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  1. 25 points
    A few of you know my cousin Gab. Just over 10 years ago she was training for IM when she was hit by a car and suffered terrible injuries. She was in a coma for a couple of weeks. The road to recovery over the first five years were quite hard. She has had multiple operations and suffers a bit of internal problems, not to mention the external. At no stage did she ever complain and ask "why me ?". She just worked extremely hard (and still does). She taught herself how to paint left handed and got also back on the bike - now a three wheeler. She has done a few Kurnells, sometimes running with a walking pole. She also swims with the Shark Island crew at North Cronulla. She has won a number of Para medals in cycling. I finished with her at the Sydney to Gong ride this year. Well yet again, she has competed in the T1 classification at Buninyong VIC and won Gold. The gold medal is great but her spirit and smile is absolute gold. So proud. FM PS: forgot to say, she also won a national title
  2. 20 points
    New disc wheel arrived last week and after much faffing and realising I didn't have the right bits (obviously I needed to order a tyre as well as the cassette!) I eventually got round to getting it all sorted yesterday. Getting the tyre on was a NIGHTMARE took me a long time but eventually all was well. Took it out for a spin this morning and I was skidding all over the place. The grip was appalling. I thought is this just what a disc feels like? Or is it something to do with the new carbon brake blocks? Then I had a look at the tyre and it was already shredding! Time to head to the LBS... on arrival I explained the concern and asked if they could get their mechanics to have a look at it... one of the chaps who was overhearing took a glance at the wheel and asked "Install it yourself mate?", "Yep" said I "And it took me hours, getting the tyre on was a nightmare." "Well, that would be because it's inside out..." Oh if the ground could have swallowed me!
  3. 18 points
    I think I am probably the oldest regular poster on this site who is still competing, for me the "secret" if there is one is to mix with younger people, still do what you enjoy doing, stick with people you can laugh a lot with. I have worked with a bunch of miserable old pricks when I was in my early twenties, and I can tell you misery is contagious. I think I needed to work with them to learn that lesson early in life. Since moving on from there I have always employed fun people, surrounded myself with fun people, people who enjoy life. As far as peerformance goes I accept that I no longer finish an Ironman in the daylight, on average I have lost 7min per year in my Ironman time over the past 20yrs. I believe staying healthy is heavily dependant on the company you keep, the diet you consume, and doing some exercise every day. The exercise has to be fun, you have to enjoy what you do. Accept that your goals and interests will change, but again they're influenced by the company you keep. Humans are basically pack animals, choose your tribe carefully 😏
  4. 16 points
    Too little training and too many injuries conspired for a long, tough day. I always knew it was going to be a grind. I hesitated to enter for quite a while, not knowing how my body would hold up. Though from the moment I arrived in Port, I knew it was where I wanted to be on the first weekend in May. The swim was painful throughout due to a shoulder injury, and the bike looked ugly from the start. The headwind blowing as I exited town was the strongest I remember on the first lap at Port. There's a flag on top of a unit block coming out of Flynn's that is usually fairly limp as you leave town. Not so this year, it was already billowing. There's little I can say about the cycle or run. They were both foreseeably uncomfortable cases of just sucking it up and gutting it out. There was perhaps one notable moment as I approached Matthews Flinders, to have Cam Wurf lap me and magically levitate up the hill. At that moment, I knew I was exceedingly unlikely to reel him in on the run. Though the day's undoubted highlights came thick and fast with a finishline kiss and hug from Diane, slumping into a wheelchair and then drifting into unconsciousness in the warmth of the medical tent. I think it was my slowest swim and slowest cycle at Ironman Aust, and my slowest run since 1999 when a stress fracture limited me to walking the entire marathon. Also my first finish over 15 hours. If any of those stats are incorrect, it's because I've fortuitously forgotten some truly unpleasant past experience. I'm very disappointed that Dave Ross DNFed. Seeing him on the run, I thought he was good for a finish having missed the bike cut-off last year. For those of us who have been around for a while, I doubt few of stop because we no longer feel like being there, rather we stop because the body won't let us continue. And we all lose another thread of the shared experience and camaraderie that has developed over the years. I do hope Dave returns next year. Conversely, it was wonderful for Leon and Peter V to earn their Immor(t)al plaques, as it was to share the peculiarly celebratory and joyous atmosphere of our corner of transition on Sunday morning.
  5. 16 points
    So just finished by 100 days of running. Not injured. Lost 5kg. Running faster than before I started. Didn’t get bored. Longest run streak before that was 8 days. The numbers: 98 runs were 5km+ 1 x 3km Run (had to catch a plane that day) 1 x 4km Run longest run 18km total distance 692km
  6. 15 points
    Happy with my day in the 70.3. 7th in M40-44 AG - and decided to take the world champs slot in Nice. There were 4 slots for my AG and it rolled down. So it turned out to be a very expensive weekend! Well done to all that raced, and thanks to all that supported. Next stop - Cairns IM.
  7. 14 points
    I think we all have different levels of "god given talent" - racing an Ironman as opposed to finishing an Ironman is all about execution on the day. I have beaten guys who are more genetically gifted than me, but on the day they have not put it together as well. Some lose sight of the fact that it's a race from the swim start to the run finish and run out of steam half way through the run. We have to face the fact that now days I race in the 70-74 cat - just getting to the start line in that age group is a challenge. Finishing an Ironman at over 60 is quite a feat, a feat of pacing and patience, as well as health management. I do believe I handicap myself a bit by doing other things in my life that while they make me tougher and stronger, they do interfere with my recovery and are an increased fatigue load. I love what I do, even if it involves heavy manual work at times. I raced my best Ironman race times when I had a bike shop and started late, spent my working days working with my hands but the only strenuous stuff was training. I have always focused on good recovery feeding and I think that's one of the reasons I'm still in the sport. Some would say it's luck, but I'm sure if you looked back over their last 20yrs there are things they could have done better. I think the guys who may beat me internationally are probably just a little more professional in their approach than I am. But I enjoy renovating houses, building pizza ovens, vertical gardens etc.
  8. 14 points
    Well you have already successfully taken the first step. You have told everyone you are vegan
  9. 13 points
    KONA 2018 The qualifying process:- It was a character building process, however looking back I was stoked to qualify for my first Hawaii at Ironman Australia and have so many people around to share the experience with, the amount of texts, calls and “well done mate stoked for you” type correspondence was very warming. Equally it added to the self-induced pressure that I really wanted to perform admirably come October. Training block:- My training was consistent, I changed little aspects of my build from Port Ironman and went about the first couple of months work by kind of telling myself “I’ll start specifically next week,” all the while logging solid base work. I really only did 10 weeks of structured work, however once I take the time to look through my training logs it will tell me a grossly different story. I always had these grand plans that “when I qualified for Kona” I would do all this crazy stuff to reinvent myself, however I fast found out that there is only a certain amount of stress you can put yourself under before it becomes counter-productive, so I stuck to my relatively simple weekly plans and kept trucking through the work/ training/other commitments while what was once 14 weeks away soon became 8, then 6, then a month then two weeks until fly out... and then it was go time. Pre-race in Kona:- we arrived 9 days early and settled quickly. My bike didn’t arrive on the plane as it was apparently full, so after a swim that afternoon to try and wake up, myself and Reedy went out and picked the bikes up. Although only spending half a day with Tim, at that point in the trip it was amazing how much a brief time with someone who’s thoughts you value so much, can settle whatever slight nerves or second guessing very quickly. I don’t get nervous before these types of events, I do however get pretty quiet and spent a lot of my week pre-race running through my day, the scenarios that could eventuate, the reason I am where I am and my checklist for a smooth day. Any training time on the Island was rather subdued, the first few days I rode 2 hours, ran 60mins, swam neally everyday but nothing over 2km (except for the training day over the course a week out) and during the last week I would have trained a total of 7-8 hours, just moving every day, trying to avoid the heat of the day and sitting on the balcony watching lots of foolish folk leave their best on Alii Drive the week before. Registration Tuesday, breakfast with the ANZAC crew Wednesday, Parade of Nations, bike check-in, briefing dinner etc etc and all of a sudden it’s the night before the race. Ironman, weather training, racing or recovering is a step by step process, and the closer the race got the more I just ran through the steps to be ready, so come 7pm Friday the next step was to think about going to bed... probably the worst of the many steps, as you know once you get to sleep and wake up it’s the biggest step of them all. Morning of:- The alarm was set for 4am, by 3:30 I was already enjoying my first of several sits on the toilet pre-race. Breakfast on race morning is always a tough process, no one likes to get up at 3:30 and chow down heaps of calories but it’s something that, when doing these events, is necessary. Sunscreen applied, suit on, run through the checklist one last time and it’s time to walk down to race start. One thing I was made aware of several months before the event was the fact that on race morning you leave your family pre body marking etc and you don’t see them again until post race, this was something I never really got my head around, as before other Ironmans this is one of the experiences I enjoy most, just before you go and treat your body like a rental car there is a lot of nerves in the air, your nearest and dearest know the effort that has gone into what’s about to happen so it’s a big deal and it’s a great chance to thank them for the help along the way, to have to say thanks/love you/make sure you enjoy the day too etc well before race day was tough but still one thing I will remember, walking away from the oldies and Emma slightly teary but knowing in my head it was just me and my thoughts for the rest of the day, was very motivating. Through body marking, weighed, tyres pumped, bottles and GPS added to my bike, toilet and I was ready... only 90 minutes until go time. I found a quiet spot, grabbed a chair and waited for Dave Clark, He appeared about 30mins later and it was time to suit up, drop our bags off at the tent, grab a quick selfie and get to the race entrance. Some of the guys who have raced here multiple times had warned us to be ready to enter the water as soon as the pro women started, so we lined up early and as soon as the cannon fired for the ladies to take off we were ushered towards the stairs and into the water Swim: - For anyone that has watched Kona there is one thing that really stands out, the sight of the cannon firing and 1500 odd super fit males going as hard as they can to get some clear space! This was one of the only thoughts that I wasn’t confident in “where the hell do I start?” I had semi decided to go out wide and swim a little further hoping for clear water however after talking to the other guys from Australia it was soon decided that we were front row right in the middle! My end thoughts were “well at least if I get beat up I can say I started right in the middle of the dance floor!” We swam out together and took poll position, myself, Dave, Scotty Hobson and Josh Minogue starting together and after a bit of a pre- race pump up from Joshy we were ready to go, that’s when one of the officials on a paddle board comes past and says “stay calm guys you have 21 minutes until race start”... “TWENTY ONE MINUTES OF TREADING WATER!!!!!!!” Sub-optimal but everyone is in the same boat right? Through the next 21minutes I tried to stay relaxed, enjoy the best view I have ever seen of the thousands and thousands of spectators lined around the bay and before we knew it BOOM the cannon fired and it was on! I took 20 of the most solid strokes, grabbed a quick breath, about another 10 strokes and looked up aiming to grab Dave’s feet but instead I was met with a flurry of kicks to the head, a few stray strokes in the back, a couple of foot tugs and some dislodged goggles... pretty much what I expected. The next 3800m was much the same, I didn’t get clear water for longer than 100m at a time, always fighting with someone to hold a line but 55 minutes later it was all over and the day was about to start. Bike:- In the months leading up to Kona I picked a lot of knowledgeable brains about their previous experiences and the unanimous response you get was “I rode far too hard in the first hour because I was excited and it effected the rest of my day,” so the plan was to not follow the same route. Ironman is a lot more mental than most will ever realise, that is, if you don’t win the battle inside your head then it’s inevitable that your day will turn for the worst soon enough! You need to have a checklist in your mind that runs on repeat and if you get a little distracted then it’s easy to stop the repetition. My checklist on the bike is similar at most Ironman events and is normally written on my bottle between my arms to remind me constantly throughout the day, I did however add a couple of extras for this race, it’s as follows NO EGO- Reminds me that I’m capable of riding with most of the “over excited” guys who come past during the bike but I really believe the guys who run the best in Ironman are the ones who control their ego then and stick to THEIR plan. HR- In hotter racing it is especially important to keep the heart rate in the right zone, it’s all well and good to have power numbers that you’ve worked to at home but when the temps are 15-20 degree hotter your heart rate is effected considerably and the longer your day goes the harder it is to get your core temp down once your heart rate goes a little high. So although having a power figure I was looking at riding to, I was certainly governed by my HR. 30 MINS- I always try to think 30mins ahead and that involves thinking about your previous 30mins. Yes I might be sailing smoothly now but how will I feel in 30mins? What have I taken in during the previous 30? It’s a pretty simple process that is constantly on repeat. P.I.A.S- A little alternate but it stands for Pain Is A Story, I got this one from Pete Jacobs and felt it was perfect for my day as I had wanted to toe this start line for 20 odd years, I couldn’t let it hurt too early otherwise I wouldn’t enjoy the day... Pain is only a thought and If you don’t “tell yourself the story” then it won’t be there.... a little alternate but it sure works. SUPPORT- The support to race day from everyone at home was immense. I was acutely aware of the amount of people who sit at home and watch the GPS and can see your current progress, so I wrote “Support” to remind myself that everyone was watching, but in a weird way that made me feel like everyone was there with me, so the support was something I wanted to remember all day. Out onto the bike and it was all surreal, Pete Murray giving me words of encouragement, the crowds going crazy, riding on the Queen K it’s easy to see how everyone gets excited, however after about 10km I found myself pretty much alone. I was sticking to numbers perfectly and not having any worries, I guess I was kind of in no man’s land, somewhere between the “uber swimmers” and the “average joes” so I trudged along thinking “where is all this drafting they speak of?” and then it came... solid groups of guys being led by normally one or two extremely strong guys followed by a dozen or so in tow, literally! It’s something that I could write another essay on but if you look at the simple numbers on the course it’s hard to avoid, most try to keep it as fair as possible and I’m happy to say I did see several of the people not playing fair be given penalties. It was very congested from Waikoloa to almost Hawi but once the turn was made it strung out enough. The whole ride was spent waiting for the winds to pick up and sort the men from the boys, however it never eventuated. It was as good of conditions I have seen on race day and made for some really fast bike times. I went in with the plan of being cautious, allowing for a headwind the last hour and riding 5 hours, however the normal headwind was replaced with a slight cross/tail wind to town and I was off the bike with a 4:50 feeling good and clear headed which is a really good sign. Run:- Lathered in sunscreen I am off and running! The plan was to try and run the first 10km easy, get to Palani hill, not let my heart rate go sky high (most likely walk a little) then settle into cadence and heart rate running along the highway. The first kilometre felt amazing, I thought I was conservative, HR was low and my legs felt great! As I click over the first Km in 4:20 I have a laugh to myself and try to slow down, however it’s at this point I go past Emma and the Olds, I give them a smile and let them know it’s all going well and keep cracking... next kilometre 4:15... ok superhero it’s time to settle and run at your goal pace! The out and back along Alii went past without a hitch, I settled into a good rhythm and was ticking off 4:30 without issue, at the far turn around I got to see where the other guys were and get a gauge on how the day was looking. I was happy to be close enough to the guys who I thought, If I run well I would be getting close to later in the run. Once I’m back past the support crew it’s around a few more turns and time for Palani hill, not overly steep but drags on and the European spectators feel the urge to get all “tour de France” on the runners and scream at you to run if you happen to be sticking to your plan! I walked probably 150m when my HR got too high, it came straight back down which I was pleased to see so away I went again! The trip out to the Energy Lab is mind numbing, it the perfect time to turn your brain off, dumb it down, talk to yourself about your run form and mentally go over your checklist. The negative of calm conditions was that the cooling breezes were non-existent, the run from about 22km on consisted of aid station to aid station running well but once I got to the aid stations it was a process of - ditch previous aid stations now warm sponges - scream at some poor innocent aid station worker for “sponges” and once they tried to hand me two, grab their other handful also - grab 2-4 cups of ice for down my front - drink Coke - drink Gatorade - throw water over my face - more ice and away we go! Looking back on my run split, the second half of the marathon was a case of 5:05- 5:15km through the aid station followed by a 4:35-4:45 between aid stations! Once we entered the Energy Lab it’s the only section where you see the guys you know, it was great to see how well some guys were doing but equally as motivating to see some other looking pretty shabby and possibly paying the price for their egos not being kept in check! The Energy Lab came and went, I knew that once back on the highway it was a case of “under an hour” and I could just repeat that over and over in my head! That saying was repeated dozens of times until I hit the 36km mark, then it changes to “inside 30” and before I knew it I could see the turn up ahead to Kona Commons, it was a labour up “Mark and Dave” hill then a turn downhill for a mile home. As I got towards the bottom of the hill with 1500m to go Mum and Dad were standing there, It kind of caught me by surprise as I expected them to be near the finish line and at the time I was screaming at myself inside my head to “run smooth” so I’m unsure if I even said much! A couple of quick turns and it was onto the greatest 800m of any sporting event worldwide! It was something I hadn’t allowed myself to think about too much because it meant a lot more to me than anyone would know! The feeling of running along Alii Drive will be something that gets me through tough times for the rest of my life, It’s indescribable to be at the finish of not just a one day event but a 20-year dream! I zipped up my suit, tried to not look terrible and smiled the whole way down the chute! Emma was screaming like a shark attack victim about 50m from the finish line, got across the line, turned and took the mental snapshots I always do to give me something to reminisce on over the years... I can safely say looking back from the finish line to Emma smiling, the crowds cheering and the sun in the background was the best mental snapshot I could ever ask for! After a quick sleep and trash talk with the other Aussie boys I thought it was time to go see the family, I hobbled out to a very proud partner, Mum and Dad..... job done I guess. Post race thoughts:- If you have read this far I applaud you, once I release version 1.1 and a year or two down the track version 2.0 I expect you to read them also. Hawaii Ironman has always meant more than just a race to me. Hawaii has always been more than just another holiday destination for Emma, myself and My Olds, we all love the place and I certainly feel connected to the big island especially. In 2000 I watched a seemingly invincible human have the hardest day in sport he would ever have, he put his long service at work on the line, trained himself harder than ever before, turned up to the island fit as you could ever be and finished one busted up individual! I think that was the first time I felt the urge to race in Hawaii, an event that could be that tough must be worth the experience right? Well I can now say YES it’s sure worth the experience however post Kona I have come to realise that “the experience” isn’t only about that one day, it’s about the years prior that shape the person you are, it’s about the bonds you build with people when you train with them week in- week out, it’s about learning from the days that don’t go right and adapting to be better, it’s about the choices you (and your significant other) have to make in order to make the day happen, it’s about one day being able to affect your thoughts for years to come! It was a far-fetched goal that I wanted to achieve, to be on the start line with the fittest 2000 people on the planet and find out where I stand. I was hoping the Itch would be scratched, but I’m starting to learn that it’s not just a single goal it’s the process that I (and I think Emma) enjoy! Anyone who has chosen to do an event of this nature with any form of goal in mind knows the effect that the training and racing has not only yourself but your significant others, it’s a selfish sport and without someone who is supportive the end result wouldn’t be close to what it was. I appreciate the support no end. 9hours 15mins for a self coached rookie........... ill take that. Thanks for reading and SORRY for blabbering on!
  10. 13 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.
  11. 12 points
    42km trail marathon. 800mtrs elevation. 4hrs11min, came 5th overall, 3rd male and 1st male over 40. £70 worth of OMM vouchers, wohoo 👍
  12. 11 points
    I can't remember if I posted about this before, but a few weeks ago I sent an email to the PBS, asking them if they would review their conditions with regards to adhd medications. The is a condition on them that the user must have been diagnosed between the ages of 6 and 18 to have the medications covered under the PBS. Obviously this affects me as the tablets cost a bit over $140 per two months. Without the heavy hyperactive element (I only have some of that) it's very easy for someone with add to get missed, especially a decades ago. I didn't ask for special treatment for me, just to review those conditions in general. I received a reply, pretty much just saying they can't give special considerations on a case by case basis, which wasn't what I asked for. But at least they read it. Picked up my next script of meds on the weekend, and out of nowhere they were $44 cheaper! I just checked the PBS website and they fully listed cost of my meds have dropped by $30 to $44 a prescription. Coincidence, sure. But I'm taking the credit!
  13. 11 points
    To the Trannies who havent been around for a while, just know that your absence is greatly missed & your silence is loud Sending unconditional love & hugs to you xx
  14. 11 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.
  15. 10 points
    Some of you will know a little of my story from the Mental Health thread, but thought it was timely to post a brief update here. After some 28 years in the finance and insurance industries, I have earlier this week given notice for my current role with NAB. I have spent a good part of my adult life in various volunteering capacities, however over the last 4 years or so I have been devoting a fair amount of spare time to a local group that advocates for young people in our region by way of improving wellbeing and educational outcomes via a number of various strategies and programs. The business has grown considerably after receiving various funds from federal grants as well as philanthropic foundations. Long story short is that they approached me to see if I would consider working with them full time, and they have developed a role around my skill set and interests, so I really didn't have a choice!! I start with them at the end of the month. Looking forward to contributing on a larger scale and making a difference for these young people. Ayto
  16. 10 points
    I was coming for a holiday, discovered the date of the triathlon, so I brought my bike. Race on Sunday, should be fun.
  17. 10 points
    Just did a session in the pool one on one with a coach. He watched me swim 200m and the said “there’s too much going on there to try and fix things individually so let’s go back to basics”. LOL So back to basics I went. Went from 2:40 hundreds to 2:28 hundreds in a little under an hour. And I feel we’ve barely scratched the surface.
  18. 10 points
    You come across as a genuinely good egg Surfer. The world needs more good eggs.
  19. 10 points
    Can't give too many details, but my wife & her boss are helping a family of political asylum seekers settle in our town (and trust me, they need it - the husband who was in the Govt (right at the top) is dying has already been jailed in his country for trying to expose Govt corruption and worse). They have 5 kids & the girls have found them a house, furniture including stuff donated by Vinnies & the Salvos, her boss has spent $500 of her own money getting them things. The husband won't last very long he is so ill, but just wants to see his family settled safely here. Hopefully he'll live past tomorrow to see that.
  20. 10 points
    Small update. Feb 3rd 99.3kg March 6th 91.3kg
  21. 10 points
    29 min pb on that course 19min pb on the distance first time under 6 hours. Very happy atm.
  22. 10 points
    When you speak in front of a large group of people you have to accept that 70% are going to be listening - of them half will actually make a change in what they do - so that's not too bad - you've had the opportunity to change some peoples lives, even if just a minor change - so that's a win - I only count wins In that large group there's always going to be the couple who cannot pay attention, and they never have been able to through their school lives, they're the ones making paper aeroplanes or looking out the window - no-ones ever going to help them, they're the sheep who just follow the herd Then there's always the know it all who asks too many questions, simply to enjoy the sound of his own voice - often asking a question in a way that it becomes a statement of something he feels he knows a bit about and would like to share with the audience - meanwhile the rest of the audience is starting to doze off Transitions is a lot like that - we have all types - I know that I'm not going to reach some but I do know that by sharing a few tips here and there I can help prevent the few who listen from going down some of the dead ends I have been down over the past 30yrs - back 25yrs or more I wished I could have ask some questions of someone who had been there before me and had learned a few lessons along the way
  23. 10 points
  24. 10 points
    Well to put a smile on my face this arvo I decided to leave work early and go and watch my daughter do her introductory to scuba diving course, only 8 months until she can do her junior open water dive ticket. In the meantime I’ll be taking her for shore dives up to about 8m with her breathing off my octopus (emergency reg for the uninitiated). She nailed it in the pool today.
  25. 9 points
    No but I recorded it on Strava. *only joking. The segment was too short 😥
  26. 9 points
    Hi, im ok, just spending a lot of time in the ocean with my speargun. It’s my happy place at the moment and am catching a lot of fish. I’ve just done a month of nightshift on a shutdown here at the gas plant. And should be unemployed again today as the shutdown is complete, I’ve been asked to do the next one in two months but I’m not sure if I’m up to it. I’m very drained and I had a few crisis moments over the last month. I talk to Katz and fff1077 a lot. I have a long way to go. i keep looking at my bikes and want to ride but I just don’t, I’m happy in the ocean shooting fish at the moment. thanks to those who have messaged me here. Much appreciated kieran
  27. 9 points
    How I approached the race- first time I have been confident in ripping into the port course and seeing what happens, first time I knew I could be at the pointy end of the overall age group race. Raceday Swim- my form seemed good leading into the day but you never know how you’ll go Raceday, 2018 I had the 18th overall quickest swim so it was the first time I convinced myself to be as early in the water as possible, got in about 4th, figured there would be a few outliers who would be off the front but as the swim went along I had the kayak just in front the whole time, figured there was several kayaks on course and he was leading our group, got to the weir, stood up to find me and another guy were leading the age groupers. Continued much the same throughout, nothing crazy with limited fighting, out of the water 3rd age grouper in 49mins T1- yelled out to RunBrettRun and him and a couple of others gave me a hand getting sorted, out through transition with limited stress. Bike- wind was pretty solid, figured I’d ride 5 hours with limited stress but the wind sure slowed progress, keeping a lid on pace out of town I had no company, on Cathie straight there was one guy ahead and no one in sight behind, Power was somewhere in the area of 245w for the first 50km and was well under goal pace, the return trip to town was a case of trying to hold high power but I certainly wasn’t up near the outward numbers, I think the end of the first lap I was through in about 2:34, slightly off pace but certainly nothing to stress about as there still wasn’t too many age group guys around and the ones who had gone past were riding on their egos not their ability. At about 120km I was caught slowly by two guys. 1 riding well the other “enjoying the ride” and as they came through I had dug myself out of a slight hole so spent the rest of the ride sitting off the back of these two but using them to keep the pace solid. Ride- 5:08, slightly slower than expected but power numbers were where I expected T2- in and out without issue Run- My plan was to run at 4:20pace for as long as my pins allowed then limit the damage time wise once I slowed (if I slowed) 4:14, 4:30(hill), 4:09, 4:22, 4:16, 4:17 had it on track! Things went along smoothly until about 24-26km, pace slowed and I started to wade through it a bit, when it starts to hurt that early it’s either one of two things 1-you’ve race with too much ego and not enough brain or 2- you’ve eaten too much/not enough, in this case I decided it was the latter so got through some more coke, a gel and went back to work. After a Few km I got things back on track, through the last 8 or so km I was back at 4:30-4:40 pace albeit with a fair amount more effort, running scared as I had been between 3mins and 1min up on 2nd place in my age through the whole run. First time I have raced a marathon off the bike and it wasn’t too much fun! Trying to stay on top of things mentally but also not bleeding time as to let 2nd place feel like he’s killing it, end marathon was 3:14, slightly off what I had in mind but happy with the result.
  28. 9 points
    Rolling around town at the moment. In a sleepy haze. Been awake since 5am. Bought my 70.3 finisher hoodie, trying to get pumped for beer mile, might need a nap first 😂 race went well, bike PB of 20mins 😁
  29. 9 points
    Great day weatherwise and everyone seemed in good spirits. The day was about consistent pacing through the bike and the run, and happy with the outcome. Swim - Starting in the 2nd last wave, is always a challenge having to navigate around the slower portions of previous age groups and it ceases to amaze me that people can zig zag the amount they do. Ended with a swim time of 31:53 when it would normally be 29-29 so I think the course was a little long. Bike - I recently have worn my roadie shoes on the ride due to the comfort factor, however the wire tightener came off its guide and I couldn't tighten the shoe. After a couple of mins trying I gave up and rode with a loose shoe. Settling into a rhythm was fairly easy albeit not quite sure what power to ride at. In the last 3 weeks the PM (stages) has calibrated differently to what it has for the last 12 months (normally 851, the closest I could get was 843) this meant the power number was displaying higher than expected. I know last year I rode just shy of 38kmh and this year was the same target, so just used a combination of speed and hr to settle on a wattage. Lap 1 was pretty uneventful, lap 2 was mentally a little tougher with a few extra riders in the sprint causing a some challenges in that they would ride hard, pass then sit up, and I'd have to go back around. Lap 3 fairly boring, with very few riders let in sight (top riders in the earlier age groups were well up the road and I had passed the back markers. My Garmin watch also froze on me from a display perspective, it was beeping away on the bike, however the display wasn't showing any splits, hr, power etc...... Having tried a few times to reset it, I couldn't even power it down. This was going to make the run interesting without any splits or pacing to look at. 2:19:43 - My first sub 2:20 with last year at 2:22. Run Eased out of transition and just worked on finding a nice cadence. The run for me is always me weakest leg, and today I had set my mind at trying to go 1:40 and not stop along the way (aid stations / toilets). Today without the benefit of the pace, as people started to pass me I would ask them what pace they were running and try and correlate that to what I was doing. At the end of the 1st lap I asked someone the time of the day, so I could work out how long I had to make it home on my target. Quick calculation saw that I was pretty much on track. Focused on keeping a good cadence and body position, and then at the far turnaround tried to pick up the pace a little. Finished well, happy with my efforts and crossed the line with a time of 4:37:07 a couple of minutes under my pb (4:40). Unfortunately I had a guy pass me at St Kilda baths who must have been in my age group (his race number was not in the same range) and he took the final podium position from me by 20sec, disappointing but realistically I probably couldn't have gone with him anyway. Great day out in the sunshine and some good racing all round. Now to recover and get ready for Port Mac. Stephen
  30. 9 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.
  31. 9 points
    I received a verbal offer for a pretty good job today. It’s been a stressful time since the end of Jan when I left the last job. Time to take a breath now.
  32. 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.
  33. 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
  34. 9 points
    Another side of Gabby.... I've known her for about ten years...pre her accident through Cronulla tri club... As part of her rehabilitation from the accident she took up painting... My partner and I have a favorite lookout in the blue mountains as part of our mtb adventures.... Earlier this year i gave Gabby a photo we had taken of the lookout and she has painted it, which i gave to the better half as a present check out the photo and the painting ...
  35. 8 points
    Most/many people who worry about the 1%'ers would be better off spending their time and energy doing the other 99% a bit better. This includes sleep.
  36. 8 points
    I really enjoy reading race reports and wish there was more of them, so that being so here is mine from Port Mac, sorry its lengthy!! After a 2 year hiatus from Port Mac where I raced Cairns I decided to return to Ironman Australia for 2019. As per my normal form I do nothing other than eat crap and drink booze all through winter (and most of spring....) and this year was no exception!! I was not in shape for Cairns last year and I made myself a promise that I wouldn't toe a start line again unless I was in decent condition so when a mate of mine from my local AFL club asked if I would help him tick the event off his bucket list I formulated my build plan starting December 1 and had a crack. My initial weight on December 1 was 121.3kg (F@CK!!!) but through cutting out beer and coke after new years eve by the end of March id gotten down to 100.7kg and felt strong. Without a huge boring report I raced Coffs BCU Olympic distance and Forster Ultimate as lead in events and trained on average 6 days per week for a total of 12 hours per week average (including a coupe or rest weeks where volume was as low as 3-4 hours and a couple of large weeks nudging 18 hours) normally consisting of 3 swims, 3 runs and 2 rides plus a RPM spin class. We arrived in Port Mac Thursday before the event, I enjoy the pre event hype and being around the town during this period. Did the standard spin on the bike out to the roundabout before the golf club and back up MFD on Friday morning, rego'd and expo etc during the morning Friday and drove a lap of the bike course in the arvo just to make sure there was no surprises since my last trip around this course. Saturday was just a short 20min swim on course, and I racked the bike and hung the bags early in the day allowing me to lay about the motel listen to my Raiders smash the Panthers and generally rest up. Race morning seem to come around quite quickly this year and after checking the bike, pumping the tyres and adding the Garmin and some nutrition I battled the portaloo line and got that part of the morning out of the way! Found zone 2 which was where I wanted to start but im not sure if I was day dreaming or the announcement didn't come over but all the front zones seemed to have already moved down into the start schute and I think I was more in the very back of zone 2 or maybe even in zone 3, not that any of this was going to have a huge impact on my day. SWIM: I measured 3789m, so I would say accurate swim course to spite the seemingly cracking fast times being produced, Im not so sure how much help we had from the tides or if it is mostly drag from the other swimmers in the water before but the swim seemed very easy, I exited with a 1.04 feeling very good and that I hadn't burned too many matches so early in the day, my goal was to be throwing a leg over my bike on the course before an hour and 10min of race time had passed so I was smack on target when my Garmin read 1h9min.26sec as I clipped into the shoes, part 1 of the day ticked off! BIKE: Im certainly most at home in the leg, I enjoy riding, I can ride ok (for a 100kg bloke) and to spite most peoples dislike for the port roads I actually enjoy this course. As per my race plan I ride the rollers out of town very easy spinning the legs over with a high rpm on the way out of town, I was feeling good as I approached the short climb to the 1st aid station at the golf club when I stupidly attempted to change from big ring to small ring while in the hardest gear on the back and predictably I dropped the chain off the inside. In an attempt to get this back on without coming to a halt I somehow managed to tangle the chain in the rear derailleur, after a stop to sort this mess out I quickly learned I only had 5 gears on the back cluster accessible, I couldn't pick up the 2 hardest gears nor the 4 easiest, so with the mind going a million miles an hour and thoughts of my race day slipping away I decided just to keep riding and settle the brain down in a hope of making rational decisions soon. At some point along the straights heading to Lake Cathie I got all but the 2 easiest gears back into service so I now had a decent spread to work with and decided to just make do with what I had rather than giving up a large block of time with the mechanics tent. Fast forward to 90km and the turn around, I had an avg of 32.2kmh, felt great, nutrition was going in well and best of all I was enjoying myself! The 2nd lap was largely the same, rode in a legal group of 4 with only myself and 1 other working on the way down and managed to drop all but my fellow helper on the way home (he dropped me very early on) but rolled back into T2 5h39 mins after I started, feeling fairly good and knowing I was under my 2nd goal of the day which was to be setting foot on the run course short of 7 hours of race time. RUN: You don't have to be a rocket scientist to work out I don't run well at 100kgs! I had done 7 Ironman previous to this race and my marathon PB is 4:58, my training suggested I was in enough form to give that number a shake but my main goal was to break 12 hours, I have not been able to get this done and setting out of the change tent I was in the best position I had ever been in to make it happen. I started off well and had planned to walk the hill that leads up to special needs each lap, by the time I was back at transition heading out toward settlement point I had been averaging mid 6min/km pace but then shortly after the wheels came loose. I just couldn't find any rhythm and what was worrying me even more was I couldn't seem to find enough desire to push, I have never felt like this before in a race. I mopped along up until about 15km mark and seem to come good, got excited again, started to run with something that resembled run form and found the fight to finish this off. At 25km I worked out what I needed to avg to get home under 12hours, I had to pick up 20seconds per km over my current pace to get it done and im very proud to say I went deep, deeper than I have ever been before and to spite some cramps at 38km and again at 40km I turned into the finisher schute with a few minutes up my sleeve, 11:57, over the moon that something I had been working at for such a long time had been accomplished and then lights out!!! Quick trip in the wheel chair to medical to be sorted and then out to see the family and some awesome friends who drove the 5 hours down to surprise me and then drove home after the race to be at work Monday morning, legendary effort! So as I sit back and analyse the day now, I had a 2 min Pb in the swim, a 21 min bike pb on this course (and an overall bike pb of 5 mins), I missed a run PB by 8 mins but that was enough to get me a 21min Ironman PB! I am stocked with the result, had a great build and what is perhaps more encouraging than anything else is I am keen to race again, keen to loose more weight and see what I can do with my run as I get lighter. There is obvious areas of improvement and I am going to work on these rather than my beer drinking ability over the winter and im even thinking of trying to talk the bride into a shot at Busso in December. Port Mac is a special place to me, I did my 1st there and I finally broke 12 hours there, 4 more finishes away from legend status, bring it on!!
  37. 8 points
    And I also remembered I had some long fins in the back of my car. So last night I took everything, and a pull buoy off to the pool for a bit of a flop about in the water. I started with the body position drills, which seem to have sunk in quite nicely, with the exception of the body roll when my arms aren't moving. I can roll one way, but rolling back the other way doesn't go well unless I'm actually swimming. Anyways, something to work on. Then I did a dog paddle drill, as instructed by the coach. I've come to realise I don't like new drills without the coach being present. It all felt completely wrong but I didn't know how to correct it. With the coach there I could have had feedback and been able to correct it to then know when I am doing it right and wrong. Then I put the flippers on and the dinner plate paddles. Well, it seems with long flippers on my kick isn't too bad! I know this as my arm turnover couldn't keep up with the speed I was moving. It was both hilarious and ridiculous. Then I just used the paddles on their own. I could definitely feel the difference the paddles made. Muscles were working I don't normally use (definitely noted further today and which prompted me to write this post). I also noticed my hand position was much better. Normally I sort of paw at the water with lots of pushing down. With the paddles on I couldn't do that and actually had to point my fingers down, presumably replicating what the catch should look like. It was all kinda cool and a real learning experience.
  38. 8 points
    Stikman and I trained for a post-IM binge-fest.
  39. 8 points
    I hope this one doesn't degenerate into an argument over commitment levels and family values, it is pretty well common sense but so many get it wrong on race day Training tip # 5 Race day feeding, trust your intuition. In half Ironman and full Ironman races, a huge percentage of disappointments can be avoided. How often do we talk to people who’s training suggested they were set for a great race, then on race day they had gut issues, or simply run out of legs in the run. Over feeding and under hydrating has ruined so many good races. We all know that training consistently to a gradually increasing plan, in each of the three sports will set us up for a good race. The people who swim well, swim often – the people who ride well, ride often – and the people who run well run often. But there are so many possible traps to cause us to undermine our expected performance. Most of us who are training for a half Ironman or a full Ironman race will put aside 12-16 weeks to prepare for it. I suggest 16 weeks is an ideal time to allow. In that 16 weeks assuming that the last 2 weeks are freshening up / taper weeks, it leaves us with 14 weekend opportunities to get our feeding right. We have the opportunity to rehearse our feeding plan in all sorts of workouts. Most Ironman run performances are limited by the stomach’s ability to absorb nutrients. It’s a big day of work. To do a big day of work, no matter what it is whether it’s laying bricks or swimming the English Channel, it has to start with a good breakfast. Practice our race day breakfast several times each week. Get it right, this is the foundation for your race. For most it needs to be a balance of protein, carbs and fat, to keep our blood sugar levels stable up to start time. We need to be aware of starting our bigger workouts and race days, fully hydrated. In cooler weather we may not be drinking enough through the previous day and start a workout under hydrated. I get the guys in my squad to weigh themselves before training and after the bike and again after the run, in test workouts. Most of the daily fluctuations in body weight are due to fluid levels. If we drop as little as 2kg on the bike we can seriously suffer later in the run, once you start running you can’t absorb enough fluid to “catch up” to where you should be. But the important figure is the percentage of your body weight that’s been lost, not just the kilos. 2% or more is troublesome. With our fuel intake, what we have for breakfast has to suit you, not necessarily what suits someone else. What you have during your workout needs to suit you, your gut. There are so many different gels and drinks on the market. Test – rehearse – test – rehearse – test – rehearse – you have lots of time, get it right, be aware of the type of sugar in the gel or drink. I have tested products with the following sugars, sucrose, maltodextrin, Birch Xylotol, D-ribose, dextrose, sucralose, honey, glucose – of this list four of them don’t suit my gut. Often people have had a bad race because they have used a product with one of these sugars in it that doesn’t suit them. When you try different products in your rehearsals be aware of how you feel right after having it. Your intuition will tell you right away, if it feels right, it generally is right. Base your race day feeding on your rehearsals.
  40. 8 points
    Well, I've had an interesting start to the year. Had a pretty down time a month after the strokes where my shrink was pretty worried about me, to my last appointment where she couldn't believe the difference - she said it's the first time she's seen me smiling. My trial of strattera for my add has seen it slowly increasing, and after a few weeks on the new dosage I think I've been finding it working. And it's really weird! I've been on ritalin before, over a decade ago, and I think it was effective but I didn't like the feeling on it. I think there was a kind of rush to me. This stuff is a non-stimulant, but supposedly not quite as effective. The last two weeks at work have I think been some, if not by far my most productive weeks at work. Time didn't feel like it was dragging by and I still felt the usual pull of distractions but kinda didn't care about them. It might sound silly to many saying this, but is this what it's like for normal people? I mean, sometimes a distraction would be just that, but it didn't last as long. And jobs that I usually find dull and boring were much less so. I worked Sunday week ago and got the same amount of work done that day as was taking me two, and it didn't feel like an effort. The big thing was not feeling like a was rushed, on the go, like I did on ritalin. I thought this stuff a week ago, but wanted another week to see if it was still happening. And it seems to be so. I hope I'm not blowing it by being so excited by this. But it so frustrating to be like this, and spend sooooooo much time at work for what often feels like a waste! I've been getting into my yoga, doing several sessions a week plus a mindfulness session. And some Les Mills body balance sessions which have actually been fun. Otherwise just doing easy sessions so far. It hasn't sparked me to get into meditation and mindfulness properly yet. Maybe once I'm a bit better and more comfortable with it that will happen. It's still a bit of hard work. I can tell I'm slightly more flexible though. Tuesday I get to swallow an ultrasound camera or something to get a better look at the hole thingy in my heart. That sounds like fun.......
  41. 8 points
    On the whole I coped with it pretty well. Though I didn't perform quite as well as I had in Kona the previous year, and in retrospect I went into Kona a little over-raced. The effects of over-racing really became apparent the following Saturday when I ran the Royal National Park 50 Mile and felt obviously fatigued and struggled throughout much of the race. I had a couple of weekends off racing before the MMM and that was all I needed. It was my most satisfying IM of the year (NZ, Forster, Kona, MMM). I had a consistent cycle backed with a run of around 3:30 which was pretty much my benchmark at the time. The course suited me; climbing and endurance being more critical than raw speed. I think they paid the top 10 or 15 outright, and I finished just outside of that, picking up $300 for taking out M25-29. Not bad for a $190 entry fee. Travel and racing doesn't worry me. I sleep well on planes, I'm flexible with food when abroad, and generally relaxed and comfortable going into races wherever they may be. Many of my best races have been abroad, including my marathon PB in Austria after about 5 weeks of traveling, 100km PB in Japan after 3 weeks of traveling, and half marathon PB in the UK about 2 hours after I stepped off the plane.
  42. 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.
  43. 8 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 couldn’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.
  44. 8 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.
  45. 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.
  46. 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.
  47. 8 points
    Had my best ever swim, OK bike and shit run. Crossed the line 3rd in my age group, but a competitor who started a few minutes behind me in the rolling start beat my time by 9 secs moving me to 4th. Only 3 slots in my age group, but luckily the 3rd place athlete didn't turn up to Rolldown so I snared the last spot. Wife managed to get a spot as part of the extra 25 slots for women (Women in Tri). So we are both going to Nice. But now she's thinking we shouldn't do the ITU Worlds in Lausanne (she wasn't expecting to qualify for Nice).
  48. 8 points
    At my work, this is how we refer to them, but we omit the "t"..... Note: I work alone!
  49. 8 points
    Of course it's cheating. It's breaking the rules in order to gain an unfair advantage over other competitors. How can that not be considered cheating? It certainly is an issue for athletes, as it is for RDs, TOs and the sport's administrative bodies. Though in no small way it comes down to the individual athletes competing with integrity. Yes, courses can be better designed to minimise drafting, TOs can enforce rules as best they can, but to suggest that we as athletes have no responsibility for our own behaviour is a ludicrous assertion. You can't compare triathlon to other sports such as football, cricket or tennis, where there is an umpire in attendance to adjudicate on every moment of the match. That scenario isn't practical in tri and other endurance sports. To some degree, fair competition necessarily relies on athletes having a degree of integrity to abide by the rules. Drafting is a rule violation that may result in a DQ, however discretionary warnings or penalties can be reasonably employed to enforce rules in many sports. In that context, tri does operate similarly to other sports. When we line up at a race with hundreds or thousands of fellow competitors, it's worth considering our own decisions and actions as an individual competitor and think, "What would the event be like if everyone did this?" If the answer is "Pretty f*cked up!", it's fairly obvious how you should behave, whether there's something written in the rule book about it or not.
  50. 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
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