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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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    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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    Not quite. Maybe the next one will be a Lotus... Australian delivered 1984 911 Carrera
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    My heart goes out to the family & friends of the athlete who died in the swim today. It puts things into prespective. non wetsuit swim for a 1:16, 2min quicker than Ironman Arizona. I got knocked around a lot but got it done. Bike was tough esp the second half. The wind come up & it was a head wind no matter what direction we were heading. I copped a BS penalty for drafting in the first 20km. They got me on a rise. The tent was full of ppl who had been done. I copped it & got on with the ride. I think I went 5:36 on the bike. A 32 min PB for a 4:02 marathon. Ended up with a 11:06 & 28min over all PB. The chase for a sub 11 continues. Wetsuit & non penalty I might have got it this time. Just sitting in a restaurant waiting for my burger, fries & donuts.
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    Appreciate the offer, but if you can find someone who needs one, ill just do it as a pay it forward. Or sell it and take the bucks if you want. Its yours now!
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    This was an interesting response to Jordans post: Lots of folks, myself included, asked your opinions of the Dimond in very recent months, including via PM's, and you lied your ass off. You never spoke of any major issues. Now you want people to fund a defence for you. Piss off.
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    I will start by saying I am in no way suicidal, but I agree with the stress thing and I have noticed it in myself a lot in the past 6 months. Work stress and deadlines combined with what I see as a lack of leadership at work and a terminally ill mother have all meant that life is a lot harder than I feel like it should be. I have lost a lot of motivation for parts of life. I no longer spring out of bed to go training, my work output is not what it should be, and at times I have found myself mid-conversation and realized I am not even listening to what is being said, that never used to happen to me! Luckily for me I have my kids that are the shining light of everything and the hug I get before I leave for work and the moment I walk through the door make everything a lot better. My wife is also there to support me, and our communication about this sort of thing is getting better all the time. Given we have been married 9 years I am proud of that. All of that said, I can understand how stress and depression can take hold, if I did not have those shining lights I might be head down that path!
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    I don't get why John is doing anything now other than support his wife. She is on track to do something quite exceptional and he keeps trying to drag the attention back to himself. What is the point of him doing a full now?
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    Wow mate that sounds tough. Don't be afraid to speak up here if you need a leg up. Good luck
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    I'd have cooked it...
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    Seriously is that what the guy is referring to as a tear? What a ****wit.
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    Ironman flags are up in the main Street and town green. It's amazing how your motivation drops with 2 or 3 weeks to go then once you see the ironman logo it all comes flooding back.
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    Who is doing it? The Merglers?
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    How did VB get into any "finer things in life" discussion?!
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    I don't get why you're so bent out of shape about what he's doing? I don't get why either of them are doing it and I'm pretty sure they could throw $100k at the Red Cross of their own money without blinking. However, they are doing it (after a fashion) and whether I think the effort is warranted or not, I don't take any pleasure in seeing them not achieve it.
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    I agree Goughy, especially when considering her role on the Federal ANZAC Centenary Commeration youth working group for which she was meant to be bringing inclusion. The excuse of she didn't recognise the signifigance of it shows her inadequacies in that role, and I would have to question all of her other roles being funded by the public purse. It also isn't great for the ABC after their controversy around attempting to sack a newsreader for missing a cue less than a fortnight before to then turn around and say this is fine - double standards anyone?
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    Nuffink again - knee still sore. Fortnately it felt good enough this evening to take my new toy for a spin. Money cant buy you happiness. But it can buy you toys!
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    Meet my grand daughter, Savannah Rose. Born 11.51pm 21 April. 7 pound 5 oz. All well.
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    HI guys, firstly big thanks to Cranky for sorting this out and following it all the way through. Order is placed and paid, hopefully we will have them soon. It would be great of they were here for Port but will have to wait and see. For those that want them, stay tuned for payment details, I would like to have them in my hot little hand before I take anyone's cash.
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    All good! Quite a bizarre turn of events really!
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    On a positive finish, zed the star has couriered the suit to FFF who is stoked and gonna take it for a splash this arvo. Happy endings! Thanks for all your work zed - much appreciated. I owe you a beer or three (or whatever ur poison is). All the best at busso!
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    Well done Zed. Turts, I reckon you take Zed's offer of getting something. After all you were not happy at all about losing 50 or so bucks on postage and added to the 170 would have most of Denmark being evacuated due to the stench. It doesn't look like a bad wetsuit and as Rog and Pete said it is minor, so you should earn at least a couple of Pineapples.
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    Yes Rog - I have compacts now - and that year in the photo I cramped half way up - nearly fell off - just unclipped in time - it was a walk of shame - when that photo was taken I was a beaten man - got my shit together up around the corner
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    And anyone who thinks her post was poorly timed are incredibly naive. She timed it perfectly to press the right buttons, gain herself more notoriety and then sit back and feel sorry for herself because everyone's picking on her.
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    The difference is that nobody is calling on what she said to be made unlawful, which is what 18c does She has made a stupid comment as she should be entitled to do, and she is being criticised for it as everyone else should be entitled to do That's how free speech is supposed to work. If you want to say stupid shit, the court of public opinion will hold you accountable for it
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    Not the point I was trying to make, but I agree with your stance.... and your ability to take a stance. The point I was trying to make is that ANZAC Day should be about the diggers and families of those who fought in all wars. It has nothing to do with refugees, Manus Island, Palestine (apart from the battles fought there during the world wars), the AFL or anyone seeking to make a profit from a commercial venture attached to the name ANZAC. The point is that there are another 364 days for shameless self-aggrandisement, they should use any one of those days. ANZAC Day should be a day of quiet contemplation and respect for those who gave us these freedoms.
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    As ill-advised and ill-timed as this woman's comments are they do highlight the freedom of speech and democracy that our services have fought to uphold. Don't have to agree but fight for the right sort of stuff. There is someone who pops up and uses Anzac day every year to publicise their seemingly irrelevant line of thought or protest. But to say that freedom of speech only applies to those you agree with is a bit hypocritical. There are opportunistic shit-stirrers from all walks of politics and the media who aren't afraid to use any opportunity to generate some publicity and try and make a point.This is their livelihood. Hanson gets no votes and no funding if she doesn't whip up some xenophobia and this presenter gets invited back on Q and A by sticking her head up and disrespecting Anzac Day. it's a game to them. I try and ignore them now and not get too worked up. I even look forward to reading Ford's columns sometimes now as they make me think a little from another point of view.
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    I tried to drive a stick but it wooden go.
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    Made me happy to be Australian yesterday (despite being half a world away), celebrating and remembering everything our forefathers fought for.... And then I read this ... http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/yassmin-abdelmagied-triggers-anger-with-anzac-day-facebook-post/news-story/40123cfe7b0d7fb93ed7536aaf9f7824. Okay, everyone has a right to expression of free speech (something our forefathers fought for), but seriously .... how did it have to be "brought to her attention"? What an attention-seeking tool. Same for that idiot Clementine Ford - if you have nothing to say, say nothing! Lest we forget the sacrifice of those who have died in wars to protect our way of life!
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    Nuffink, sore knee. Just wanted to test out my new name!
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    Just dont sell it to a guy in perth or we'll have to start paying zed
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    A bit over 4km OW swim this morning. I felt out of place, as the other 6 swimming were either doing the Channel this year, or booked to do it in the next 2. Maybe one day. Can't fault the location today though, and much warmer than the Channel, at around 21 degrees.
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    I did Parkrun in Richmond Park in late 2012 and she showed up for a jog. She is one of the nicest, most humble, engaging and friendly people in the sport. Mo Farah was also there that day and trotted around in a lazy 17:?? having a chat with his mates and in the middle of a 25km training session. We need more people like her in sport!
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    Sometimes I still move my knee out wide when changing gears. An instinct from many years ago when changing gears meant reaching down to the downtube to adjust the shifter. Triathlon was much harder in the old days.
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    Ran 42km yesterday fearing every fart would be a shit. I smiled a few times when I managed to fart with out shitting myself.
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    Took all 3 dogs out to the sandhills for something different for my running. I used to come out here every couple of weeks and had forgotten how much I enjoyed it - it's an hour drive each way, so makes for long session. Not my longest running session, but it was fun. Ended up with 5km. Did a couple of loops with all 3, then the older 2 pooped out so I went to my "bowl" - a sort of ampitheatre with a big bush in the middle. 2 older dogs lay in the shade and watched me go up and down all the insides. The younger one would stop in the shade, wait till I was halfway up then sprint after me. Then trot back to the shade with the others. Quite fun actually, and a nice day for it.
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    I got your wetsuit, looks to be in good condition. The tear on the leg is only a small nick that doesn't go all the way through, bit of glue and she'll be sweet.
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    Wanted to stay off the road this weekend to keep out of all the crap washed onto the roads after a couple of days of heavy rain - mainly giant prickles. So I did an indoor trainer/treadmill - (15min bike/5min run ) x 4 Watching the 1976 Paris-Roubaix. Most memorable line....... "a rare steak makes a substantial breakfast before a race like this" as they tucked into big steaks before the race. Interesting to watch - Merckx was a bit anal about his seat and bar height (and crashed out) The cars and motorbikes were ridiculously hazrdous to the riders Neutral service guy sat on the outside f the car going full bore hanging onto the roof racks. When they found a rider needing a wheel, he took one off and gave it to them, they gave him the busted one, then took off and left him to change it himself.
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    Dalai, you don't owe anyone an explanation. Glad to hear you are doing some of your goals.
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    He sits in bike trains for 180km...and tries to have anyone passing busted.
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    Angling for a career in politics some day maybe?
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    He seems unable to distinguish the difference between 'representing the brand' and lying his ass off shilling a bike that he had zero faith in. Lots of us have had big accidents and massive hurdles to get over to make comebacks. That side of it doesn't play for me at all. I'm 50/50 here for Rapp. He shouldn't be getting sued but he should take the opportunity to reflect on his past shilling behaviour.
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    A cool story fro Saturdays race. A guy discovered a tear in his run gear bag in T2 & only had one shoe. A volunteer lent him a shoe & he ran the marathon with two different shoes. Came third in his age group & got a Kona spot.
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    Here is part of the new plot. its an old photo From 2015 I found on the net. The grass on the top right section is now looking really good the guy has looked after it .all the grass is unreal the whole acreage is clean grass . Cant wait to get down there and embrace the new chapter of life and mowing...lol
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    I remember seeing an article last year about a guy that got rescued after a few days. he left Coffs Harbour bound for NZ in an ocean going kayak he built himself. The kayak had washed up about 50km from his target beach in NZ, 18 months later. Apparently if you have enough food & water, you don't even have to paddle.
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    I guess sh!t happens sometimes.
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    And just doing it for himself because he wants to? Good one. The travel alone will be logistically tight! And he's only done Kozzie before. Could be some surprises! Hope the weather plays ball.