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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. 25 points
    A few of you know my cousin Gab. Just over 10 years ago she was training for IM when she was hit by a car and suffered terrible injuries. She was in a coma for a couple of weeks. The road to recovery over the first five years were quite hard. She has had multiple operations and suffers a bit of internal problems, not to mention the external. At no stage did she ever complain and ask "why me ?". She just worked extremely hard (and still does). She taught herself how to paint left handed and got also back on the bike - now a three wheeler. She has done a few Kurnells, sometimes running with a walking pole. She also swims with the Shark Island crew at North Cronulla. She has won a number of Para medals in cycling. I finished with her at the Sydney to Gong ride this year. Well yet again, she has competed in the T1 classification at Buninyong VIC and won Gold. The gold medal is great but her spirit and smile is absolute gold. So proud. FM PS: forgot to say, she also won a national title
  3. 25 points
    Value for money. 16:49:40
  4. 24 points
    I got called into the managers office at the start of night shift, shook my hand and said well done, if you want it you will now be a full time employee at Rio Tinto starting 1/3/20. said I have been the best candidate they have had in years come through the rail team. First time I’ve actually been full time employed since 2007. ive worked hard since I got a start here as a contractor late last year and I’m now passed out in all the skills that I need. Next step is becoming a driver which will be about a year or so before I get that opportunity. typically here in our rail team everyone starts as a contractor and it is normally between 2-3 yrs before you get the full time gig so I feel a bit lucky to have it after only six months but I’ve put the work and effort in so it’s also very deserved according to those above me.
  5. 23 points
    Bit of a race recap History: this was my fifth Ironman to be fourth finish after a dnf in Cairns on my second crack. I'm notorious for swimming well blowing up on the bike and walking home. I was deployed to PNG for work in May and needed a reason to keep training whilst away. Busselton it was! 6 months of exclusively training riding very limited running outside due to safety and a swimming pool to myself. Race day, I can swim. I cruised the swim and was first overall Ag and 7th overall. 51 and change. Bike: here comes the test can I stick to the plan and control myself. I had a target of 220w for the ride. I rode the ride as 6x30km segments with the idea of settling and building. I split 210w,213,218,225,226,223 Rode 5:02 or 03 can't remember. Got off the bike 2nd in my Ag. Here comes the fun part the run. I had a target pace of 4:40 for the first 22ish km I hit this almost perfectly. Then suddenly I started cramping in my hammies had a couple of km run/walk/stretching it out. I started to load up on salt which may have been too late. I battled for a little bit until I hit my darkest moment my stomach started cramping and my lower back seizing/tightening. A few very dark kms some brutal words to myself and almost a few years later I was back hobbling along. Limped home to a 3:40. 4 slots and I got 6th, for me this isn't about Kona it's about challenging myself and seeing that I can be one of those super fit guys. My goal has always been to qualify ooutright and the goal lives on! However it's not everyday you get the opportunity to go Kona and when the slots rolled to 7th I had to say yes.
  6. 21 points
    16:58:07 Lets just say, that was tough.
  7. 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.........
  8. 20 points
    New disc wheel arrived last week and after much faffing and realising I didn't have the right bits (obviously I needed to order a tyre as well as the cassette!) I eventually got round to getting it all sorted yesterday. Getting the tyre on was a NIGHTMARE took me a long time but eventually all was well. Took it out for a spin this morning and I was skidding all over the place. The grip was appalling. I thought is this just what a disc feels like? Or is it something to do with the new carbon brake blocks? Then I had a look at the tyre and it was already shredding! Time to head to the LBS... on arrival I explained the concern and asked if they could get their mechanics to have a look at it... one of the chaps who was overhearing took a glance at the wheel and asked "Install it yourself mate?", "Yep" said I "And it took me hours, getting the tyre on was a nightmare." "Well, that would be because it's inside out..." Oh if the ground could have swallowed me!
  9. 20 points
    I'm back...quick race summary.. Overbike and paid for it on the run. I really worked hard on the run to hold it together somewhat causr it could have got real ugly... Still lots of positives to come away from the race and Jarrod Owen is an absolute gun! Stoked to pull this off after parting ways with the coach a few months back and it's been a really positive experience to get myself back on track. No kona spot. Money not a factor. My first child is due in May. I want to remember that. Doing kona will ruin that experience and that's where my focus will go after port. Had so much fun sharing the day with with other tranies and passed Sam just before the finish. He looked really good.
  10. 19 points
    Just heard from a company I had a 2nd interview with last week. They are progressing to offer stage. 😃
  11. 19 points
    Swab result - Covid negative. Just a coincidental illness. Means I can leave the house! Hooray! Have cancelled ambulance shift for Sunday because still feeling under the weather but back out again next weekend for the bank holiday It's amazing how much you immediately feel better when you know it's not Covid!
  12. 19 points
    Howdy all, Emo here, Race Director for Kurnell and CEO of Elite Energy. I must apologize for this and not really sure why it has happened. I was notified on a private FB post and feel quite bad as Elite Energy always has medals for 1st, 2nd & 3rd Individuals and Teams. So if you could email me your details I will post the medals to the teams and also send you a 100% FREE entry for your team to the next Kurnell and if all goes well, you will again win medals and I will ensure you are recognized. So so sorry emo@eliteenergy.com.au
  13. 19 points
    Hey guys, as you now know Willie is taking over the reins of Trannies going forward. Firstly I’d like to say thanks to all and sundry for the support and camaraderie this place has shown over the last 5 years while I have been at the helm. I’d also like to make special thanks to TenPints (Stu) for helping me with so much of his own time to help a computer numpty almost successfully run a Forum and website. Thanks heaps mate!!! I never really intended on running an internet forum, it was simply a time and place thing that happened. Bernie “offered” it to me after a few prior people turned it down and I simply didn’t want this great resource and community to “fall into the wrong hands”. My reasons for stepping aside are a few. While this place does have its stressful and thankless times they are very few and far between and really don’t contribute to the reasons. That is partly due to the community itself not being too tolerant of “fools” and for that I thank you all. I made a promise to the Mrs that running Trannies would pay for itself so my indulgence would not become a burden for us. In the first few years, while not really making me any money, a few sponsors covered the running costs so all was sweet. I must admit that getting to even talk to prospective sponsors, let alone getting them to put their hands in their pockets was much more difficult than I and others could have imagined. Many people were keen to be involved or utilise the resource but actually getting money from sponsors is a difficult and time consuming task, which while holding down a full time job and family and trying to keep training was a bit of a strain. Then as many of you know, Dec 2015 our house was destroyed in the Tornado that hit Sydney. That began 12 months of spending almost every spare waking hour dealing with insurance companies, builders, tradespeople and suppliers which left very little time for pursuing Transitions “business” to the level it required. On the cusp of moving back home and with the intention of getting Trannies and my training back on track was when my hip injury started flaring up. It also coincided with my work life getting much busier. I tried to keep the other facets of Trannies moving but it was getting to be a bit of a chore especially with no sponsors kicking in. Anyway, fast forward to my diagnosis of needing a hip replacement and running ruled out for me, I felt suddenly very disconnected from the sport, a sport I have loved and participated in from my first race in 1991. This sudden malaise, accompanied by a few changes in direction in the sport which I don’t feel are for the benefit of the sport led me to making a quip “anyone want to buy an internet forum”. Willie with his many business interests is in a great position to take full advantage of the great community spirit and profile that Transitions has to offer without having the constant battle to pursue sponsors to make it worthwhile for him. He has promised that while the forum will hopefully soon incorporate some “shop” facilities that the place should essentially stay the same. He also feels the same as me, in that Trannies should remain in "the right hands" He has asked for feedback and ideas, and I really encourage you to give him that. If you feel the place is changing too greatly or too quickly or the community feel is being lost, let him know. I’ll still be around, I’ll still be moderating for a while (sorry Niseko) till Willie can find some new volunteers to assist with that, and till all the handover stuff gets sorted in due course. Either way I’ll still be around, you can’t get rid of me that easily. Who knows I may end up working fro Willie Cheers and thanks Peter (Roxii) Rox.
  14. 18 points
    On behalf of everyone else here on Trannies (apologies to those who I purport to be speaking for who don't share my view), mate, would you mind putting a lid on your intentionally inflammatory comments, particularly those directed at directly attacking others. It's getting tiresome and makes all of us feel rather uncomfortable. This is not a feeling any of us need any more of at this current time. Enough is enough.
  15. 18 points
    I think I am probably the oldest regular poster on this site who is still competing, for me the "secret" if there is one is to mix with younger people, still do what you enjoy doing, stick with people you can laugh a lot with. I have worked with a bunch of miserable old pricks when I was in my early twenties, and I can tell you misery is contagious. I think I needed to work with them to learn that lesson early in life. Since moving on from there I have always employed fun people, surrounded myself with fun people, people who enjoy life. As far as peerformance goes I accept that I no longer finish an Ironman in the daylight, on average I have lost 7min per year in my Ironman time over the past 20yrs. I believe staying healthy is heavily dependant on the company you keep, the diet you consume, and doing some exercise every day. The exercise has to be fun, you have to enjoy what you do. Accept that your goals and interests will change, but again they're influenced by the company you keep. Humans are basically pack animals, choose your tribe carefully 😏
  16. 18 points
    This is very sad news, its made me reflect Nearly two years ago I had a bike accident and suffered a traumatic brain injury. I spent two months in hospital. I think I have dodged a bullet. I was a bit down last year. Wasn't working, didn't have a driving licence, legs ached and felt like I'd run a marathon after I had the flu. I wished I had done a proper job with the bike accident, the family would have been financially better off. After a traumatic brain injury you are 3X more likely to suffer mental health issues and 4X more likely to end your life.With the support of friends and trannies esp Flanman( read trannies helping trannies thread)was persuaded to enter park run. I started running again slowly at first, did the Coastal Classic.This was so important to me because of balance issues post TBI I had to relearn how to walk again and the hospital physios told me not to run on uneven ground. Ive meet Flanman at park run a couple of times, I rejoined local tri club. I did my first club sprint Triathlon a couple of weeks ago I came last but in my mind just entering I had won. All this made me realise how close I could have come to serous mental health issues and I am so thankful that I dodged that bullet, and thank you Tenpints and Flanman I know if ever I need to talk you'd have an ear, It's reassuring. Trannies helping Trannies
  17. 18 points
    Based on 32yrs competing - 45 Ironman finishes - 25yrs triathlon coaching including 76 Kona qualifiers - 1 Australian junior OD champion - 1 Kona male winner * lack of self belief is a major cause of disappointing long course race results * too many people focus too much on training figures and neglect confidence building experiences * diet and supplementation of that diet can drastically improve development of the athlete and the heights reached * incorrect fuelling and poor pacing strategies in long course races is the major cause of poor run splits * accepting free advice from people who mean well but really lack the experience in either coaching or competing is unwise and can cause you to go down "dead ends" * too many good athletes are undermining their performances by over training (or under recovering) * too many competitors are carrying too much weight, and many are relying on training to burn it off when dieting is the answer * too many athletes lack clear goals, or think they have goals but what they think is a goal is simply a wish, they lack commitment * not enough attention is focused on body maintenance, too much of the budget is directed to equipment purchases and too little to body maintenance * EMF is real and does affect quality of sleep and the internal harmony of the body, without good quality sleep you'll never reach your potential * older athletes often train too much, recovery is where it's at, not training like a 35yr old when you're over 55yrs * good technique in each sport is more important than volume done with sloppy technique * taking advice from anonymous forum posters (often with no proven results of their own) is at best "second hand knowledge" gleaned from internet research * if you have a coach, listen to him/her, trust in what they tell you, don't go searching "for a better way" on the internet, if you don't believe in the path you've been given, move on, don't waste your time and the coach's time
  18. 17 points
    Thanks for being there Trannies
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  20. 17 points
    Thought I'd check in with you all. Have to say I'm struggling a bit with redundancy, the virus and its knock on effects. Trying to stay positive but feeling quite 'isolated' over here now and starting to realise how much distance there is between us and its of our friends. Schools are closed over here for all except 'key workers' and Little One's home schooling starts today. The teachers sent a schedule each day with timings, subjects, tutorials and materials and they will check the work each day. It's very well organised. Food wise, it's not too bad at all where we live, just have to time when you go but we have a lot of supermarkets. We are all stocked up and I'm glad we didn't sell our Aussie fridge/freezer that lives in the garage, as the Pommie ones are tiny😆 We are allowed out to exercise but it's being abused by Covidiots. I'm running at early am or at late at night. Riding has not been banned but I'm doing all turbo right now. Little One had a bad accident last Monday, she was running outside of school with a friend and tripped over a wooden flower box and smashed her face and eye. She had to go to hospital. Thankfully all ok but what I was amazed at was the Drs said they had little to do because nobody was coming to A&E now! Our hospital has a separate A&E for kids, she was straight in and out. She looks like she's been in a bar fight! Tons of DIY to do around the house, so won't be bored! Anyway, wanted to stay in touch and just because I'm not active on here, doesn't mean I'm not thinking of you.
  21. 17 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.
  22. 17 points
    A little bit of progress with my wife last night. I had my doctors appointment and we did up the care plan, I had to do a test on her computer first and came back with a score of 34/50 which calculates to depression. When i got home i let my wife know what I'm doing and outlined what i had been talking to the doctor about, it was pretty raw, i was emotionless but she was balling. afterwards she opened up on her sessions and how the psych wants to send her to Perth to see someone who specializes in childhood trauma, she is scarred and has a lot of baggage from seeing her father violently abuse her mother. She has never opened up to me about the level of abuse she witnessed, from what she said last night to me, it was horrendous. I didn't ask any questions, she needs to work through it with her doctors because it is affecting her clearly, but also our relationship and the way she parents our kids Anyway we are working in the right direction, A lot of work to do but its a start
  23. 17 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.
  24. 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
  25. 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.
  26. 16 points
    I love their "Social Distancing" recommendations. I've seen their efforts in keeping cyclists 12m apart in a controlled environment. What hope have they got of this.
  27. 16 points
    So just finished by 100 days of running. Not injured. Lost 5kg. Running faster than before I started. Didn’t get bored. Longest run streak before that was 8 days. The numbers: 98 runs were 5km+ 1 x 3km Run (had to catch a plane that day) 1 x 4km Run longest run 18km total distance 692km
  28. 16 points
    For a start I'm only 70yrs old - I have 12 grand children between 5 and 27 - one of them has already done Kona three times - I do like to stir the pot occasionally - I've been around the sport a long time (about 32yrs) - there's a few on here who don't like me quoting the number of Ironman races I've done or the number of Kona qualifiers I've coached (more than any other coach in Australia) but they're just facts 😏 I don't like boasting but if someone teases the information out of me I will tell them what I have done 🙄 I do have a few ideas that some find "different" but they work - I do less training than many of my competitors but I get results - a lot of my athletes have achieved better results than ever before after I have reduced their workload I don't think anyone actually hates me - most don't even know me - a person reaches an age where if something needs to be said, he says it, if it offends some sensitive soul, so be it - there are lots of people out there just looking for something to be offended over 🤣
  29. 16 points
    ... so its been a while. Lots of water under the bridge and all that. First up I wanted to thank Roxxi who has been a great personal friend and there through 'stuff' that goes on in each of our lives, I still remember vividly the day he lost his home and standing on my balcony at Cronulla watching the storm go away from us across the bay and toward Kurnell. That day happened to be my sons year 6 graduation day back in 2015, so remember it well, and the ensuing damage. Roxxi has helped me out with a few things including using his esteemed status as a JP, and we seem to have similar hankling for Guzman Y Gomez so we bump into each other there. Its also great to see Janene is well and of course our kids are growing up. Mine although only 15 is much bigger than me now. I am retired now from my former profession and I can say I was treated very well as opposed to some of the horror stories you may hear about insurers, Police organisations, post traumatic stress and associated problems. For the record I retired as a Chief Inspector and the last day I wore my uniform was to be presented with the APSM and an few other nice little trinkets, clasps and memoriams. That was a little while ago now, it was very nice to be given an honourable and dignified send off. My health is far from good but all you can do is soldier on I guess. Like Peter I have very little to do with triathlon and the little pieces I see leave me very disillusioned about the direction it is taking and as this is a triathlon related forum its probably not likely I will hang around or use it as a pressure valve or whatever it was back then. In fact I essentially went cold turkey on all social media and it was very liberating. The insecure fools and narcissists that live their lives on twitter, facebook, Insta or other platforms are certainly good for a few laughs and I think it the amount of social media posts is probably inversely proportionate to how happy with ones' life they actually are. Many adults have turned into their children and are essentially addicted to their phones, grown adults using instagram filters on whatever device they use. Its toxic, time wasting and incredibly destructive. Stuff you say on social media platforms cant be taken back and when people are called to account for their actions in person, Ive seen quite a few become towering piles of jelly as they have picked on the wrong person..... resulting in having to look over their shoulders for the rest of their lives. Similarly If I can offer a salient piece of advice keep your kids off snapchat. Trust me. Anyway enough of that. Been riding my bike a little, surfing a little and spending a lot of time on the road with my son. If you are in Thredbo during the summer there is a high possibility you will see us there, we are frequent visitors in summer. From not ever owning a mountain bike, between us we now have a few, happily he is now on a bigger frame size than me. We got into mountain bikes simply because one day I took him out on a road bike, and although Ive spent thousands of hours on the road myself, I can tell you I spent that whole ride in acute anxiety and terror with my son next to me. So the next day we got our shitty old clunkers and we up to the RNP and I rode around heartbreak hill, Grays point and all the places I used to run (I miss running a lot) and loved it. Next day we went and got a pair of Giant Trances. That was three years ago. Since that time he has done okay with the sport and got a great sponsor in Pushys, now we both have Commencal Meta Enduro bikes and he has a Commencal DH bike. The good DH riders are crazy, and happily he is not. Hes a good solid rider but there are a lot of kids better, what he does have is a good presence and he is very much a great representative for the brands. Although once again I will tell you having your kid sponsored and by virtue of his agreement having to make a number of FB and Insta posts presents its own problems and kids being kids, snipes and jealously. The sponsorship agreement is now finished but the Pushys people both online and in Canberra have continued to be supportive and the Commencal bikes are just awesome. I personally think Alu is a superior material to carbon fibre for bikes with a gravity focus. The geometry and suspension should be doing the work, not the frame material. For those of you that dont know, the enduro/trail scene has exploded, the ethos behind it is ride to the top at your own pace and you are time on the descents. Being a chubby little fella I can tell you its nice not to have to race uphill, but having said that after a few broken bones early on I now take great pride in taking B lines, have even walked a few jumps and happily try to come last in the few enduro events I have been in. Anyway I have also included a few photos, Alex and I at the top of 'up DJ' at Bright (Bright is awesome and so is Thredbo) my head after crashing with a full face helmet on and splitting in two on the DH at Ourimbah a few weeks back, and Alex on one of the runs up at Ourimbah in the Super Flow a few weeks back. Trust me, MTB is bloody hard. Doing the long climbs gets you very fit. Enduro or trial type riding is awesome, make sure you have a longer travel bike, a dropper post, ride tubeless, and wear knee pads. If you are a roadie you will have to go much much slower than you are used to or like me you will destroy your collarbone at the top of the fire road in Thredbo and enjoy a ride back down in the troopie over the water bars. MTB seems to be a great thing if you cant run anymore and its also great with your kids it gets them off the road. Im also a big supporter of the EMTB thing, can expand on that, but trust me for gravity based riding its an awesome thing. I had a complete objection to them at first but now see their uses. Anyway thats about it hope you are all well. Oh one other thing, this year I took Alex to Bali for the first time and it coincided with the first of the two big swells, and we were there to see it and scare the shit out of myself a few times. We were on the cliff at Padang to watch the final of the Padang pro, perfect 10-12 foot plus deadly drainpipes. Watch some of the vids on you tube. The following few days we got some crazy waves at Impossibles and Balangan and even Jimbaran bay had waves. Was just an amazing experience. On and go the Sharks.
  30. 16 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
  31. 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.
  32. 15 points
    Coughed so hard all afternoon Tuesday. Never seen or felt anything like it. Yesterday was more on and off. Was mainly struggling due to muscle pain caused by coughing the day before (felt more broken by that than any sporting endeavour) but had some chest pain too. Fever gone now. Today feel better just exhausted. Should get test results today or tomorrow. Hoping it's negative so we can leave the house and it's just a coincidence. Thanks for checking in
  33. 15 points
    And to top it all off, Jas had her graduation today and formal tonight! She finished her graduation ceremony with an email from the USQ with an early offer for her uni course, so she is extra cuffed now! And by accepting the offer she will be able to apply for and should receive the youth allowance from late this month, rather than having to wait until the normal uni offers come out early next year. She should have at least one more scholarship to getc also as the USQ is offering automatic ones based on your op result. About 30 are coming here shortly for an after formal party and camp out in our backyard, then tomorrow she heads of to schoolies. With all the things I **** up, somehow we seemed to have guided this one right. The look on her face in this pic pretty much sums up her smile for the whole day so far!
  34. 15 points
    Quick report. 1st Kona, via the legacy program. I would love to think I can qualify via the normal process, however nutritional problems plague the back end of any endurance event - ending in vomiting whether it be IM or long rides. I spent a number of sessions with Monash Uni having gut tests and sweat tests and we set about a program to resolve the problem over the 6 months leading into Kona. Signed up with TriTravel to do the conditioning tour and had an absolute blast and the whole experience lived up to all the expectations. Had some long sessions on the bike riding up Hawi and back to town and got to experience the brutality of the winds and associated heat challenges. On this pre-race day ride the wind was ferocious but doable and according to the pro's on Strava indicated that it was a really bad day. Also did a long run from the run turn around in town all the way out the energy lab, so got to see the entire length of the course which ended up proving to be really valuable come race day. The race week lead in was awesome, getting to meet so many greats of the sport (Dave, Marc, Paula, Michellie, Cam Wurf etc....) and the functions for the Aussie/NZ team as well as a special nibbles and drink for the Legacy athletes. Spent a night doing the Manta ray dive and a day driving the island, eating portugese donuts, visit to the volcano, which was a nice break from all the race prep. Race day Being the 1st year of the swim waves, meant a very low stress, post check in, got to spend time back in our hotel (Kona Seaside) and watch the earlier wave starts (my start was the last and was 1:05 after the male pro's headed out. Got to watch the male pro's exit the water before being bundled down the steps into the water to begin the short swim out to the start line. Whilst I thought there was only going to be 100 legacy athletes in the wave it was much larger and looks like we had just short of 300 athletes starting in this wave. I started on the right hand side and was quite stunned to see people take off at break neck speed. Swim is my best leg and had decided to find some feet and just sit in and enjoy the drag. It was quite a slow pace and tried a few times to go past the feet I was on, only to find that the 2 sets of feet I was following didn't want me to go, so I just dropped back in behind them. Wasn't long before we were passing the back end of the last of the ladies and the fun of trying to find a good line through the swarm of people. Got a kick from a female that set my watch to transition mode, so from that point on had no idea of the pace. Arrived back on shore in 1:05:30 which was the end of the range that I expected. I normally swim around the 55-58 mins and this had been cruisey. On to the bike and its taken me a few years to learn to ride at a consistent pace and avoid surging and not being able to bring the back end of the ride home. Just prior to heading over to Kona my PM died and I had to switch to one off the roadie and knowing they are not the same numbers, we decided on a range (20min FTP test in the week before going over and an hour FTP test on the Queen K 1 week pre-race), so we had a new number to work with and a range. Dave Scott had mentioned a few times that the race doesn't start until the 160km mark of the bike and the 30km mark of the run, so I just settled into a nice comfortable power and focussed on nutrition and ensuring I managed the heat. The ride out of Kona is slightly uphill before you drop down into Kawaihei, and start the climb to Hawi. Thoroughly enjoyed this section and got to see my wife and daughter at around the 45km mark (TriTravel take them on a bus out to see us), and was amazed at how much effort people were putting into the ride. Before turning the corner we got to see the male pro's returning and it was clear that they were flying, but the back few bikes in the lead pack were definitely pushing the draft zone. The crosswinds across to the base of the climb were strong and then the head wind up the climb. got to the turnaround, picked up the special needs drink nutrition and started the decent. The winds were certainly up, but not quite as bad as our training ride, but still there were a few people that had come off. Took the right hand turn back onto the Queen K and decided it was time to start picking up the pace, and really enjoyed the trip back into town, passing so many people that had pushed to hard earlier. Managed to put away 8 bottles of fluid plus my 4 bidons, (1.6l litres per hour) so I was confident that my nutrition was on track according to my tests and trials. Ride time was a very comfortable 5:21:34 and keeping a 13watt differential between AVG pwr and NP (I was planning on this only being around 5, but there was a number of surges down during the day to keep out of draft zones.) Onto the run and prove the litmus test for the nutrition and up Palani on to Kukini waving to the family before settling into my race rhythm. Had the pleasure of being passed by Jan as he turned the corner (he at km 41 me at km 1), I gave him a pat on the back and he was gone. Checking my race pace it was still a little quick (my aim was for around the 6min km) so I started to ease back and then got to see iFoz cheering everyone on outside the Royal Kona. At the far turnaround I was passed by John Hill and watched him run off, as I continued to find my speed and get used to the heat. Ran back past iFoz, then my family and walked up Palani to the Queen Q and started the section out to the energy lab. Around km 15 I could feel my gut starting to misbehave, and had to slow up and ease some burps out, and realised over the next few km, that some walking was going to be required. Not long after this caught up to Ken Glah who was competing in his 36 Kona, and after a short chat I ran off feeling a little more upbeat. Not to much further on I ran past John again, his day was done and would be walking it home. Down into the energy lab, by this stage the sun had gone behind the clouds and the sting of the heat had disappeared, walked a portion of the flat section and the uphill out of the energy lab, Saw a few friends on the return out and wondered how long it would be before the ran past me, but somehow I managed to find some more walk / run on the way back into town and they didn't catch me. Walked the final hill up to Palani thinking about the iron war on this very section, and then ran down the hill, into town and across the finish line. Somehow managed to keep from throwing up but went straight into medical tent and received 2 drips (I had lost 4.5kg). This was the 1st race that I had manged to keep from throwing up in and keep taking on fluid throughout the run. Albeit I only managed to ingest 1 cliff chew bar, 2 cups of gatorade, the rest was just water for the entire run leg. This was not what my nutrition plan was, but it was ll I could do on the day. Run time was 4:50 which was a little off target but the best I could do on the day. (Dream was 3:50, with 4:15 being more realistic). Absolutely loved the whole experience and would love to do this again one day with a bunch of mates once they get there. Closed out the day with 11:28 and overall place of 1387, not bad for someone who can't qualify. Then got a surprise when a friend mentioned I had won my age group, which was a great laugh. On the IM tracker the category I started in (last wave is known as the Kukui), and they have age groups for them. I had won the 50-54 age group.
  35. 15 points
    I got it done and enjoyed myself. Do not know how the pointy end race it like they do. I ticked the box and loved the event (whole week build up). Kona was above expectations for family holiday - everyone had a blast. As a race - I’ve done better, as an event - right up there! Finished fresh (that’s what I had to do right?), time to enjoy some family time and put Ironmans to the back of mind for 5-10 years!!!!! IFoz - enjoy your book! PS - traveled with TriTravel and enjoyed every minute of it. Stayed at Royal Kona - worked well for family to watch race, close to expo and restaurants. Main highlight of the whole thing is the swimming. Just so much to see under that water.
  36. 15 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 15 points
    As of today, I've been training for IMs for 20 years. Began my first IM training program with a sunrise 20 km run along the Seattle waterfront 17 October 1998 (I was on a business trip). First IM was Lanzarote in 1999, came DFL at 16:51, my slowest result to date. 34th (start and finish) IM was Wanaka this year at 16:15. I've gone under 13 once – Roth in 2004, at 12:34. 2004 was also the year I did my second and third fastest IMs – Taupo at 13:14 and Busso at 13:19. I was training hard and doing ultra runs as well. But I couldn't keep that up, because of wear and tear, but also because of work and everything else. Why? I enjoy it. I love the races and the travel. My social life is training with friends (except for my friends at our local :-). My training cycle is pretty consistent over a typical year, and in the past 20 years I've taken exactly one month off completely, because of family matters. I haven't been seriously injured – worst was a twisted ankle a month before Busso. If I had focused on faster times, I would have left the sport a long time ago, either because of injury or burnout. I'm 61 now, and I'm finding myself finishing further up in my age group, even landing on the podium every so often. There are still fast guys in my age group, but not so many as there used to be and even fewer doing IM distance. My goal is to outlast them, and if that means never going sub-13 or sub-14 again, I can live with it. I've managed sub-15s in two of my four IMs, and figure I have a least a couple more in me. Regardless, I'm planning to still be doing this 20 years from now.
  39. 15 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
  40. 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! ?
  41. 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!
  42. 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
  43. 14 points
    Another quick update at a touch over 3 weeks post op. Wound healed well so was able to get in the pool for hydrotherapy and other rehab starting at two weeks post op. Got off the painkillers at two weeks as well and had no real increase in the level of pain so happy with that. Surgeon had me on crutches for three weeks to allow the prosthetic to knit inside the bone, so on Thursday I ditched the crutches like I’d been healed by Benny Hinn. Still have a decent limp that I’m going to have to work through, and still not allowed to close the hip joint beyond 90 degrees for a few more weeks to allow the joint to stabilise. Prior to the surgery I was also not able to close that hip up so I assume when I’m allowed to try full range of motion the muscles around that area will take some working. The surgery area is still a bit tender and I can’t sleep on that hip for too long, but in general sleeping is much improved. Been told I’m ok to drive now too, so while I’m not going on any road trips it’s nice not to be confined to quarters. Hoping to get in for a swim in the next few days too. All in all so far so good.
  44. 14 points
    All my christmasses came at once last Friday afternoon, with an email from Ironman guaranteeing my legacy slot in the 2019 race. I've now got 18 months to plan the race and holiday of my lifetime. To get a 2019 70.3WC slot for Nice and racing Kona would be an epic combo. Need to improve my 70.3 times. I'll be trawling through Mungo's Kona advice thread, for specifics about Kona and things to do. (http://forums.transitions.org.au/topic/70544-kona-advice-please/?tab=comments#comment-1199016) However, is there any specific advice/tips from previous legacy racers, that a Kona first timer should know about the legacy functions, benefits, socials etc?
  45. 14 points
    Here’s a story- this is my worst f#%king nightmare today 😂😂😂😂😂
  46. 14 points
    This is what IM is all about. Sam and his daughter at the end of the ride.
  47. 14 points
    Well my wife and I have made it to 20 years together today ( We were 16 at the time we started dating), i still remember the day when i asked her out, still fresh in the mind, been some tough times, especially in the early days financially as we moved in together at 17 yrs old, We have never ever asked our parents or anyone else for that matter to borrow money etc, never had anything given to us to help us along in those days, we have worked very hard for what we have and its all been earned by us, none of our friends can claim that and it something we are both very proud of. We've had some wonderful times travelling the world together as just the two of us and have continued to travel with our kids which is something we will continue to do as it s important to us. Also very proud that we built a beautiful house in our very early 20's which we still have, albeit its now an investment rental property for us. She has followed me across the country 3 times to live in the West. She somehow stayed with me way back when i would just dissapear for weeks at a time fishing up in the gulf, i would take off without notice, a few times I've been in the lock up for mischievous behavior in my early 20's and a few stern chats by the judge. Although we are going through a tough time at the moment, I'm confident we will work through it all. I love the girl, huge part of my life and to be honest i'd be lost without her (probably dead). I dont think anyone from our school days has managed to stay together. So its a good news day for me.
  48. 14 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'.
  49. 14 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...
  50. 14 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.
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