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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 11 points
    42km trail marathon. 800mtrs elevation. 4hrs11min, came 5th overall, 3rd male and 1st male over 40. £70 worth of OMM vouchers, wohoo 👍
  5. 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
  6. 10 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!
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 10 points
    You come across as a genuinely good egg Surfer. The world needs more good eggs.
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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 😁
  14. 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.
  15. 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!!
  16. 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.
  17. 7 points
    The real reason is he was a dick - the training might have given him opportunity but it wasn't the reason. You seem to be in a good place now so I guess it worked out better for you anyway.
  18. 7 points
    I think you're a failure if you think someone is a failure if they fail to do Kona.
  19. 7 points
    Thanks folks! It was brutal. I was.comfortable.coming out of the aquatic centre, but things went south up Laura forest. Slid in and out of Fairmont with seconds to spare, and made friends with the sweeps. Kept trucking to CP5, and with a few minutes to spare they loaded me up and kicked me out with the last 3 sweeps. Right on the limit at the helipad, but they are so supportive they let me keep going. They knew i wanted it and was digging deep. Final time of 28:32. I'm shattered. That climb up Furber at the end was so soooooo bad
  20. 7 points
    Little update today, he's at school. #winning Had a productive emergency appointment with my shrink yesterday to deconstruct all this. Gave me some great stuff, but most so she gave me the number to our uni's psych clinic! It's run by the honours students doing their clinic placements for their honours and fully supervised. But they can do a full set of psychological assessments, IQ testing etc etc and it's for a flat fee of $250. They have some initial appointments with just us, then all of us and try to work out what they need to look for and then do the testing. My shrink said one of her patients had been called back 3v times for more testing so she thinks they are throwing everything at her. She said to have just one test and report done professionally can cost upwards of $1k. But here they will do as much and as many as they need for the flat fee! That's just friggin awesome, and I've been able to get him into their August intake, which in the world of professional therapy isn't much of a wait. So this is something worth remembering for anyone in the future, contact uni's etc! See what's available. So if anyone in Brissie needs so extra help, or assessment, or thinks it could help their kids or something, the USQ Springfield campus also has this clinic.
  21. 7 points
    My wife texted me the other day & said "Your wonderful" I texted back, "No, You're wonderful". She's been so happy ever since. Should I tell her I was just correcting her grammar?
  22. 7 points
    Hi all, just got back to Sydney. It was great to catch up with so many people over the weekend. Even got to meet Miss Jess for the first time. Had a great time, but a tough race. As others had mentioned the swim was great. I think the way it now works means you get a great slipstream for most of the way if you seed yourself right. That bike course was tough. Tough roads, tough wind and tough hills. The 2nd lap was a bit slow, but I was happy with my effort and willing to push. I suffered on the run, but that was always going to happen after rupturing the Achilles 17 months ago. The last 2 laps were a matter of survival. I ended up with 11:16 and 8th in my age group (55-59). Mrs F was 6th in her age group (45-49) and missed a Hawaii roll down by 1. Oh well, that is Ironman. Thanks for all the support out there. I was in a world of hurt on the run, so I may not have acknowledged it at the time, but I did appreciate the shouts.
  23. 7 points
    I was here! Sorry I didn’t get to catch up with anyone in person!
  24. 7 points
    Mrs Shuffla was swim course director. Was out at 9pm the night before triple checking and adjusting the swim course. Measured with Garmin on board a surf club IRB. Was very close to correct distance from strava reports I’ve seen. High tide was at 8:30am so it shouldn’t have been much help maybe a bit of help at the start with a bit of tidal inflow, and then mostly still conditions for the swim home. I think the rolling start creates its own current for middle pack swimmers.
  25. 7 points
    And Coffs Pete also made it just under the cut off. Whoa man
  26. 7 points
    I know exactly how you feel FP. Five years today since mum departed and miss her every day. Often it's the little things too. The kids do something and you'd just love to be able to tell her about it. I went for a swim this morning in her honour and this afternoon I'll smash some Mint Slice. It was tradition to have Mint Slice at mum's place - now April 28 is the only day of the year I eat them.
  27. 6 points
    No but I recorded it on Strava. *only joking. The segment was too short 😥
  28. 6 points
    You’re not a failure if you don’t get to Kona. But if you use lots of excuses as to why you didn’t, in order to justify you not getting there then that may be fail right there. I find the beauty of Ironman is that once the race is done no one cares that you didn’t KQ or even go fast or what time you did. It’s a tough give nd you are part of it = respect. A lot of people won’t have the ideal race they expected........ let’s say you thought you were going to PB with a 09:55 and you had a shocker and did 12:35...... but one thing is assured... whilst you may feel down, no one else looks down at you. You’ll still get lots of well dones etc etc. It’s the smart ones that look at the bad race and learn and put it all in perspective then try gain next year.
  29. 6 points
    Hardest thing I've ever done.
  30. 6 points
    Whenever anyone posts anything on this site, it's only a matter of time before 'Jimbo' tells them how stupid they are... I'm calling it "Xcom's law".
  31. 6 points
    Race report – Port Mac 2019 The objective of this race was to enjoy the experience with a bunch of mates from the Melbourne Peninsula and as a validation of what was meant to be a Kona 2020 (legacy program) race. Having only started swimming and running at xmas due to other riding related racing I always knew I would be a little under done. The years plan was to start the build up slowly and then from June 2019 switch to a full triathlon program ready for Kona 2020. In early March I received an email from the legacy team that had bumped up the Kona plans to 2019. That changed a few things……. I have always struggled with IM with regards to having to walk large chunks of the run leg as my stomach just seems to shut down even to the point that I can’t get fluids in. Having tried every variation of nutritional foods, volumes I quickly realised that with Kona coming, there is no way I can go into a hot race with the likelihood of throwing up and not being able to get around the course. Post race it can take me up to 8 hours before I can drink or eat again (IV works fine though 😉 So I decided to get a sweat and gut test performed and Monash University had the facilities. The test fundamentally required running at intervals in a tent that was heated into the mid 30s for 2 hours. Along the way the feed me specific carbs, fluids, blood tests, breath tests, thermal readings (everything you could imagine). Long and the short of it was my gut simply shuts down, the nutrition goes in but is not removed from the stomach and obviously gets to the point where the only way is up and out. So I now have a diagnosis of the problem and they set about providing a plan to resolve this (note to the reader: this test and subsequent plan was only completed 1 week prior to the Port mac, so the expectations on it working straight off the bat were low, as there are a few things that they want me to do that will take some time to resolve. Pre race Arrived in Port Mac on the Thursday and having been here many times, just settled into relaxing and preparing for the race both nutritionally and physically. The nutrition was quite different to what I would normally do but was basically good healthy foods low in fibre. Got in the usual ride / run and swims (missed the trannie one as we were a little late getting up). I was staying with a 2 friends and one was a first timer and it was a pleasure to be sharing the knowledge and experience with them and joke about all the things that can and do go wrong. My other group of friends were also a little spread out around Port but we managed a few lunches, dinners together and general banter on messenger. Race day Swim – Started at the front of the pack and quickly settled into a rhythm finding feet as the faster ones went by. Still amazes me the amount of people that try and swim over the top of you as you turn the buoys even when you yourself have nowhere to go. Nothing like the gently kicking of the feet to get the message through, but just wish people had some common sense, swim slower, swim wider. Anyway exited the water in 55 and change and off to the bike happy to have swum faster than my training has allowed (I usually go between 55-58) so not a bad day’s effort. Ride – Having done this course many times, i remember my first 3 times where I absolutely hated the ride, due to the rough course. In the last few iterations I have loved the ride, the fact that the hills make it tougher, and knowing how to ride the various sections, makes this a favourite and with a different attitude makes it easier. My focus of the ride was to get my full nutrition in and drink additional fluid (my sweet test basically shows I lose 2l per hour in hot conditions, so my aim was to consume around 8bottles – 6 litres). Quickly settled in to cruising up the hills and once on the flat past the golf course, settle into my power. For some reason I got in my head that the power calibration was off and that I had to ride slightly higher and proceeded to do so. Nutrition was going in well, but confusion with the water as the bottles were only partially filled and I couldn’t empty them into my water container quickly enough. Switched to just filling what I could, drinking and then dumping the bottles. The return leg was fast, and I turned in town around 5 mins ahead of schedule and decided I would need to backoff a little on the return lap. The only annoying part of the ride was the garmin Fenix again froze on me at the 1:41 mark (the screen just freezes, the alerts all still happen, but I cannot change the screen. This worked ok in Geelong 70.3, froze at Challenge Melb, so I was not happy. Somehow managed to reboot it on the 2nd lap and was operational for the run, but had missed a chunk of distance on the ride. I do spend quite a bit of time looking out for all the people I know and giving them a cheer, there was also a few extras for people I didn’t know where I mistook them for someone else. Picked up fresh carb drinks at special needs and repeated the process. Basically spent the entire time solo, caught a group of 3 at the far end of the second lap that were basically rotating, but the legal side of it was questionable. Got all the nutrition in, and then readied the legs for the run. Came in to transition on 5:04 at the top of my age group. I know my run is not fast enough to hold that but top 5 was likely and likely to go sub 10 (pb is 10:28.) Run – Just eased my way into the run and the plan was to have a cliff chew every 10 mins and alternate between water / sports at each aid station. Shortly into the run around the 4km mark I had a pain in my lower left side of the stomach exactly like my sweat test, knowing I can’t do much about it, I just plugged away and around the 10km mark it moved from there to just under my rib cage. At this stage, the nutrition was still going in and I managed to control the bloating with burping, but by the 14km mark I was struggling to deal with it. Pulled over just before Waters Edge hotel and tried a control burp that ending in me throwing up 5 times. (well that felt better). Proceeded to run the next couple of km, but was unable to then take in any water, and again had to walk my way home. The further I went the less fluid I could take on board and ended up missing the last two aid stations, and walked my way home. Every other race I have run down the finish chute and decided given I had been walking for over 3 hours I would walk the finish chute and just enjoy the atmosphere and have a chat with Pete M on the finish line. Crossed the line in 11:28, unfortunately not the top 5 placing I was seeking, but like everything this just makes the next race even more rewarding. Post race recovery, spent some time chatting in the recovery tent with friends and for the 1st time was able to slowly get food in (not much in the 1st 30 mins, but able to sip and eat, then around 2 hours later felt ok enough to get in 3 kebabs, this is amazing compared to 8hours that it normally takes. That ends IM Aus #9. Lots of learnings from the day and have provided this information back to the nutritionalist so that we can take the next steps in resolving the problem pre Kona. Next race - Kona Joining iFoz, Ironnerd, Nuked, Clintred, AP and any others I don't know about. Whilst others will be racing Kona, mine will be just to enjoy the opportunity and experience what the day brings. Now to keep working on the nutrition side of the event in order to make the day so much more enjoyable. Stephen
  32. 6 points
    A fun day, 4th out of 17 mixed teams (with 2 parentals in the team). Daughter held sub 5-min kms for 10kms which she was very happy about. My 1500m swim was 6 mins quicker than Noosa, but I think it was only about 1300m, plus a wetsuit, plus very calm water. Byron appears to be the Aussie capital of cyclists with no helmets....which is mad considering the traffic through the main drag.
  33. 6 points
    And here's another one https://au.gofundme.com/BogFrogWantsAHolidayInEurope-PleasePayForIt
  34. 6 points
    Mr Pauli checking his Polar Australian Ironman 1994... Yes at Forster.. Yes thats the infamous Tudour house in the background I took the photo
  35. 6 points
    Mrs IP won her age group by over 4 hours
  36. 6 points
    I must be of the old brigade, the number here that haven't heard of Pauli Kiuru. I can remember my race goal at Forster was to be off the bike and heading to Tuncurry before Pauli completed the Tuncurry section for the second time (crossed paths on the bridge one year). As time went by goal posts moved to being off the bike before the front runners finished and then to be finished before dark and now to just enter again and finish. I bought a Zipp 950 disc off Pauli and had him autograph it, was when he changed sponsors from Zipp to Corima I think.
  37. 6 points
  38. 6 points
    At least he’s out there running
  39. 6 points
  40. 6 points
    29km easy run. All trail, managed to stay upright
  41. 6 points
    Last session of any size today doing a race check. Thanks to Foz for showing me that there are good cycling roads in Sydney! 4 hours on the bike (plus a blown tyre which only took me 8 minutes to change, a vast improvement on before) and then a 40 minute run at race pace. Feeling good, serious taper time now.
  42. 6 points
    Start with stroke correction. Either one-on-one or a small class. Then go back to squad. The coach at squad is monitoring too many swimmers to give you the attention your swimming currently requires. Cycle in a group at least once a week with faster riders, or with training partner(s) of slightly better ability. Do a large variety of races over winter, including choosing an event or two that's a new challenge for you. Have some time/performance goals in races other than Busso. Basically, do all things that I'm neglecting to do.
  43. 6 points
    Stikman and I trained for a post-IM binge-fest.
  44. 5 points
    Morning all. 3.15am alarm. Cool and wind. FM
  45. 5 points
    Yep. After talking with a few people last night it we decided to pay the deposit. As my wife said Kona would cost $20k be full of Ironman wankers, only one day, and be all about one person. This is $12k for 10 days, 2 people & something we can do as a father / daughter experience.
  46. 5 points
  47. 5 points
    Paul Every does it again 15:10:35 Super awesome
  48. 5 points
    1 hour Pb with an 11.50 - pumped considering that wind on the bike on the second lap. Came in with a head cold, and blew up 25k into the run, pretty sure it’s now a chest infection.
  49. 5 points
    Any new-ish Trannies who didn't get a Trannies BumBib in 2015 and are willing to out themselves as Trannies on race day, I still have some blank bumbibs left. You could have your name on it or you can just leave it as the tranny logo. If you need to know what it looks like... I'll bring them along to the swim practice.
  50. 5 points
    So the solution to Paying woman less than men is simply not to be sneaky about it? If the job add says up front 185,000 for woman and 218,000 for men then it’s all cool. Woman who don’t like it should just not apply??? Should be equal and participant should not have to check for equality before racing
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