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  1. 15 points
    Quick report. 1st Kona, via the legacy program. I would love to think I can qualify via the normal process, however nutritional problems plague the back end of any endurance event - ending in vomiting whether it be IM or long rides. I spent a number of sessions with Monash Uni having gut tests and sweat tests and we set about a program to resolve the problem over the 6 months leading into Kona. Signed up with TriTravel to do the conditioning tour and had an absolute blast and the whole experience lived up to all the expectations. Had some long sessions on the bike riding up Hawi and back to town and got to experience the brutality of the winds and associated heat challenges. On this pre-race day ride the wind was ferocious but doable and according to the pro's on Strava indicated that it was a really bad day. Also did a long run from the run turn around in town all the way out the energy lab, so got to see the entire length of the course which ended up proving to be really valuable come race day. The race week lead in was awesome, getting to meet so many greats of the sport (Dave, Marc, Paula, Michellie, Cam Wurf etc....) and the functions for the Aussie/NZ team as well as a special nibbles and drink for the Legacy athletes. Spent a night doing the Manta ray dive and a day driving the island, eating portugese donuts, visit to the volcano, which was a nice break from all the race prep. Race day Being the 1st year of the swim waves, meant a very low stress, post check in, got to spend time back in our hotel (Kona Seaside) and watch the earlier wave starts (my start was the last and was 1:05 after the male pro's headed out. Got to watch the male pro's exit the water before being bundled down the steps into the water to begin the short swim out to the start line. Whilst I thought there was only going to be 100 legacy athletes in the wave it was much larger and looks like we had just short of 300 athletes starting in this wave. I started on the right hand side and was quite stunned to see people take off at break neck speed. Swim is my best leg and had decided to find some feet and just sit in and enjoy the drag. It was quite a slow pace and tried a few times to go past the feet I was on, only to find that the 2 sets of feet I was following didn't want me to go, so I just dropped back in behind them. Wasn't long before we were passing the back end of the last of the ladies and the fun of trying to find a good line through the swarm of people. Got a kick from a female that set my watch to transition mode, so from that point on had no idea of the pace. Arrived back on shore in 1:05:30 which was the end of the range that I expected. I normally swim around the 55-58 mins and this had been cruisey. On to the bike and its taken me a few years to learn to ride at a consistent pace and avoid surging and not being able to bring the back end of the ride home. Just prior to heading over to Kona my PM died and I had to switch to one off the roadie and knowing they are not the same numbers, we decided on a range (20min FTP test in the week before going over and an hour FTP test on the Queen K 1 week pre-race), so we had a new number to work with and a range. Dave Scott had mentioned a few times that the race doesn't start until the 160km mark of the bike and the 30km mark of the run, so I just settled into a nice comfortable power and focussed on nutrition and ensuring I managed the heat. The ride out of Kona is slightly uphill before you drop down into Kawaihei, and start the climb to Hawi. Thoroughly enjoyed this section and got to see my wife and daughter at around the 45km mark (TriTravel take them on a bus out to see us), and was amazed at how much effort people were putting into the ride. Before turning the corner we got to see the male pro's returning and it was clear that they were flying, but the back few bikes in the lead pack were definitely pushing the draft zone. The crosswinds across to the base of the climb were strong and then the head wind up the climb. got to the turnaround, picked up the special needs drink nutrition and started the decent. The winds were certainly up, but not quite as bad as our training ride, but still there were a few people that had come off. Took the right hand turn back onto the Queen K and decided it was time to start picking up the pace, and really enjoyed the trip back into town, passing so many people that had pushed to hard earlier. Managed to put away 8 bottles of fluid plus my 4 bidons, (1.6l litres per hour) so I was confident that my nutrition was on track according to my tests and trials. Ride time was a very comfortable 5:21:34 and keeping a 13watt differential between AVG pwr and NP (I was planning on this only being around 5, but there was a number of surges down during the day to keep out of draft zones.) Onto the run and prove the litmus test for the nutrition and up Palani on to Kukini waving to the family before settling into my race rhythm. Had the pleasure of being passed by Jan as he turned the corner (he at km 41 me at km 1), I gave him a pat on the back and he was gone. Checking my race pace it was still a little quick (my aim was for around the 6min km) so I started to ease back and then got to see iFoz cheering everyone on outside the Royal Kona. At the far turnaround I was passed by John Hill and watched him run off, as I continued to find my speed and get used to the heat. Ran back past iFoz, then my family and walked up Palani to the Queen Q and started the section out to the energy lab. Around km 15 I could feel my gut starting to misbehave, and had to slow up and ease some burps out, and realised over the next few km, that some walking was going to be required. Not long after this caught up to Ken Glah who was competing in his 36 Kona, and after a short chat I ran off feeling a little more upbeat. Not to much further on I ran past John again, his day was done and would be walking it home. Down into the energy lab, by this stage the sun had gone behind the clouds and the sting of the heat had disappeared, walked a portion of the flat section and the uphill out of the energy lab, Saw a few friends on the return out and wondered how long it would be before the ran past me, but somehow I managed to find some more walk / run on the way back into town and they didn't catch me. Walked the final hill up to Palani thinking about the iron war on this very section, and then ran down the hill, into town and across the finish line. Somehow managed to keep from throwing up but went straight into medical tent and received 2 drips (I had lost 4.5kg). This was the 1st race that I had manged to keep from throwing up in and keep taking on fluid throughout the run. Albeit I only managed to ingest 1 cliff chew bar, 2 cups of gatorade, the rest was just water for the entire run leg. This was not what my nutrition plan was, but it was ll I could do on the day. Run time was 4:50 which was a little off target but the best I could do on the day. (Dream was 3:50, with 4:15 being more realistic). Absolutely loved the whole experience and would love to do this again one day with a bunch of mates once they get there. Closed out the day with 11:28 and overall place of 1387, not bad for someone who can't qualify. Then got a surprise when a friend mentioned I had won my age group, which was a great laugh. On the IM tracker the category I started in (last wave is known as the Kukui), and they have age groups for them. I had won the 50-54 age group.
  2. 15 points
    I got it done and enjoyed myself. Do not know how the pointy end race it like they do. I ticked the box and loved the event (whole week build up). Kona was above expectations for family holiday - everyone had a blast. As a race - I’ve done better, as an event - right up there! Finished fresh (that’s what I had to do right?), time to enjoy some family time and put Ironmans to the back of mind for 5-10 years!!!!! IFoz - enjoy your book! PS - traveled with TriTravel and enjoyed every minute of it. Stayed at Royal Kona - worked well for family to watch race, close to expo and restaurants. Main highlight of the whole thing is the swimming. Just so much to see under that water.
  3. 14 points
    Another quick update at a touch over 3 weeks post op. Wound healed well so was able to get in the pool for hydrotherapy and other rehab starting at two weeks post op. Got off the painkillers at two weeks as well and had no real increase in the level of pain so happy with that. Surgeon had me on crutches for three weeks to allow the prosthetic to knit inside the bone, so on Thursday I ditched the crutches like I’d been healed by Benny Hinn. Still have a decent limp that I’m going to have to work through, and still not allowed to close the hip joint beyond 90 degrees for a few more weeks to allow the joint to stabilise. Prior to the surgery I was also not able to close that hip up so I assume when I’m allowed to try full range of motion the muscles around that area will take some working. The surgery area is still a bit tender and I can’t sleep on that hip for too long, but in general sleeping is much improved. Been told I’m ok to drive now too, so while I’m not going on any road trips it’s nice not to be confined to quarters. Hoping to get in for a swim in the next few days too. All in all so far so good.
  4. 13 points
    Thanks mate, yeah a bit better today. Pain and swelling is reduced a bit, bruising still looks pretty horrendous. am on Targin pain killers twice a day but have had no additional pain relief. am home now so that’s a bit more comfortable. sleeping is still the biggest issue as you can really only lie in one position at the moment (flat on your back) so when you wake in the middle of the night and just want to readjust to get more comfortable you can’t. dr is pretty conservative and old skool so wants me on crutches for three weeks at least to give everything the best chance of healing 100% again the hospital staff and nurses were just amazing could not fault anything they did for me.
  5. 12 points
    My golf is rooted too. I’m a DNS for Noosa charity golf day and the Tri. Gutted. But like Kona, I’ve spent a Kings ransom on accommodation, so will still be having the usual five days in Noosa. I was the only Cyco to be racing this year. Trannies I knew racing Kona were Blobby and Newt identified himself during the race when he saw my Tranny cap. Putting my bucket hat to good use at Akaka Falls
  6. 11 points
    My lead up to Kona went well given my awful work roster. I would spend two weeks in Australia cycling and swimming, racking up 1000+km on the bike and 30+km in the pool, each R&R. I would then spend 4 weeks at work in Mongolia. While at work I would run every second day after work (12 hour shifts). On the other nights I would do intervals on the rowing machine and exercise bike. I had an amazing time in Kona. I went as part of the Legacy program after completing 15 x IMWA. I spent a week training and heat acclimatising in Honolulu and arrived in Kona a week before the race. I did the PATH run, Hola practice swim, ANZAC morning tea, first timer morning team, Parade of Nations and Undie run. We also went swimming with the Manta Rays. There was a Legacy event at the King Kam on the Wednesday night. Ironman CEO Andrew Messick greeted each Legacy athlete and spoke to them as they arrived. There were then some inspirational speeches from Mike Reilly, PNF, Dave Scott and Mark Allen. All of the Legacy athletes that I spoke to were super pumped and excited to get the opportunity to race in Kona. The Legacy bikes were racked together near the Pro bikes on the pier. The Legacy athletes were in the Kukui wave, which was the last wave to start the race. The Kukui wave included the Legacy athletes, Foundation athletes (people who got a spot by donating or fund raising for the Ironman charity) and wild card athletes (what ever that means). If you ever get the opportunity to go to Kona as part of the Legacy program – DO IT. It was an amazing experience. Ironman went out of their way to make the Legacy athletes feel special. Through out the week I got train to on some of the famous locations that I have seen on the Kona coverage over the last 20+ years – Palani hill, Alii drive, the energy lab, the climb up to Hawi, Mark and Dave hill, see the lava fields in person and swim out to the coffee boat. I also had a meal at Lava Java, The Kona swim is amazing – you can see coral and fish all the way. On the way back in I found a set of feet to draft off and arrived in T1 feeling relaxed and ready to ride. The bike was hot. With our late start and slower cycle times, by the time we got to the climb to Hawi the wind had really picked up. Sometimes it was a head wind, often a dangerous cross wind. I got a puncture just before the last aid station on the way up to Hawi. While I was fixing the puncture, the wind blew over a shade tent at the aid station which careered into me and sent myself and bike flying. Fortunately, no damage was done to myself or bike. On the way back down from Hawi the cross winds were treacherous, and I did not spend much time on the aero bars. The ride back into town was into a head wind, so I stayed on the aero bars and tried to keep cool, pouring water over myself. When I started the run it was crazy hot. The sun went down before I reached the energy lab which cooled things down a little. I was grateful that I had a head torch as the run is pitch black with little street lighting. I cramped up at the bottom of the energy lab and lost about 10 minutes stretching out the cramp. It was then a slow jog back to town. The final run along Alii drive was amazing. I am not an emotional person, but crossing that finishing line was an incredible feeling. It had taken me 15+ years of training and racing to get there. Getting the opportunity to race in Kona made it all worthwhile. I finished in 13:56:04. I was really happy with my time. I then spent 2 weeks touring in California, with no training at all. I had 2.5 days in Perth so got in 1 swim and 1 long ride. I now have 4 weeks at work and arrive back in Australia 2 days before IMWA. So my taper has already begun!
  7. 10 points
  8. 9 points
    Asks for thoughts and then disagrees with everyone who offers thoughts, seems about right...
  9. 8 points
    So 4 weeks in and all is going pretty well. After dropping the crutches I was walking like I had a wooden leg, so I swallowed some pride and also some tablets. 2 x Panadol and a Voltaren morning and night and it made a huge difference. Able to walk much better albeit with some concentration to keep it looking “natural”. It’s amazing how much it takes out of you having to concentrate on waking, makes a half hour walk exhausting. Still not allowed to try and close my hip angle beyond 90 degrees till I get the ok from the surgeon Monday week , even though I feel like I could if I had to, apparently the hip is still prone to dislocation up until all the muscles have had time to strengthen around the joint. Anyway at 4 weeks I’m probably doing a bit better than I thought I would at this stage, knocking out my 10000 steps a day and started back with some easy swimming this week.
  10. 8 points
    No. But you would be mistaken for believing that triathlon was invented in Cronulla and if you did not hang with them in the 80s and 90s or pay homage to them you are a pissant who will get what is coming to them.
  11. 7 points
    Jabs and I don't get on. Well he hates me and I don't care anymore. I actually liked him a lot (he even taught me how to ride a track bike) but I said a few things to him that were over the line, said sorry but he hasn't been able to move past it. anyway... I thought his post was awesome. He could honestly write an awesome triathlon in history book with all the stories and people he knows. Local scene, the yanks, the things they got up too that shouldn't be in writing, some of the races and how they played out. The up and coming guys he saw. Trips to Kona and Nice etc.... Wouldn't be much money in it at all so it would be more of a volunteer book, he might earn a few thousand at the end of the day. I'd buy it. Other than Ken Baggs book, there isn't really anything and he has a flare that would make it an easy read. maybe even a roller coaster read. I have no doubt he could write it so you just couldn't put it down once you started reading it.
  12. 7 points
    Great race today. The highlight being me and Flanman being the last two standing for the major prize in the Lucky Draw. Lucky for me I was the last one standing :-). I had a solid race with a 2:00:41. Would have liked to do 42 seconds faster. I was 6th in my age group and Mrs F was 5th in her age group, so the Flower people were very happy at the end of the day. Thanks for all the support out there. Great to see other Tranny's racing. But most of all a big thank you to the organisers. They are all volunteers. Not an event company. Can't think of many triathlons of this size and importance still put on by just volunteers. We need to keep supporting them and their sponsors.
  13. 7 points
    Well, what has been a kind of turmultous year is looking up. To add to it all, our daughter has just been awarded one of 10 future community leader scholarships at the USQ. She's feeling pretty chuffed ATM, and she should be!
  14. 7 points
    Can't believe almost a week later there's been no love on here for Trannie Tri-Mel who became the first woman to complete Uberman. Stupid long distances 33k swim, 600K+ bike and 200k+ run. Mel's such a lovely and cool chick who's into these crazy distance races. Took nearly 139 hours but crossed the line as first woman and only fifth person to complete. Nice radio interview here - https://www.abc.net.au/radio/melbourne/programs/mornings/melbourne-nurse-becomes-first-woman-to-complete-895km-uberman/11622686?fbclid=IwAR26u2MmYZUPYtf3cuuF0gDpUpVbX9a47Z3ASDACZjMUDeYMfFKUuFoSeJI Well done Mel - you are officially awesome.
  15. 7 points
    Never see a documentary on why you should be just be balanced in your diet. It is always an extremist way. Whatever Crowie and Cam Brown do seems to be pretty bloody good. Neither of them preach on what to eat. Kiss principle with them.
  16. 7 points
    Hard to find good help .... so I put a call out and skip turned up ....
  17. 6 points
    Sparky joins the family...! Scott RC 900 world cup edition! N plus 1 became 5 😂 😁
  18. 6 points
    If you're at all interested in the history of triathlon in Aust, I'd highly recommend Jane Hunt's Multisport Dreaming: The Foundations of Triathlon in Australia. In fact, I'd say it's an essential read. It is meticulously researched, comprehensive in both scope and detail, and heavily features Delly Carr's photography. Jane interviewed around 200 people while gleaning info for the book, as well as accessing archives and private collections for material, aside from all the usual written sources such as books, magazines, etc. Published in 2014, it profiles our many elite athletes, performances at major championships, features the development and history of major races on the local scene......basically, there is little it doesn't cover to some degree. Forewords by Welchie, Jackie Gallagher and Crowie, and an intro by Greg Reddan, reflect both the book's importance and Jane's diligence in documenting the sport in Australia.
  19. 6 points
  20. 6 points
    Down another 2.4kg to 92.1kg, shouldn’t have lost that much because I didn’t treat my body like a temple this week (actually never have). I’ve had a rough week mentally again this last few days, back on track though after a good chat with some helpers of mine.
  21. 6 points
    And I'm done. My happy race weight has been achieved just in time for Noosa 💃 Even though I didn't register I have been following this thread for interest. Post eye-surgery I hit 59.7 kilos. Started training and didn't budge a gram even after 2 months of solid 8-11 hours a week exercise. Desperation measures resulted in examining what I was eating and discarding processed foods. Result 55.00 kilos this morning. So for me it's not so much how much exercise I do, but how much I eat and the quality of that food. Good luck everyone on achieving your goals.
  22. 6 points
    Should there be a limit on the number of German professionals allowed in the race. Surely the answer is nein!
  23. 5 points
    In NSW, all I can say is thank god for Emo.
  24. 5 points
    Well finally back in australia after about 7 weeks so ill try to remember a bit about Wales Ironman . Good news the weather gods turned it on for race day . Firstly the anthem at the start is just something you have experience for yourself words will never describe it just spine tingling and straight after that they played thunderstruck so your pretty much ready to go after that . With no warm up swim allowed I still wasn't sure how cold this was going to be as I hadn't been in the water at all , I do like to have a warm up swim to set the goggles and get a bit of a feel for it . Started about the 1 hour marker and remember looking and thinking there's a lot of people starting behind me hope there not all going to be swimming over the top of me ! Start of the swim was surprised as the water temp was a lot warmer than I thought it was going to be no where near as cold as coles bay in tasmania , had a quick rinse out of the goggles and away we went , filled up a couple of times and had to reset them ( that's why I like a warm up). First lap done and as you do a exit run up the beach quick look at the watch about 31min so was looking ok , Heard them call my name over PA from the land down under and then off for the second lap I like to take the swim pretty easy so you get out feeling as though you haven't done anything before the real stuff starts . Getting out in about 1.04 with a very controlled swim good start to the day . 2nd in the over 55s about 150th overall Long run up the ramp to find my pink bag as my bag was pretty much right at the top I grabbed it and went up to the road put my shoes on and started the run to transition pulling the wetsuit down half way for the run , gave it a lot of thought before about taking it off for the run or not don't think it matters either way there seemed to be about a 50/50 split who did and who didn't. My plan was to at least start the bike about 1.15 and was pretty much spot on so all good . Id broke the bike up into 3 parts in my head , the first loop being down the coast and back to Pembrokeshire , then the 2 loops round saundersfoot. This part of an Ironman I spend getting passed by quite a few people as I'm not that strong a cyclist , The first 60 km loop is probably the easiest part of the ride still plenty of hills and would be the most effected part of the ride if the wind was up but not quite as difficult as the last 2 loops the plan was to ride that in under 2 hours and ended up being about 1.50 something maybe a little to fast if anything , The 2nd two loops are where the fun starts , The constant up and down (Not to much flat stuff here) and some of the down hills on them very narrow roads or tracks you could call them ( very very bumpy) you have to be very attentive on and you'll need some strong braking to get around the sharp corners at the bottom .I was planning on riding maybe just over 2 hours for each lap but maybe didn't give it as much respect as I should have without really Knowing what was out there. I think the first lap was about 2.10 and the second about 2.20 and I was dying out there towards the end of the bike . The highlight is Saundersfoot hill Area as from the time you hit the coast the crowds are building and there's still a couple of climbs before you get to Saundersfoot hill with plenty of support on them but when you hit Saundersfoot its like the tour de france you have about 1m wide of road left you can see and the rest is just masses of people cheering , Just sensational, you hit that about 110 kms and 170 kms and gives you such a buzz . Lastly as your coming back into Tenby its not quite over as another climb to get you back to T2 waits just to freshen you up for the run . As I had my Australian Shorts on there was a lot of support from other competitors asking are you from Australia and chanting Aussie Aussie Aussie as they road past . And there was quite a few that road past , although when I got to T2 as you have to rack your own bike I remember looking around thinking there weren't that many bikes there compared to when it was full . Total ride 6.23 ave speed just over 28 ish 2500m of elevation 7th In the over 55s and 315th overall . I was hoping to get out on the run in about 7.30ish was about 7.45 so was starting to lose a bit of ground as to what I thought , I really did think I had around 12 hours in me and thought that running under 4.30 was very achievable , Unfortunately for me rolled my ankle the weekend before and 2 days before we left australia I was still not convinced I was even taking my bike ( I know get out the violin) My ankle was still blue and swollen when I raced , 7 weeks later still not what I would call great. So that being said I went out on the run very consciously especially around the town running on the cobblestone roads .The run has hills in it and a lot of them they just keep coming not to much flat stuff I can remember but The support around that run course was the best I've seen at Ironman and managed to run the whole way (or may have been a shuffle) 4 x loops which I hoped to do in about 1.05 ish each but really couldn't manage that and just kept telling myself don't walk because as soon as you start walking your done . After that bike course that run is very difficult and was still getting passed by quite a few , but in saying that after about 2 laps I don't recall seeing so many people walking at an Ironman . As the longer the race goes the crowds get bigger especially around the pubs in town and they get louder the more they drink and the roads get narrower as the crowds gets bigger , I feel a little guilty not high fiving all the kids out on the course but there was just to many to keep it up . All in all had a great day and would love to do it again some day , hey you never know . Run time 4.43 : To get 8th in the over 55s in 12.27 pretty happy with that . If your thinking of doing an overseas Ironman and you can put your PBs away for the day I cant recommend this race enough It was just fantastic in many ways , After doing Ironman Canada at Whistler a couple of years ago I went in thinking how much harder could it be ! ............Well Well Well.
  25. 5 points
    Finished - made the cutoff by 7 1/2 min, 3:58 (just for the run) , 15 min to get from the timing mat to the roks, good swim but then another 10 min to get from the beach landing to the swim finish mat, cycle was enjoyable (there were some idiots and some blatant drafters out there), lots of very nice ladies enquired after my health on the run new trivia - I think I'm the only person to finish in the top 10 and the last ten at Noosa 😕 Back home in the Bay now - going dark as I try to finish the final report for my Masters (due 2pm tomorrow (but that is a workday...))
  26. 5 points
    But they didnt do a real comparison other than to junk food. you could eat just meat and nothing else and lose weight. you could drink just coffee and drop weight. comparing against hamburgers and chip is like, no shit. Eating plant based is obviously better. diets are like religion. Do what you want. Just dont tell others what they should do.
  27. 5 points
    My coach did get all the squad to write a motivational letter to themselves at the start of the IM program, given to him and to be opened when people are at their lowest and in need of inspiration. Good idea, just doesn't work for me. Some words aren't going to make me feel less tired or take away the 30km run I have to do. So I drew a picture of me with a massive erection instead. I won't be requesting the letter, I just hope he bins it after the race. So yeah a life coach would probably be no good for me.
  28. 5 points
    I went to McDonalds with Amelia. We ordered 6 cheeseburgers. I ate 4, Amelia ate 2
  29. 5 points
    First day of rehab today with all the old ducks. working up a sweat in the hydrotherapy pool.
  30. 5 points
    I have Cadens and Mr BogFrog has deCadens. I'm no tech geek either but Ben is great to deal with. I was having trouble with the brakes (shuddering) after a service at a LBS. They insisted there was nothing wrong with what they did and told me that the wheels must be the problem. I should've bought Zipps apparently 🙄 Anyway, went to see Ben and he played with the brakes, cleaned the rims and lo and behold it was right as rain again. LBS had over oiled the bike. While he was playing around, he fixed the rusting screw on my saddle post, tightened a few things that the shop should've done. All free of charge.
  31. 5 points
    Mate, I have a 'little' experience of this. There is a fine line between having minimal pain killers, so that you are aware mentally with what's going on and needing some help with getting in the right position without being in agony. Sometimes you need a little help. I find the hardest bit is trying to change positions without stressing out. It's like you can be ok lying down or standing up but the most painful/stressful bit is that transition in-between the two. Very often I've been 'frozen' at that point, absolutely petrified to go any further as you know how painful it will be. I wish I had an easy answer. The only thing I found helped was tying things around the house that helped me get up and get down, that way your body is not taking the whole strain and it helps calm down the shaking. On the mental side of things, I've found it very useful to keep track of progress i.e.: Yesterday I could get x far own my own, today is a few meters further,,that kind of thing. I also found things like small step ups and counting them, really good. I remember the first I could take myself to the bathroom in 3mths, it was like I'd won the Olympics. Take the small daily victories where you can get mate and build on that. It really helps with the mental side IME.
  32. 5 points
  33. 5 points
    There was a big ruckus a few years ago on here and Roxi ended up banning all the Vegans. Not sure if that ban still exists?
  34. 5 points
    Got it sorted. He went anticlock wise I went clockwise. My wife said 9:45 at night is too late go out. So I will get it tomorrow.
  35. 5 points
    Don't give me your pity, I'm still a dick. Apologies for the lack of responses I've been off driving bright red convertible vw beetles, drinking beers, swimming with turtles and being a genuine legend. Thanks for the critique Peter, sorry to read you're full of shit as usual. Fortunately for me I'm in a pretty sweet position where the money wasn't too much of concern. My wife cried for me when I told her I got the DQ. A moment where I realised how much of not just my life went in to the race and everything prior, it's truly not a solo adventure.
  36. 5 points
    This was mine on my last night shift on Monday
  37. 5 points
    True, but you have to find a way to break that cycle. there will always be someone richer, smarter, faster, better looking or thinner buy you don’t know what else they are dealing with. They may look at you and think “I’m thin but why am I not happy?” Just do what you can, be the best you that you can be at any given time. If you stumble don’t punish yourself, take stock and get back on track. But he sure to mentally reward yourself at regular intervals if you get through a meal, or a day or a week without falling off the rails.
  38. 5 points
    Bit of an update; about 4 months out from the op and other than the scar I wouldn't know i had a hip replacement, full mobility ( haven't tried running and not about to) . I've been gradually reducing the Targin over the past few months and about to drop off completely. A few aches and pains with that, I can understand why heroin addicts find it so hard to quit. Bowels are better for it as well.
  39. 5 points
    Results are in. I came 31/380 overall. The winner 'only' went 35.30, so it seems like a slow day all round.
  40. 5 points
    Tyno, a bloke from our workplace (a tradie) got a similar warning. he went Lo tech and hard work. They start work at 6am so he gets out of bed at 2.30 am on work days and walks for a few hours and has gradually improved his eating as well. he is down 30 kgs in 30 weeks so far and recons he feels absolutely fantastic and Dr said he has dodged going on insulin. I know that method may not be for everyone but for him it was an easy, Lo tech option, and is working great for him. I actually suggested work incentivise him by giving him a gift voucher to buy some new clothes that fit him as a bit of a reward as no doubt he will be a better healthier employee going forward.
  41. 5 points
    hey burgs report #IronmanWC race report Swim. Good start but bunched up behind. I speculate who’s there; probably not Wurf. Going as planned. Stroke stroke stroke breathe. Rough calculations pin 900x more repetition. 900 forms of distraction required. Finally, Body Glove boat. Can smell bacon cook up. Firm distraction found. Kona pier arrives. No attempted manoeuvres made for lead out glory, no one gets hurt. Win/win. 1st onto bike. Jig around town done, onto QK. I tongue my moustache. Frodo requests assistance. Lol cancel that boy. Clavel takes lead. Clavel supertucks. Clavel supertuck pedals. Clavel superwhatthe****. You’re going to die mate. Lead group thinning. Kawaihae, Kawaibye. Up to Hawi we go. Off the back of the group. Pace hotter than Bob Babbitt’s chair during a 6 hour breakfast sit at Huggo’s. Ali flats. Unexpected company. Ali passes with somicboom effect. Ali gone. Never liked his company anyway, toodleloo. Catch a fast fading Clavel. Finally someone with more inflated confidence than me. Wurf pain train catching. Pain train becomes slain train. Spat out. I tongue my moustache, overhang definitely on the move. Christ Ironman is long. Run. Off to a good start, still some life lef. On 2:50 pace. Palani minces legs to salami. Pace slowing on QK. Stomach in knots. Need to crap. To stop? Yeah, keep it clean. Last time was nasty. Almost lost race belt down dark well of pestilence & malodor. Breaking 3 becomes breaking 2+2=4. Any longer & they will be bringing me glowsticks. Contemplate SAG home. Guts in severe pain. Evaluated chances of finishing equal to Patrick Lange. Spotted a sedentary Patrik Nilsson. Invitation to run declined on account of withdrawal. Disgusted, a pledge to finish was made. Post-after party is where real suffering begins. This is nothing. Self-talk positivity reverberates with generic American accent ‘YOU GOT THIS!’ Sticky hot asphalt making funny noises on my shoes. I’m sure that’s where I pissed myself on the way out. Finish line here. Get shoed away before Haug crosses, a single shred of dignity remaining. Could be worse. Last time I finished with shit in my suit. This I’m time finishing as just a metaphorical shit. Mahalo 🌸 📷 @koruptvision
  42. 4 points
    I'm flying to Newcastle tomorrow to meet my older half-sister for the first time. Nervous, but mainly excited - we weren't sure if she knew she was adopted so we were hesitant to make contact, but so far so good 😊 Just happens that we're meeting her on our mother's birthday too - I wish she was alive to see us all together
  43. 4 points
    Mate tried that with his Argon, It sat there a week, unlocked and untouched so he put some Zipps on it. Next day he came back to find the bike still there, but minus the wheels.
  44. 4 points
    The only disappointment they expressed was in their president boasting like a teenage bully who'd just won a schoolyard victory. I'm not sure anyone would have been surprised, it's very much his style and appeals to a great deal of his base no doubt. Whether it's consistent with quality leadership or good strategically is another matter.
  45. 4 points
    More rehab and hydrotherapy today. Todays hydrotherapy topic of discussion was “scones” and should lemonade be added to the batter for a better scone. The positive of being the youngest in rehab by abut twenty years is all the old ducks fighting over who will make the poor young fella on crutches a cup of tea. Haven't bern called ; love, pet, sweetie, darl etc this much in my life.
  46. 4 points
    For people outside of NSW, this is one of the best races on the Australian calendar and you should make every attempt to do it one day. The 70.3 the weekend before and then this the week after. Family holiday in Sydney. Pencil it in for the future.
  47. 4 points
    I don’t think Wurf gives a toss. Realistically he has been at the pinnacle of two sports that are both bigger then triathlon. Had he not taken up Tri’s he would be a few years into retirement by now, as it is he has been given a third chance to be a pro athlete, getting paid to travel the world have fun and take the piss. im sure he can’t believe his luck to have landed on his feet again. Why should he take it seriously.
  48. 4 points
    Still amazing that a “world champs” on that was sponsored by GoPro no less still doesn’t have cameras in TO’s
  49. 4 points
    Crowley spoke after that in the presser and told Reece he should get her 2 dogs anyway.
  50. 4 points
    Depends if we like the person who gets done.
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