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  1. 3 points
    Those peeps at the slower end may still be running it as well as they can. But maybe 10 yrs ago they wouldn't have felt comfortable entering at all.
  2. 2 points
    No, I definitely think there is a different ethos now, at least to what it was to when I started 35 years ago rather than 10. I think back then it was more the norm for marathon runners to be marathon runners all year round, not just for 16 weeks of a training program with a limited number of solid weeks of mileage. In the days of yore, for so many marathon runners the 30km long run was what you did every week year round, and I think it was reflected in performances right down through the field. I'm all for more people getting out and enjoying their running and I love seeing runners of all shapes, sizes and ages having a go, but on the whole I don't think the sport is as performance-focused as it was decades ago. There's a difference between running as well as you can on the day with the training you have done in the last few months, and running as well as you can.
  3. 2 points
    I find no surprises in this article. There are more people running marathons, but fewer racing them. It is more about finishing now days, rather than running the distance as well as one can, which seemed to be the prevailing attitude back in the '80s. I ran my first marathons in 1983, as did my mother. Consequently, I paid attention to the times of runners not just where I was racing (3:05 on debut), but also at the BOP where Mum competed and as a fan of the sport, also what the fast men and women were doing. At popular marathons, there always seemed to be plenty of packs of runners around the 3 hour pace. Despite increases in participation, we're just not seeing the depth of runners among the men from the 2:20 through to 3 hour that was common in the early '80s. Nor have we seen it for decades. When my mother was running marathons around 4 hours in the mid '80s, she was a BOP runner. Now 4:08 is average.....for men! Mum was repeatedly running those sort of times in her 60s. Sydney supported plenty of marathons back then too. From April to October we had the State Champs at Holsworthy, the Legal and General at Manly, the Wang (Sydney's largest and highest profile), Campbelltown, Western Districts Joggers at Lake Gillawarna, Cities (Sydney Town Hall to Blacktown), and the Sydney, finishing at the Opera House. Maybe it was the final year of the Palm Beach to Sydney too. That's seven or eight that I can recall and I'm sure I've forgotten a third marathon in August between WDJH and Cities. (Where's Big Chris when you need him?) Also there was the the Avon Women's Marathon out at Manly. Yes, Sydney even had a women's marathon, half, 10km and 3 km. (Actually, Big Chris may have run that one. ) Of course, endurance sport has diversified since 1983. Ultras were niche but beginning to flourish on the back of the first Sydney to Melbourne and the boom in marathon running, but triathlon was nascent, and adventure racing, MTBing and obstacle races like Tough Mudder were all yet to be conceived of sports of the future. Trail running, whether it be short distances or ultras, was relatively uncommon. On the bright side, the current depth among our elite women marathoners is fantastic. More Aussie women running sub 2:32 than we've ever seen.
  4. 2 points
    Wow. Hubris. That field was good. Managed to take 7:30 off last year and came 30th instead of 12th. Good thing I didn't taper so have a ready made excuse...
  5. 1 point
    It was one of those "do it now, or never". For how much it's used, should have been never. But it makes a nice big shower, granted my wife has to step over to get in which hasn't been a great idea.
  6. 1 point
    Though there still are some quality performances by our veteran marathoners. Lavinia Petrie's 3:38 at 71 at Wangaratta Marathon just a couple of years ago was phenomenal. WR for W70-74. As an aside, I had the pleasure of sharing the track with Lavinia at the Australian 50 Mile Champs in 1992. I cracked, she ran beautifully to break the Australian 50 Mile record.
  7. 1 point
    I’m seeing BIG CHRIS tomorrow. I’ll get him to check in.
  8. 1 point
    Good job that never happened to Lloyd Rayney. Can't see him having been so restrained.
  9. 1 point
    Adrenaline keeps you warmer
  10. 1 point
    I've raced in similar conditions before and was fine. It's not cold when you're pushing it a bit...
  11. 1 point
    Mobility, I'm in mid 40's and can do two handed slam dunks reverse dunks and catch the ball of a throw and dunk. Not quite like 19 but it's still pretty mobile.
  12. 1 point
    Are you curious about the points of view of others?
  13. 1 point
    Yum! Bent Spoke beer!
  14. 1 point
    12 degrees is cold when you get on the bike whilst wet. Then again I'm a massive sook when it comes to cold...
  15. 1 point
    Who claims garmins make you faster. They are a measurement, review monitoring and alert tool. Used properly to measure and provide feedback to a training programme they should help people train more effectively and pace their races. Strength has little to do with running a good marathon Running more has lots to do with running a good marathon. People sit more at work, while standing at work would do more for fitness than sitting, I know when I run 80 plus K weeks I love to sit, sitting is not a determinant of marathon performance. As for mobility who says we are less mobile? What does the term mean, suppose there are lot of old people who are not so mobile and have scooters etc.
  16. 1 point
    I just want to point out that I was one of those sub 3 in 2017. Nothing else to add.
  17. 1 point
    Not sure if youd call ours an ensuite, we have a walk through wardrobe then the bathroom with the throne, shower & bath. Doors on the wardrobe & bathroom. So no smells or sounds thanks very much 😁.
  18. 1 point
    And I think the AWESOME thing that we're missing is that more people are running marathons full stop. That's great news!
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  20. 1 point
    Last year wasn't Australian worlds!!
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  22. 1 point
    Damm dog is never going to qualify for Kona, she loves her warm comfy bed, way too much.
  23. 1 point
    My niece starts high school next year, they had a farewell dinner (nice idea) , quite a few of her class mates had the day off school for spray tans & get their nails done!! My niece was worried she wouldnt look as good as the other girls! Parents ... what are you thinking ??????? Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.
  24. 1 point
    TC, not hard at all to find a PT to help with your strength training to enhance your SBR. As an example, There's 3 very good PT who are members of WSTC who are delivering excellent results. Whether you accept or dismiss the PT industry, it doesn't remove the fact that as you get older, you need to do some form of strength training As part of your training for triathlon. Which I believe was a he original question.
  25. 0 points
    done. $45 shipping, ouch!