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  1. 7 points
    I remember reading a post a while back that made me reflect on how much I’ve taken from this site yet how little I’ve given. I tend to keep my thoughts and opinions largely to myself, but after reading about how much people seem to enjoy race reports, I figured this could be a way of contributing to the site in a very small way. I had what I would consider a fairly long journey to KQ, so perhaps there are some useful insights that might help others along the way. For those not interested in the story, here are the numbers from Ironman Cairns 2018 – Swim – 1:02:04 Ride – 04:49:14 Run – 03:10:56 Overall – 09:07:35 2nd in 30 – 34 age group, 6th overall age-grouper, 23rd Overall and Kona Qualification Background My first Ironman was Busselton in 2012, where I learned a very hard but important lesson about over-biking. I walked my way to a 4h30min marathon and an overall time of 10h49min. Then Ironman* Melbourne 2013 with a significantly shortened swim in 9:33 (*probably add somewhere around 30mins to account for missing swim distance) Ironman Australia 2014 in 9.58 Ironman South Africa in 2016 with a marathon meltdown for 9.51 Ironman Australia in 2017 (first time being coached) 9.31 Ironman Cairns in 2018 for 9.07, 2nd in 30 – 34 age group and Kona Qualification. The Build After Port Mac in 2017 I did zero swimming, riding or running for around 6 months. Simply didn’t feel like it, so I just surfed heaps to stay active. I’ve never been a year-round triathlete. About 20 weeks out from Cairns I got moving again and just knocked out some very unstructured swim bike and run training, then once it hit the 16 week mark I got to work. I had a great run of health which meant I was able to be really consistent and get the sessions done. I think I ended up averaging somewhere around 16 – 17 hours per week, with no week being over 20 hours. Race Week My mate, who was also racing, and I arrived in Cairns a few days before the race to kick our feet up and add the finishing touches. I knew I was in good shape so I was very relaxed leading into race day. We were enjoying a few beers every night at dinner, and I always have a beer at dinner the night before the race to remind myself that, at the end of the day, I do this for fun so don’t take myself too seriously. Race Morning After a quick visit to my bike to put on my hydration and pump up my tyres, we just hung out with my support crew. I had my fiancé, dad, brother and his fiancé there which was awesome. I’m always so humbled by people who want to support me in what is a very selfish sport. I was in a great headspace race morning and was smiling all the way from when I farewelled my crew to the water when I made my first stroke of the swim leg. Swim - 1:02:04 I had an ordinary swim. I struggled to get into a rhythm, and instead of concentrating on finding my stroke I sort of just thrashed away. I made a pretty stupid mistake by doing a u-turn at the far buoy and swam in the wrong direction for around 10 metres before nearly having a head-on collision. My fault for not checking the swim course map. My shoulders started feeling tired at around 3km which has never happened before either, but I wasn’t too worried. It’s a long day ahead. Ride - 04:49:14 In Port Mac a year earlier, I’d let the race get away from me on the bike. I ran the fastest marathon of my AG that day which included a 3 minute negative split, but I simply ran out of real estate. This time around my coach (Chris Hanrahan of PB3 tri) came up with a plan to get to the front of the AG race and duke it out with the big boys. We decided that I would ride aggressively with the tail wind up to Port Douglas to maximise its advantage, and then ‘solidly but smartly’ back into the head wind. By around the 120km mark and heading back towards Cairns after hitting Port Douglas for the second time, I found myself completely on my own for around 20km. It was at this stage I realised that I was probably right up the pointy end. At around 145km a bloke from my AG joined me, and we created a two man pace line and rode into town together. I remember noticing he had a Kona drink bottle, so I knew I was in good company. We started riding through (and occasionally picking up) quite a few female pros on the way into town, including one who ended up podiuming. I’ll always remember a great quote from Sebbie Kienle when he was asked what it’s like coming in to T2 with a lead over the other athletes. He simply stated “Well, there are other advantages to being out front – like being a legend”. At around 175km I decided that I wanted to be a legend and come into T2 solo, so I moved to the front of our group of three (now including the podiuming female pro), dropped the hammer and blew them out the back so I could have the glory. It was totally worth it – I felt like such a stud coming in to T2. I was in the change tent completely on my own which was a very weird feeling. Run - 03:10:56 Ran out of T2 feeling like a legend, gave my support crew hi fives, and settled into 4.25min/km run pace. To be honest I didn’t really feel all that good, but I just backed my fitness and followed my plan. I wasn’t sure exactly where I was in my AG (turns out I was second off the bike), but the athlete whom I’d rode with for most of the final 35 kms of the bike leg ran through me after a couple of kilometres. I wasn’t concerned – I had a lot of confidence in the back-end of my marathon and I only ever worry about myself in these races. That’s all I can control. Throughout the marathon I just tried to stay relaxed and follow my hydration and nutrition plan. At around the 21km mark I switched to just coke and water as the gels started to feel a bit gluggy in my guts. At around 32km I was told that I was 3rd in my AG and second was just up the road. I’d seen at the previous turnaround that I’d closed the gap right up with the bloke who ran through me early, and it was pretty clear he was starting to struggle and I was quickly eating away at the time gap. At around the 38km mark I pulled up behind him, sat on him for 10 – 15 seconds, took a moment to gather myself, and then dropped the hammer to blow right past him. I wanted to make sure he wouldn’t come with me – I really wasn’t in the mood for a run battle to the finish by that stage. As I passed he gave me some words of encouragement and that was it. He had nothing left. The final few km were pretty typical of any Ironman – gritting my teeth and questioning if the signage was wrong and the last 2km were, in fact, 10km. Running down the finishing chute with a big smile, I gave my team high-fives and fiancé a kiss. As I crossed the line and looked up and saw my time I was in a bit of shock. I don’t time my swim and I never really do the numbers to work out where I’m at with overall time. This ensures I stay in the moment and don’t get caught up in chasing an overall time. It was at that stage I knew I’d executed a race well beyond what I thought was within my capabilities. Overall Time - 09:07:35 Finally, after 6 Ironmans, I was off to Hawaii. Kona race report to come…
  2. 4 points
    Don’t worry all you newbies you will eventually clock up the years and then you will feel the power of telling everybody that “IT WAS WAY F$&king HARDER BACK IN THE DAY “ 😂😂😂😂
  3. 2 points
    I didn't have time to go to the gym this morning, so I did 80% of the session at home. The dog loved it because she got to go for a short walk instead of me getting on a treadmill at the gym, and she got to jump all over me while I was doing floor exercises. I'll have to do this more often.
  4. 2 points
    Just had to google this, lucky I didn't ask want it means 😆
  5. 2 points
    I feel like a such a newbie. First race was the sprint at big husky in 2016, Pretty sure I was DFL out of the water and didn't improve much on the bike or run. Backed it up the next weekend and did the enticer at sparkle helmore and placed 3rd in ag. Only podium I've ever got so far
  6. 2 points
    Believe it or not, I did that race too. Shocker of a race weatherwise. I had my red soft ride bike that day. No disc, just the 18 spoke rival wheels. Still got blown everywhere. Punctured 1 km from the bike finish and just managed to get back to transition before the front tyre went down completely. Bit hairy through the gardens and back down the hill with a deflating front tyre. The rain and cold were a piss off. The most I remember of the run legs was numb toes and aching face from the cold wind. Oh, and running ankle deep in mud through the botanic gardens section of the run leg. My Nike Air Mariah's were not white after that race! Even after wash they were just grey and they stank. Those shoes had to live in the shed with the bike, never allowed in the house as they stank so much, haha.
  7. 2 points
    Then that list above is a long way off the mark. I reckon Craig Lowndes and the guys and Gal from the V8's would get more bums on seats than any of those on that list So I'll nominate the Aussie Womens Cricket team who generally play to empty stadiums but are the best in the world ... again AJ
  8. 2 points
    Merv I can’t speak for the Kepler Challenge, but i just did the NYC marathon this year and it was unbelievable. Incredibly bad race time (very poor prep and too much of a good time in NY leading up to it), but I really didnt care. Stopped to take photos, chatted to random people, and just enjoyed it. Easily the most amount of supporters I’ve ever seen in a race - streets were lined with supporters for most of the course. I think there were 52k finishers and it was really well organised too. If you want more details on what I did, travel options, etc send me a PM. I used Flight Centre.
  9. 2 points
    Adults are in charge, though.
  10. 2 points
    3.5km run. Almost stood on a small snake sunning itself on the pathway. Just saw it at the last minute.😧
  11. 1 point
    Based on the 13 hour thread which Steve posted the follows and Paul beautifully respond (see below): Posted October 18 Pfft! F*ckin' newbies!
  12. 1 point
    Nurofen thought it was a great way to market: until the class action lawsuit came up.
  13. 1 point
    I would like to think any of these weren't lit deliberately.
  14. 1 point
    Doh! Yeah sorry got distracted mid post
  15. 1 point
    Congratulations on yur KQ & putting together a great race 🤗. Luv your report, thanks for sharing & being honest you legend 😉
  16. 1 point
    After many months of procrastinating I finally got around to writing a race report for Ironman Cairns. It was my 6th IM and I finally KQ'd after slogging away for years, so there might be something in there someone finds interesting... Or maybe not I don't go into much detail about training and nutrition etc, so if there are any questions just ask away. I've taken a lot from this site in many different ways over the years, so this is my attempt at easing my guilt and 'giving back' 😏
  17. 1 point
    Sounds like MTB tracks will be open Friday, so looking good for the weekend. A friend yesterday was telling me how steep the Beloka climb is, so may end up with a bit of a walk up. Although packing a can of HTFU for the Perisher climb. I'm in start group 3, in NSTC top Looking forward to the weekend away
  18. 1 point
    I've only done NYC, and it fully lives up to all the hype about it, especially if you make a trip of it with friends. You can run the Kepler track in your time, when you want.
  19. 1 point
    Could happen earlier, probably won't without a miracle happening for the Coalition. Kids overboard kind of thing but on an issue where Labor differs in philosophy (which is something pretty hard to find these days.) They will want as long as they can get to try and save some seats because they know that it will be a slaughter, the reality is that it will more likely result in internal drama as an "every man for himself" approach is adopted by the vast majority who have no skills useful outside of politics (if at all.)
  20. 1 point
    That's disturbing. long time to hang on and the long ascent before the descent would do your head in. Landing looked to be at some serious speed. Crazy he wasn't strapped in at all. 😱
  21. 1 point
    Personally, I respond much better to "pick your feet up and run you fat f#ck" to "You're looking good" But maybe that is just me...
  22. 1 point
    I love a good "keep up the work" or something along those lines and I am well and truly BOPer. I also hand it out especially to those who look like they're struggling. Not a fan of the "looking good" comments as I agree with everyone else...I am not looking good. And unless i'm in the last km DO NOT tell me i'm nearly there. I'm fat...and I hate running. I am not nearly there unless it's the last km!
  23. 1 point
    Can they help out the labor party any further? Julia Banks has just quit the Liberal Party to sit as an Independent on the cross bench.
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  26. 1 point
    Quite a number of studies would disagree with you. Most have found that as long as you aren't arguing with the passenger, they are far less distracting than a hands free conversation on a phone. A large part of it is their reaction to any situation that is occurring outside the car, because they are aware as well, where-as the person on the other end of the phone isn't.
  27. 1 point
    I think it is 2 hrs too long.
  28. 1 point
    I didn't expect a gain, but I certainly didn't expect this - 64.5 - but I'll take it!
  29. 1 point
    I've done Kepler twice - what Paul said is absolutely true. Everybody raves about it. It's a spectacular run and a well organised event. I've never done New York but a lot of friends have, and they love it. But yeah, those are two very different races. You can't go wrong with either one. The only logical choice is to do both :-). Ask your doc about Ambien. My doc prescribed it for me – he's a IM competitor and uses it himself. It's a high tech sleeping aid that clears your system in 4 hours, plus or minus. I use it before races to get over jet lag (doesn't cure jet lag, but at least I get some sleep), and on long flights. It's a first class seat in a bottle.
  30. 1 point
    Two very different races and I think you'll elicit different opinions depending the preferences of who replies. It really comes down to the type of race (and holiday) that you will enjoy. Trail vs road. Nature vs big city marathon. I ran NYC Marathon in 1984. Even back then, the race had a tangible sense of history and occasion and attracted crowds in the millions, lining every part of the route with the exception of when you cross the bridges. The course is tour of all 5 boroughs of the city and a novel way to experience the city, particularly as a tourist. Take a few seconds to stop on Verrazzano Narrows Bridge in the opening miles and feel the bridge move under the cumulative footfalls of tens of thousands of feet. Finishing in Central Park is a buzz. I haven't run Kepler, though coincidentally I was only looking at it last night as hiking option for a holiday. I know quite a few runners who have run it and I'm yet to meet a anyone who hasn't raved about it. Fiordland National Park is so stunningly beautiful. You could structure a memorable holiday around either race. The US offers so much of whatever excites you, while you could back Kepler with tramping one of the other trails over some relaxing days (Milford, Routeburn, Hollyford, etc) or get into all the adventure sports around Queenstown.
  31. 1 point
    So I ended up hiring this bike! Pretty sweet, $65 a day and delivered to my hotel by a top bloke! Looking forward to hitting up some Adelaide Hills tomorrow morn before work 😎
  32. 1 point
    Yeah. Nah. You've completely ruined the story I was gonna tell to my wife now Katz.
  33. 1 point
    When I did my first HIM at Yeppoon, I was absolutely dying on the run and had no idea how was I going to get it done. The run was 3 laps and I was coming to the end of my second and there was an aid station just before the end, very close to the fork in the path where you carry on or turn right for the finish. A lady at the aid station gave me a huge shout and and said "don't worry, you're nearly there, just round that corner". I told her I had another lap to do and she said 'Good God'! I came 6th from last overall.
  34. 1 point
    The best placard along the course I have seen reads - 'Pain is temporary, results on the internet are forever!"
  35. 1 point
    When told “you’re looking good” my stock response was “thanks for lying”
  36. 1 point
    personally have always hated that. Really hate "looking good". No I don't, I don't look good, I don't fell good so shuduppa ya face.
  37. 0 points
    Just heard they will only be sitting for 15 days between now and the budget. Nice job if you can get it.
  38. 0 points
    Survived the heat....... 🔥 Was the equal hottest days (2 in a row) ever recorded in Cairns..... 43.something. Slightly cooler today - 39!
  39. 0 points
    Timely discussion. I was driving behind a bloke today who was using 4 lanes of road because he was too busy looking at his phone. Problem was that the road was only 2 driving lanes wide + breakdown lane this bloke used the grass on both sides of the black stuff. 😯 Generally see plenty of other drivers who are using the breakdown lane to bypass the lines of waiting traffic. And people wonder why I no longer ride my bike.
  40. 0 points
    Not just in China. There’s a couple of intersections in Sydney that have them as a test, down on Goulburn Street. Its ridiculous.
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