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About johan

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  1. awesome Turtle! would love not just full race report but trip report!! always interested in hearing the crazy/sad/weird of countries esp. something like NK/DPRK!
  2. I reckon if you contact this guy: That website, if you havn't seen it, is a database of all IM branded races. I'm sure he could tell you with a click of a button.
  3. Should be no problem bringing it in and out but theres a "Check, Clean, Dry" thing for swimming in fresh water there. IMNZ had a dipping station setup but in concept all the info is here: Clean There's more than one option for cleaning your gear – choose the one that's best for your situation and your gear. Cleaning options Option Amount Treatment time2 Dishwashing detergent or nappy cleaner 5% solution (500mls diluted to 10 litres in water) Soak or spray all surfaces for at least 1 minute Bleach 2% solution (200mls diluted to 10 litres in water) Soak or spray all surfaces for at least 1 minute Hot water1 Above 60°C Above 45°C Soak for at least 1 minute Soak for at least 20 minutes Freezing Until solid 1 60°C – hotter than most tap water; 45°C – uncomfortable to touch 2 Allow longer times for absorbent items.
  4. By default it is setup s/t1/b/t2/r and its start, then hit lap every time to move onto next part. Start(swim) - lap when you get out of water (t1) - lap when you leave transition (bike)etc etc... Thats for my Fenix 3 and was the same for my 910xt so can only assume same for 920xt.
  5. Athletes 1270 Swim Finish 1132 DNS/Swim DNF 10.8% Bike Finish 1063 Bike DNF 6% Run Finish 1007 Run DNF 5.2% Overall DNS/DNF 20.7% IMNZ Stats from Just interesting regarding Swim DNF. Not sure what the normal DNF for an IM is or Swim portion but thought 20% would be higher range?
  6. thanks Flanman - precisely why I can't comprehend it. having been a goal for so long hard to think that I've now done it! Thanks again.
  7. I have done the same. My first IM as well - a touch slower than stones Totally agree about the road surface Stone - I've ridden on much worse. No potholes to avoid you could just focus on riding. And I also made use of the "unofficial" aid station - they had me laughing on all three laps with their cheering/chat.
  8. This was written day after, some feelings/thoughts might've changed but I've left it as is. Well, to me it simply is a dream come true after many years of slowly pushing myself further and further. Something I really still thought was impossible when I signed up last year. Right now, its still a bit surreal. In summary: Conditions were tough but my body performed well. I am walking away very happy with my marathon time considering the first 2 legs. 12hours was what I wanted but comfortably sit here at peace knowing that my time yesterday doesn't reflect my performance. I am very happy and although I'll give it some time - I can see myself doing another one. Pre-Race A perfect lead up in weather here in Taupo, I woke up saturday thinking it was raining heavily outside only to see that it was blowing a gale. My stress levels only change when something within my control goes wrong, weather does not fall under that banner. Food went down easy race morning, check-in all smooth and down to the start. Alot of talk about the weather of course. Swim: 1:20:44. (Swam about 4.2km) One of the few last mass starts in IM races. Although not a fast swimmer, I am a confident swimmer so the chop doesn't bother me. Positioned my self furtherest buoy away from shore, plenty of space there and not far from start line/buoys. Had space in front of my when cannon went off so started immediately. Unlike rolling starts, you are battling for space for first 1km if not longer - copped a decent kick to the jaw somewhere. I found feet occasionally however the chop was causing chaos everyone swimming in jagged lines. Had a decent rhythm, a wave to the face and unfortunately goggle filled with water - so pretty much 'one eyed pirate' for the rest of the swim. Turn boys came quick and the return leg was when things really became difficult, it felt like none of the buoys were in line, you would hit one then nearly start swimming in a completely different heading for the next. Again found feet when I could but couldnt trust them to go in the right direction. I'd say my Cairns swim last year was worse chop/wave sizes but this being longer and more chaotic with the mass start. Been told about 70-80 pulled from the water. Bike+T1: 6:24:39 T1 6:44 Happy with transition time - right eye a bit blurry but it cleared, decent jog to the tent but quick otherwise. Out onto the bike, theres a 3-4% 5km climb out of town (with some flat)- had gel whilst climbing that. Once you hit the top its a loooong rolling decent, basically flying out. No idea of the tailwind early but once you hit the flats you realized the gears were rolling a bit easy. Fed according to my plan minus 1 gel at 4.5hrs. Some crosswinds on the way out. And then came the turnaround. Nasty. Not sure what the wind speeds were but they were enough to really make things tough. Then as you head back you hit the rolling decent you came down things become miserable. Headwinds worse on first lap interestingly, big gusts. Non-eventful bike otherwise but the return legs were mentally tough. On both for 20-30minutes at a time was head down staring at the white line, counting pedal strokes 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 to distract me (something we do in training). Worked well. Probably mention my bike position isn't ideal - wasn't really getting comfortable, lower back pain caused from when I'm "driving legs" for long periods against the wind instead of being able to nicely roll them meant I was out of aerobars a bit more than I wanted. Will look at getting a fit. Heart rate about 140-145 on the way out, tailwind etc meant hard to even push it much higher. About 158-168 on the way home. This is were I felt I lost the most time, not just the time itself but energy from grinding home. My legs were there when I needed them to be, so again happy with physical performance. Came off the bike well. Run+T2: 4:37:51 T2: 4:04 Took comfortable amount of time in T2 but not slow By now breeze was settling even more and always enjoy a cooling wind for the run. Straight out of T2, well used to legs transitioning, first mark was our motel/Julie about 2km down the road. Had the heart rate at to mid 150's early which I was very happy about. Was finding posture, breathing and foot placement for those first 2km. Gel at first aid station. And maybe 2km after this found my rhythm, Was happy were I was but could start seeing where this was going....I marked 20km in my head as the first monument and kept myself busy with fans/athletes and my technique until then as I didnt want to think how far to go. My feeding on the run, was probably not ideal, I would only feed if I really knew I needed it which was often km or 2 further than I should had. I've had stomach problems in marathons before and naturally lent towards under feeding. Water/Ice at all aids stations. Ice in cap/shirt and hands. Think about 6-7 gels, other than coke, I didnt use any other fuel. Km 23-28 was easily my slowest and toughest, I knew it would be. 28km was the final turnaround and at that point I just needed to manage it home. A final 50m walk with Julie at our motel and it was off to finish the final lap. It was painful, worked through visual targets and kept going. Final 8-10km got back to good speeds. HR was probably around high 160's for most of it. A lot of great support in the final 4km meant you were starting to "sprint" - incredible feeling coming down that carpet. Unforgettable. Total time: 12:34:05 I am an Ironman Feet up today and relaxing (typing this up before I forget) - no injury concerns/blisters etc. Went and watched one of our legendary club members, only 74 years old, get a Kona slot which was an awesome sight to see! I'll be back for more!
  9. following on from Wanaka: Luke Mckenzie's twittergram- Today with the help of my family, friends and sponsors I made the tough decision to go on a hiatus from Ironman distance racing. This means for the first time since 2006 I will not qualify or race at the Hawaii Ironman. After several months of ongoing hip and back issues and three very frustrating races at IM Cairns, Kona and Challenge Wanaka it's time to take a step back and get myself 100% right. I look forward to racing over shorter distances this coming summer and a returning to full Ironman when the time is right
  10. Brilliant: Quote: WTC, I implore you to triple the number of referees on course to make the race fair for everyone and to hold those people accountable who violate the rules we all have agreed to. This will level the playing field, and allow those of us who want to race clean a fair shot at the coveted Kona prize. Without making this change, you are turning a blind eye to the cheating which is ruining the sport we all love.
  11. Episode 99 Interesting interview with "Howard Jacobs, one of the world's leading athlete doping defense attorneys. He has represented high profile athletes like Floyd Landis, Maria Sharapova and Marion Jones. More recently, he represented both Lauren Barnett and Beth Gerdes in their Ostarine cases. " Covers his opinion on dopers, covers a fair chunk on Ostarine and touches on Beth's case. Probably won't change any opinions but adds some more colour to the picture anyway.
  12. For those who can't make it - Kristian Manietta's (TriSpecific) latest podcast is with Maffetone:
  13. General Principles and understanding here: If you ignore all their self promotion there's good stuff in between.
  14. the Pedaler is a cycleshop/coffee shop and podiatry in one - not a bad stop. Not far off Coronation. Stocks Attaquer and other...have some nice Colnagos in there too.
  15. Yep, I'm in will be my first. AP is the coach. Going well so far, alot of training in the heat and then HOTW this weekend. 4 weeks from there then.....