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  1. 10 points
    11 weeks have passed.... Ive learnt a bit... Finally on Monday i start somewhere new...whilst only short term ...its opened opportunities etc and hopefully longer term... I've learnt... Where i can improve and better myself professionally.... Recruitment agencies are like car salesmen and real estate agents....many of them are scum... You can easily fall into a slump...which unfortunately has happened a bit... Time to dig myself out... Fortunately ive had my partner Clare and other close friends by myside the whole way as a great support... Training and sport have been hit and miss...spring tomorrow should help the goals...
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    Day 100 is here. I hit 50 runs this afternoon. Total distance 202 km Time: 23 h 10 min Stuck to the 4/2 R/W pretty much the whole time. Longest distance: 10.13 km (1:13) Longest break between runs 6 Days (Brisbane August sickness) Overall, I'm pretty happy. I didn't ramp up as much as I'd hoped, but my consistency was good. The trick for me is to not stop now.
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    Which I hope says ‘Here I am again’. ( gawd help me). Left Winchester after taking Flipper for her first day of school. Had a 4hr drive which started with a most beautiful blue sky day and by the time I got to Wales the sky was considerably darker. An hour out from Tenby and the wind had become very strong and it was pissing down, hooray! Im only doing this race on the basis that weather simply can’t be any worse than last year! The forecast is very mixed and meant to better on Friday, terrible Saturday and mixed Sunday but it seems to change forecast every few hours. It’s definitely getting windier though. Hoping to build on my result at LCW and have putt a lot of thought into how to approach the run. I had to drive down the hill that you run up today and was already getting PTSD As usual, Mrs FP has been an absolute legend and I’ve had heaps of support from family and friendsThis will be my last IM for a few years and really hoping to do myself and all you guys proud. I will get some more pics tomorrow when the weather is meant to be better.
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    Here’s the post race report! I am shattered, need to decompress a bit and may go for the final 30 mins. i think I went. 1.22 swim 6.58 bike 5.25 run plus transitions. Christ that was tough, very windy, mixed weather, mainly dry. suffered some gut and plantar issues. Wheels fell off last lap of run.
  6. 8 points
    At certain angles I am the most rounded triathlete ever...
  7. 8 points
    Hoping to get s little closer in the coming days. FM
  8. 8 points
    Get a new bike. It doesn't really need a reason, but you could validate it by saying that you are finding riding the old bike hard with tired arms.
  9. 7 points
    Reached a milestone today
  10. 7 points
    Thanks for the assistance. These nurses are a tough breed. She had a few moments throughout but boxed on til the very end.
  11. 7 points
    3k swim squad. Had a 100m tt in the middle. 1.12 which is my fastest for a few years. Amazing what consistency does even if there is no actual speed work going on.
  12. 7 points
    What more can I say, a message from my son below.... Introducing Riley James Flanagan, born on 30 August 2018 at 902am by caesarean, weighing in at 3.53kg, 48cm long and 34cm head circumference. Mum is doing well. Bub is good but receiving some assistance with his breathing in special care nursery. All the nurses are happy with his progress and say he is doing very well.
  13. 7 points
    Maaaate, settle down. Try and channel your inner Cranky and split it up. Max. one question per post. Even better, a new thread for every question
  14. 7 points
    Even if it wasn't fake news (another term I hate like "my bad", "like ...." and "lit" etc etc) this is the sort of shite that people are posting all over the interwebs as though they are literary giants. It's also not too far from what she actually did post in failing in this endeavour. This business that it's all about the "journey", or crap like "it's not the number of breaths you take ...." etc etc really does my head in. It's all marketing spin by people who - in many cases - have achieved the sum of exactly SFA in delivering their "life advice". I think in years to come, palaeontologists will look back on this current generation as being the dumbest, most self-absorbed, greedy, light-touch, unaware group of dumbar$es in the billions of years that the Planet has been spinning. Sorry, rant over.
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    @Katzand I each had a small tub of her favourite ice-cream in the freezer and though I thought I had not eaten much of mine, or indeed any for a few days, she has assured me that I seem to have polished it off somehow while I was at work. While it was my goal to not eat the ice-cream and others are telling me that I did indeed fail at that goal I refuse to believe my haterz. I will pick myself up from this minor setback and knowing that the children are there for me, just as I am always there for ice-cream, I will purchase another tub that is not Katz' favourite and I will continue on my journey. I love you all, haterz and followers alike. We are all one people when ice-cream and children are concerned. Peace out.
  17. 6 points
    I've had the opportunity to work with coaches on both ends of the spectrum, as well as in between, and all bring with them very different qualities. 1. Traditional/squad environment - This is where I started my journey here in Melbourne (with Tri-Bal which no longer exists). I think as someone new to the sport and also being young an impressionable, this gave me a great grounding and allowed me to let my competitive juices flow. It also let me learn a lot from more experienced people whilst creating a fun atmosphere that kept me extremely engaged with the sport. 2. Old school, big volume - After Tri-bal, I moved onto Cam Brown. Go have a look at Brownie's instagram over the last week where he's been documenting his training... Something like 23k swim, 650k bike and 130k run + gym this week. Dude is an absolute animal. I loved challenging myself with the massive volume stuff, however my body ultimately broke. I do, though, think that my period with Brownie has helped develop a massive base which I can now launch from. This approach never really explored the mental side but perhaps the challenge of simply completing the training provided that mental stimulus. 3. The more rounded/mental approach - Next up was Gilesy. For those that know Gilesy, he is an awesome bloke. In terms of training, it was a fairly similar approach to what I had been doing with Cam, albeit less volume, with a big focus of SE and race pace work on a weekly basis. Further to this, Gilesy was a big proponent of the mental aspect surrounding training and racing and the idea of how we associate with certain physical feelings. He is a big believer in utilising techniques to quite the "noise" in the mind and I can certainly see how this is relevant in a sport like ours. I have learnt a lot from Grant and whilst in my own coaching, I may never implement it to the same extent, I certainly see the value of mental engagement in the training and racing process. His workshops and ideas could certainly provide tactics which allow an athlete to explore the extra few % of their ability on race day. 4. Scientific approach - This is where I am at now working with Prof Paul Laursen. We utilise a lot of data points to analyse progression and also mix in a good amount of Vo2 work which is something I have certainly neglected previously. Further to this, Paul's approach is quite all encompassing, monitoring heart rate variability and diet as well. However, it is important to note that there is still an underlying belief that the mental is an extremely important underlying factor with recommendations for quite time and meditation a constant, high-importance, message for performance and general well-being. The point of the above is to indicate that there is always a variety of ways to skin the cat in training from a physical standpoint. In my opinion the basis must always be aiming for consistency and this is how I intend to coach, adjusting programs on a micro level as other parts of life dictate with a larger, longer outlook in mind. However, working with an athlete to help discover areas where easy improvement could be made from a 'mental' standpoint, shouldn't be neglected. Similar to the physical side of things, there are many different pathways to doing this, most of which can be very subtle, and they should differ from athlete to athlete dependant on their circumstances. Promoting strategies to reduce overall stress and anxiety (of which endurance exercise in itself can be one) is fantastic not just for triathletes but for humans in general. I suppose the short version of the above opinion, as has been mentioned before, is that the physical is damn important if you want to improve in this sport. The mental can help you implement that improvement on race day and also perhaps aid in creating a healthier day-to-day life.
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  19. 6 points
    Trifun’s goals resonate with me, except for the last one 😂: unless it’s the sprint, then sub 2,10 is doable..... but seriously, I suppose I want to do the best I can and finish with a big smile on my face. I have no expectations time wise, although I do have a vague goal of particular run and bike speeds I would like to average (stress on the LIKE) I haven’t a clue where I will finish, and to be honest not sure I care. The women I regularly race against will have had various preparations, good bad and indifferent and whether I finish in front of next to or behind a particular person won’t impact on my own performance or enjoyment of the races. For the first time in ages I will actually have family watching me go around on the Sunday which will be totally awesome. Bring it on I say and best of mechanical luck to everyone 💪
  20. 6 points
    ..and speaking of HR monitors - I whipped up this little gadget out of spare parts to test HR monitors. It pretends to be a HR strap and sends whatever heart rate you dial up with the big black knob on the box with a range of around 5 to 10 metres, The 935 seems to have a lower limit of 30, by the way. Kinda fun if you hide the box under the table and you dazzle your friends with your amazing abilities to change your heart rate using "mind power".... (I know, I really need to get out more!)
  21. 6 points
    31km run. 2 hours in Z2 and then 40mins @ 4:10. Finished at the pool, met the wife and had a 45 min recovery swim. Tired now! Week of travel coming up so will do what I can!
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    I'm probably being churlish but every time I see that #WomanOfIron hashtag I want to puke.
  24. 6 points
    Blogs playing up so I’ll just update here, currently back in reception after a couple of days out of contact with humans and technology, we have been out at Karijini national park. Sadly dads not as mobile as we had hoped so it’s going to be a bit of a challenge but we will get there. Right now I’m in Tom price while my wife is restocking the fridge at coles, before we hit the Rio Tinto access road and make our way back to Karratha later today. Karijini as always was spectacular.
  25. 5 points
    Shitty view from our apartment This is where T2 is. T1 is 3km up the coast Ocean is beautiful, fresh though! Where rego and Expo are