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  1. 33 points
    Hey Trannies. Just saw this post. Let's get down to the nitty gritty... Cam is not my coach anymore. I left him 4 weeks prior to Kona. No need to go into much detail about this, but I walked away from him as I saw his interest in coaching (and in the sport in general) decline over the few months prior. It was affecting my motivation and I needed a quick break before Kona so I could actually get myself to the startline with a level of stability and self-belief. Next up. I have been dealing with on-off itb bursa inflammation since Ironman Frankfurt in early July. I think this came about due to a general deterioration of some basic motor patterns, probably due to a number of long term actors, but mostly apathy towards adequate recovery after that race. I had to pull out of 2 70.'3s during this period before Kona (Cebu & Sunny Coast). I would take a couple weeks off running, then run a couple of weeks without issue, then it would flare up again. This ITB injury is never something you can train through as the pain is debilitating (and reflects why I pulled out in Kona, but more on that in a sec). Though I was going to race KOna no matter what, so I had no option but to really push the limits with the rehab in order to try and get some sort of run loading through my legs. I returned to running three weeks out from the race, but at a very limited capacity. In the couple of weeks after I left Cam, I was able to direct my swim & bike to sessions that I thought suited me better for the tight lead in period post-injury, rather than the same tired loop of sessions that I knew weren't working for me anymore. I found some good biking legs, and my swim was where it needed to be. I went into Kona with a semblance of confidence, and didn't actually give the injury or lack of run preparation too much thought until I actually got off the bike and onto Alii Drive. The race. I didn't apply much gas on the swim so as to have a group around me out of the water. The plan amongst a few of us was to drive the pace at the front & to take the race away from the cyclists. I pulled a bunch of guys around, but got no returns once we got onto the bike. Everyone soft pedalled and no one wanted to take the reigns. I felt as if I'd done my bit, and didn't want to get suckered into pulling guys around. The pace was pedestrian and very frustrating, so I jumped at the chance to join Starky when he went by, and not long after that we were joined by Wurf. I've ridden with both of these guys in races before & it was like a dream scenario until I started rejecting my nutrition and cramping at the 90 minute mark. There was points were I was riding through these crazy cramps for minutes on end. I'd have to back off my fluids for long periods of time until my guts settled, then I could resume loading again, but it would happen soon thereafter. Long story short, I made some dumb changes to my nutrition plan that I thought were a step in the right direction. I responded fine to the changes in training, but not in the race. 3 hours into the ride, I was still at the front with Wurf & Starky, but within the space of the 5 minute climb up from Kawaihae I bonked and was very swiftly popped off the back as Wurf began his assault back into town. I bled massive time during this point, but found a 2nd wind for the last 20-30km and still had some confidence that this was just part of ironman racing and it was no big deal. I just got into T2 solo before the bunch, and mentally was still positioning myself in the race for the top 5 or 10. Then I started running, and realised that my lack of run training has completely assaulted my naive belief that perhaps I could really pull something out of my ass on race day. I'm the kind of athlete that needs a lot of volume for my run, and there's never been a way around that for me. I'd never felt so bogged down and sluggish off the bike, and literally capitulated within the first 5 minutes knowing there was absolutely no way I could pull myself back. But of course, I was going to finish the race. I got up onto the Queen K and ran about 1 miles until I needed to stop for the loo. I was pretty far back at this point, so kind of took my time. As I stood up front the john, the pain upon extending my left leg jolted me and almost felled me to the ground. In those claustrophobic moments in the loo, my itb band has seized up and the pain it now presented was so intense that I couldn't even walk. The medics came over and I tried a number of times to relax and then continue, but there was just no option. It's crazy because up until that point, the injury I'd been managing for the previous months was a non-issue on race day, and I'd actually even forgotten all about it until it blew out. I'm now obviously on some forced rest, and am enjoying an early end to the season. I normally race into November or December, so I'm sure this is going to help me ease back into the training at a rate more conducive to an injury free 2019, rather than having to rush things because I've planned some early races. Generally, I've always been overly eager to get back racing early into the season to hunt for results and a pay check. Anyone self-employed knows you've got to have a strong ambition, but in a sport that presents an inevitably fine balance between being trained and overtrained, all the while trying to be career-focussed, it's easy to burn the candle at both ends. I'm well aware of the bubble we're in as triathletes though, and this is more or less a real world problem that everyone has in day to day life. As for coaching, I'm not sure where I'll go to from here, apart from the immediate decisions to continue steering my own ship until something better comes along. I'll wait until I have some sort of clarity after the recent events to make a decision.
  2. 15 points
    I aged up this year to the 70-74 cat - when I did my first IM at 38 I didn't even dream I'd still be doing them when I was 70 and had 12 grand kids. Still I'm very happy to be still able to do them. This was Ironman #46 and my nineteenth Hawaii Ironman , there are some who think I live too narrow a life, but hey, keep in mind it's my life. I have a very full life, I still do some landscaping jobs, I build brick pizza ovens, vertical gardens and renovate houses. I paint pictures, create mosaics, and enjoy cooking, eating good food and drinking red wine. In fact I believe I use my 24hrs better than many. Because it was my first year in the new age group, I was a little more conscientious with my training this year. If I let myself down at all it was doing a little too much manual work (I find it difficult to knock off if I can squeeze another couple of hours out of the day) this possible meant that I could have recovered better between workouts. But when you're doing something you love doing it's hard to knock off. I managed to have an illness and injury free preparation, I under train rather than over train. I only ever run twice a week. I start each day at 4.10-4.15, and am looking for bed at around 8.30, if that's a narrow life, I guess I'm guilty. My wife fits a lot into her life as well and my hours are very similar to hers. I arrived in Kona 10 days before race day, this allows us to acclimatise and do a couple of workouts out at the far end of the course on the weekend before. I felt strong in each of these workouts and then took it easy for the rest of the week with easy jogs down to the daily swim, of only 500-700m. Race day started well, 2nd fastest swim 1.17 - could have been better if I trained more, but the guy who was fastest messed around in T1 and I was first onto the bike. I rode comfortably all the way, best conditions I've ever seen in Kona, lost about 6 places on the bike, but a few don't realise that it's a race from the swim start to the run finish, and no-one's going to care what your bike split was if you're walking. Mine was 6.21 I started the run feeling hot and smashed, but know that everyone feels like that, experience tells me that I will come good. It usually takes me two aid stations before my legs feel OK. This worked again this year. I ran the whole way except for a few steps here and there in aid stations. It wasn't easy, it was a mental battle the whole way, but I expect that. I think a lot of people suffer unnecessarily because they have unrealistic expectations. Forty two km off the bike in Hawaii's heat is going to hurt like shit, feed yourself well, stay hydrated, and accept the discomfort and before you know it it's over. Run time 4.45 Total time 12.31 - 3rd in 70-74 - (there were 37 silly old bastards in this category) the view from the stage is worth fighting for. Got a wooden bowl, made in the Philippines (a piece of shit really) but I wasn't racing for the bowl, I was celebrating another year of living the dream. I'll be back next year for number 20.
  3. 13 points
    Little George Leo was born this morning by C-Section. Weighed 3.49Kg and HR of 155, but sleeping like a baby (what would you expect, Rimmer?) and drinking like there's no tomorrow. Mum a trooper, Dad in love with his Mini-me. Will post photos when I have slept.
  4. 12 points
    We see a lot of this, Trannies supporting each other. Just a callout for Willie today. I am doing the Sydney to Gong ride on Sunday and had a problem with the old roadie that happened last weekend. I was speaking with Willie last night about something and he offered to call out to my place early this morning on his way to a meeting. He spent time and got the old stead working well for my Sunday ride. Thanks mate - you are a legend. FM
  5. 12 points
    Well that was a better day out although still painful and disappointing in a very first world sense! Clicked along nicely at 4:10s and was in 1st place up to 36km... hit the wall and pace dropped to 4:25 / 4:30.. kept 1st place up until 40.5km then grabbed a coke in the aid station and looked back and saw Estoban (amazing pocket rocket athlete) come cruising past and I had nothing left to keep up. 2nd place by about 400m 😞 But time was 2:58:30 which is only 1min slower than PB I now hurt. Pub.
  6. 8 points
    You should have picked up a whiper snipper at the same time
  7. 7 points
    7 km run, including a Parkrun, on Saturday then 82 km ride with 10,000 MS supporters on Sunday. I waited short of the finish line then crossed with my cousin Gab on her three wheel trike. Great to be alive. FM
  8. 7 points
    Went for a recovery ride/spin with the better half... We somehow ended up doing another 5hrs / 56km / 1000m climbing dirt πŸ˜‚πŸ™ˆπŸ˜Ž
  9. 7 points
    Yeah @willie has been a rock for me during this Busso thing. He's a great human with an old head on young shoulders. Generosity is amazing. Also @Turts has been an angel. Bloody fantastic woman 😊😎✌️ @roxii for the bike bits so I could get back on my steed And I will take this opportunity to thank the rest of the Trannies involved in the Busso thing. It's been a great learning experience. And it's been harder than I ever thought it would be. And I didn't even do ALL of the program. Thanks to everyone who has helped me or sent me a message. Really appreciate it. Beyond what I can express without having to do an interpretative dance.....LOL πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜ŽβœŒοΈ This is a great site. Filled with good people. Arguing over silly stuff at times. But that's what family is like. Cheers
  10. 7 points
    I have a mate from work who has been off for the past three weeks - the dreaded Black Dog. I have got him and two others with me on a course tomorrow. It should be good - it's called Ryde/Parramatta Golf Course. The ears from the three of us are open - we are just going to be there. FM
  11. 7 points
    Wacko, got it! Accepted with a photo from Noosa
  12. 6 points
    Yeah I'll be there. Just got a message from Willie ✌️
  13. 6 points
    Kona was my longest IM with a 6 hr marathon- walked the entire 42.2 k with a femoral stress fracture. Had an absolute blast and wouldn’t change a thing. Met up with Plugga and walked the final km together over the finish line. Spent a lot of time interacting with the crowd and thanking volunteers - memories that will last a life time. i will add that walking a marathon hurt a lot more than running- and I admire all those competitors that are out on the course up until cut off. Had always wanted to go back and run the Queen K but my racing days are long gone.
  14. 6 points
    He doesn’t look like he trusts .... taught him all I know!!!
  15. 6 points
    Because the border authorities can intercept it at the letterbox....at least buying in store I have 30 days or so for credit card statement to arrive to prepare my story.
  16. 5 points
    What did I tell you about tomato sauce Sammy?
  17. 5 points
    It was a pretty nice day out there today... I had a decent swim for me (despite my wetsuit phobia) for a 15:29, found it hard to get going on the bike for some reason today but ended up with a nice run sneaking under 40 mins for 7th in my age group - which I was pleased with... First triathlon of 2018 for me, and happy to just get something done and under the belt after 3 months out earlier this year post-bike-crash πŸ™‚ Nowhere near as hot as it can be out there, and they managed to make it a wetsuit-legal swim too - so I'd imagine some decent times, bit of wind on the bike (or at least that's what it felt like!)... Think Aaron Royle took out the mens and the overall purse too... Will be back next year, as I love this race - always retains that 'family' / 'fun' feel whilst being expertly run and attracting good fields - quality and quantity!
  18. 5 points
    1 week till Noosa. My arm is healing really really well. Running was back to "normal" within a week. I only missed 4 weeks of swimming, my first "real" session back (gradual build up) was 3 weeks and 3 says after the chop. (That doesn't seem to make sense, but I missed more swimming before the chop because I couldn't swim after the biopsy was done either.) Anyway, all is well and here's what it looked like a few days ago...
  19. 5 points
  20. 5 points
    But we're getting better at putting it on as we get older... πŸ˜‹
  21. 5 points
    Thousands of blue blubber jellyfish at Bribie tri yesterday. Copped a few down my arms but the worst were two all the way down my face. Very uncomfortable and the stinging only started easing at the end of the bike. Gave me Ryf powers though, took the win.
  22. 5 points
    Ditto, happy days in the legends (non-competitive wave - at least I can use that as a bargaining chip with the cardiologist) and did I mention the free entry (30 y club) AND free VIP trackside invite for the weekend (inc refreshments) (don't know why - but thanks IM) this is such an expensive weekend for me, spending a whole $100 on accom and pizza
  23. 5 points
    1:45 of being smacked in the face in the swim, longest IM swim I’ve done. 7:45 bike - included a 15m meltdown at the end of lap three when I had decided to quit then eventually changed my mind. I saw a camel on the last lap so that was nice, and just managed to beat the thunderstorm. Slowest IM bike by over an hour, although my power figures were ok. I hear I wasn’t alone - what was that all about? Best bike course, my (sore) arse. Run was ok though, hit my sub 5 target, making the total time slip into third place for iron distance style events. Great support on on the course from the volunteers and staff. Fun event, but I worry for the future of it with numbers being so low. Eight weeks training = not enough. Paul
  24. 5 points
    Great run Monkie. Mrs Shuffla managed 3:56 to maintain her lead in the LCW. Now having a lie down wrapped in a space blanket.
  25. 5 points
    Yes. Perhaps if you spent less time doing triathlon stuff and more time reading about triathlon stuff, you would have
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