ear, smile and shoulder. Problems are a lot easier when you talk about them. You cannot change the past, but you can ruin the present by worrying about the future. Cheers all FM
  7. 14 points
    I have done 26 Ironmans....I am 50...... I could today immediately stop due to fear of heart issues......and tomorrow I could be hit by a car and die..... I think I know what I'll be doing. Life is full of chances...I'll take a chance on my next Ironman
  8. 13 points
    The contents of the gear bag is pretty lean. But who cares when you get a hand written note from a local school kid. Thank you Hamish of room 11, best thing I’ve ever received in a gear bag.
  9. 13 points
    As I said, apologies Im really busy at the moment. I have answered these briefly for now. I will maybe expand on a few points if there is interest or answer any additional questions if there is any. Thanks Tyno. 1.Roxii, can you give us a quick rundown of your tri history – notable events, rep teams, KWC wins etc? Kicked off with the Canobolas Tri in Orange in 1991, was won by Jabbs. Was just something I was doing with a few mates for shits and giggles and I supposed I got hooked. Did Ironman for the first time in 1996 and managed to go round 11 times. PB was 10.46, my run always let me down, no matter how much or how hard I trained never seemed to be any good once I got beyond 20 odd k’s in the run. Probably most proud of my 4.45 Half Ironman at Forster, probably my best put together race on a hot day. My only KWC trophy was a first in a team. KWC has always had guns turn up (Michellie and Welchy were regulars in the early days and Gwen lately) so I was never gunna win that, even Yo-Yo came down to KWC once. I competed in the 09 Worlds as a member of team Ireland. I had hopes of trying to make the Aus team but came down with whooping cough during the qualifying series. Doing a WC was one thing I wanted to do before giving it away, as was my plan back then. Just never got around to retiring. 2. What about the earlier sports back ground, going back to the school days? I went to Catholic schools so rugby league was the sport. As with pretty much my entire life, I have always been able to turn my hand to anything, but only to a mediocre level, which actually ends up ok as a triathlete as being OK at all three and not having a significant weakness usually ends up with you being above average overall. 3. As the sole owner/proprietor here....for those that don't know, how did it all start for you – what lead to your takeover from Queen B?...and what about some early memories from the first few months in charge? I had offered to buy the site off Bernie when she started taking a back seat, but she declined. I didn’t think anything more of it and then a few years later out of the blue she sent me an email asking if I was interested. I wasn’t the first she had offered it to, I think Trev was first. I discussed it with the Mrs and she was cool so it all went through pretty quickly. The main reason I bought it was that this place had been pretty good to me and I knew how much of a good community it was and I didn’t want it being bastardised if it went elsewhere. I had already been moderating and that is by far harder than “owning” the site. My biggest issue is that I’m a computer numpty so I’m indebted to Stu (TenPints) for his help. 4. What about some of those early memories and famous/infamous names past. Are you happy you didn’t have to deal with some of the historical histrionics? Do you miss some of the action of the good old days? There were some funny times back in the day and yeah sometimes I miss it but I don’t think it is the site or triathlon that has forced that change it is simply a sign of the times. You simply can’t say and do the things you used to be able to say and do and get away with it any more. I have the legal letters to prove it. I’m lucky that a few of the “characters” I’m still in touch with, I get to see Gunther pretty regularly and he is still good for a laugh. 5. Are you happy with the current direction and feeling around the board and site as a whole? What would you like to see change or be added if you had the time/resources? Yeah on the whole, as long as you are all happy, Im happy. Obvioulsy I’d like to see more people contributing, especially when I know how many people read here. I am toying with the idea of stopping the “website” part and just bringing the new articles into the forum like I was toying with in the News and Reviews tab. While I enjoyed doing the website, a combination of things have made it more difficult. Obviously the tornado wrecking the house put things on hold for the best part of a year, also now with so many social media streams a lot of the “press release” are already out there as quickly as I can put them online, and pro athletes are also the same with their social stuff, plus my work is very busy at the moment and I have taken on more responsibility so it cuts into a bit of my spare time. I need to talk to Stu about implementing all this (and I feel really bad as he had built the site for me) and also want to look at incorporating the Transitions.net.au url and eventually go away from the .org.au url. 6. If there are things you’d like to improve, but currently can’t, could you see yourself putting a For Sale sign up? How many 6 packs would it take? If someone made a decent offer AND had the right intentions I would be happy to offload it, but all that being said its not much of a burden. It costs $130 US a month to keep it online and 99.9% of the time you guys behave and there is not much to do. Im a bit disappointed at how hard it has been to get some financial support/ sponsors from the industry. To be honest Ive given up. I would have thought of all the media streams a forum would be among the most beneficial. It has been proven that you guys will actively support good sponsors, and it’s the one media stream where people revisit (often) giving much more exposure to a brand. If I could get a few “partners” on board to cover costs that would be nice. 7. Does the forum gives you any kind of fame or notoriety far beyond your Shire roots? Does it open any doors in the industry? Does it ever make it more difficult for you? Yes, Yes and Yes. I already knew quite a few people from being around for a while and being from the shire but also having been training with a few different groups and clubs. But yeah the biggest shock was the first year, only a few months after taking over, going to Port and having Pete Murray come up and say “Hey Geoff Meyer wants to speak to you”, I said “Yeah sure who is Geoff Meyer” and Pete told me he was the boss of Ironman Asia Pacific. My first though was “Oh crap, what have we done now!” but he was great and saw the value of having a good relationship with Transitions. Similar when Phil Dally was head of TNSW, we got on great and he would give me plenty of great info (on and off the record) and I in turn would help TNSW out where I could. Unfortunately now that Geoff and Phil have moved on I have lost good relationships at Ironman and TNSW that haven’t continued since they moved on. One of my biggest bug bears is that TA will not engage with me (with the exception of legal threats), I made many attempts early on but kept getting palmed off or passed around to the point where I stopped bothering. I have tried to ask questions on “our” behalf and get promises but no follow up, its frustrating and I don’t think reflects well on the organisation and I suppose is just and extension of member frustration that you guys have expressed about lack of transparency and member accountability and now that Geoff and Phil have moved on I have lost good relationships at Ironman and TNSW that haven’t continued since they moved on. 8. The early days of the forum had a number of big hitters hanging around, would you like to see that sort of scenario return or do you accept it’s a different time and only some, like Bergs, will jump in every now and then? Yeah I think we all appreciate when the pro’s get involved here but as alluded to earlier they all have their own media and social media to look after too, plus I believe they need to do a bit of training, and occasionally when they come to places like this there will be one or two smartarses that want to tell pros how much they know, or how the pro is doing it all wrong and you could understand why they would not want to waste their time and effort on engaging. I think we are lucky enough that Bergs has a thick skin and a good sense of humour, plus we have Lachie who knows us all pretty well warts and all as he has been here a while. I think we may have blown our chance with PJ though. 9. Going back a long time there has been talk of people being happy to contribute to running costs and to help the owner make a bit of coin. Is this something you have thought about or are there mysterious benefactors who are putting some cash in behind the scenes? Nah at the moment it’s all coming out of my pocket. I’m ok with that it’s not a huge burden but I probably need to get off my arse and try and find a few sponsors/ partners/ whatever to try and cover the running costs and maybe make enough for a beer or two. 10. If you could change one thing in the world of tri (ANYTHING tri related), what would it be? (For the purposes of this exercise, you have a GOD like power to make the change happen and smooth any negative issues it might have.) Id simply like it to flourish, by whatever means that takes. If it meant races where easier to put on and cheaper to enter then that would be my one wish. It is a great sport (we all know that) and a great community (we know that too) and Id like more people, especially kids, to be able to experience that.
  10. 13 points
    The time you cross the finish line is irrelevant my friend, and the majority in this chosen sport of ours will applaud the fact that you turned up to the start and cheer your finish - whoever you are and however long it takes.
  11. 13 points
    I spoke to my dad again yesterday, he's very up and down still, Is spending quite a bit of time with his doctors etc, which i expect, he has a long road to go. It dawned on me on my trip home from Broome that i have never actually done anything with my dad, just him and I, he's traveled to Europe with one brother and lots of time spent with my other brother, but nothing with me, so I mentioned to my wife that i'd like to do something with him, try and mend a relationship thats not been strong at any point in time, and being that i love the nth West of Australia and the bush i figured why not get him to come over here to Karratha and ill take him on a two week camping trip up through the Kimberley, just swagging it and ill drop him at Kununnurra and send him home from there, show him a bit of my backyard. I mentioned this to him yesterday and he said he would really love that, i heard a bit of excitement in his voice, so the planning is underway for hopefully next August when its cooler for him to fly over here and go away with me for a couple of weeks. Hopefully the doctor will give him clearance to fly as currently he cannot due to pressure in his brain that they are trying to get on top of.
  12. 13 points
    I hope I've had enough beer to mellow down enough to make sense now! And I never drink at home. I hope this isn't gonna just be sappy shit. I think I posted on here the other day in another thread that there's a lot of shit people out there, and you should surround yourself with the good ones out there. I already knew I'd done that....... but you lot a just friggin nuts. It's not like I haven't seen how generous trannies is in the past, and it's not like it hasn't personally touched me before either! But this is too much and I don't deserve it. And I can't even begin to convey how ridiculously generous you lot are. And you know, this morning I got to meet Ex, Mrs Ex and Little Ex, sit down and have a cuppa with them and leave with a bike for my daughter! It was already a great day........ IP - I already knew what sort of person you were, and told my mate such when I asked him if he minded if I gave you his number. Maybe I'm naive, but I had no clue at all. You know yesterday I was messaging my mate to tell him he should maybe check how much his lbs would charge to pack his bike, and that I had some spacers here to fit into the dropouts if needed. You guys...... really don't know what to say. I've seen this sort of generosity here before. What I love here, is we often argue (or worse), but still hold some level of respect for each other and at times everyone comes together and what might have been said in the past doesn't matter. It truly is a great community here.
  13. 12 points
    I couldn’t find the thread with the Busso bet with IronmanFoz (Search function sucks) I bet him a cartoon of beer Wurf would go sub4hrs on the bike. Foz said not to worry about it. I lost & I pay my bets no matter what. So have donated to a local Charity called Backpacks 4 SA kids. I found some old ironman backpacks. We then got brushes, toiletries, clothing etc and filled them for three young girls. I spent over a carton of beer. I now consider the bet settled.
  14. 12 points
    Look at other people your age. I'm about to turn 40. Plenty of 40 year olds look younger than me but shit a lot of them are fatter & look older. My daughters school had a 3km fun run on Thursday & I was the only parent to run it with the kids. Plenty of parents watching. Lots had "injuries" After the run, one of the teachers said to me " you can tell your kid a hundred times a day you love them, what you just did proves you love her"
  15. 12 points
    Thanks Roxi John and I had a great race ( and some luck - the Canadian PTVI guys got a flat during the ride). Our focus is on Sunday's Long Course, but we thought that since we were already travelling to Canada for the Long Course, we might as well do the ParaDuathlon and Friday's ParaAquathon. Great support over here from the Aussie supporters and the Triathlon Australia Team members and officials. John and I are having a ball - and not going too bad for two old (we are both 1960 models) bald blokes. I'll keep you posted on how we go on Friday and Sunday. Mungo
  16. 12 points
    Bollox to you all, I trained, travelled, raced and qualified. Irrespective of the fact that it's easy because it's an overseas WC, I juggled a full-on job, a complex family life and managed to get enough points to be selected. As an FYI, it's not just gettting in the top 20 to go, TA will cut again depending on numbers. E.g. my AG is taking 12, I was placed 6th. So it can't be about doing just enough. The double points at the Nationals see all the guns race and smash their points - I got hardly any points there even with a PB. Yes, some races have small numbers e.g. Tasmania, but one win in one race won't get you there. Trying to qualify I found I had to race at my PB pace, making it a personal challenge. Many times people say you can only race who turns up, and race against the prescribed selection criteria. Think it's shit, then get elected to TA and change it; don't think it's worth shit representing your country in a WC due to this, then don't and stay smug in the knowledge that you're just too good. I'm actually pleased to be in a sport that allows me to race alongside the pros at many races and also gives me a chance of being proud to pull on the green and gold. I ain't the fastest and have never been on the podium, but I got a chance, took it, and will give my all and race beyond my limits next month.
  17. 11 points
    Active has always taken the first bite.
  18. 11 points
    haha, I remember my first HIM at Yeppoon. I was absolutely shagged and coming to the finish of my 2nd lap, there was an aid station there: Lady vollie -' Don't worry, you did great, the finish is just there' Me- ' I've got another lap yet' Lady vollie- 'dear God'
  19. 11 points
    Checking in, doing ok. Back at work full time. Packed up his shit. He's gone now. I'm moving on.
  20. 11 points
    Loose 10kg... 3 days left and only 15 kg to go
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  22. 11 points
    Hey, how's this? Facebook just reminded me that it was 2 years ago I learned about the affair. The occasion was passing by unnoticed. I didn't even think of it in fact. I had started the morning in a wonderful way, and the day continued on in a similar manner. I'm not disappointed FB reminded me. In fact I am happy it did. It has made me realise just how far my recovery from those dark days has come.
  23. 11 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.
  24. 11 points
    She was never in danger. Apparently sharks don’t bite real estate agents out of professional courtesy.
  25. 11 points
    Well, Nick is pretty impressed with you lot! Can't take a pic cause it's at my lbs getting that steerer cut! But I'm pretty sure the "seats too high" comments will be due! It's gone up 37mm from where it was, and he expects I'll need to lift my road bike seat too. Front end has lowered and moved forwards. He said as a bike it's a very good fit for me. Once I've had some time on it and done the exercises he wants me to do it could go down a little lower. While the changes are very dramatic, it was interesting to see how I could be more comfortable going lower and further forward - less hunched up and compressed. Only wants me riding 20mins few times a week building up to an hour over the next month to adjust. Seat height will take some getting used to, but even I could see that I wasn't rocking on the seat etc. Thanks again, all of you. Really really appreciated.....
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