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  1. 4 points
    Day 3 or Redback MTB stage race in Alice Springs, so racing MTB this morning. The body it starting to hurt from the impact of crashing, Today could be a long slow day with the back of the field But beats sitting at a desk #redbackmtbrace #livingthedream
  2. 3 points
    Just hanging with my daughter at the beach, had a dive, no decent fish around today, so just colouring in lady beetles and watching all the boats zoom past
  3. 3 points
    Just got back from rock climbing - won a couple of North Face t-shirts in a raffle for World Rock Climbing Day. Sweet!
  4. 3 points
    Haha, all good, I can see you As I get old I find I suffer fools less and I make a conscious choice to remove as much negativity and confrontation from my interactions, whether online or in person. It's far easier to walk away (or block) people who you think have a detrimental vibe. The alternative to blocking is not to visit at all (which I have done a few times) but I value the contributions of some and have some good mates on here. You only have to look at the mental health thread and see how many people suffer from issues but expose themselves to the wrong influences every day. I heard a report this morning that mental health issues have increased 65% in the last 10 years. I find that interesting given the iPhone was released in 2007 (widely adopted in 2009) which roughly coincided with Facebook's popularity explosion. Coincidence? People commit suicide because of trolls but everyone has the option to not listen to them.
  5. 3 points
    Ground hog day. Anther 12 hour day in the Gobi desert in Mongolia. I have moved my roster around a little to cover for my boss. So this roster is only 21 days instead of the usual 28. Still the work is interesting, the money is good and the people are great. Last night was 90 minutes on a exercise bike and tonight I will do an outside run.
  6. 2 points
    My husband received a Rapid Ascent email last year and thought Run Larapinta sounded fun, he is a runner. We had never been to the red centre and as we like to combine a bit of a holiday with racing we entered. They send you a sample training program which we tried to follow and it ended up being pretty good. Arrived Thursday and spent the arvo and next day getting organised. Run 1 was 11km on Friday evening along tracks around town. It was a bit windy and dusty as expected but quite beautiful and an easy introduction to the race. It was cool turning on the head torch to complete the course as the sun went down. Back to town to get some food and get organised for the next morning. Day 2 (20km 31 degrees)was an early start onto the bus with a drop off at Old Hamilton Homestead about 1 and a half hours away. Day started with a nice easy 6.5k flatish run and then it was on!! Up a long steep switch back hill and across a ridge with amazing views, it was starting to heat up but the breeze and views on top were great. How hard could this be I though Ive done the big climb now its getting down and through the gorges, simple. So So wrong!!! The trail pretty much ended at the start of the descent which was steep, rocky and steep and rocky, and then there was a bit of steep and rocky, then a gradual climb though the gorges again picking your own track trying not to lose the trail and it was getting hot. I new there was a climb at the end but there really is two. Once over the second last one I started to feel a bit sick, nutrition wasn't going well, heart rate was going up and the thought of "when the F%$k is this going to end" was a constant. Came up another part of the water course and all you can see is a sheer wall, this was my demise, time for a little sit down and cry at the bottom and then a very slow ascent and descent. There is then a short walk trail to the finish at Standly Chasm where tourist were clapping, which was too much for me. I ran across the finish line and promptly burst into tears much to the amusement of other finishers. What a day, physically and mentally so tough, amazing but brutal, no amount of running training could prepare you for the stage as really other than the first part, there was no running. Back on the bus home and a quick rest and then do it all again, organise stuff for tomorrow, pick up our wheels for the next few days, eat and pack as we were moving to Glen Helen the next day. Day 3 (22km 22 degrees) another early start and a 1.20 drive to Glen Helen. Weather had changed and was cool but really windy. Today was the easy day, felt heaps better and ran well on the mostly undulating not technical trails, the finish took you around the pound walk at Ormison Gorge which was quite hilly but absolutely spectacular. All went well and really enjoyed the day. Although 22 kms this took me an hour less than the 20km the previous day. Back to Glen helen, set up our camper, the true hard core slept in teeny tiny tents being gently buffeted to sleep by the gale force winds and exfoliated by the fine red dust. Rest pack eat repeat! Day 4 (31km 16 degrees 1degree in the morning) the long coursers headed off for a gentle run to the top of MT Sonder in the dark in 55km winds and 1 degree. We skirted the bottom and had an enjoyable undulating run for the first half then it was up and over Hilltop Lookout which was a long climb up and a steep descent. Onto the flats and the non trail runners like myself started to catch up with the mountain goats who passed us previously, things were going well only 5km to go feeling good running well, trip over my own feet, hyper extend the left leg and there goes the hammie, lopped home, shuffling down and flat bits and limping up the hills at least it was only 5 km and I still finished far faster then expected, running down to Glen Helen was awesome, for a not particularly good runner to get though 80km over 4 days relatively in one piece was something I was well chuffed about. Truthfully the difficulty of this run is not the run its self, its the backing up day after day, the organising of your gear each night, the long drives to and from the start, the technical terrain that you just can't run on but have to be mentally switched on for or you hit the dirt. The things that make it awesome is the sense of achievement each day, the people that your run and chat with, you tend to see the same people off and on during each stage as you are going similar pace, the are you OK and a smile when you are down and the high 5s when things are going well, the friendships formed over race stories around the bar each evening and the quiet nervous chats in the mornings when you all know what's your getting yourself into again. Would I recommend others do it?? HELL YES!!!. Would I do it again??? Not a chance!!! Photos are in order of the day they were taken.
  7. 2 points
    Don't worry, XC guarantees they'll put out a nice bed for you next time you want to have a lie down in the lab
  8. 2 points
    Todays tip!!!! Don't crash
  9. 1 point
    Yeah but she doesn't live in Saudi to train all year round. I really don't think her life is that tough if she is on her second Kona berth at 26,000 USD a pop (if what Peter says is true). She also enters lots of 70.3s including World Champs as XC category so can't imagine the costs that add up there. Ironman are certainly good at conning people out of their dollars. Can only imagine what IM have made out of this one athlete - hundreds of thousands at a guess if she's just completed her 16th full IM plus dozens of 70.3s. PS. Everyone does it tough in Saudi - not just the women. I think the 'driving' issue is a very tired argument. Would my life really be that tough if my family employed my own driver to take me everywhere?
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  11. 1 point
    Thanks, implemented that today. The problem up here in Alice Springs is that any crash generally involves rocks. None of the nice soft dirt to land in. Still beats working
  12. 1 point
    I'm in. I have a bad history with this race with a coupe of DNS's. I had hoped to do have a good race but for a variety of reason's I haven't put the training in. So my plan is to get to the start line then just get through each leg best I can, so probably around 7 hours for me. A start will be a good result, a finish will be a bonus!
  13. 1 point
    Underground Mining Engineer. I work here: http://ot.mn/underground-en/?eoi
  14. 1 point
    I love being educated on this forum..... and here I was thinking the Cronulla Riots was because a bunch of Cronulla rednecks were defending there turf against other cultures from outside of the shire and where they did not think these outsiders were good enough to go to their beach. And from memory, never did I hear Alan tell people to make this happen nor did I see him running down the streets with "Australian Flags, or shirts tied around his head whilst fist pumping his 'southern cross tattoo' whilst chasing people.
  15. 1 point
    I thought once you had to be a ceo. Now I just think its 10k entry fee. Edit I was close
  16. 1 point
    There's some useful info in this video...
  17. 1 point
    I got to ride in the loco taking a 30 000t train to the car dumper at Parker point and bring an empty one back to our yard.
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  19. 1 point
    Does XC stand for Xtra Cash ?
  20. 1 point
    If you like a challenge and an experience then UTA 100 is hard to beat. Haven't done it but they reckon the Hounslow Classic 68km is also a beautiful course.
  21. 1 point
    why block people? I don't get it. is it because they disagree with you?
  22. 1 point
    This springs to mind... https://tenor.com/view/homer-fat-computer-drinking-bird-gif-8025433
  23. 1 point
    Good luck all. Miss Jess, if you have time, I'd recommend a day trip to Salzburg. The coaches go the pretty way there and the fast way back. We went on New Year's Day, it was picture postcard snowing and Mirabell Gardens and the ice rink were like something out of a film, possibly the Sound of Music.
  24. 1 point
    Very much our neck of the woods. We're 5 mins from the Heritage Trail which gets you up to Mundaring and Helena Valley is around the back of us. Nice spot to run.
  25. 1 point
    Last Sunday we took Flipper to Jnr Park Run at Cheddar (pb’d with a 12.22, wohoo). Afterwards in the café, I noticed a guy with his family and he was wearing a UTMB gilet. You only get these if you’ve completed a UTMB race, so we got chatting. Turns out he did the OCC last year (which is approx. 53km with 3,000 mtrs vert) and he is doing the CCC this year. I asked him about qualifying races and whether accommodation was hard to get. He told me he had automatic entry and accom was already reserved for him because in his words “ I did ok at OCC”. So now I’m intrigued and I asked him how we went, to which he replied “ 6hrs, 24th overall and first Brit across the line” He was a really nice guy and was very interested in my plans, to which I played right down and slunk off back to my table. Looked him up later, turns out he ran London Marathon in 2:34 and that Bramley 20 miler I did earlier in the year with a 2:55, he did in 1:57. You can go off folks in a hurry.
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  27. 1 point
    Netball, soccer, Ultimate Frisbee all violate my rule of 'never play a sport where you're required to move laterally.' After that many years going in a straight line, it would just be a matter of time till I did something to an ankle, knee, hip etc etc
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  29. 1 point
    When I could run, I used to enjoy racing around a large oval chasing a frisbee to try to catch it. It's actually a great way to do high intensity training.
  30. 1 point
    How fun is it though? Love a good game of netball. Unfortunately though, being 6'3" and 85kg, I don't stop real well, and unfortunately get done for a fair bit of contact (keep the sniggers to yourself), but some of the opposition ladies get properly stuck in and give as good as they get.
  31. 1 point
    Or Lawn Bowls. those players drop dead on the grass all the time.
  32. 1 point
    MRI is clear, no stress fracture. I'm back running as of tomorrow and on for the race. 😀
  33. 1 point
    I'm in. 3rd Sunny Coast and 6th HIM. Hoping to go sub 7hrs for the first time (yeah I know, not fast for most people but it's my goal!)
  34. 1 point
    I pretty much stuck to my plan but could feel my hip starting to get real pretty painful after about 18-20kms. The weather was getting toasty now and I was glad to see each aid station. i tried to move them quickly and refill bottles etc. We'd been up some lumpy old hills but nothing outrageous. After the half way point, a few of us ran/walked about 500mtrs up a hill, which turned out to be the wrong way, doh! After about 55kms we came across a really massive hill called Butser Hill, it started off easy enough in a field but kicked up viciously for the top third and I seriously thought I was going to faint. Only the fear of rolling back down the bloody thing kept me moving. There was an aid station at the top and despite best intentions, I just had to sit down, take stock, take rest, east and get some cold spray on my hip. I probably spent over 20 mins here but it was needed. Not long after setting off I could feel a blister like sensation in my foot, so decided to sit on a verge and change my socks. A cyclist was there and we were chatting. I went to put on my sock and had massive debilitating cramp in my calf. the cyclist helped me work it out, he was a godsend. Another 15mins to get that sorted and I was on my way again. Walking more, even on the flats. The heat had conspired with my stomach and I could take much in. I'd read about the need to be patient if things go awry, i just kept moving forward. Very gradually I could sip some Tailwind and take some food again. Jogging became a bit easier and the kms ticked off. two more aid stations and I discovered the medicinal qualities of a hot sweet cup of tea! bliss haha. We had one more massive road hill to walk up, I knew this one as I'd ridden up it lots. back on the trail and one more station, then basically an undulating/flat trail run into Winchester. I knew 13hrs had gone but figured if I could run most of the last 10km i could go sub 14. I had 1hr15 to do this, which sounds stupidly long for 10km but not when you already had 78kms in your legs. Coming into my hometown, I knew I had sub14 in the bag. My old neighbour and sometime running partner Beth, was at at the finish with a whole crowd of supporters and they were bringing the house down. crossed the line in 13:49, bags collected, we went for a beer but i only drank half. Beth gave me a lift home and I absolutely threw my guts up, which felt amazing! So, my first ultra done. Lots of lessons learned. Be more efficient at aid stations, don't panic, enjoy the views, start slower than what you think is slow. I think I went to some pretty low places which were on par with the miserable conditions at IM Wales 2017. At IM, yes you are moving forward for a long time but there is also change with each discipline. Doing the same thing hour after hour is extremely hard but i found incredibly rewarding. Next one in 8 days! Apologies for formatting. Written on two different laptops.
  35. 0 points
    Just when I'm finally starting to get back into training after last summer's cardiac scare / broken bike / shoulder strain. Doing a relief lesson with year 9s, (netball unit), one gets sore leg and has to stop playing so I swap ref duties for a players bib to keep the teams even, jump for ball and land on foot that obligingly folds under me, great I think, rolled ankle - nooooo snapped 5th metatarsal. Looks like another slow and gentle Noosa coming up. I should take up something safer like hang-gliding.
  36. 0 points
    Fact for the day. MTBing = crashing (else you ain't having a red hot go 😉)
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    Not pretending to look busy as the bosses are working from home today, so all I need to make sure of is I am "green" on Skype 😂 Two more work days then flying to Switzerland on Wednesday.
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