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  1. 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.
  2. 21 points
    16:58:07 Lets just say, that was tough.
  3. 19 points
    Just heard from a company I had a 2nd interview with last week. They are progressing to offer stage. 😃
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 17 points
    Thanks for being there Trannies
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  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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!
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 13 points
    Today we signed a contract for sale of our house, we received a fair offer and after a bit of tooing and froing we have a greed a price with the buyer, We will come out of the sale with a nice swelling of our bank account so that’s always nice. Tough market to sell in but it’s a beautiful house so Was always confident of a sale.
  16. 13 points
    After having managed the contact free paint collection, that meant I had no excuse left to not get the cave floor repainted. Been a good way to take my mind off things. Finished the painting job today. Am a bit buggered - it's was a biggish job as I had to move stuff around to do the pressure washing, wet vac, sanding of damaged sections, painting the skirt and cut in of edges on the ground (on ground stuff is very awkward for me as I can't kneel), and finally the painting and clean up after each session. Also rewired the TV and associated AV equipment and did a big cable tidy/hiding job on that which took nearly 2 hours! Reset the trainer as well and checked it's all working. Need to do a cable tidy up for that as well. Hoping to get back on the bike soon. I have a new leg for the bike now (got it last week) and so need to test it out and cut it to the right length. I fitted some bike racks, including a spot for one of my bikes which is still in Sydney in quarantine. Got some of those Steady Racks from the mob in Perth. They are very good. Next stop is installation of storage to put all my crap away, a workbench and some replacement furniture for that which got damaged and tossed. Furniture will likely be cast aways from the house as better half is eyeing off a new lounge and dining suite. Far end will be a guest overflow bedroom area (bathroom is out of view), then the AV lounge space, then the bike/training space, and the area far left of pic will be the workbench/tool/storage set up. I'm standing in the "office" space and will also have a dining table and chairs in there somewhere. By way of comparison, this is what I started with...
  17. 13 points
    Hi all, Not posted in a while but read every now and then. This thread is interesting, a lot of reverting to type and highly predictable. Hey ho. I'm part of the initial team of volunteer managers that are going into Nightingale (our first emergency hospital being built in a massive conference venue in London) to manage the logistics of bringing in up to 4000 patients at a time and, well, shipping out. I've also had to shift a company of 80 people to working remotely and delivering training remotely, we've done it, we're OK, but leading has been knackering. I can't be bothered to challenge the pseudoscience early in this thread, it will not need challenging shortly. The one small silver lining is that perhaps, maybe, people won't disregard science because they believe themselves to be "rational" and somehow better qualified than the scientific community. As of Monday I'm working a 4on / 4off rota, except my off will be keeping a business running and keeping many people employed and my on is managing shifts in one of the biggest hospitals in the country. Meanwhile my other company, a $1m marquee business is going bust and I'm trying not to lose my shirt. Take. This. Seriously. I'm sure I won't need to share the inevitably haunting pictures from the field hospital over the next few weeks, someone else will put them on social media but please, please. Stay home.* I sincerely hope all of you stay well. Monkie * Will try and share some light hearted selfie moments if I can
  18. 13 points
    I got awarded with rail roader of the month at work this week! Sounds silly but I feel bloody great receiving this. I’ve taken the opportunity with both hands since being given the opportunity there! And from all reports my supervision and above are very happy with my work, work ethic, positive attitude. I never thought id be so happy working with trains. But I love it. I don’t go to work to get awards but I’m tickled pink with this.
  19. 13 points
    I'm going back to uni next year to finish my physiotherapy studies.
  20. 13 points
    I got the result I deserved. 15.34 Overweight and under trained. 100.3kg of pleasure. The last time I swam was over a year, longest ride was 90km. Biggest run was 10km and I bonked on that day. I love this sport and the support we all get out on course during the day. A huge thanks to all the vollies who kept us safe and well supplied with food and water. Humdrum did a fab job heckling all day. Ill have to think about training for a quick one. I've currently got sub 10,11,12,13,14,15,16 and 17. Sub 9 and sub 8 to go.
  21. 13 points
    I have found if you stir coconut oil into your Kale it makes it easier to scrape into the bin..............
  22. 13 points
    Thanks mate, yeah a bit better today. Pain and swelling is reduced a bit, bruising still looks pretty horrendous. am on Targin pain killers twice a day but have had no additional pain relief. am home now so that’s a bit more comfortable. sleeping is still the biggest issue as you can really only lie in one position at the moment (flat on your back) so when you wake in the middle of the night and just want to readjust to get more comfortable you can’t. dr is pretty conservative and old skool so wants me on crutches for three weeks at least to give everything the best chance of healing 100% again the hospital staff and nurses were just amazing could not fault anything they did for me.
  23. 12 points
    I have just deleted a thread in the sandbox. When I took on the role, I made it clear there was a couple of ppl who I wouldn’t moderate & I wouldn’t moderate threads I had a beef in. For the good of the forum & to keep good people around those rules have changed. I’m considering locking a couple of other threads also. Trump & Corona for example. The sandbox is for off triathlon discussion not a place to be a dick.
  24. 12 points
    Mrs FP was instructed to report for a COVID test on Tues, results are back, all clear. 👍
  25. 12 points
    A bit of solo training boredom induced silliness. Here's my entry into the Transitions Strava Art exhibition. I know there are some very talented people here, show us what you got!
  26. 12 points
    Pigs may carry diseases but they can be cured. c’mon that’s a good one. A small, good joke oh I crack me up 😂
  27. 12 points
    After nearly 18 months without a dog, we now have a new German Pinscher puppy “Kira”. With all the crap that’s been going on in the world she has been a positive distraction and fantastic for us and although a lot of training to go she is fitting in really well.
  28. 12 points
    You can sleep in your own bed mid race, beats lying on the road
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  30. 12 points
    Last week I posted in the "what are you doing today" thread about going to meet my half-sister for the first time. I can now post in this thread because it went really well, we are all very happy that we've found each other and planning to meet up again at Christmas time. Long story short, mum was pregnant when she met my dad, they got engaged but when she had the baby it was adopted out and she told dad she lost it. They were married a couple of months later and it was never spoken of again. My younger sister and I only found out about this last year and nobody could tell us whether a baby was even born or not (the few people who knew at the time have since died). But we eventually found out we have a sister, tracked her down and met her for the first time last week. She looks just like my mum and is lovely! And we now have nieces and they have aunties. I have to stop saying "my sister" in conversations, people now ask "which one?" 😂
  31. 12 points
    My golf is rooted too. I’m a DNS for Noosa charity golf day and the Tri. Gutted. But like Kona, I’ve spent a Kings ransom on accommodation, so will still be having the usual five days in Noosa. I was the only Cyco to be racing this year. Trannies I knew racing Kona were Blobby and Newt identified himself during the race when he saw my Tranny cap. Putting my bucket hat to good use at Akaka Falls
  32. 12 points
    11th for me. Little bit higher would've been nice but I got a head cold the day after I arrived here and felt rubbish. Brutal course. Non wettie, freshwater swim which was really choppy. The lake had been like a millpond all week. Bike course was hilly and technical. Some inclines where it pitched up over 15% for short bits. And run course had something like 26 turns or corners. Also with a few very sharp inclines. But it was a great experience and a beautiful place to visit and race.
  33. 11 points
    When you dust off the old P3 for an intervals ride with the Mrs, she is on her EMC2 with clip-ons , you are having a 'no chain day' & she is cracking the shits you are riding away from her and none of her expensive coaching program is working 😆 "I want one of those, I need a proper TT bike" 🤑 So I'm now in the market for a 50-51cm TT rig 🙄 Should have just slowed down & saved some coin - stoopid is as stoopid does 😳
  34. 11 points
    Woohooo! Platelets now up to 51😁 , and 6 months without a blood or platelet transfusion.
  35. 11 points
    Some good news today. We discharged two patients out of Nightingale into standard wards at hospitals near home. Both would have been considered high risk. Still a sea of horror here but positive to see people coming out the other side. A privilege to have been part of their journey and been able to give them my best care and hopefully made their days a bit better.
  36. 11 points
    Thanks FP for sharing your 2009 memory. I wanted to share that 2009 was my first race back after my accident in 2002. Just found a video I put on You Tube (definately very amateurish) but wow......so many of these friends are still friends. This is what trannies WAS about....supporting, encouraging and never putting down. People didn't bag you if you walked up that stupid hill and they walked alongside you in the dark. It was a collective of like minded people who enjoyed the crazy world of IM and everyone one wanted each of us to achieve our goal. Giz took some many amazing photos. This is one of my favourites.
  37. 11 points
    I had a go at making a smiling snail. A few areas could be better but I'd have to sneak through a couple of backyards to get a point on his tail.
  38. 11 points
    Peter can you change the pole to include "I have done one this year" I just want to say that that I am a 2020 Ironman finisher😀😁
  39. 11 points
    This is Highway 3 just east of Yellowknife in Northwest Territories, Canada. This was 28 January. -25 degrees, unseasonably WARM for January. Should be -40 at this time of night. For this reason it was cloudy on 2 of the 3 nights we were there and this was our only chance to see aurora. This road becomes the ice road on the other side of town. The glow on the horizon is an ice road trucker bearing down on me. The next day I drove 320km round trip to see wild bison. Scary as hell on a 2 lane snow covered unmarked road sharing with huge b doubles and tankers while it’s puking down snow
  40. 11 points
    Nothing that important but we got the official news our new company house is ready for us to move into in two weeks time. Here’s some pics of our week, whilst it’s been a tough week with one year since my meltdown, I’ve been busy enough to try and keep moving forward, spent time out in the boat, at the shack, boat club for dinner and watching sunsets
  41. 11 points
    https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/technology/us-canadian-firefighters-will-help-local-efforts-in-bushfire-crisis/news-story/b3682d095caacf22de608e1fb123a9d9 Correct, some more arrived a few days ago, hearing NZ are sending help via defence forces to SA as well. Sounds like the calling up of the defence reservists has caught alot of people out, our strike team due to head back this morning was stood down, hearing there was just going to be too many people in the area to logistically handle with beds etc. Was great to have some time back and take the kids to the movies this afternoon, more importantly giving my wife some time back to recharge her own batteries. The partners are just as deserving of the thanks as the firies in these situations, left to keep things going at home and no doubt a bit of worry to go with it
  42. 11 points
    That was ****ing hard - you find me a tougher one day sporting event that physically and emotionally challenges you like Ironman does then I’ll buy you a bottle of whatever you drink. I knew from the outset I was in for a tough day but I wasn’t prepared for what happened to me, I simply couldn’t have known what was going to play out Swim, good, got in a good comfy pace for me and felt comfortable, had to fend off a few annoying swimmers who can’t sight or swim straight and one who constantly kept grabbing my feet, once I sorted that out I had a good swim, try find a more beautiful swim than Busselton.....you won’t, not even Taupo NZ tops it., got to the end of the 3.8km swim and took my time getting up the beach, like I said before I was under no expectations today. T1- bedlam! Joint was packed, found me chair, got the wetsuit off and then promptly stripped the budgys off and stood there in all my nakedness, the women helpers were great emptying my bag out while I’m in the nude Vaseline ing up the ball bag for the big 180km ride to come. Got out of the change tent and trotted our To my bike feeling good. Bike-180km, jumped on and rode away from the mayhem of the mount line, in the process riding straight over someone bottle Of nutrition they had dropped, I hit it and the bottle burst open....sorry mate, that was unavoidable, off I went riding away from town in quite a nice pace I felt, remembering I had no power Meter or bike computer today so it was completely by feel. As I left T1 I had a mouthful Of my nutrition. This was the start of the problem. 20km down the road I all Of a sudden projectile vomited straight out in front of me, it nearly travelled the 12m distance to the next bike, WTF happened there I thought, never mind, I had a drink of water and boom, out it came as well, oh oh this isn’t good I thought, I hung tough but when I next had a bit of nutrition, within seconds up it came, this happened every time I fed which during an Ironman is every 15 mins. I managed to hang onto the bike infront of me For the first 90km but as soon as we left for the second loop I just knew I couldn’t hold the pace, so I backed it off. Approx 20km into the second loop I was in a world Of trouble, I was starting to feel lightheaded and double vision so I pulled into an aid station and promptly sad the bike on the ground and sat myself in the shade, the aid station helpers were great, through some Wet towels on me etc but there’s only so much they can do, next thing I know I’m being woken up by them after ive fallen asleep in the chair for twenty minutes. I was quickly asked if I was pulling out. That’s a negative was the reply and I hopped back on my bike and rode away. Next aid station it started coming out the arse as well. No need to talk about that in detail, safe to say I visited most ports loos on the bike course. Had one More rest at an aid station and made my way to T2, still vomiting profusely every time I tried to feed. T2- quickly asked for a medic who took me to the medical centre, her words were, we just going into have a chat with the nurses and doctor, do some observation and then see where we go, but we are not pulling you out of the race yet. I agreed to go, got my run gear on first. I’d lost 5.9kg on the bike 😳, this was not good, I knew that, next thing I have an anti nausea tablet placed infront of me Advising to take this as I had explained it felt like a severe case of constant sea sickness, so I took it, no other instructions from the doctor Or nurse, next moment I get told by the doctor that I’m being officially withdrawn from the race due to medical intervention by way of giving me a tablet. An adult temper trantrum followed along with a stern talking from me to the doctor about my year I’ve had and how important it was for me to finish this race, there is absolutely no way I’m being withdrawn from this race, I was still coherent, just sick, something I was willing to put up with. So up I got and walked out of the Medical tent with a renewed enthusiasm. That lasted all of 300m because that when I felt the next projectile vomit coming, I quickly worked out that’s as much as I can run before it starts to come Up. Three Seles later I seemed pretty sure I had nothing left in the guts. How wrong was I......anyway it didn’t get better, the marathon played out as a 300m jog, 500ish Meter walk for the vast majority, I had improved somewhat to where I could keep down Ice cubes. Nothing else. It made the marathon very long but at the end of the day it’s done now, another Ironman in the bank, it’s time for some rest. Did I find the spark? I’m not sure, but I will be lining up for another Ironman somewhere again. It’s part of what I do, I do love the pain and suffering. Thanks for the support, greatly appreciated. now for the trannies report, jumped in about 90 seconds after rat dog and 3 seconds before stikman, stikman gone, rat dog no where to be seen, onto the bike, rat dog came flying past me at 30km, I did not try to keep up because I think he may be wearing the suit that fitted him 25kg ago and you could see his arse right through it, I didn’t need that so let him go 😂. Saw stikman at 45km pulled up chatting to someone at a penalty box area. Didn’t see Katz or anyone other trannies on the bike. 60km and is reeled rat dog in, HAd a quick chat and kept on going, he must have come past me on the second lap as I was sleeping because we crossed paths again somewhere around 140km, I then had another rest and same thing, then caught back up with about 4km to go, both hurting bad. I went into T2 and called a medic, rat dog came flying through transition, on a mission. Out on run course I saw RD as I just got out, explained the medic stuff and he was already through 2km, by the time I got back to 2km I saw stikman and had a chat, Zed joined us, he looked shit, calf gone I think he said, he was 20km In already. Off we went. Lap went by and I’d caught back up to RD, saw Katz, she was happy and doing her thing. Then it was just a death march to the end, swapped pleasantries with each other as we crossed paths all night. Humdrum out on course catching up with each of us up in no mans land each lap. the end
  43. 11 points
    Based on this year, still being alive at the end of 2020 would be nice! I saw the Neurologist yesterday, as it's exactly six months after having my brain seizures. He agreed to let me try to wean myself off the anti-seizure medication (Keppra) and has said that it's ok for me to swim and ride again as long as I'm aware of the risks. So far I've only had one swim and, apart from it being really slow & awkward, it was bloody brilliant! I also saw my Urologist recently to get my latest PSA results (which were taken six weeks after my surgery for Prostate Cancer). The Urologist said he was happy with my progress, but that the test results still showed a small PSA reading (0.03) which although not high, is still not ideal after having a Radical Prostatectomy. Neither he nor the Physio were real keen on me getting back into much exercise as yet, but I figured that if I do happen to need radiation treatment next year then I'd rather be a bit fitter going into it. So I've managed to get out and do the 5km Parkrun for the past three weeks. It's taken me over 30 minutes to do each one, but I'm getting better. My biggest problem is that my inactivity over the past six months has meant that I've now got really stiff knees that ache badly during and after running. I'd been hoping that it was just one of the side effects of the Keppra medication, but apparently it's not, it's more likely that it will be arthritis in the joints... Ain't getting older fun!! That all sounds pretty dire, but really I'm fine, I'm happy and I'm really looking forward to next year. I've had a great run in life so far, so anything that I do get done in 2020 will just be a bonus! Bring it on!!
  44. 11 points
    My lead up to Kona went well given my awful work roster. I would spend two weeks in Australia cycling and swimming, racking up 1000+km on the bike and 30+km in the pool, each R&R. I would then spend 4 weeks at work in Mongolia. While at work I would run every second day after work (12 hour shifts). On the other nights I would do intervals on the rowing machine and exercise bike. I had an amazing time in Kona. I went as part of the Legacy program after completing 15 x IMWA. I spent a week training and heat acclimatising in Honolulu and arrived in Kona a week before the race. I did the PATH run, Hola practice swim, ANZAC morning tea, first timer morning team, Parade of Nations and Undie run. We also went swimming with the Manta Rays. There was a Legacy event at the King Kam on the Wednesday night. Ironman CEO Andrew Messick greeted each Legacy athlete and spoke to them as they arrived. There were then some inspirational speeches from Mike Reilly, PNF, Dave Scott and Mark Allen. All of the Legacy athletes that I spoke to were super pumped and excited to get the opportunity to race in Kona. The Legacy bikes were racked together near the Pro bikes on the pier. The Legacy athletes were in the Kukui wave, which was the last wave to start the race. The Kukui wave included the Legacy athletes, Foundation athletes (people who got a spot by donating or fund raising for the Ironman charity) and wild card athletes (what ever that means). If you ever get the opportunity to go to Kona as part of the Legacy program – DO IT. It was an amazing experience. Ironman went out of their way to make the Legacy athletes feel special. Through out the week I got train to on some of the famous locations that I have seen on the Kona coverage over the last 20+ years – Palani hill, Alii drive, the energy lab, the climb up to Hawi, Mark and Dave hill, see the lava fields in person and swim out to the coffee boat. I also had a meal at Lava Java, The Kona swim is amazing – you can see coral and fish all the way. On the way back in I found a set of feet to draft off and arrived in T1 feeling relaxed and ready to ride. The bike was hot. With our late start and slower cycle times, by the time we got to the climb to Hawi the wind had really picked up. Sometimes it was a head wind, often a dangerous cross wind. I got a puncture just before the last aid station on the way up to Hawi. While I was fixing the puncture, the wind blew over a shade tent at the aid station which careered into me and sent myself and bike flying. Fortunately, no damage was done to myself or bike. On the way back down from Hawi the cross winds were treacherous, and I did not spend much time on the aero bars. The ride back into town was into a head wind, so I stayed on the aero bars and tried to keep cool, pouring water over myself. When I started the run it was crazy hot. The sun went down before I reached the energy lab which cooled things down a little. I was grateful that I had a head torch as the run is pitch black with little street lighting. I cramped up at the bottom of the energy lab and lost about 10 minutes stretching out the cramp. It was then a slow jog back to town. The final run along Alii drive was amazing. I am not an emotional person, but crossing that finishing line was an incredible feeling. It had taken me 15+ years of training and racing to get there. Getting the opportunity to race in Kona made it all worthwhile. I finished in 13:56:04. I was really happy with my time. I then spent 2 weeks touring in California, with no training at all. I had 2.5 days in Perth so got in 1 swim and 1 long ride. I now have 4 weeks at work and arrive back in Australia 2 days before IMWA. So my taper has already begun!
  45. 11 points
    My Kona training is going as well as can be expected. I spend 4 weeks at work. Every second night I will run usually for 90 minutes. The other nights I will either do intervals on an exercise bike or rowing/swim bands for 90 minutes. During my 2 weeks in Perth I try to maximise my swimming and cycling. During my last Perth break I completed 1350km of cycling, 30km of swimming and due to an injury only 25km of running. I am in Perth this week. On Sunday I will pack my bike into my bike bag and pack my suitcase. I go back to work for 2 weeks, have 18 hours in Perth and then fly to Honolulu for a week and then a week in Kona. I have signed up for everything in Kona - Ho`ala swim, PATH run, undie run, ST party. As a Legacy athlete I want to experience everything, as it is my one and only chance. Super excited now that the race is only a few weeks away.
  46. 10 points
    though it was about time I made a contribution on my experiences with triathlon. On how I got into it and why I stay involved. In 2007 I did my first triathlon. I had actually trained for a triathlon back when I was 21 (quite a while back) but managed to develop planta fasciitis which hung around for 20 years or so. Post children I decided to start running and this time I used the “coach potato to injury free running in six weeks” programme (and to be honest I was definitely a potato) – It was a total game changer. Within months I was training for my first half marathon and this kept me happy for about 3 years when running became a bit boring. It was the night before the gold coast half marathon when I picked up a brochure in the hotel room advertising a triathlon. Hmm, sounded a bit easier than a half marathon. 1.5km swim? I’d done the Byron bay swim which was 2km so didn’t seem too much of a problem. 40km bike? Used to ride my bike to work in Melbourne and that was about 10km each way - doable. 10km run? Hell of a lot less training than for a half marathon. Piece of cake I decided. 🤓 Next thing I know I’d: bought a book on triathlon training, internet wasn’t quite the font of all wisdom as it is now; purchased a bike – I decided on a mountain bike, because road bike wheels were too narrow for my nervous disposition and the book said it was OK to use them in triathlons. I also rang the organisers and asked if it was OK to ride one and they said “yep!”; sussed out a tri swim squad which was local; and, most importantly, signed up! Back then Noosa did not sell out in 8 hours. I was in! The next 16 weeks was spent training (diligently following my OD training plan from my book) and agonising about various things like cut off times, what to wear, cut off times, whether to wear socks or not, cut off times, nutrition, cut off times. All typical newbie thoughts. Getting a flat tyre was another worry, but a cycling friend came around one afternoon and I changed tyres till my fingers were black and blue. I had a ball. 🤣 Race day arrived and I fronted up in transition (still stressing about cut off times). I had my water bottle to rinse my feet off, small esky with Endura drink, 2 bananas, and a small folding chair so I could put my shoes and socks on. This was the days before they worried about athletes having more than shoes and race belt in transition. I also had my list to make sure I didn’t forget anything. When I think about it, this was the most organised I’ve ever been in transition….. I must admit that I was a bit concerned that my bike appeared to be the only mountain bike amongst the thousands there….. However, compared to cut off time phobia it was nothing in the scheme of things. The race is a bit of a blur but some highlights. Getting swamped in the swim and having a little cry halfway and swearing never to do this again. Getting lots of cheers on the bike with comments like “go the BMX” and fellow competitors as I rode up “the incline” complimenting me on my choice of bike. Hopping off the bike without needing to change a tyre 💪 Running towards the finishing line with literally thousands of people cheering. Sitting in the café eating pancakes with my family absolutely elated and planning on doing it again next year.😂 By the way, I did make the various cut offs. My time was: 3:16: 26. Swim was 38:03 (it was a VERY strong current in the canal that year because I did dog paddle quite a bit) Bike 1:38:27 and run 59:56. These times included the transitions and considering I was most diligent in washing and drying my feet and consuming my nutrition in transition not a bad time for a first race in retrospect. Fast forward to 3 November this year when I lined up for my 10th Noosa triathlon and a few things have changed. Noosa and Mooloolaba had been my main races over the years and I regularly finished in the last 5-10 of my age group (to be honest I didn’t even know there were official results for quite a few years). Kids sport interrupted a few years, then chatting with a cyclist friend one day he said if I really wanted to do better then I would have to ditch the mountain bike and actually train, and not just the river loops I’d done previously. Next thing I’m riding a borrowed road bike, doing mt coottha and corso repeats (if not in the rain then in the freezing cold). Then I’m buying my own bike, then a few years later a TT bike. Training is now a year round thing and last year I did something like 17 races, OD and sprints. Which brings me to my race report: Lobbed solo into Noosa this year. Stayed at the backpackers which was just awesome, especially when I paid the bill for 2 nights and had change from $100! I’d had a nearly perfect preparation. Actually, who am I kidding, it was a perfect prep. Didn’t miss a single training session and was as niggle free as any 57 year old has a right to be. The draw meant I was going off at a ridiculously early hour and would not be running in the heat! Oh yeah! The stars were aligning. Race day: The announcement, as I wondered back into transition after forgetting my water bottle (I always forget something, maybe I should revert to lists like I did for my very first race) that the swim would be shortened surprised me somewhat as the ocean had looked pretty good at 5:45am. Didn’t really worry much as I wandered down to the beach. When it comes to swimming, shorter is always better. Caught up with my friend and arch rival, she had decided we were going to go off together so she could keep an eye on me and then we were off. The rolling start was advertised as being implemented to improve the swim experience for the athlete… ROFL. No offence guys, but swimming with you lot is a nightmare. When a woman wacks you with a stray arm, we tend to adjust our lines and move away. When the gentlemen I was swimming with wacked me they just kept doing it, even if I swam away from them. Oh well. Ran down towards the point like everyone else did then headed into the water. A bit dumpy on the swim out, but surf doesn’t worry me much. The swim was pretty good as once I rounded the second bouy I hopped on the hip of someone who knew how to sight. Every fifth or sixth stroke I watched them lift their head then continue swimming, just like a video on how to sight. Other than getting dumped coming into shore and losing my brand new $50 goggles the rest of the swim was unremarkable. Time: 25:27 (9th of 51) T1 Ran the longest T1 transition in the world, collected my beautiful time trial bike and headed out. Flying mounts are never going to be part of my racing itinerary so clopped out well past the mount line and mounted sedately. I admit I also spent a bit of extra time putting on my socks, though I didn’t use a water bottle to rinse and dry my feet 😎 Time: 5:37 Bike: The ride out was just awesome. Even “the incline” was fun – just love the group who ring the cowbells at the next to last turn! I don’t ride with power and I don’t look at my heart rate monitor, I just ride as fast as I can, keeping half an eye on my average speed on my bike computer. I figure if I was sitting on an average of 33.5 at the bottom of “the Hill” then I was within my desired goal bike time. However, as is the way with racing, I encountered a trio of cyclists in the last 1km who were busy blocking the road as they tried to undo their shoes for a flying dismount. Honestly, if they’d just cycled flat out to the finish line, braked 100m out then unclipped at the dismount line they would have been much better off and saved themselves a minute or so. Oh well. That’s racing for you. Time: 1:09:30 (3rd of 51) 2 minute PB!!!. Oh Yeah! T2 Had been a bit concerned at my propensity to cramp on my longer runs over the last few weeks so I bought some revolting anti cramping stuff at Expo – I know, “nothing new on race day” but I figured it wouldn’t hurt anything but the taste buds – crikey it was a foul tasting concoction. Grabbed a few sips as I headed out on to the run. Bleh! Time: 2:56 Run: Had put a bit of an effort into run training this time around. It tends to be the first thing I skip if I’m feeling tired. Joined a run group and had progressed very well to the point I thought I’d be able to do a 51:xx – a personal best for 10km triathlon. As I headed out I felt really good. A most unusual sensation. Ticked through the first 2 kms dead on my target pace of 5:05 per km. It was lovely and cool as I ran along enjoying the crowd and sipping on the vomit worthy cramp stuff. 3km was a tad slower 5:10, that was OK I thought. Picked up the pace, or so I thought, to register 5:15. O oh! Not quite to plan. I knew I’d slow down at the 6 and 7 kms. 5:20km for 4th km. Sigh, I was feeling absolutely stuffed. Kept getting slower and slower till I finally walked an aid station. Was really cranky because it was so cool and I couldn’t work out why I felt so weak. Walked once or twice more before I gave myself a mental uppercut and pushed on to run the last 2kms at a more respectable pace. The run down through the crowds really does lift you and there is nothing quite like it. Time: 54:56 🤷‍♀️ Total time :2:38:28 for 5th in my age group. Absolutely stoked! 💃 So there it is, I finished my 10th Noosa triathlon, collected my “Legends” T-shirt (most expensive item of clothing I own) and managed a PB at the age of 57. I love triathlon. 😍 p.s. I found out when I was changing out of my tri gear why I faded so badly on the run. The 2 gels which I needed were still in my pocket. So busy sipping on the cramp stuff I totally forgot to take any calories on board. I blame old age. Either that or I’m an idiot. 🤡
  47. 10 points
    Just another day in the life... (Mallorca, just before the escape hatch closed in early March)
  48. 10 points
    An interesting topic and one I have probably more experience than most in. That experience would be as a user of "recreational" drugs back in my wilder days of yore and as the person on the other side of the fence as ambulance crew at everything from Notting Hill Carnival to Download Festival to Wireless Festival as well as an operational commander for SJA at those events and then quite literally poacher turned gamekeeper as an event manager for some of the UK's biggest dance music promotors. Running events for over 10,000 people many with a proclivity to partake. My experience is UK orientated, it's not a world I have had any contact with over in Australia. In all of those capacities other than the first I have seen the serious impact on health that overdoses and poisonings can have. I've saved a fair few lives, not managed to save one and once been the person who had to tell the friends of somebody at one of my event's that they weren't coming home with them, ever. I am, of course, a bias sample. The roles I was undertaking meant that I would only see the ill people / people who had an issue. You don't call an ambulance to somebody who is fine which applies to the vast majority of people who take drugs or even drink to excess for enjoyment. In every case, except one where it was quite clear the poor chap had deliberately overdosed, the issues were caused by contamination or super-strength substances, all of which would have been solved with some kind of testing facility. The current "war on drugs" has objectively failed. Billions and billions of resources have been spent and deaths from drug misuses are at the highest ever level (again UK stats): https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/deathsrelatedtodrugpoisoninginenglandandwales/2018registrations. The biggest demonstration that the "war" has failed is that I could arrive in any city in the UK and in 10 minutes have my hands on anything from heroine to cannabis. On top of the human misery caused by those dying from misuse you also have the terrible depravations that take place in countries that are in the supply chain, Afghanistan, Mexico, South America all bear the scars from the horrific control that organised crime has over their society due to the insane amounts of money they can make from the trade. As an event manager we had to genuinely risk assess anti-drug measures to ensure we would not end up on the wrong side of a shot gun. If you confiscate a significant amount of an organised firm's drugs or get them caught by the police then you are highly likely to have a bunch of tooled up gangsters turning up at your event. The police would be useless in that situation. In terms of how to solve it, basically I think everybody would like a system that minimises harm and also stops my gran getting mugged to pay for heroin. I don't buy the "Alcohol is worse so we should treat it the same as that" as I think it's a strawman, "This thing is bad, but it's not as bad as that bad legal thing so we should legalise it" doesn't really add up. It is useful however to use alcohol as a mirror to hold up to the morally outraged to demonstrate the hypocrisy of that position. We should split drugs into the "recreational" and the "addictive", there is crossover but considerably less than you would think. However alcohol is a perfect example of a crossover. For many people who use it in moderation it is not problematic and the social good it does is actually a real thing. I have a GP friend who works in a rural practice and he told me that the people he worries about health wise are not the old boys who head to the pub for two or three pints of an afternoon because it means they are getting up, getting out and socialising. They also have a bunch of people who would notice if they didn't turn up for a couple of days. The worry are the isolated ones who nobody sees / visits. Equally for most people MDMA and Ecstacy are not proven to be addictive and people tend to "grow out of them" as life moves on (summary of research here: https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/mdma-ecstasy-abuse/mdma-addictive). There is a similar story for Cocaine although it is more addictive and does cause more problems. Note I am separating cocaine, from crack cocaine which is horrendously addictive. Crack, ice, heroine and the rest of the opiates are addictive. My personal view based on experience and looking at places like Luxemburg (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/11199849/What-happens-if-you-decriminalise-drugs.html) is that we need a massive step towards decriminalisation. I would like to see MDMA, Ecstacy, Cannabis and Cocaine (not crack) legalised, regulated and taxed. They should be available to purchase from licensed retailers. Limited to the over 18s and packaged in a way that clearly explains the danger. I would also like to see the other drugs decriminalised and made available through medical practitioners. People would be able to get hold of them so long as they were also taking part in some kind of treatment program. No 10 year old wants to grow up to be a smack head. We treat alcoholism as a medical / social issue. We should do the same with all addictions. This is not going to happen any time soon. Stigma and political pressure will stop this happening. In the mean time drug quality testing has to be rolled out if only so I never have to give anyone that news again.
  49. 10 points
    Oh, and I forgot to add. As from Monday, I am officially retired. Now that's for the "Great News Thread". 😀😀😀 FM
  50. 10 points
    One week to go. That includes:- * Monday: Lunch with the Boss * Wednesday: Lunch with the Team then State of Origin * Thursday: Funeral for a work friend of 20 years (morning) ; my formal work farewell (early evening) * Friday : Last work lunch then Casual drinks @ Bungalow 8 from 4pm * Saturday: Wake up in the hotel in Sydney and head home FM
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