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    I have thought long and hard before wading into this debate as I am one of he people that are in the "boat" being discussed. Firstly, thanks for the positivity Mick and Oompa. I must admit I was quite stung by some of the comments above. I was in the President's Team last year and I can assure you I am not an elite triathlete...nor do I present myself as one. I was however very proud of my achievement. Like Tortoise, I downplayed my achievement, assuring friends and family that anybody could actually make the team if they really wanted it. Then I looked around my local community and realise that apart from my triathlon friends, it's not actually true. Most people think you are crazy for attempting three sports at once, let alone being able to represent your country in your age group. Why be a "dream taker"? Why not be happy for other people's achievements. What seems trivial to you might be huge to another person. I had a friend last year who did her first half marathon which she did just after I did IM (and BTW I didn't finish in under 13 hours!!). She was insisting that it was nothing compared to what I had done, but I disagreed! She was so, so proud of her achievement and I was so excited for her!! So we talked at length about her race day and her lead up and I shared in her joy and excitement. I don't know if it is an age thing, or a personality thing, but I am all for celebrating the achievements and the joys of other people. It makes me happy to see them happy. On the flip side, I feel quite stung by the criticism by some people (like some of the above remarks or the remarks about IM times) about what I feel are my own successes. You don't know another person's story, so should be very careful in being critical. Everybody has a story and just because they don't meet your criteria for being allowed to be celebrate their inclusion in the team (without writing a list of caveats) you should be careful with your criticism. Anyway, if I am lucky enough to make the team again this year (I have family who live near Chicago) I will again be very proud of my achievement. I will have had to overcome some huge hurdles this year so will be thrilled.....and contrary to what some people seem to think, it won't have been easy for me. Words are very powerful. Choose yours carefully....they can lift others up, or pull them down. Your choice really.
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    Hey guys, there are a few new members getting about at the moment. Obviously that is a great thing for the forum. Please be aware of the initial impression we create by the responses we give to their questions. A smart quip may be OK when they have been around a while and we know them, they know us and they get a feel for the vibe, but bearing in mind that humour, in-jokes and the like don't always translate too well over the interwebs be gentle with them and think before you post. A one line comment like "DO A SEARCH" or "USE THE SEARCH FUNCTION" for a question that may have been asked before is a great way to discourage a newbie from engaging further, if this is theirfirst foray into a forum they may not know there even is a search function, and even at the best of times the search function can be a bit flakey, especially if you are unaware of the correct terminology to search for. Most of the people I have met from here are awesome in person, so lets star the newbies journey off on the right foot by being as awesome on line as we generally are in person. Thanks
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    My thoughts after loosing my wife last year is if I can manage something (financially or physically) now I'll do it now! I have just gone to a nine day fortnight so I can go and do things now whilst I'm still physically able to rather than wait till retirement which there are no guarantees I'll make anyway! Looking forward to using the extra days making regular solo back country alpine downhill long weekends at Bogong and Feathertop this winter. Also since childhood I've always wanted a certain car. We had discussed ways of getting one parked in the garage over the years but was on the "one day' list. Decided now not to wait and after getting it shipped over from WA finally got the club permit licence plates on it last week. Have received some snide remarks about buying it from various people but I don't care what others think! it is something I've always wanted to own so did the sums and bought it! It is a nice diversion from what continues to be a difficult time...
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    It's now 8 weeks since the little one was born. She has proved the Dr's wrong & re-written medical journals around the world. Yesterday they were discharged from hospital & have finally gone home to be a family. Tomorrow we fly out to bali for a non Ironman holiday & I can't wait to get away & relax. 2015 has been a shit year & I can't wait for it to change. There is still a long road ahead of us with more operations etc but we can cope with that. A big thanks to everyone for their support & messages. I really think this thread helps
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    I think the most important thing is that if you are slower than me, you are worthless and as I am faster than you, you should be worshipping me. If you are faster than me then you are a serious insect and probably have heaps of times to train, are doping, have no balance to your life and a bunch of other really valid reasons that are excuses when you use them. Also if you have done something moderately well that I have never done, then I would smash you if I did it, but I probably never will because of valid reasons that of course would be excuses if you used them. Why soar like an Eagle when all you have to do is convince everyone else they are Turkeys. Now to find the right emoticon to capture all that. I like this one because I like Pepsi.
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    Firstly I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas break and if you are one of the folks for whom Christmas is not a great time I hope you get through as best you can and can get some support if you need it. Secondly thanks for all your support throughout my first year of being the custodian of Transitions. It is a great place full of wonderful people who are generous to a fault with their knowledge, time and even property. It is a great community although often more like a family with the occasion al family rift or spat. Big thanks to my moderators who had helped smooth out some if the bumps and hopefully this will allow us to grow the family next year. Thanks also to those who have helped, supported, contributed or just offered suggestions for the website, it's has been a bit of work but a fun journey so far and I hope with your help we can continue to gain more traction and keep building it next year. Merry Christmas and I love youse all.
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    Two nights ago I spent a couple of hours running around in the dark with a torch looking for a friends daughter who had threatened to commit suicide. It ended well with the girl being found safe, but it did make me think about a lot of 'what if's'. I was covering an area of tracks and trails near my home and was using a bright bike light so I could scour the area on both sides of the track. I ran as I was due for a training run anyway (not that it mattered) and figured I'd cover more area (about 24km's) than if I was just walking. As I was running I was thinking that this girl could be anywhere. She could be alive, dead, or badly injured. I had no idea how many others were out looking for the girl, and I had no idea what emergency or support services had been contacted. I also didn't know the history and if this was the first incident with this particular girl or just part on an ongoing cry for help. The biggest thing I didn't know was what her parents and family must be going through. What I did know was that if I was in the same position as the parents then I'd like to know that there were others out there who cared. I knew that although my efforts were minimal in the scheme of things it was effort that I'm sure the parents appreciated. There was someone else out there looking and knowing what they were going through, and it meant that the area I was looking in was an area that they or others didn't need to cover. I didn't do anything that others (especially those that take the time to read this thread) wouldn't do. But the episode highlighted to me that when you are in the position that these parents found themselves in it is important to ask for help. You may not be able to do much, but anything you can do will be a help, both mentally and physically. No need to respond to this post, I just wanted to get it out there. There's lots of good people on this site, make sure you ask for help when you need it.
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    The wonderful thing about Triathlon, which is lost in so many sports, is that we all, at all our diverse levels of ability, fitness, strength and mental fortitude, stand together on the same day, under the same rules, on the same course and partake in our chosen sport together. A Triathlete's limits impacts only themselves and so during a race, care about yourself, respect all others, and cheer for everyone. If you're at that start line, you have my respect, because one day in the past you made a choice and that choice was to have a go.
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    How's the training for IMOz going? Should be tapering about now? However, you should be looking at the main event at IMOz! So, it's time to get ready for the very famous 2017 Transitions Beer Mile to be held at Town Green on 8 May 2016 at 3:30pm in front of the pub at the finish area of IMOz. We are now recognised as part of the Finishers Celebrations and the Beer Mile will occur after the Roll Down Ceremony. I will contact our very special Secret Sponsor and hopefully they will be supporting the Beer Mile yet again....this is the 7th year that we have had this support from this amazing anonymous sponsor...Thankyou again. I believe that we will have some very famous IMOz Legends and Hall of Famers in attendance again....think Karen Pini, Ken Baggs OAM, DCM (DO Come Monday) and some more wonderful personalities, just like the 2015 30th Anniversary IMOz and accompanying Beer Mile. I would love to get some exposure on TV, such as Ch 8 (the Ch 9 equivalent for cities) and I have wriiten to Peter FitzSimmons several times to get a mention in the SMH and The Age (I expect). So, if anyone from Port Macquarie has any contacts with Ch.8 or Ch.6, then can you try to get some coverage for the event. I believe that we should also be part of the IMOz video highlights, that we used see at the Awards Ceremony, so let's try to swing them around for some footage. Anyway, for those that don't understand what the Transitions Beer Mile is about...It is the celebration and relief of having finished IMOz within the cut off time so that you qualify to race the Transitions Beer Mile the next day. It consists of drinking a can of beer, running 400M (440 yards), drinking another beer, running 400M etc etc, until you have run a mile (1760 yards or 1600M) and drunk 4 cans of beer. Your choice of dress is encouraged and we have the usual boys dressed up as girls, boys dressed up as dogs. Go Snoopy from 2015, there are also Fairies, Dinosaurs, German Beeren Hausen, ladies called Carrots, the Safari Suit Twins, the Stig, Angus from AC/DC, blokes wearing attire from their youth and the list goes on and on. However, you should look at some of the accompanying vids from previous Beer Miles. There is also the Transitions Mile Of Famers perpetual trophy and if you believe you should be on it for this year, then PM me and for $5 and a good record of service or participation in previous Beer Miles, I will get you on this year's honour list. Also, I see that there is a Half Ironman on the same day as IMOz, so we are having a Transitions Beer Half Mile for those from the HIM who want to enter. Also, as we recognise the Responsible Drinking of Alcohol we will allow those that want to compete and drink Chardonnays, Milk, Gatorade or even Soft Drink. Unfortunately, there is no award available for these responsible drinkers at this stage. We're hoping that Big Chris will come on board again with the Timing Guys to do the timing again and also set up the on-line registration for this 'training event'. So, look out for his link for registering. Here are some vids of previous Trannie Beer Miles and accompanying links to relevant items. 2015 IMOz Beer Mile Karen Pini... for those of us from Forster IM days, Miss Karen would welcome every finisher across the line and she is, like Ken Baggs an IMOz Hall of Famer. Ask some of your older IM mates for Karen's rise to fame, apart from Paul Hogan's show. Speedy Steve 2010 Beer Mile 2009 Beer Mile 2011 Beer Mile http://forums.transitions.org.au/index.php?showtopic=49434 Transitions Post from Ratdog for 2011 Beer Mile TGL's take on the 2011 Beer Mile If you feel any pressure to participate in the very famous IMOz Trannie Beer Mile, then please visit these links for assistance..... http://www.aa.org.au/ https://www.tomwaterhouse.com/ http://www.standard....arnival/?cs=383 http://www.triradar....t-ruin-my-race/ http://rethinkingdri...fusalskills.asp http://ie.reachout.c...ssure-to-drink/ http://www.google.co...iw=1536&bih=694 http://www.aptriathl...e-of-the-cycos/ http://www.smh.com.a...1210-2z42b.html http://www.smh.com.a...0320-354ih.html http://www.chisel-fi...lonby-cheating/ http://www.dummies.c...heat-sheet.html http://au.linkedin.c...fuga/45/47a/367 http://edition.cnn.c...-ped-explainer/ As we are now part of the Monday Official Celebrations for IMOz, we are being asked to turn around near the Finish Area and we will do 4 laps of such, just like I have been doing for the last 15 years. I knew my finishing performances would be adopted by the hierarchy eventually. Here is a clip of a typical turn around at the Finish Line! The reason for this is so we don't jeopardise the licensing of the area for IMOz. Our finishing area will be close to the finish line, but away from the designated licensed area. and finally http://www.youtube.c...bed/oXvJ8UquYoo As most of you city slickers go to gyms and train to music, here are some clips to help you with your Beer Mile Training.... https://www.youtube.com/embed/CZ85j6U2Fvs And finally if you want to lose some weight, have a look at this bloke's story..... http://www.nasvik.se/fat-to-fit/ I will post again in the next week with more info, but please post your intention to attend this 'training event'. Thanks, CoffsPete
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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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    This photo sums up something special about our triathlon community. Chloe from 3lements who has cerebral palsy put in a champion effort on Sunday in her race and was supported by hundreds of people cheering her on. Super effort Chloe!!!!!!
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    Last night whilst having dinner with my brother, we were discussing the upcoming 30th Anniversary IM and we were having a laugh about how young & dumb we were when we went to first Forster all those years ago for me to attempt this thing called Ironman. And I must have about the best sibling in the world, I reckon, always supportive, never critical, and for this years Ironman at Port, we realised that he has been at every single Ironman race that I have done in Australia, be it Port, Forster, Melbourne or even Ballarat. So it's also his 30th Anniversary as an Ironman Supporter. to the supporters, be that wives, like the most lovely Mrs Avago ( who can't make it to Port this year ) ( or Mrs Go Easy ), children, like the delightful Miss Avago ( who'll be there for Port ), to my brother whose been to IMs now for 30 years..... THANK YOU. Just say'n, 'cause it'd be pretty tough slog without the support of family, friends and training buddies. see you there. :-)))
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    Yep, I went from taking a "passing interest" as they started, to being intrigued at seeing the miles covered in the first few days. Then it started to be about the human stories of injury, illness, breakdowns, restarts and helping hands. The last few days have been about the race and the tactics involved in managing food, fatigue and sleep. I went from being indifferent before the start to last night staying up late, and checking forecasts as Sydney's weather turned fowl and being worried for Kristoffs well being riding at night in those conditions, and then rushed to try and check positions when I woke this morning hoping there was a chance our paths might cross on my commute this morning. Something that was so inspirational, uplifting and personal, that has touched so many in a positive way has now saddened all those and more. Im supposed to race my last crit of the season this afternoon, which ironically is on a circuit that is on road they should have ridden on today. Not sure i can bring myself to turn the pedals in anger today.
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    30 for me. Started in 1990. 24 x IMOZ 1 x Malaysia 1 x Busso 4 x Kona I'll probably do about the same again before I give it up.
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    Maybe we should combine a few of the great things about Transitions. Would there be a need for say getting one one of the coaches from here, or one of the ones I have done Q and A 's with to knock out some generic programs, maybe get one of our tech nerds (with the greatest respect) to tart them up a bit then pass them on and the users can donate an amount they deem suitable to a mental health charity??? Just thinking out loud.
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    For me this is what it is all about. I joke around but I do try and do the best I can with what I have at the time. My first IM was amazing I loved it. Every second of it. I finished to this song . The event was a cherry. What I got from training for that event changed me and made me a better version of myself, it proved to ME that I could do things I thought not possible. I don’t care at all if that sounds trite. I went 16.30. That was 2010. I spent the next 4 years having my life turned upside down and entering and withdrawing from many races. Those races meant nothing compared to the sh*t storm going on, but it hurt not to do them. I finally got back to long course tri last year with amazingly, even by my standards, slow results. While disappointed with the times I was and am very proud of finishing them. Busso 2014 the start line was a win for me. I had a PB swim – just under 2 hours and then the bike went bad. Really bad. So 8 odd hours after getting on my bike I composed myself for the run – I got on course with 8 mins before cut off. I proceeded to race hard and get a run PB. Approaching the 32k mark (and intermediate cut-off that I was un sure if I had made) I stopped to chat to someone on their last lap. I won’t divulge the convo but I did tell them that If I were pulled at 32 I would be completely happy and that was true. Getting there was a massive win. I did finish within 17 hours at 16.56. I could have shaved 10-15 off that by running and not stopping on the last lap to collect people. But then that’s not what it’s about at that end of the race – and it is a RACE at that point. My only regret from that race is not spotting some Trannie/Tranny (sorry I haven’t read all of that tread so I don’t know which it is) who finished hours before but had come back at the finish. 17 hours is hard (and so are quicker times). Some of us train hard for those results, I’ll never be super quick, I guess with perfect prep and no bad health etc I could perhaps go 14-15 ish. I’m no better or worse than anyone else out there in many areas. Some, perhaps many, will disagree. I am thankful there is not a 13 hour limit as it would put IM out of reach for me and others and that would be a shame. And PS I hope that made sense I have just done back to back trade shows for my work so I am a little tired
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    I have been waiting for the right opportunity to make the epic post #10,000 and I guess this is as good as it gets. Firstly thanks all for the Tranny support out there yesterday and the kind thoughts here. No hangover, just too brain dead to do anything. The win yesterday was totally unexpected. I am nowhere near the best triathlete in my age group and had three out of a possible five or six other women bothered to turn up I would have gone home trophy-less. But you can only race who is there on the day, and my gain is their loss. Race report at the end. Preamble first. Sorry it's a bit long. As many of you know, I was seriously injured in early 2010 and managed to come back to two extraordinary seasons with a lot of racing, a foray into HIMs, consistent results, good recovery and backing up. Recovering from broken bits is quite straightforward provided you treat recovery and rehab as the main game and only move forward when all the previous elements are well and truly in place. However, starting in mid-late 2013, I had knee niggles as I was getting ready for Worlds in London. I didn't ignore it, had pretty solid treatment and left the country in good cheer and reasonably good shape. I had I think the best 5k run of my racing career in the Aquathlon, then 7k into the Olympic run I found myself in a new world of pain. It went downhill from there and I was on holidays 10,000 km from home and my normal fixit team. Long story short, I had a bone spur than eventually broke off (in retrospect I can pin down exactly where and when) floated around for the whole of the next summer undiagnosed and then finally jammed my knee locked, with rapid response knee surgery. Recovery might have been OK but for the fact that I now have a lot of cartilage loss in one compartment of my left knee. The medial is fine and I don't know the state of my right knee. The surgeon's instructions were NO RUNNING, but come back in three months. Did LOTS of physio to get range of motion, realignment and compensatory strength, but there is not much you can do about total loss other than wait around until it's bad enough to replace the joint. When I saw the surgeon at the three month mark, my knee was straight (or nearly anyway) and strong. He was genuinely surprised and we had the discussion about the use of the Alter-G and starting to run ON AN EXPERIMENTAL BASIS. So all summer I have done all my run training either in the water or on the Alter-G. I felt I had unfinished business and the intention was to buy time while I worked through the concept of life without running. So these days I only run on the ground when I race, which has been limited to a relatively small number of sprint distance. I had not run out the full 5km until Melbourne three weeks ago. My pace has gone down the gurgler and I'm stoked with a top speed of 6min/km. It's a shock to the system to race with 10-20% more weight than your heaviest training load. The plan was to qualify and race participate in Chicago Worlds in September 2015 and then hang up the competitive shoes. So to yesterday. I did go into it thinking that it might be my Olympic swan song, dealing with unfinished business. I had to do it to find out. My race plan was simple: Hope for some ocean chop, swim straight and manage the conditions better than most of the other old wimmen. Stagger up the hill into T1 and manage the rest of transition as efficiently as possible. Ride as hard as I possibly could, overtake as many men as possible, get off the bike with nothing left in the tank. Stagger through T2. Get through 10km any way possible. Ideally not walk until the second lap. Finish. I swam straight and was OK out of the water. I got 1650m on the Garmin. Then I hit the stop rather than the lap button, so I lost about 8 minutes until I realised and restarted it, meaning that overall time was a bit of a mystery. When I got into T2, the rack uphill of me was nearly empty and I thought "bugger, not a good swim" (they turned out to belong to the previous wave). I had a good bike, lots of low flying, MultiSport says 1:13:44 and I think I've only had one better 40k. The really satisfying thing was that all three laps were the same speed +- a decimal point. And to the "run". I did hang out for the first lap, no walking at all and felt quite pleased to keep on trotting into lap 2. I just kept telling myself that 5km is all that is left to run, no need to walk. Boy, was I tempted, but walk I did not until the second last aid station when I wanted to make sure I got some liquid into me, and then the last bit of the pinchy little hill before the long loop to the finish line. Two years ago I would have been embarrassed to admit to a 68 min 10k, now I'm proud to say I ran it. Total finish time 3:01 something. Compared to an all time best of 2:42. I'm pretty sore today, mostly calf tightness and other bits that don't get properly worked when you don't run. The "crook" knee is probably the least sore bit of me. Go figure. Now I am faced with a dilemma that I will work through with the physio over the next few weeks before I submit the race entry. I have automatic qualifiers for both Sprint (2nd at nationals) and Standard. My brain says do sprint, as does MrT. But my heart says go into the Standard distance as AUS champion and because the longer swim/bike are so much more fun. Maybe that's just vanity talking. Watch this space for the tortoise/Chicago saga.
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    Huge thanks to the Moderators for being on top of this as I'm away at the moment and internet speeds here are glacial at best. I support this post 100%. Regardless of our own moral compass or levels of pain tolerance or HTFU we can never be sure what it is that can push someone over the edge or be the last straw. I have lost too many good people to mental health issues that I didn't then nor do I now understand, but I do know one thing I would hate to think that something I did or said, regardless of how innocuous, "necessary" or helpful I thought it was was the last thing to go through someone's mind. Just be mindful please. If all else fails, at least on this thread, do what your mother told you "If you can't say something nice .........."
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    Feel free to get stuck in and add a profile pic to your log in, it adds a bit of colour to the place. BUT please keep them in good taste, any that don't conform will be deleted without notice. If you find your profile pic has been deleted please do not be a smart arse and try and replace it with something similar
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    Ultraman KPI session to see where I'm at ive done this workout before my last 2 UM just to see how I'm travelling 55khilly run in 4-30hr (and I mean hilly) 2hr on the trainer with 10 mins spin 10min biggest gear holding solid UM race pace watts 180-200 all petty easy HR stuff being in the biggest gear 5x2 reps just trying to run as well as good form and my legs would let me (these are the true KPIs ) 1 10-15 2 10-05 3 9-50 4 9-45 5 9-30 pretty happy with that as last UM prep I couldn't get these down below 5 min k pace sat was 230k hilly ride with a 1-45 hilly run off bike fri 10k swim then 2.5 hrs of very solid trainer work great UM Simulation weekend
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    Having lived away from Aus for many years of my adult life, I can honestly say that critisising people for simply 'having a go' or 'not doing it quite right' is an Australian trait. I suspect it's closely related to 'tall poppy syndrome'. This morning I was out riding with a guy on a $12,000 Speed Concept - hairly legs, white business socks, wobbling all over the road. No one gave a sh1t and he was lovin' it.
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    Steve, I feel for you mate. Can't really offer anything except maybe get a session with a child phycologist and see if they can give you any direction on how best to approach things. My daughter (now 18) has her moments and she was quite difficult when she was around the age you're describing. It's turbulent times and the whole divorce/bitter ex/re-marry thing must only add to it. Above all, take the higher ground. Continue being nice, sending cards etc even if you don't get any acknowledgement. Parenting is about unconditional love and as much as they might seem bitter and twisted now, I'm sure they'll have a deep down reassurance that you didn't give up on them and sooner or later they'll realise that, no matter what happens, you are their dad. Little consolation now but I'd be very surprised if they don't come around as they mature.
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    Al the problem you would have pulling off a ruse similar to Julie is that you wouldn't be able to afford to get Keith Richards to sub in for you.
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    Well, it has been a pretty ordinary start to 2015 with continued and ongoing issues with an ex-wife, the death of a very close mate, and then culminating in me being made redundant (again) in late April. I have been looking forward to being able to post in this thread and finally today I get my chance. I received a call mid afternoon with a verbal offer for a job I have been chasing over the last 6 weeks and I am due to commence work again by mid month. I did receive an offer for another position late last week however it had a number of disadvantages including not being in the area of work I was keen on, requiring travel to another nearby town daily, and the kicker - a circa $50k pay reduction from my last role. The role I have accepted today is local, is back doing what I have done before for over 20 years and, whilst not the most important issue, it helps that I have only taken a much smaller hit financially. All in all, I'm rapt and genuinely excited about the opportunities it presents so can't wait to get into it now. Hopefully the second half of the year is significantly better than the first half. Cheers Ayto
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    But most of the rest of the audience weren't interested in getting lean enough to be up on stage. They were doing IM to have a good time with mates, not to be told they were fat and an embarrassment to the skinny guys on stage.
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    I won! Woohoo! Excited now! Can confirm I'll be doing some damage to my credit card tomorrow. For me winning was more the goal than the Kona spot. But I'll take it while i have the opportunity. As for my cold - there was a lot of snot! But my sinuses are clearer now than they have been all week. I spent a few hours in medical after the race. They were busy! Well done everyone!
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    I would maybe try mentioning that women swim better than men without wetsuits because they have more body fat. That should smooth things over 😄
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    I am at pains to point out to my non-tri friends that my awesomeness is not truly awesome, but rather an outcome of the other old wimmen who don't bother to show up on the day. I mostly get a raised eyebrow and a " get real, I don't know anyone else who can do what you do" sort of comment. And they are correct. So I'm going to wear my uniform in Chicago with pride, knowing that I did earn the right.
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    Avago was there in '85 and definitely having a go. ( ironmanFoz, I remember Nick Reed... And will always stand in awe of his greatness... Look him up kiddies, that man is a giant) Young, dumb and you know the rest... Having done a few of the early tris, Nepean, Sydney tri at Narrabeen 2/80/20, 2Day FM tri across the harbour and a heap more. I think the long events piqued my interest when the MMM tri was run. A female friend was entered and during the run a big storm hit so the SES marshals had to go to do SES stuff... No aid stations, so I rode with Teresa and jumped ahead to the servo to buy drinks etc... If she could do it, then so could I! Anyway, Forster (GLITA) Tri.. Oh yeah, steel bike, leather bike shoes and I had a fancy new Stack Hat... I thought I looked pretty good. ( as I said before, young, dumb,....) Swim was at Pacific Palms with the ride to follow out towards Bulahdelah over the hills, there, back, do it again, finish in Forter, then run back out along the Lakes Way to Tiona Park and back. Easy eh ( young, dumb, ....) The day before, I thought it'd be a good idea to shave my legs for the first time, so sitting on the side of the bathtub, with lathered legs in the empty tub, I took a new razor, first pull up the shin... 150 x 15 mm slice of skin shaved straight off. I bled like a pig and all the blood in a white bathtub made it look like a slasher murder... ( young, dumb, ....) Haven't shaved my legs again... Nair if necessary. The night before the race there was a carbo dinner at the Services Club, all went well, pasta was plentiful, dinner finished and a local rock band took to the stage. The first bar they played, everyone got up and left... Not because they were bad, but nigh before a big race is resting time, not late night rock,n, roll. since then, they've changed the carbo night to two nights out from the race. It was a learning curve for all. Overnight there was a cold southerly breeze that cooled the place down. Dawn, ready to go, so we had to walk maybe 4-500 m south along the bay to the start point. In we go, away.... All good, but a tad cooler than the Friday swim there... Water felt like 16 or so, but Friday was maybe 20.... Heading in from the far turn around and damn, now it cold, like f'n cold.... Ok Avago, just swim to the new buoy... Ok, one more, that's it, just one more and we'll get there.. By about 3200m, I could no longer make the next buoy and was about to grab hold of a ski to regroup when the lifesavers in a rubber ducky, grabbed me into the boat, threw a foil blanket around me and sped to shore.... I stayed wrapped in foil and a blanket for maybe 45-60 min.. Of the 180 odd that started that day, approx 60 were pulled out with hypothermia ( btw, our participation in the inaugural event will, most likely not be mentioned at the 30th anniversary race) Why, were your wetsuits not working you young ones may ask... There were no wetsuits in use back then, no one used them at that stage . (young, dumb,..) Actually, Nick Munting (tri race director) has written how he was driving past at the time, not knowing anything about tris and saw the carnage at the Pacific Palms Club and stopped to see if he could be if assistance... And so started his involvement in our sport . ( think Canberra LC tris ) Much later having warmed up again, I ventured out on the bike, but as a withdrawn athlete, there was no heart in it, so I packed it in... Ironman.... Not today Anyway, around 5 pm I was eating Chinese... Which I always have when in Forster, on the balcony and lo and behold, but Scott Tinley and I think Scott Molina ( but I could be wrong on him) walked past, and we shared a moment, re withdrawing... 2 of the big 4 of the sport also were beaten by the cold on the day... I felt better, but still... Two weeks later, back in Sydney during a lunchtime swim, I got out of the pool, midway through, showered and walked away ... The music died. Just as an aside, from 1976 through to this period I had been a 50 per day B&H smoker. When I finally gave up in 1995, I pulled the bike back out from under my mothers house, and as they say, the rest is history. 11 years after starting my first Ironman race, I completed my first one in 1996. Also, in all the time we went to Forster for IMs, we never holidayed there, but since 2007 we have spent a couple of weeks at Sandbar at Christmas, with New Years Eves at PAcific Palms watching the fireworks with family & friends and every single time I drive along the Lakes Way, I'm reminded, that I truly loved that period of my life from '96 to '06 whilst the IM was there... My life and circumstances changed significantly in mid '06, not bad, just different, but those years were the memories I'll cherish. Port IM, yep, it's the IM Aust, but hey, I'm yet to have any true affection for the race (have done Port IM '07, '13 & '14). Port is great, the race... Comsi comca. 30th Anniversary Australian Ironman. Congratulations to an old Dame. P.s. On the day I returned from Forster back in 1985 I asked the most lovely (future) Mrs Avago if we could cement our futures together.... 5 years later in early April we were married ( 25th anniversary a couple of weeks ago was had in Azerbaijan )and have for most of our married life celebrated our anniversary at the IM, with 2 1/2 thousand friends and like minded people... See Port changed that by having a May race :-( P.s.s 21st IM this year, 13 Aust, the rest at Malaysia, Kona, NZ & Melbourne . This is a long and waffling and to some, boring post from a has been, never was, but, hey, IM Aust in all it's guises, but most importantly, the people whose paths I have been so lucky to share, have been and continue to be such a major part of me and my life . And I to like young Jolene am still genuinely excited.
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    Well, that was brutal. Will write full race report soon but here's a quick update. As it turns out you can't race with a 70.3 mindset!! Swam very easy, probably too easy, should have made that bunch. Then spent the first 90km trying to bridge up with Jeff Symonds and Per Bittner. Well actually they dropped me at 70km. I did NP 287W, Average 280W for the first 90km and went through in 2.14 or so.... Obviously way too hard. Was on the side of the rode off my bike by 105km. Was ready to pull the pin but reminded myself that it was my first and with all the work I'd done I owed it to myself to finish. Rode the last 80km on the hoods because I'd blown my legs apart and couldn't even get on the aero bars. Into T2 and again all I wanted to do was pull out and get a hug from mum but put the shoes on and decided I needed to do it no matter how slow. Went through 10km in about 44 which is spot on the pace I thought I could run throughout but the wheels just starting crumbling beneath me and a hell of a lot of walking ensued. Caught up with one of my best mates and my mentor, Luke Bell at 32km and he was in a similar position. We shuffled/walked the last 10km together and despite the fact we'd both had shocking days, it was pretty special to cross the line with him after all the training we've done together. Anyway, thanks to all of those out on course for the support. Despite thinking I was going to die, it meant the world.
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    We had a baby! He is perfect. I am now on parental leave which involves dropping #1 at childcare (stroller with scooter board) and then sitting on the couch watching telly all morning while he sleeps on my lap. After lunch, Mum comes home from work and I go out & train. He doesn't cry. Just eats, shits & sleeps. He is also ridiculously adorable.
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    Well that was a tough day out yesterday!! Swim was great by my standard 1.02 which is my best ( even my 12 yr old beats me in the Busso jetty swim 1.01 this year) ever and put me in 6th,long run to transition and by this stage it was lightly drizzling and wind was picking up. It was tough heading out initially up heartbreak hill but once on Broadlands road it was on like donkey kong with a great tailwind. Saw a few packs form but also saw a lot in the sin bin ( including my training partner- let him have a go full as I rode past!!). Coming back in a slight headwind but nothing substantial at that stage till the second lap. I was counting the kms to the turnaround to get some let up and only enjoyed it for 17 kms when it turned again- which sucked!! I ended up with 5.45(15 mins slower than the plan but saw me third in my age group at that stage). I felt awful on the first 7 kms of the run but had good support and kept taking on nutrition. By this stage the wind was really picking up. Whoever devised the run course was fairly sadistic in my opinion!! On the way out to Rainbow point there was good wind assistance but mean hills and on the way in a stiff headwind that was hard to push into! At 28 kms I recognised a girl from my age group who was struggling so I put on a spurt and never saw her again! I thought I was sitting in second as I didn't think I passed anyone else but I was delirious at times!! I was meant to run through all age stations but it didn't happen as by 30 kms I had a constant feeling that my calves and hammies could go at any minute!! I ran scared the last eight kms home and was super stoked when the announced I had won my age group when I crossed the line! Haven't slept a wink due to 18 caffeinated gels!! Lying here waiting for the house to wake so I can have a cup of tea!!!
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    Mrs IP Is in with a legacy I just woke her up and told her She's very scared and excited at the same time I'm Very proud of heras she's been on the podium Many Times but never got a spot She deserves it Cheers Ip
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    Not quite. Maybe the next one will be a Lotus... Australian delivered 1984 911 Carrera
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    Well I did it! An absolutely amazing experience. Unfortunately the Friday before I flew out they changed the cut off time from 4hr 30min back to 4hours. Having done an ankle ligament and generally being a turtle, I knew that was out of reach but I made it back to the stadium in 4hr 23-26...wasn't allowed to do the final 400m. So a DNF medal kind of...kind of not. Due to the time pressure, they stopped providing aid stations after the 25km mark for us slowies. They even started removing the road cones which provide directions. Harsh! Towards the end the yellow sweeper bus tried to make me get on and end my race. I refused. With 2km to go this guy goes "miss, you are the last, get on the bus". I rather boldy (stupidly? bravely?) replied "I'm not the last and I'm not getting on your bus. They probably don't get many interactions with tall, western, strong women! A few others had got on the bus and told me afterwards, they wish they hadn't. So I'm glad I stuck to my guns. I North Korea (or DPRK as they like to be referred to) is an incredible place. So normal and pretty in some respects but of course strange and sad in others. Luckily the complete lack of communications kept us in semi-ignorant bliss of what was going on on the grander scale. If/when things calm down I would not hesitate to recommend joining Koryo Tours (sponsors of the marathon and organizer of 6 marathon tour groups). It's certainly a marathon with a difference. My next marathon is Medoc in Bordeaux - a run and giggle around the chateaus in costume and drinking wine. I'm aiming for 8hrs!! ha ha. A bit different to Pyongyang I'm sure.
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    About a thousand of us rolled across the line this morning paying tribute to Mike. Kristoff laid flowers on the steps of the opera house...i chatted to him afterwards for about 15 minutes
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    this has smashed me i don't know what to say or think below is a post by nitro from the cyclingtips site that I think sums it up for Me and probably many on here and around the world For the last 13 days, thousands of us all over the world have sat glued to maps of Australia watching dots speed across the country. Every life lost on our roads is a tragedy, but somehow this feels different. I've never met any of the riders, I likely never will, and this type of event is an challenge I could not even imagine taking on. But over the last 13 days it feels like we've got to know at least some of the riders. We've cheered while watching dots moving across the screen, we've been glued to Twitter, we've marvelled at the photos and videos coming in from the course, we've had countless social media conversations with complete strangers across the world addicted to following the event, and our admiration for everyone undertaking this adventure has grown in a way none of us expected. There are bike races going on every day of the year. Yet somehow - and I have yet to work out why - this one has captured the imagination of the public like none before. For someone to lose their life while undertaking what must be one of the greatest adventure challenges possible on a bike - Tragic beyond words. Thoughts are with the family and friends of the rider, and all riders on this dark day
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    How can you take a food pyramid that doesn't even include ice cream and chocolate seriously?
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    I put the gimp mask on backwards and he suffocated in my basement.
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    Ironman Number 5 done! Well... That was different. The day started with great conditions, the swim wasn't to bad to start with but seemed to get worse the further upstream you went. The weir was good, but I could feel my calves and feet starting to cramp already. It was interesting swimming through floating sticks and weeds etc and it reminded me of swimming in a farm dam. Out the water with a swim PB of over 4 minutes and onto the bike. Felt great and was really comfy and just enjoying the ride. Caught and passed heaps of others and that always makes you feel good. Did the first 90k in just under 2:37 - all good and well and truly on target. Then the wheels fell off! I hadn't done anywhere near enough training so was always expecting to suffer in the second half of the bike leg, but this was something else. I just felt really crook. After throwing up a couple of times I felt a bit better, but then every time I lifted the pace again the problem came back. Then when I tried to replace some of the fluid (Endura), the problem got worse and I'd throw up again. I seemed to be drinking a lot, but then I'd bring it all back up again so I had no idea how hydrated I was. There were heaps of people that were crook out there and most seemed to be blaming the river water. I'm not sure. In T2 I spoke to a nurse who suggested I take it easy to recover and freshen up a bit before going on. Good advice, and I ended up jog/walking the first lap. Felt good by the second lap so ran for about 10k's before succumbing to the nausea again. It was just not going to be my day. Ended up walking the last two laps. This was something new to me, and although it is not the same sort of effort as pushing out a quick time, it is difficult and challenging in it's own way. If anything, I think it is harder and I have a newfound respect for anyone does it. For me it was a PB... I've never done a 15 hour event before! There was an amazing amount of support out there today from Trannies (as we'd expect) but also from other supporters, and all the volunteers who were just fantastic for the whole day. There were far too many Trannies out there to name everyone but I really appreciated all the support you gave. Some were on the course, and some were spectating on the sidelines, but you were all great - it truly was amazing and you made my day!
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    Im wearing my shirt today! Possibly the only time it will get worn, but today i'm proud. I'm also walking around town wearing a Hawaiian lai (lay?). Don't care if that makes me a tosser - i'm proud of it! Won't be getting a tattoo though - because i don't like tatts. And because i went through enough pain yesterday.
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    Having been in this situation at Cairns last year I can sympathise and empathise with all of you preparing for Port this weekend. Organisers deserved a lot of credit for still running the full event in feral conditions and the volunteers who gave up their time to assist the event in that weather showed such generosity and dedication to do so. My race was cut short after a second puncture 120k into the ride and no further spare. I was devestated and had a good boy cry when I got back to my hotel room. Walking into T2 to collect my transition bag whilst other competitors made their way out on to the run course was heartbreaking. At the time I felt I couldn't do this again - all that training and "nothing" to show for it. After an hour or so of feeling sorry for myself I became more philosophical. Despite doing everything I could to be mentally and physically ready for the race I still didn't finish - "ironman" beat me. The weather is another aspect we have to deal with and unfortunately out of our control. I decided if I couldn't deal with it it was time to find another sport. As people have said unfortunately some issue always seems to overshadow the final days before an ironman. That's the vulnerability of the event to external conditions - much harder to accept and deal with because of the training and commitment from participants and family than shorter events but we have to be mindful when we sign up that these things can happen. There are no guarantees. I have dusted myself off and busy training to have another go at Cairns this year. My run up the finish chute this year will be even sweeter for what happened last year. I hope conditions improve over the next few days in Port and the full distance event goes ahead. Like rain on your wedding day the anticipation will be dampened but once the event is underway you will still have a ball and create memories for a lifetime. I guess Ironman is like a marriage - if this one doesn't work out you can always try another one?! Will be following you all on the tracker and hope everyone has a great day. And Cranky please stay excited - it's very contagious.
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    Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! The race will go ahead. Full distance, WITH swim! I have not been busting my gut for the last eight and half months for this (what could be my only IM) to be modified/shortened/cancelled!! IF I hear any more negative/ modified/shortened/cancelled talk there will be a 5 hour penality for you all. Now shut up and let the excitement return!
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    Not all stories from IM are good. We had a terrible situation in 2007 when 1 of our own Trannies passed away in the 2007 race. An extract that Teresa and I did back in 2007. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- A community rallies together “doing it for the Green Machine” (Text by Teresa Rider and Mick Flanagan) For the past 8 years a large group of Ironman enthusiasts, supporters and competitors have gotten together at the swim start on the Friday before Ironman Australia. Some turn up to have a swim, some catch up with people they haven’t seen for a year while some finally meet face to face. They all have something in common; they are all members of the Transitions website. The ‘Trannies’ website is used extensively throughout Australia as well as overseas. The likes of Mike Reilly, Greg Welsh, Belinda Grainger and Chris McCormack have been known to frequent the site. It is a very wide-spread e-community, currently boasting 2,500 registered members where people share their triathlon and life stories, successes, and experiences both locally and overseas. Prior to the 2007 IM Australia, the resident Trannie stats man collated every member who was racing, their number, expected splits and total time. This allowed both the Port supporters and those following on the net to cheer on their fellow sparing member from Transitions. Unfortunately one of those Transitions members doing the race suffered a heart attack during the swim leg and passed away a couple of days later. Ian Green was 61 and an Ironman legend in Australia. Since completing his first triathlon at Nepean in 1986, Ian went on to compete in 11 Australian IMs (multiple podium finisher), 1 UK IM (1st in AG), and 1 NZ IM (2nd in AG) to finally competing in the holy grail – Hawaii IM in 2006. Ian had also qualified for Hawaii this year through NZ. In these races, Ian toed the lines with the likes of Griff Weste and Geoff Thorsen. Ian was a regular contributor to the Transitions website and was known as the “Green Machine”. “He was a very quiet unassuming man but when he had something to say people listened.” Ian was well known around the Sydney running and triathlon circuit, “a man with good stature in the community”. Born in Sydney, Ian started triathlons in earnest in his early 50’s. Coming from a long distance running background he effortlessly adapted to triathlon. His running pedigree was quite phenomenal, completing in 25 City to Surfs, 12 six foot track marathons, 1 Brindabella Classic, multiple half marathons and an incredible 72 marathons. This year will be the first time that the Sydney Marathon does not have his patronage. Not only a competitor, Ian was a proud supporter of the LAPD Tri Club and Western Districts Joggers and Harriers Club. He was a volunteer at the Sydney Olympics and Para-Olympics. The “Green Machine” was a very special person. What renders our sport very special is when you hear stories such as this one, where a group of people rally together for one of their own. Through discussions, the Transitions members decided as an e-community to raise some money for Ian’s wife and soul mate Pam. “I think it was summed up well by a few people who said that; if something like this happened to me, I would feel real comfort in the fact that my extended triathlon family would try and look after my own family in this situation. It is I think what sets athletes apart - that bond which goes beyond just your bloodline.” The Transitions e-community found out that one of its own members was competing at IM Lanzarote in May, only 1 month after IM Australia when Ian passed away. That person was Geoff Pell (GSP to his friends). Geoff had selflessly agreed to ‘sell’ off 172 portions of his race to raise money. Geoff also arranged to have Ian's photo printed on his race suit which allowed the Green Machine “to finish the Ironman he missed out on in Port”. Geoff said that he had a number of conversations with the Green Machine along the way to keep them both going in one of the hardest IMs worldwide. And they did in a time of 10 hours and 47 minutes. Geoff and Ian will also be going around again at IM Western Australia in December this year. With this unique and heart warming idea and a raffle, the Transitions e-community raised $X for Ian's wife. This was through the efforts of not only the members of Transitions but also a number of great sponsors (Ken Baggs, IMG, Tri Travel, Tim A'Hern, X-Tri Australia and others). Ian’s wife, Pam, did some fundraising of her own for the local surf club who rescued Ian from the swim and looked after him. A cheque for over $1,000 was presented by Pam recently to the surf club. Ian left his wife a great legacy, a whole heap of running and triathlete friends from all walks of life. Despite the pain of losing her one and only, Pam will be volunteering at next Year’s Australian Ironman. Mick sums it up for all …“Some people on Transitions had never met Ian, some had and some were well acquainted with him (I think I may have seen him once or twice but never really met him). Nevertheless, a lot of people put their hand up for this cause, for one of our own – a Transition member.” Ian Green: 1945 – 2007, packing an incredible life into 61 years. --------------------------------------------- This is is what I wrote on Tranistions after the fundraising........... A number of months ago, we were saddened with the passing of the Green Machine at Port Macquarie this year. Sometimes from adversity and sadness comes the finer side of the human spirit. This we found in the people of Transitions. Whilst not personally known to all of us, we have a mutual bond that is quite unique. We all laugh, cry, give advice, abuse each other, drivel on about anything and everything triathlon and non triathlon - we are all Trannies. Through the generosity of our fellow Trannies and a number of fantastic sponsors, I can confirm that we have raised $X for Pam. This is a fantastic effort considering we are only a small group. The support from everyone was great, whether you bought a single ticket or more, whether you sponsored GSP, whether you urged others, supplied prizes or built a website to monitor our progress– it was a group effort. Everyone should be very proud. Last week my wife Delyse & I visited Pam at home and gave her the news. She was a little embarrassed and very humbled for what we had done for her. She is overwhelmed by the support of the running and triathlon community. Ian would have been so very proud of his fellow competitors. I guess that is what is so good about our sport – the ability to rally around those that have shared common experiences. Whether it is competing, volunteering or supporting – we all have a common bond. We would like to thank everyone for their support. We are also indebted to those that supplied prizes. These are:- Josh Iraia from IMG. Though his generosity we received a multitude of expensive prizes including wetsuits and sports memorabilia. Josh came to us immediately and was instrumental in the establishing a fantastic baseline of prizes. Ken Baggs who has always supported a good cause. A donation of a slot at IMOZ2008. Shane Smith from Tri Travel. Shane contacted us within days to offer any assistance he could. And he did with accommodation, travel packages and triathlon goodies. Nick Munting from X-Tri Australia donated 2 HIM spots, 1 each from Rydges Capricorn at and 1 from the City of Canberra. 2 of the best races you’ll ever do. Thanks Nick – a gentlemen of the Transitions community. Tim A’Hern from A’Herns Performance Training. Tim was eager to help, as he does with his support for triathlon. Shimano Australia. Everest sports Dirtworks Southside Runners 2XU Wetsuits Cube Home Loans Cyclespeed Tri Massage Sports Therapies MoM (you know, that good looking triathlete from Transitions) Andrew Flanagan (little Flanman) for building the website and updating it every night for about 8 weeks. I am very proud of him. We would also like to thank Geoff Pell for volunteering his Ironman which allowed Ian to finish that last race he missed out on in Port Macquarie. To complete an Ironman is pressure enough, but to increase that load by the thought of funds being raised on your performance as well as giving Ian a send off was absolutely incredible. Geoff did this in the most positive and thoughtful way that is rarely seen. He is a true gentlemen and ambassador to our sport and community. Again, we thank everyone who helped in some way and donated generously. You are all true inspirations. We sometimes live in a very narrow world, filled with angst and hate. Occasionally we need to stop and smell the flowers a bit more. The tragedy of something like the passing of Ian should not be the only time we look to excel at things good. Let’s try and make a difference to what we do and how we live. After all, that’s how the Green Machine would have liked it. ------------------------------------------- So if you are running/walking down by the breakwall at Port, have a look for the Green Machine painted rock. FM
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    That's nice mateI only did it to cheer up you and peter LOL I thought I would have been outed way before now Now I have I'll share a few things about the race in the coming days Just a post from my FB page Finally manage to qualify for kona ironman world champs again after IM melb on the weekend Decided not to take my spot though and focus on ultraman as my main aim is to go back to kona and race the ultraman world champs Nice to know I can still get back to some sort of form since being diagnoised with liekemia Just shows you what can be done if you are a really are committed and hard arse stubborn bastard :-) Cheers Ivp
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    Spec have asked all riders to stop riding their bikes until they issue a fix - this is only if you are riding the Specialized alloy or carbon aerobar. If you have an aftermarket (non specialized) aerobar you are not affected. I'll be contacting my customers on Monday (tomorrow) to let them know. I'm told the fix will be delivered quickly. In case of delay I've also done a bulk order of 3T bars which I'm happy to fit straight away at no cost if you bought the bike from me and are in a peak training phase for IM Melbourne etc. if you are affected or have any questions drop me an email or better still a phone call andrew@cyclespeed.com.au or 03 9596 2785. In other news, I may be having a sale on 3T aero bars in the next few weeks...
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    The tracker definitely failed because I can assure you I finished! First ever IM. Really enjoyed the swim and was much easier than I expected...saw a couple of baby stingrays which was super cute...got some nasty as neck chafe from my wetsuit tho...obviously missed that bit with my body glide. I obviously can't compare the bike to any other but overall I enjoyed it, I didn't find the roads too rough but that's because I ride on similar chip seal around here. Definitely saw some drafting going on. As for the run, it's always my hardest part...I struggle with my running big time. I was ready to quit halfway through but thanks to some awesome friends that made the trip over from QLD with me I pushed through and made it over the finish line in 15:44:45. Stoked to have finally realised a dream and although a slow time compared to many I am ecstatic to have gone under 16hrs
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    You will hear "You are an Ironman!" next year and there will be dancing and partying at the finsih for the finishers. I guarantee it!