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  1. 11 points
    Be disciplined If we were to spend a day reading posts on this site (and many of us do) the lack of discipline which a lot of athletes show in their dialog, can be the key to everyone of them being better at the sport they obviously love. I doesn't make much difference whether you're training to break nine hours or breaking thirteen hours. Discipline can make a difference, quite a big difference. It can come down to simple stuff like turning up to training on time. I tell the guys in my squad there are only two options, on time or early. There's no third option. The mental quality you exercise to get anywhere on time, every time will come back and reward you on race day. Not just getting to the start on time, it'll show up as a habit, the habit of doing things well. If you start every day "doing things well" it becomes a habit. If you go into your race not thinking about what anyone else is doing, just focused on doing what you do as well as you can do it, the outcome will be good. There's only one square meter you can influence, if everything in that square meter is done as well as you can do it, you'll race to your potential. It doesn't matter if you have 8hrs a week or 18hrs a week available to train, having a military style discipline can make those hours count. Training for 8-10 disciplined hours will give better results than 20hrs of half @rsed training. When you run 400m efforts, you run 401m instead as a lot do, start easing up at 390m. It doesn't seem much at the time, but the psychological gains from knowing you have done it well, compared to the attitude of discounting, will show up when you have to dig deep in a race. Discipline is about building attitude. Your attitude is the most important asset you can take into a race. Especially in the last 20-25km of an Ironman race, It's OK to walk a few steps at an aid station, but it must be to a pre-determined plan. Whether it's 7 steps, 10 steps or whatever you have rehearsed in training, you have to use your practised discipline to start back running. Discipline is a habit. It's a way of life. It's doing the right thing. If only one person changes to a more disciplined life as a result of this post, that's a win. It can enhance every aspect of your life, work, family relationships etc. It simply allows better use of the hours you have.
  2. 10 points
    Small update. Feb 3rd 99.3kg March 6th 91.3kg
  3. 9 points
    I got a podium finish at a sprint on the weekend. 3rd place in the vets. There were slightly more than 3 in the category. This will likely be the one and only time I get a podium, so I will revel in the glory for a few moments.
  4. 9 points
    I made it! 12:39:40, quickest ironman I have done by 6 minutes Was a fantastic day, crowds and volunteers are what make this such a special race! Thanks to all those that talked me into racing in NZ
  5. 8 points
    I received a verbal offer for a pretty good job today. Itโ€™s been a stressful time since the end of Jan when I left the last job. Time to take a breath now.
  6. 8 points
    Even better news just now. Just got a call from recruitment and They are actually going to be putting me in as a Junior Planner which is precisely the role i have wanted and been working towards, and only on $6 an hour less than my current wage as a lead. I finish here on Monday and they have me down to start on the 25th, which is maybe a bit sooner than i had hoped but it will give me a week of fishing to do before i start. 9 day fortnight too so thats great getting a long weekend every two weeks. And because its not a like for like transition from here to there they are paying out my redundancy which i got the figures for today and was very pleasantly surprised. so thats a nice bonus to be getting and will still be employed by them.
  7. 8 points
    "They don't have kids" is a legitimate whinge. Some may say this is harsh, but I would go as far to say that someone who races and hasn't got kids is a cheat.
  8. 8 points
    A small update seeing as though the thread is coming up to 10 years since the first post! To people suffering, it can and will get better. Thankfully in our Family's case the last 5 years or so have been great, very smooth in terms of mental health. Unfortunately a close school friend of my Wife's took his life yesterday. She is feeling guilty, their lives took different paths but she knew he suffered from depression and feels bad for not checking on him. Sadly people come in and out of our life, we can't always be there for everyone we've ever had interactions with no matter how long or short it may have been. In saying that if there is anyone on your mind that you worry about or think about, send them a message or make a call, it may be all they need.
  9. 8 points
    I probably have a bit of a unique insight into this. I was at the school when the attacks happened: in year 11 to be exact. I knew/know many exCcathedral College choir kids. I attended the masses and celebrations. I have met George numerous times. At school and at church. He is a big imposing man. My recollection is he would have to be 6'4+. Dad is 6'3 and George is definitely bigger. He would have been 110kgs+. He would have been mid 50's as well so still relatively fit. For comparison, when I was 13, I would have been lucky to be 5' and 50kgs. He towers over you. The main thing for me, was the kids where all on a catholic funded scholarship. This is a power imbalance when the very person paying / authorising your school fees is the man who is attacking you - its abhorrent. I can see very easily why kids wouldn't speak up then. Your parents would have been so pleased that you are going to good, strong, catholic school and getting the education that they potentially couldnt afford - for free and you as a 13yr old are going to destroy this? Remember 1990's, the whole catholic ring hadnt been fully exposed. Who would believe you and your claims against the man who has stated he would solve the emerging "Melbourne" problem? I can not confidently say that I would have spoken up if I had been "chosen". I really don't know; however I do vividly remember my mum asking questions along similar lines every so often to give me the opportunity to speak up - I think she had a sense that something wasn't quite right with a priest or two.
  10. 7 points
    Questioning others priorities is one of the things that has always pissed me off about triathlon and triathletes. In the cold hard light of day we all know that 99% of the time, the result is a reflection of the time and effort put into the training and if you own that and are happy with that then that is all that matters. Sure, if you don't train and complain about the result then you are a goose, but apart from that, live and let live. If winning plastic trophies is important to you, then great, knock yourself out.
  11. 7 points
    I go to this gym and have done for 5 years. Great place within a stone's throw of my house and the pool. I've watched half a dozen people join up and start doing 'triathlons' independent of my friendship group - we inevitably meet of course and become friendly. Then the journey starts....the ironman entry. The 5 hour indoor bike sessions and hours on the treadmill. The injuries... I get chatting and they mention they are doing an ironman and 'my coach' has me on 70k weeks running etc bla bla bla. 12 months earlier they were 20 kilos heavier and have zero athletic background. The coach lives in another state and they communicate by email. Some of them swim with me but don't last because I dont craft sessions in the zone coach says they 'need.' There are people in my swim squad that have won races outright and won their age group in kona - yet they never get approached for advice. That person ends up disillusioned and lost to the sport. Happens all the time. So many dont get that triathlon is a lifestyle and not a means to make your friends think your better than they are, or you are generally better than everyone else because of your goal or training. Coaches should be facilitators of a lifestyle not the numbers and graphs technicians that its turned into. Traithlon is just something to do in between work and family ffs. Rant over
  12. 7 points
    Well, race is done. Paced myself in the end. 1:38:31. happy but very owey! Not sure of positions, results aren't out yet.
  13. 7 points
  14. 7 points
    Does anybody know a good housekeeper with perfectionist tendencies? Mine has just quit.
  15. 7 points
    Hi All, Some of you may know me from a number of years ago. I had the monikor Coach@Triathlon and Mickbillfrank but might have got banned, sanctioned, or forgot the password. I would like to contribute to the forum again and encourage some others from my period - where this site was probably in its renaissance with regard to info, congeniality, quality contributors, respect, and community. I have been doing what I always do in the sport - training, racing, coaching and, as an older atlete, raising 5 beautiful human beings. Life has been up and down with my mum and dad getting sick with cancer and other challenges with work. Triathlon and my mates have always centred me and why I choose Triathlon over heroin Although I drink far too much and blame Scott Molina as an early role model for that I'm 52 now and really shitty at how much I've slowed down. Raced Husky sprint recently and as much as I love the racing - it is still a head scramble crunching splits and making unrealistic comparisons with my 25 year old self. Just stepped off the TA Board after a wonderful 7 years and my 3 terms. I have all the confidence in the world in President Michelle Cooper and CEO Miles Stewart - I know many of you see TA as the nasty ogre in the sport - but volunteering in that space is not easy and 99% of people do it for the right reasons despite what some uninformed on here might tell you. I'm coaching swimming at Engadine pool still and advising the odd athlete here and there. Currently guiding boxer Ryan Waters (went 15 rounds with Mundine) on a program for Port 70.3 and Busso. interesting, I've noticed boxers and swimmers are the easiest people to coach. Ryan would jump off a cliff if I told him to. He has a long way to go but sure he will smash his first triathlon. Anyway, hope everyone is well - the reason I walked away from Transiitons was the trolling. It's an underbelly that this joint can sometimes do and it really only takes away from the value that an online community can provide. Hope to see some of you at Club Champs NSW next weekend. Love and kisses Mick
  16. 7 points
    Did you receive your confirmation email and register? I have just registered and paid for my 2019 Legacy spot. ๐ŸŠโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšฒ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ ๐ŸŠโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšฒ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ ๐ŸŠโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšฒ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ ๐ŸŠโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšฒ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ ๐ŸŠโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšฒ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ ๐ŸŠโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšฒ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ ๐ŸŠโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšฒ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ ๐ŸŠโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšฒ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ โ˜บ๏ธ โ˜บ๏ธ โ˜บ๏ธ โ˜บ๏ธ โ˜บ๏ธ โ˜บ๏ธ โ˜บ๏ธ โ˜บ๏ธ โ˜บ๏ธ โ˜บ๏ธ โ˜บ๏ธ โ˜บ๏ธ โ˜บ๏ธ โ˜บ๏ธ โ˜บ๏ธ โ˜บ๏ธ โ˜บ๏ธ โ˜บ๏ธ โ˜บ๏ธ โ˜บ๏ธ โ˜บ๏ธ โ˜บ๏ธ
  17. 7 points
    ^^ Precisely this. I always see people say "if you ever want to talk, please call me" and I'm guilty of it also, but the thing is with people that are suffering from any type of mental illness, is they won't call a lot of the time, they will just suffer alone and not want to disturb anyone. I've had a few battles lately and still am and I'm one of those that won't / didnt call despite me preaching the direct opposite to everyone else. So yes, please call your friends if you are worried about them, or not even worried about them, just call and have a chat, listen to them and you may pick up on something.
  18. 7 points
    So some news on the development front - I got given my letter last week to say i'm finishing up on this contract on the 18th march, as are the rest of my colleagues. So this chapter is closing very soon. Recruitment came up and spoke to each of us and we all left feeling hopeful that there is more work around, going by what they gave us and told us, but since then nothing. Until yesterday. I received a call from recruitment who had some good news for me.......I applied for a local planner role back in November with my company to which I was the only candidate they were putting forward, however the client (Rio Tinto) has put it on hold. Whilst not the planner role as its still on hold, they are going to put me into a "work pack developer role" which has an element of planning in it, so i can develop my skills in that arena before moving into planning full time. I was kind of thinking that recruitment had nothing going but turns out they were working hard in the back ground to make things happen and it has, so im very grateful for that. It's a casual type role but is full time hours on a 9 day fortnight, which is perfect. the only thing is we have to move out of our woodside supplied house which sucks, but its the opportunity I've been looking for to get my foot in the door for a new career path. Just waiting to hear back on a start date from HR. Thanks for everyone's support / advice especially Rimmer. mate you've been a great Mentor. Thanks
  19. 7 points
    He pays the bills and runs the forum. He can do what ever he likes inregards to trying to flog some product. There are others who use this forum to promote their on commercial intrest and contribute zero dollars to keeping the website running.
  20. 6 points
    I can't see thread ending happily.
  21. 6 points
    No training as such. Headed down to help as rider support for Revolve24. Moral support, encouragement, tips and tricks, safety etc. Ride from 9am Friday to 130pm sunday. 28.5 hrs, covered 330km at Tailem Bend track. Going slow, waiting for people to catch me, ride a lap or 2 with them, back off again...... With a few toilet and water stops, plus managing the rider drink stations. Considering I haven't ridden more than 40km or a roadie in 3 years, or ridden more than 180 in 15 years, or more than 320 EVER, I was quite impressed. My arse, however, was not so impressed.
  22. 6 points
    Missed the podium by 11 seconds - is this where I come up with all the excuses ? ๐Ÿ˜‚ i thought initially I could have gone with her if Iโ€™d known I was in contention but in retrospect I was totally done. Nothing left and Iโ€™d given it my all etc etc etc. I was however fastest on the bike in my age group ๐Ÿ˜„. Pbs are hard to judge with differing conditions so I tend to judge my performance against the faster and similar riders. As such I am more than satisfied with my overall performance which at the ripe old age of 57 was an 8 min PB.
  23. 6 points
    Not that I need to explain it but I have for a long time followed crime very closely, it intrigues me greatly. I have the ability to separate what I have seen and read from my feelings / life etc, although I understand that could maybe clouded at moment. Iโ€™ll be sure to let my psych know I saw it when I see him on Wednesday.
  24. 6 points
    I only race myself and I haven't won yet.
  25. 6 points
    Reverse the roles in your head mate.if you were loaded and she was a uni student or volunteering at the dog pound would you care if she could or couldnโ€™t contribute to the bond. The main thing is that you guys are in love. If you make money an issue now it will set a bad tone for the relationship. Contribute where and when you can. Very few relationships are fiscally equal. Shouldnt matter. Dont let a stubborn male ego ruin something good.
  26. 6 points
    My entrance fee is $1256 US. My accommodation is $313 US per night for 10 nights. Return flights ~ $1500 AUD. Fortunately I am paid in US dollars and should be able to use frequent flyer points for about 50% of the flights. Being a Legacy athlete this is a one off for me. I do not know how some people can afford to go back year after year. If you go to Kona at any other time of the year the same accommodation is nearly 50% cheaper. #$%@ the cost this is a once in a life time opportunity and I AM GOING TO KONA.
  27. 6 points
    I did ๐Ÿ˜ฒ, no use just hanging around to see what might happen. Live life to the fullest every day, you never know what is around the corner. For the record I had surgery 10 days after IM. Coming up to 5 years clear now NSF
  28. 6 points
    Ill weigh in here a bit if thats OK. Having piloted Trannys for 5 years or so I can tell you that unless you are in advertising or want to spend all your time pursuing it, making a buck from advertising on here is pretty bloody tough. The smaller brands dont have the $$, the bigger brands are VERY demanding and to be honest we don't really have the number of eyes they are after. So it means that for most of that 5 years I was funding the site, now that's fine, it was my choice, and my lack of time and not wanting to push myself on others (its just not my thing) Anyway, thats why I thought Willie would be a good fit, there were a few others I had possibly lined up, but Willie was front and centre. The reason being that at worst if he gets no external advertising, he can offset that by using the site to advertise his own stuff, thereby indirectly funding the site. In the end Trannys in its simplest form doesn't cost a "lot" to run, but it is an expense, and while the crowdfunding is a nice idea, the reality is that most people don't want to pay for this sort of content, and the few that would pay would end up funding it for everyone else and possibly feel like they are more valued or have greater say in the site and also make those who dont pay feel less valued. Anyway.... good luck Willie, I've given you the keys to the family car, just don't break it
  29. 6 points
    Hey Trannies, Thanks for all those that attended and took interest across the weekend it was a BIG ONE. Numbers this year were actually BIG (over 4300 before taking into account the on the day entries (which is significant, particularly with the swims and runs) it indicates that if it was not the biggest event ever, it certainly was top 3 (and we are only talking the difference of maybe 200 people). The difference this year was where the Saturday numbers (namely the sprint) were down a little. These numbers were more than replaced with the Sunday numbers growing significantly. (close to 25% up on last year thanks to the introduction of the classic distance). So maybe just a more of an even split across the two days rather than the huge day on the Saturday. Cheers Seb
  30. 5 points
    Ah well to close this one out, Iโ€™m no longer aiming for worlds 2020, Iโ€™m full of excuses but the big one is Iโ€™m just not mentally there. Iโ€™ve had a few battles lately that are well documented and is driving me to do other things - like my spearfishing and just purely exploring with my kids and wife. im Going to rock up in Taupo this December and have a fun day swimming riding and running. cheers.
  31. 5 points
    Finally welcome to transitions. Basically if you can't qualify for Kona, you just don't want it bad enough. Despite getting into the sport because you like doing triathlons, you should only do 2-3 races all year. Preferably the same ones year in year out. It's okay get have a toxic marriage or no partner at all and get to Kona because you know, the sport only exists if you qualify for Kona. You can't get a rolldown for Kona, simply put, you didn't really qualify. If you don't win in Kona that's okay as long as you looked fresh crossing the finishline and can walk to lava java the next day for your soy latte. You also have to pretend you work 40 hours a week and have no time to train however you are often seen at the pool at 2pm when most people are back in the office. And you've done an extra 100K ride that morning with other fulltime workers that just happen to never work wednesday mornings. Oh and the biggest thing of all, if you get beaten by some new guy/girl that no one has heard about before, he/she is clearly a drug cheat. Where's the sarcastic ?
  32. 5 points
    I don't get people who don't get fishing lol! This is my catch from last Sunday. no fishing this weekend though with Cyclone Veronica on our doorstep.
  33. 5 points
    If you could knock off 10 mins in the swim, you would be out on the bike with the goods guys which, that alone will give you a quite few minutes. Its just the way it is. Also, a lot of people I know say if they are swim fit then the benefits continue on to the run.
  34. 5 points
    A big thanks to Mike Del's contact very thorough answers and emailed at 2am this morning! I enjoyed reading the answers for myself. Thanks again.
  35. 5 points
    My friend said no worries, she'll email her answers straight to the email address you gave me.
  36. 5 points
    Nealo, have a read of renaissance periodizations diet 2.0 ebook. It's a bit of work but worth it if interested in a long term plan. They do sell "templates" but not for me. I've lost 8kg since Jan 1 after being the heaviest ever and going over 100kg. I haven't done one session of "cardio" (except 4 x 40 min summer soccer games) in that time. 3 x 1hr weight training sessions a week. Best tips: weigh yourself twice a week and average the weight, use this average weekly weight to track changes Negative calorie balance is responsible for 80% of weight change. I use myfitnesspal and log everything i eat. upgraded to paid version to get macro totals and just make sure there is a small-moderate calorie deficit every day. Next is macro timing. carbs are best either side of a training session. High protein intake spread evenly thru day to prevent muscle loss. Fat is important from good sources (nuts, avo etc) I struggle to hit min protein and fat figures but very easily blow the carb figures if I'm not careful I'm about to hit a 10% loss in total and will then go into maintenance mode for 2 months before trying to lose another 5%. I will be 7kgs over the weight I did Ironman at but will be happy and healthy.
  37. 5 points
    And today it became the formal offer with the reams and reams of paperwork to complete and return. I start on Monday. The relief is palpable. Such a shame I now only have 6 days to get all the stuff done I would have loved to get done while not working but couldn't manage cause I was too bloody stressed! lol
  38. 5 points
    1:38:31 not sure of place yet as results aren't out. Holy hell that's a big race, someone said 14,000 runners!
  39. 5 points
    But you looked better than the others. That's what really matters.
  40. 5 points
    Looks like all those 3am hill repeats in the rain are going to pay off.
  41. 5 points
    Thanks for the chat Sam, appreciate it. For now I'm just enjoying going 4wding in my Ute, walking the coast with my fishing rod & spear gun and trying to catch some fish My wife's very concerned about me, and isn't really keen on me heading out by myself, but I've made a commitment to her & the doctors that if i feel like im having an episode that i call them immediately. For those that don't know, two weeks ago on my birthday i called the police on myself, i was sitting at home alone and was about to cut myself with my hunting knife, So i'm now in the care of the Pilbara Mental health crisis team which consists of psychiatrist, psychologist, nurse and social worker who are working with me. Thanks to Sam, Stikman, Willie, RBR, BCJ and Rimmer for the chats over the past couple weeks - much appreciated
  42. 5 points
    heres the trails i get to ride on in Karratha. bit different to the "normal" MTB trails but its what we have to play in. it hurts a lot when you stack though
  43. 5 points
    I was originally advised that my years woudl be 2020 and then on Friday got the email and entered yesterday. Kona 2019, so it only tool 2 years of waiting on the list. Had originally only planned on doing Geelong 70.3 as the nominal race and then a bunch of mates decided to do Port Mac, so entered that just after xmas. Lucky i did as I only started swimming and running (if you can call it that) again at xmas and now it's not far away. Exciting times ahead. Stephen
  44. 5 points
    Years ago I ordered some sub-10 plates the first time I went sub 10hr never put em on as I quickly grew out of the wank factor (thank Christ) and as I can still go sub 10 as on old fat f#ckwith cancer , so itโ€™s not that hard eneded up selling them to a dude with a hot street car that goes sub ten for the quarter mile paid $600 sold em for $2500 only time Iโ€™ve ever made a profit on tricathalete crap
  45. 5 points
    Went for 50kms of trails and fields in Hampshire last Saturday. Cracking day for Feb! This is on the South Down Way and in June, my mate and I are doing the full 106 mile route (Winchester to Eastbourne). Bike went great. things to change: Bar grips Bar width Saddle
  46. 4 points
    Being single, I just love how all of the domestics just do themselves. Married people need to get on to this, just come home, sit down and eat, then go to sleep. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  47. 4 points
    A very hot lumpy sloooow 32km in Z2 from Blacktown to Chatswood. 3:25 all in.
  48. 4 points
    AP is a coach with extensive experience in Ironman generally and can assist many on here. Like any coach each has strengths and areas of challenge. You have people like CEM and MJK on here who are deeply knowledgable and credentialed. I have been a triathlon coach in High Performance, juniors, and helped others in Ironman racing, including those racing in Kona. I coach swimming these days - and occasionally help athletes tweak their triathlon programs when they ask me. I don't take any money from athletes. Best qualities a coach can have is sincerity, empathy, knowing their limitations and being prepared to recommend another coach with a superior skill set, as well as knowing their strengths.
  49. 4 points
    Vegans tend to have a pretty strong left leaning, that could be your issue.
  50. 4 points
    So only four more sleeps until Ten Pints, Mrs Shuffla and I head out from Wollongong this Sunday morning. Our first stop is Husky. Then onto Kiama then back to Sydney on The Tuesday. More like 400 kms now and almost 4,000 metres of climbing. Will be looking to having a beer at the Husky pub on the 1st night with Ten Pints. We both missed the Husky race this year. FM
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