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  1. 21 points
    when I can process what you lot have done, and can come up with something more than just thankyou without all the swearing that's been going on I'll say more. IP, you're just I don't know.........
  2. 18 points
    The last two days have giving me great satisfaction. For the first time in a very long time I have felt wanted and respected. The first one was on tuesday i turned up to work (arvo/night shift). I started here in December. Went to my clipboard to check my client list for the shift. My payslip was there as usual but so was a card. A birthday card. I hadnt even told them. There was a gift card in there too but the best thing was the messages from all those work there. The messages were very touching to me and a one of acceptance and genuine want. Number 2 was yesterday (my actual bday). A guy with MS, a mum of a swimmer i have helped and a client who did rehab with post Cervical spine fusion took me out to lunch. Their words during lunch were very touching and a bit emotional. Both these experiences made me feel uncomfortable as it was unexpected but also very rare for me. So the take away i have got from these two days is 1. I have worth in my role and am respected. 2. I have some real friends 3. I have stuck to my guns and finally seeing some positives. 4. Dont change you because you are not the right fit for others. Find the right fit for you.
  3. 18 points
    She is out of ICU and in a ward. Neurologists are amazed at the recovery. No memory of last week and can't process new memories as yet. Big relief tears right now. Very happy. I have been in touch with her brother about a possible visit on the weekend. Baby steps, but it's a start. Thanks all for the messages and support. You are bloody legendary. Cheers Sam
  4. 17 points
    I only just found this site again! I wanted to let those on here, particularly the people with a Cystic Fibrosis connection, that I nominated for the wrong race at Kingscliff! So I nominated for March 2018 rather than the December one late last year. I got the job done and am targeting a 70.3 in September should I continue to get stronger. In a shameless brag I was so stoked to have the Australian Triathlete Magazine feature me as their #Inspo story for the July edition coming out shortly! Thanks again for your encouragement n I hope one day you may pick me out if we Cross paths in a Tri - I'll be noticeable as I'll be wearing the official Donate Life -Transplant Australia Tri suit! Cheers Rod
  5. 17 points
    https://www.facebook.com/RunWith.com.au/ www.runwith.com.au After two years of thought and banging on about my new shop. It's finally here (well stage 1 is). RunWith will open (stage 1) on the 13th January, 2018. This will be the Retail/Online and run group side of things. The prehab/rehab/recovery centre (Stage 2) will open about 4-6 weeks after this, with a runners gym and Normatec recovery systems. Then Alter G/Hot and Cold pools not far behind (Stage 3, expected June '18). In total, it's about 420sqm of fun. Stock might be a touch thin on the retail side of things, but will be a lot better as the months go on (I expect to be at full strength somewhere around the end of March, subject to suppliers being able to get stuff to me). I've got plenty of the bigger brands, a couple of smaller ones and at least two that at the moment are unique to RunWith. I have all the staples to get started and look forward to adding things as they come into store. If you happen to pop past the store for a tour and a yarn, I'll have some of Skulduggery's finest (Hey Burgs and Dan Wilson's brew) to share and tunes going from a few local record labels. If you know of a good quality local brand that can add to the RunWith community please let me know (the more the merrier). As a thanks to everyone here for providing advice/support and to Roxii for letting me advertise here, the code below will give you 20% off everything in store and online till the end of January (20% will be added to the value of gift cards)*. Further to this, I'm giving 2% of all sales made through this discount code back to Transitions - I know Roxii puts a bit of coin into the site and it's a little way to give back to the place that's given us all a lot at times (adding Transitions as your 'group' in your account will also give you 9% off everything store wide at all times** and will continue to give 2% to Transitions, yes - I can make this available to other clubs, email willie@runwith.com.au) CODE: IAMATRANNIE - This code will be good till the end of January and will not be repeated. Generally speaking, this will be the first and last time I offer a dramatic discount. BONUS: Spend over $200 in one transaction in January 2018 and I'll send you a RunWith shirt to wear, you'll be able to select your size in checkout if you qualify. Sweet huh? Website will go live Monday 8th January, with as many products as I can manage to put up there between now and Launch. If there is something missing, that I may stock or should stock please comment below or send an email to info@runwith.com.au and I'll try and work it out for you. If you need any advice, help, suggest products, suggest clubs or sponsorships, offer support or simply want to yell abuse ( ) down the phone my number is 0404 133 183 or willie@runwith.com.au * Please note 20% off not valid on Electronics. Gift Cards bought with this discount are not able to be used to purchase electronics. ** Subject to change without notice.
  6. 17 points
    Wow! You guys are awesome! Thank you! It isn't often Dean is speechless, although I am not sure if you can count swearing for 10mins speechless. I thought you might all appreciate this. Goughy's reaction Goughy's reaction part 2
  7. 17 points
    I have thought long and hard before wading into this debate as I am one of he people that are in the "boat" being discussed. Firstly, thanks for the positivity Mick and Oompa. I must admit I was quite stung by some of the comments above. I was in the President's Team last year and I can assure you I am not an elite triathlete...nor do I present myself as one. I was however very proud of my achievement. Like Tortoise, I downplayed my achievement, assuring friends and family that anybody could actually make the team if they really wanted it. Then I looked around my local community and realise that apart from my triathlon friends, it's not actually true. Most people think you are crazy for attempting three sports at once, let alone being able to represent your country in your age group. Why be a "dream taker"? Why not be happy for other people's achievements. What seems trivial to you might be huge to another person. I had a friend last year who did her first half marathon which she did just after I did IM (and BTW I didn't finish in under 13 hours!!). She was insisting that it was nothing compared to what I had done, but I disagreed! She was so, so proud of her achievement and I was so excited for her!! So we talked at length about her race day and her lead up and I shared in her joy and excitement. I don't know if it is an age thing, or a personality thing, but I am all for celebrating the achievements and the joys of other people. It makes me happy to see them happy. On the flip side, I feel quite stung by the criticism by some people (like some of the above remarks or the remarks about IM times) about what I feel are my own successes. You don't know another person's story, so should be very careful in being critical. Everybody has a story and just because they don't meet your criteria for being allowed to be celebrate their inclusion in the team (without writing a list of caveats) you should be careful with your criticism. Anyway, if I am lucky enough to make the team again this year (I have family who live near Chicago) I will again be very proud of my achievement. I will have had to overcome some huge hurdles this year so will be thrilled.....and contrary to what some people seem to think, it won't have been easy for me. Words are very powerful. Choose yours carefully....they can lift others up, or pull them down. Your choice really.
  8. 16 points
    I'll add mine here. I wanna start by saying I'm dissapointed but I've also learnt a few things, I think as long as you learn then no race is ever a waste. I hit raceday in probably the best run form I ever have been in for ironman and with the most consistent bike build. My swim was lacking but as swimming is to feel it just is what it is. On the flip side it's the worst ive been with diet since cairns 2014 so I was a little curious to see what would happen. It was weird having a race at home. Not traveling sort of left me less prepared to the point I forgot to take one of my key nutrition supplements race morning. Though knowing I'd have some extra support on course and also managed to score a local toilet before race start was a big help. Swim was as expected clean and calm water but I seemed to miss all the good packs. It wasnt until til I had turned to come back to the boat ramp that I actually got some good feet to sit on. None the less I came out of the water with who I considered the guy to beat in my age group and we started the bike together. As expected I was dropped by the stronger guys pretty quickly but I know who they are and if I stick to my plan and ride sensibly then I shouldn't give up more than 10 min which I know i can claw back on the run. First 60k was uneventful, got into a nice group, 3 of us working hard and picking up time on the better swimmers in front. 5 guys sitting in doing sfa, but not much you can do about that. At 60k my power meter started reading 2000w. I thought the issues with it were resolved so this was a weird one I hadn't seen before. Anyways I thought when I come to a downhill next ill spin backwards 6 times and do a quick reset and see what happens. So what happens is your chain drops off and you lose the group you're riding g with..... Anyways I also managed to loop the chain twice, I've never seen this before so that added 2 min to my unplanned stop. I could not for the life of me figure out how to fix it. Anyways I finally did, and was on my way. Worst part was it was on Mathew flinders drive so I busted myself trying to make up time on the group I just lost. By the time i calmed a bit I was on my way back out of town and pro burnt a match or two. Anyways lap two was pretty lonely. Passed a few and one bloke latched on. He stuck to me for the whole lap and it wasn't till we came back through bonny hills he went to the front. I must say I was quite dismayed to see the group I had been riding with were now tangled up with my mate Clintred off here. It's kind of frustrating seeing where you might have been... Anyways back in town and off the bike, I've been thinking 2:5x might be possible for a month or so now and I had made the decision pre rave that I was going to have a crack. There was nothing on the line for me in this race. I'm not going to kona so I might as well experiment a little. Anyways after coming off the bike about 10min behind where I wanted (expected) I hit the run hard. Had a few ks around the 4.07-4.10 mark then settled in to some solid 4.15-4.20 stuff. I felt great and was taking time off a lot of guys I could see my mate Clint about 10m in front of me at the 27k mark and everything just went fuzzy. Never really happened before. Nutrition had been pretty good, had all my gels and lots of water but one minute I was running sub 4.20 pace the next a local mate caught me when I almost fell onto someones front yard at settlement point. Anyways safe to say this is where my day ended. I walked the next 3 or so ks a friend helped me clear the air from my lungs by making me squeeze my chest either side and blow out hard. Got me running again so maybe that's what I needed. Cruised home just under 5min pace and really enjoyed the finish shute. 9.40.45 with the biggest blow up ive had in an ironman. I think my day ended the moment my chain dropped off but these are the little things ill know to ignore next time. Running the first 5-8k sub 4.10 pace might have been a little stupid too but I had targets I was chasing. Again it's a learning experience and hopefully one day will help me execute better more often. I thoroughly enjoyed the day, having a big group of close friends I train with every week and seeing them have great days made it an awesome experience. Seeing my closest training partner score a kona spot after 15 attempts was gold. All round ironman australia was awesome, but I think all ironman races are awesome.
  9. 15 points
    OK everyone, race report time. The last 10 or so months of training for this event, my first Ironman, had gone really well. Big progress on all fronts, which included my first marathon, a half marathon PB, and an Ironman 70.3 PB as stepping stone events along the way. I felt mentally ready, which I had heard was such an important part, I was technically very prepared with equipment and nutrition all being tested multiple times leading into the event, as I never want to try something new on race day. The only slight negative is that I had been carrying a small issue in my left hip which I had been trying to sort out for 2 weeks leading in, within about 2km of any run starting during that period, my glute tightened up and pulled my hip joint slightly out of whack, and caused the joint to become quite painful. I knew that it was something I could fight through, and wouldn't force me to stop, but it would slow me down. I had done chiro, massage, salt baths, rollers, and even trialled Normatech boots and pants in the lead up to race day, and it was feeling much better. Friday was check in day, and organising all my different transition kits, ready for racking. Saturday was racking and transition tour in the morning, a last session on the Normatechs, and home to watch the Raiders game! Race day was a nice early start, into transition to get the nutrition sorted on the bike at around 5am, then I sat on the side of the river with my wife and soaked up the occasion, watching all the70.3 racers start their day, and reflected on the last year and how much effort it had taken to get to this point. Literally 12 months earlier I was undertaking my first 70.3, thinking that would be the limit to what I was able to accomplish in Tri's. Today I was aiming to break 13 hours on an Ironman. Swim - target 1hour 20 mins. For some reason the organisers re-routed the first few hundred meters of the swim leg to a narrower channel between some moored boats after the 70.3 start. This made the start fairly hectic, with a lot of slower swimmers struggling to keep in a straight line for the first stint to the old boat ramp. I got my first really good kick in the head here, straight on a goggle lense, and it felt like the vacuum created was going to pull my bloody eyeball out! A quick readjustment and it was all good. Once we rounded the first buoys and the field spread out a bit, I was able to get in a good rhythm and start passing some swimmers. I had put in a lot of effort in the pool this last year with an aim of building an efficient swim stroke, if not very fast. A benchmark swim leading into the race showed that in 12 months I had taken my 2km average of 2.08min/100m down to 1.53, so this was great progress. For the first time I was able to bridge between swim groups, and take a small rest on peoples feet once I had caught them. Usually I am a solo swimmer, or getting dropped of the pack until I get caught by the next age group coming through, so this was a really good feeling. I finished the swim in 1.18, and came out of the water thinking that I had just had my best race swim ever, and had hardly used any energy at all. It was a great feeling knowing that one stage was over, and I was in good shape heading onto the bike. Bike - target 6hours 30 mins. I had my family waiting for me at Flynns beach, only a few minutes into the ride, and I would pass them 4 times on the course in total. it was such a boost to see them all cheering on with hand made signs, and shirts my wife had custom made for them that read 'who needs superheros - my dads a real Ironman!' Without a power meter on my bike, I was riding to perceived effort, and I felt like I was really holding back and averaged 30 odd km/h for the first 45kms to the turnaround point near Dunbogan. I was really cautious of getting ahead of myself and was trying to pace well. The course I mentally split into 3 parts - the hills and rollers near Port, the TT stretches in the middle, and the bumpy stuff down south. I finished off the first 90km loop feeling very good, and headed back out of town. It was in the middle TT section on lap 2 that the fatigue started kicking in. A slight wind had picked up, and a combo of that and tired legs meant I couldn't hold the pace I had on lap one. I had to mentally accept that at this point in time, I just had to do what I could do at that moment, and stop thinking about pace. I had a pretty rough hour thought he bumpy section of the course, and this was mentally the hardest period for me. I just focussed on doing the best I could, but I had this annoying voice in the back of my head saying 'your not even half way yet...' Coming back through lake Cathy, there was a group of spectators at the top of a climb, and a stranger yelled at me on the way past 'Just bring it home Nick!', and it literally felt like I had a gust of wind push me in the back. For some reason that comment completely changed my frame of mind, and I kept chanting it to myself on the way back to town. I had 3 of my workmates, including my boss drive up for the day to cheer me on, and I saw them on the way back, as well as my family, and that kept the good flow happening all the way into town. I finished off with a 6.22. Again, under target. Run - target 4hours 20mins - 4hours 45mins I took a few minutes in transition to get set up properly, and let my legs get used to not peddling, and then headed out on course. I had a target pace of 6min/k, and was able to roll out and hit this target easily for the majority of the first lap. At around the 8km mark, my hip joint went. I tried to 'fight' it for a km or so, until mentally it was starting to get my head out of a good place. I pulled into a porta loo for a quiet moment, and just had to reassess todays objective. I focused on forgetting time and pace, I changed my watch so all I could see was distance, and re focussed on two things - keep moving, and doing whatever was possible in the moment. I knew that sometimes the pain would mean I would need to walk a few meters, and rather than beating myself up, I accepted this. I knew my pace would be slower than target, but as long as I used the most I could at any given time, and rode the rollercoaster of energy levels, I was happy. That little moment to refocus totally changed my frame of mind, and set me up for the 'easiest' long run I had ever done. I found a new short stride gait, with a bit of a left leg hitch that took most of the load off the joint. I was able to keep a pace of high 7min ks up for the bulk of the run. I kept breaking the course up into manageable sections - I just had to do 10k until I finished this lap - just 2 km to the next aid station.. this made it much easier to digest. I had heard a lot in podcasts and such professionals talk about what 'the zone' was for them, and I remember hearing one of my favourite Ironmen, Lionel Sanders talk of his 'zone' being a place where the world went quiet, and the body was so focussed on the moment that it was essentially incapable of thought. I went into this stage at around the 20km mark, and all my head noise just seemed to disappear. I was amazed at what I was able to achieve in this period, I had set out to keep a certain pace until I hit the wall, but the wall never really came. I was on autopilot. With about 3km to go I got a bit wobbly in the head, and I nearly had a fall, so I walked a few hundred meters and had a double helping of coke for the sugar hit at the second last aid station, and kept on plugging. Its hard to describe the feeling of hitting the finishing chute and having my workmates and family cheering me home and throwing high fives. Its still something Im getting to grips with. 3 years ago I got the hard word from my doctor that unless I changed my health habits, I was going to have some major issues. That was a major turning point for me, and I realised I would not be any positive sort of father figure for my family in my current state. I decided that day to improve my health. Ironman was not even a figment of my imagination at that time. I remember driving home from the gyn not long afterwards with a tear in my eye to tell my wife I ran a whole kilometre on the treadmill - without even walking once!! Ive since dropped over 30kg and totally changed my health and habits. This result is something that never ever seemed possible even a year ago. And to finish knowing I gave it everything I had, and that was the absolute fastest time I could deliver with the cards I was dealt on the day was a great feeling. I finished the Marathon with a 5.04, but finished the event in 12.52, which was under my 13 hour target time. I seriously couldnt be happier with the result. I dont really know whats next. I came in thinking that this would be my only Ironman. Now Im not so sure. Its a really big commitment with a young family, so It may be shorter distances for a few years until the kids get a bit older and dont want me hanging around anymore:) But I'm going on a 2km run tonight with my 3 year old, as he has been begging me to go racing with him since Sunday, so maybe this whole role model thing is working! A massive thanks to everyone for their support, its really helped in the lead up. And as the Ironman motto goes - 'Anything is possible'.
  10. 15 points
    Straight to the pool room...
  11. 15 points
    Race report- Arrived at our accom on saturday before the race. Conditions were perfect, clear blue sky and mild temps perfect for racing. We checked out the finish line and finish straight which was cool and almost emotional as I said in another post, seeing the place where the bombs went off was confronting. Sunday the weather started turning, we had a max of 2 with feel temp reaching well below 0, light frozen rain all day. We did though meet up with a few aussies on the start line one of which is part of the indigenous marathon project and currently doing a doco on indigenous runners. He had a good chat with Bill Rogers which was really interesting to hear. Race morning we woke to solid rain which you could hear all night. I woke up at midnight and couldn't sleep. I spent 2 hours discussing race attire with Willie, being abused by Prizna to get back to sleep and some last minute well wishes from my physio. I also posted on insta. Cause thats what u do at 1.30am before a race... anyways i found an old nike storm jacket i packed which i had never used, I also scrapped the idea of using a singlet and went with a light thermal and my jacket which had removable arms. I left the hotel room at 540am to get to the buses at 6am. On top of the race attire i also had a $10 jumper i bought the day before and a poncho. I walked half way to the buses through a shopping mall then exited jist before the finish line. I put the poncho on straight away as it was pouring and windy. Gloves were instantly soaked through same as my shoes. It was freezing. I got on the bus and got talking to and american doing his 6th boston and a Danish guy doing his 1st. About 30min into the trip I noticed white stuff beside the road, which of course was snow. As we pulled up the snow got thicker on the side of the road and i noticed alot of the house roofs were covered in it... it was still pouring rain. It was 7.33 am, race start 10am. Once in the athlete village you have 2 large white marquees to choose from. I went into the second which was smaller. When i walked in there was one small black piece of plastic that bridged the mud into the tent it was only about 30cm wide and filling with water pretty quick. I walked to the back of the tent and then realised I was quickly going to be trapped in here surrounded by mud so I left. I looked across the park and there was 3 cliff tents (they were the nutrition on course) I walked in and half a dozen athletes were sitting in chairs with blankets and heaters. I figured they were sponsored and asked if I could please have one of the hats they had on the table and grabbed a cliff bar and went to walk out when they offered me a chair, blanket and right next to a heater. Winning! I spent the next 2 hours in there talking crap with 30 odd Americans and one other Australian from adelaide. That was the most comfortable I was all day. At 915 we left our sanctuary in the clif tent and made the 1 mile walk to the start. Still in everything including poncho as it was still pouring rain and house roofs were still covered in snow! The start was very similar to gold coast where it' a straight line and they separate you into your start coral which is based on qualifying time. Due to the weather I don't know if we all the normal hoo haa went on. I had been told we were going to have a jet fly over but never saw that. I got to the start coral about 1 min before the start and removed the arms from my jacket. The gun went and off we go. It's basically all downhill and very tight for the first 10k. I had made a consious choice to just run by feel and enjoy the race as much as I could. It was still pouring it just hadn't let up. I couldn't feel my feet the first 5k and i was completely saturated right through basically from the moment I removed my poncho and jumper. There was people running in ponchos, jackets and shower caps!?! It was an interesting experience that's for sure... I spent the first 15k steadily overtaking people and went through 10k a touch over 4min k pace. That's alright, I felt good, held same pace through 15k then around 20k I stopped overtaking people and slotted in with a group. The head wind was pretty brutal. It was cold and blowing rain in your face. I was glad I got the hat from clif as It really kept the rain out of my eyes. It also helped keep my head a bit dryer and warmer with my beanie under. At some point I heard this noise, it just kept getting louder and louder, then I saw the Wellesley college sign. Yep I know where I am now. It was exactly as described. Thousands of girls screaming at the top of their lungs offering kisses to all the passing runners. I saw a few guys stop and take up the offer but I held my spot in the middle and just smiled and laughed at the craziness of it all. The guys in the tent said if you get through 16m feeling good you've set up a good race. If your quads are hurting there then you're not going to have a good day. My quads were smashed... and they were right it was the beginning of the end for me. I wasn't too stressed I just soaked up the moment and enjoyed the crowd. I struggled home the last 10k in about 51min even though it was mostly down hill. But I spent most of it high fiving fist pumping the crowd. Coming into town and turning left onto Boylston st. Wow. I was being overtaken left right and centre but couldn't care less. This was like the biggest ironman finish shute you can imagine. It's about 800m long, 4 and 5 people deep the entire street in pouring rain and it was amazing. I enjoyed every step of that straight run to the finish. I had a goal for the day of 2.45, for a number of reasons and not just the weather I don't think that was achieveable for me on the day. To finish the way I did was disappointing to fade so badly but it's a lesson learnt. 3.04.48 was the official time. I'm keen to head back to do this race again hopefully with better weather and with a much stronger result. For anyone thinking of doing this race the only thing I can compare it to is city to surf. 1 way race. Rolling hills the whole way. Crowd lining the whole route. It's and amazing experience and the whole atmosphere around the event is amazing. Ps my girlfriend thinks I look like forest Gump with the hat on...
  12. 15 points
    Was chatting this morning about my year last year and the role this thread played in it all. The conversation made me feel the need to pop in and say thank you to all of you for listening to me when I needed it most. I also wanted to make sure anyone who needed it right now knows there is someone here (although I'm sure we all are), if it's needed. And finally, if anyone at all needs a private chat about anything, drop me a line, please.
  13. 15 points
    Saw a few trannies out there on the run course and gave some shout outs but not sure who they were. Great day for racing, much better than last year! I only entered on Friday arvo after a mechanical at IM Brazil cost me 16mins and a Kona spot two weeks ago. Managed to hold it together for a 9.26 and a KQ, bloody stoked but wouldn't recommend doing two full's in two weeks again! ?
  14. 15 points
    Thanks trannys. It was a great day out, easily my best ever executed race, and biggest win. Totally thrilled. I hope everyone else had a great day. I hope we can share some drinks tonight!
  15. 15 points
    Hey guys, there are a few new members getting about at the moment. Obviously that is a great thing for the forum. Please be aware of the initial impression we create by the responses we give to their questions. A smart quip may be OK when they have been around a while and we know them, they know us and they get a feel for the vibe, but bearing in mind that humour, in-jokes and the like don't always translate too well over the interwebs be gentle with them and think before you post. A one line comment like "DO A SEARCH" or "USE THE SEARCH FUNCTION" for a question that may have been asked before is a great way to discourage a newbie from engaging further, if this is theirfirst foray into a forum they may not know there even is a search function, and even at the best of times the search function can be a bit flakey, especially if you are unaware of the correct terminology to search for. Most of the people I have met from here are awesome in person, so lets star the newbies journey off on the right foot by being as awesome on line as we generally are in person. Thanks
  16. 14 points
    Thanks Flanman! Taken the kids camping tonight, just them and me, a fire and some old man daddy music (as the kids say)
  17. 14 points
    Swim, Ride, Run - there.... it's Tri related. I hope everyone has a great Christmas and New Year. Be safe and at peace with yourself over this time. Reflect on the good and learn from your experiences. Don't be afraid to reach out and talk about "stuff" if you need to. This time of year is also about giving an ear, smile and shoulder. Problems are a lot easier when you talk about them. You cannot change the past, but you can ruin the present by worrying about the future. Cheers all FM
  18. 14 points
    I have done 26 Ironmans....I am 50...... I could today immediately stop due to fear of heart issues......and tomorrow I could be hit by a car and die..... I think I know what I'll be doing. Life is full of chances...I'll take a chance on my next Ironman
  19. 14 points
    I get what you are saying. I have not had to contribute to this thread apart from the stresses of losing then rebuilding the house and all that went along with that, but a few months ago I was just getting really, really sad.... a lot, which for those that know me, would know it is very out of character. I put it down to a bit of a combination of things, the first anniversary of my mums death, which I don't think I dealt with fully at the time due to the Tornado stuff going on, the end of a year of manic stresses with dealing with insurance companies, councils, builders, trades, refurnishing a whole house, the financial stresses that go along with that and trying to insulate the kids from those very stresses to a great extent. My son is also struggling with his ADHD and a lot of other issues at school and I feel like we are unable to adequately help him, and coupled with the fact that he has inherited it from me makes me feel more guilty. More than anything it did open my eyes up to how quickly things can change and while I'm lucky that I have a lot to be thankful for and feel like I'm over the worst of it I can see how for those whose lives aren't great in other areas can start to get into a bit of a spiral. Look after yourselves people.
  20. 14 points
    My thoughts after loosing my wife last year is if I can manage something (financially or physically) now I'll do it now! I have just gone to a nine day fortnight so I can go and do things now whilst I'm still physically able to rather than wait till retirement which there are no guarantees I'll make anyway! Looking forward to using the extra days making regular solo back country alpine downhill long weekends at Bogong and Feathertop this winter. Also since childhood I've always wanted a certain car. We had discussed ways of getting one parked in the garage over the years but was on the "one day' list. Decided now not to wait and after getting it shipped over from WA finally got the club permit licence plates on it last week. Have received some snide remarks about buying it from various people but I don't care what others think! it is something I've always wanted to own so did the sums and bought it! It is a nice diversion from what continues to be a difficult time...
  21. 14 points
    Two nights ago I spent a couple of hours running around in the dark with a torch looking for a friends daughter who had threatened to commit suicide. It ended well with the girl being found safe, but it did make me think about a lot of 'what if's'. I was covering an area of tracks and trails near my home and was using a bright bike light so I could scour the area on both sides of the track. I ran as I was due for a training run anyway (not that it mattered) and figured I'd cover more area (about 24km's) than if I was just walking. As I was running I was thinking that this girl could be anywhere. She could be alive, dead, or badly injured. I had no idea how many others were out looking for the girl, and I had no idea what emergency or support services had been contacted. I also didn't know the history and if this was the first incident with this particular girl or just part on an ongoing cry for help. The biggest thing I didn't know was what her parents and family must be going through. What I did know was that if I was in the same position as the parents then I'd like to know that there were others out there who cared. I knew that although my efforts were minimal in the scheme of things it was effort that I'm sure the parents appreciated. There was someone else out there looking and knowing what they were going through, and it meant that the area I was looking in was an area that they or others didn't need to cover. I didn't do anything that others (especially those that take the time to read this thread) wouldn't do. But the episode highlighted to me that when you are in the position that these parents found themselves in it is important to ask for help. You may not be able to do much, but anything you can do will be a help, both mentally and physically. No need to respond to this post, I just wanted to get it out there. There's lots of good people on this site, make sure you ask for help when you need it.
  22. 14 points
    It's now 8 weeks since the little one was born. She has proved the Dr's wrong & re-written medical journals around the world. Yesterday they were discharged from hospital & have finally gone home to be a family. Tomorrow we fly out to bali for a non Ironman holiday & I can't wait to get away & relax. 2015 has been a shit year & I can't wait for it to change. There is still a long road ahead of us with more operations etc but we can cope with that. A big thanks to everyone for their support & messages. I really think this thread helps
  23. 14 points
    I think the most important thing is that if you are slower than me, you are worthless and as I am faster than you, you should be worshipping me. If you are faster than me then you are a serious insect and probably have heaps of times to train, are doping, have no balance to your life and a bunch of other really valid reasons that are excuses when you use them. Also if you have done something moderately well that I have never done, then I would smash you if I did it, but I probably never will because of valid reasons that of course would be excuses if you used them. Why soar like an Eagle when all you have to do is convince everyone else they are Turkeys. Now to find the right emoticon to capture all that. I like this one because I like Pepsi.
  24. 14 points
    Firstly I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas break and if you are one of the folks for whom Christmas is not a great time I hope you get through as best you can and can get some support if you need it. Secondly thanks for all your support throughout my first year of being the custodian of Transitions. It is a great place full of wonderful people who are generous to a fault with their knowledge, time and even property. It is a great community although often more like a family with the occasion al family rift or spat. Big thanks to my moderators who had helped smooth out some if the bumps and hopefully this will allow us to grow the family next year. Thanks also to those who have helped, supported, contributed or just offered suggestions for the website, it's has been a bit of work but a fun journey so far and I hope with your help we can continue to gain more traction and keep building it next year. Merry Christmas and I love youse all.
  25. 13 points
    I hope I've had enough beer to mellow down enough to make sense now! And I never drink at home. I hope this isn't gonna just be sappy shit. I think I posted on here the other day in another thread that there's a lot of shit people out there, and you should surround yourself with the good ones out there. I already knew I'd done that....... but you lot a just friggin nuts. It's not like I haven't seen how generous trannies is in the past, and it's not like it hasn't personally touched me before either! But this is too much and I don't deserve it. And I can't even begin to convey how ridiculously generous you lot are. And you know, this morning I got to meet Ex, Mrs Ex and Little Ex, sit down and have a cuppa with them and leave with a bike for my daughter! It was already a great day........ IP - I already knew what sort of person you were, and told my mate such when I asked him if he minded if I gave you his number. Maybe I'm naive, but I had no clue at all. You know yesterday I was messaging my mate to tell him he should maybe check how much his lbs would charge to pack his bike, and that I had some spacers here to fit into the dropouts if needed. You guys...... really don't know what to say. I've seen this sort of generosity here before. What I love here, is we often argue (or worse), but still hold some level of respect for each other and at times everyone comes together and what might have been said in the past doesn't matter. It truly is a great community here.
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