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  1. 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
  2. 18 points
    The last two days have giving me great satisfaction. For the first time in a very long time I have felt wanted and respected. The first one was on tuesday i turned up to work (arvo/night shift). I started here in December. Went to my clipboard to check my client list for the shift. My payslip was there as usual but so was a card. A birthday card. I hadnt even told them. There was a gift card in there too but the best thing was the messages from all those work there. The messages were very touching to me and a one of acceptance and genuine want. Number 2 was yesterday (my actual bday). A guy with MS, a mum of a swimmer i have helped and a client who did rehab with post Cervical spine fusion took me out to lunch. Their words during lunch were very touching and a bit emotional. Both these experiences made me feel uncomfortable as it was unexpected but also very rare for me. So the take away i have got from these two days is 1. I have worth in my role and am respected. 2. I have some real friends 3. I have stuck to my guns and finally seeing some positives. 4. Dont change you because you are not the right fit for others. Find the right fit for you.
  3. 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
  4. 17 points
    I only just found this site again! I wanted to let those on here, particularly the people with a Cystic Fibrosis connection, that I nominated for the wrong race at Kingscliff! So I nominated for March 2018 rather than the December one late last year. I got the job done and am targeting a 70.3 in September should I continue to get stronger. In a shameless brag I was so stoked to have the Australian Triathlete Magazine feature me as their #Inspo story for the July edition coming out shortly! Thanks again for your encouragement n I hope one day you may pick me out if we Cross paths in a Tri - I'll be noticeable as I'll be wearing the official Donate Life -Transplant Australia Tri suit! Cheers Rod
  5. 17 points
    https://www.facebook.com/RunWith.com.au/ www.runwith.com.au After two years of thought and banging on about my new shop. It's finally here (well stage 1 is). RunWith will open (stage 1) on the 13th January, 2018. This will be the Retail/Online and run group side of things. The prehab/rehab/recovery centre (Stage 2) will open about 4-6 weeks after this, with a runners gym and Normatec recovery systems. Then Alter G/Hot and Cold pools not far behind (Stage 3, expected June '18). In total, it's about 420sqm of fun. Stock might be a touch thin on the retail side of things, but will be a lot better as the months go on (I expect to be at full strength somewhere around the end of March, subject to suppliers being able to get stuff to me). I've got plenty of the bigger brands, a couple of smaller ones and at least two that at the moment are unique to RunWith. I have all the staples to get started and look forward to adding things as they come into store. If you happen to pop past the store for a tour and a yarn, I'll have some of Skulduggery's finest (Hey Burgs and Dan Wilson's brew) to share and tunes going from a few local record labels. If you know of a good quality local brand that can add to the RunWith community please let me know (the more the merrier). As a thanks to everyone here for providing advice/support and to Roxii for letting me advertise here, the code below will give you 20% off everything in store and online till the end of January (20% will be added to the value of gift cards)*. Further to this, I'm giving 2% of all sales made through this discount code back to Transitions - I know Roxii puts a bit of coin into the site and it's a little way to give back to the place that's given us all a lot at times (adding Transitions as your 'group' in your account will also give you 9% off everything store wide at all times** and will continue to give 2% to Transitions, yes - I can make this available to other clubs, email willie@runwith.com.au) CODE: IAMATRANNIE - This code will be good till the end of January and will not be repeated. Generally speaking, this will be the first and last time I offer a dramatic discount. BONUS: Spend over $200 in one transaction in January 2018 and I'll send you a RunWith shirt to wear, you'll be able to select your size in checkout if you qualify. Sweet huh? Website will go live Monday 8th January, with as many products as I can manage to put up there between now and Launch. If there is something missing, that I may stock or should stock please comment below or send an email to info@runwith.com.au and I'll try and work it out for you. If you need any advice, help, suggest products, suggest clubs or sponsorships, offer support or simply want to yell abuse ( ) down the phone my number is 0404 133 183 or willie@runwith.com.au * Please note 20% off not valid on Electronics. Gift Cards bought with this discount are not able to be used to purchase electronics. ** Subject to change without notice.
  6. 15 points
    At the risk of starting something up, can we all just get along, please? I only know or have met a few of the people on this forum and you're all pretty decent characters. I remember Cranky's dilemma's, reading FP's reports and helping Kieran further himself in the workplace, just to name a few instances. However, there seems to be a battle going on between a couple of factions on here that is worthy of some self-moderation. Not ascribing blame or naming names, but we get that you may not get along, so probably best to leave the discussion there. Otherwise, can we keep the "community" in this thing, or I'm off!
  7. 15 points
    OK everyone, race report time. The last 10 or so months of training for this event, my first Ironman, had gone really well. Big progress on all fronts, which included my first marathon, a half marathon PB, and an Ironman 70.3 PB as stepping stone events along the way. I felt mentally ready, which I had heard was such an important part, I was technically very prepared with equipment and nutrition all being tested multiple times leading into the event, as I never want to try something new on race day. The only slight negative is that I had been carrying a small issue in my left hip which I had been trying to sort out for 2 weeks leading in, within about 2km of any run starting during that period, my glute tightened up and pulled my hip joint slightly out of whack, and caused the joint to become quite painful. I knew that it was something I could fight through, and wouldn't force me to stop, but it would slow me down. I had done chiro, massage, salt baths, rollers, and even trialled Normatech boots and pants in the lead up to race day, and it was feeling much better. Friday was check in day, and organising all my different transition kits, ready for racking. Saturday was racking and transition tour in the morning, a last session on the Normatechs, and home to watch the Raiders game! Race day was a nice early start, into transition to get the nutrition sorted on the bike at around 5am, then I sat on the side of the river with my wife and soaked up the occasion, watching all the70.3 racers start their day, and reflected on the last year and how much effort it had taken to get to this point. Literally 12 months earlier I was undertaking my first 70.3, thinking that would be the limit to what I was able to accomplish in Tri's. Today I was aiming to break 13 hours on an Ironman. Swim - target 1hour 20 mins. For some reason the organisers re-routed the first few hundred meters of the swim leg to a narrower channel between some moored boats after the 70.3 start. This made the start fairly hectic, with a lot of slower swimmers struggling to keep in a straight line for the first stint to the old boat ramp. I got my first really good kick in the head here, straight on a goggle lense, and it felt like the vacuum created was going to pull my bloody eyeball out! A quick readjustment and it was all good. Once we rounded the first buoys and the field spread out a bit, I was able to get in a good rhythm and start passing some swimmers. I had put in a lot of effort in the pool this last year with an aim of building an efficient swim stroke, if not very fast. A benchmark swim leading into the race showed that in 12 months I had taken my 2km average of 2.08min/100m down to 1.53, so this was great progress. For the first time I was able to bridge between swim groups, and take a small rest on peoples feet once I had caught them. Usually I am a solo swimmer, or getting dropped of the pack until I get caught by the next age group coming through, so this was a really good feeling. I finished the swim in 1.18, and came out of the water thinking that I had just had my best race swim ever, and had hardly used any energy at all. It was a great feeling knowing that one stage was over, and I was in good shape heading onto the bike. Bike - target 6hours 30 mins. I had my family waiting for me at Flynns beach, only a few minutes into the ride, and I would pass them 4 times on the course in total. it was such a boost to see them all cheering on with hand made signs, and shirts my wife had custom made for them that read 'who needs superheros - my dads a real Ironman!' Without a power meter on my bike, I was riding to perceived effort, and I felt like I was really holding back and averaged 30 odd km/h for the first 45kms to the turnaround point near Dunbogan. I was really cautious of getting ahead of myself and was trying to pace well. The course I mentally split into 3 parts - the hills and rollers near Port, the TT stretches in the middle, and the bumpy stuff down south. I finished off the first 90km loop feeling very good, and headed back out of town. It was in the middle TT section on lap 2 that the fatigue started kicking in. A slight wind had picked up, and a combo of that and tired legs meant I couldn't hold the pace I had on lap one. I had to mentally accept that at this point in time, I just had to do what I could do at that moment, and stop thinking about pace. I had a pretty rough hour thought he bumpy section of the course, and this was mentally the hardest period for me. I just focussed on doing the best I could, but I had this annoying voice in the back of my head saying 'your not even half way yet...' Coming back through lake Cathy, there was a group of spectators at the top of a climb, and a stranger yelled at me on the way past 'Just bring it home Nick!', and it literally felt like I had a gust of wind push me in the back. For some reason that comment completely changed my frame of mind, and I kept chanting it to myself on the way back to town. I had 3 of my workmates, including my boss drive up for the day to cheer me on, and I saw them on the way back, as well as my family, and that kept the good flow happening all the way into town. I finished off with a 6.22. Again, under target. Run - target 4hours 20mins - 4hours 45mins I took a few minutes in transition to get set up properly, and let my legs get used to not peddling, and then headed out on course. I had a target pace of 6min/k, and was able to roll out and hit this target easily for the majority of the first lap. At around the 8km mark, my hip joint went. I tried to 'fight' it for a km or so, until mentally it was starting to get my head out of a good place. I pulled into a porta loo for a quiet moment, and just had to reassess todays objective. I focused on forgetting time and pace, I changed my watch so all I could see was distance, and re focussed on two things - keep moving, and doing whatever was possible in the moment. I knew that sometimes the pain would mean I would need to walk a few meters, and rather than beating myself up, I accepted this. I knew my pace would be slower than target, but as long as I used the most I could at any given time, and rode the rollercoaster of energy levels, I was happy. That little moment to refocus totally changed my frame of mind, and set me up for the 'easiest' long run I had ever done. I found a new short stride gait, with a bit of a left leg hitch that took most of the load off the joint. I was able to keep a pace of high 7min ks up for the bulk of the run. I kept breaking the course up into manageable sections - I just had to do 10k until I finished this lap - just 2 km to the next aid station.. this made it much easier to digest. I had heard a lot in podcasts and such professionals talk about what 'the zone' was for them, and I remember hearing one of my favourite Ironmen, Lionel Sanders talk of his 'zone' being a place where the world went quiet, and the body was so focussed on the moment that it was essentially incapable of thought. I went into this stage at around the 20km mark, and all my head noise just seemed to disappear. I was amazed at what I was able to achieve in this period, I had set out to keep a certain pace until I hit the wall, but the wall never really came. I was on autopilot. With about 3km to go I got a bit wobbly in the head, and I nearly had a fall, so I walked a few hundred meters and had a double helping of coke for the sugar hit at the second last aid station, and kept on plugging. Its hard to describe the feeling of hitting the finishing chute and having my workmates and family cheering me home and throwing high fives. Its still something Im getting to grips with. 3 years ago I got the hard word from my doctor that unless I changed my health habits, I was going to have some major issues. That was a major turning point for me, and I realised I would not be any positive sort of father figure for my family in my current state. I decided that day to improve my health. Ironman was not even a figment of my imagination at that time. I remember driving home from the gyn not long afterwards with a tear in my eye to tell my wife I ran a whole kilometre on the treadmill - without even walking once!! Ive since dropped over 30kg and totally changed my health and habits. This result is something that never ever seemed possible even a year ago. And to finish knowing I gave it everything I had, and that was the absolute fastest time I could deliver with the cards I was dealt on the day was a great feeling. I finished the Marathon with a 5.04, but finished the event in 12.52, which was under my 13 hour target time. I seriously couldnt be happier with the result. I dont really know whats next. I came in thinking that this would be my only Ironman. Now Im not so sure. Its a really big commitment with a young family, so It may be shorter distances for a few years until the kids get a bit older and dont want me hanging around anymore:) But I'm going on a 2km run tonight with my 3 year old, as he has been begging me to go racing with him since Sunday, so maybe this whole role model thing is working! A massive thanks to everyone for their support, its really helped in the lead up. And as the Ironman motto goes - 'Anything is possible'.
  8. 15 points
    Straight to the pool room...
  9. 15 points
    Race report- Arrived at our accom on saturday before the race. Conditions were perfect, clear blue sky and mild temps perfect for racing. We checked out the finish line and finish straight which was cool and almost emotional as I said in another post, seeing the place where the bombs went off was confronting. Sunday the weather started turning, we had a max of 2 with feel temp reaching well below 0, light frozen rain all day. We did though meet up with a few aussies on the start line one of which is part of the indigenous marathon project and currently doing a doco on indigenous runners. He had a good chat with Bill Rogers which was really interesting to hear. Race morning we woke to solid rain which you could hear all night. I woke up at midnight and couldn't sleep. I spent 2 hours discussing race attire with Willie, being abused by Prizna to get back to sleep and some last minute well wishes from my physio. I also posted on insta. Cause thats what u do at 1.30am before a race... anyways i found an old nike storm jacket i packed which i had never used, I also scrapped the idea of using a singlet and went with a light thermal and my jacket which had removable arms. I left the hotel room at 540am to get to the buses at 6am. On top of the race attire i also had a $10 jumper i bought the day before and a poncho. I walked half way to the buses through a shopping mall then exited jist before the finish line. I put the poncho on straight away as it was pouring and windy. Gloves were instantly soaked through same as my shoes. It was freezing. I got on the bus and got talking to and american doing his 6th boston and a Danish guy doing his 1st. About 30min into the trip I noticed white stuff beside the road, which of course was snow. As we pulled up the snow got thicker on the side of the road and i noticed alot of the house roofs were covered in it... it was still pouring rain. It was 7.33 am, race start 10am. Once in the athlete village you have 2 large white marquees to choose from. I went into the second which was smaller. When i walked in there was one small black piece of plastic that bridged the mud into the tent it was only about 30cm wide and filling with water pretty quick. I walked to the back of the tent and then realised I was quickly going to be trapped in here surrounded by mud so I left. I looked across the park and there was 3 cliff tents (they were the nutrition on course) I walked in and half a dozen athletes were sitting in chairs with blankets and heaters. I figured they were sponsored and asked if I could please have one of the hats they had on the table and grabbed a cliff bar and went to walk out when they offered me a chair, blanket and right next to a heater. Winning! I spent the next 2 hours in there talking crap with 30 odd Americans and one other Australian from adelaide. That was the most comfortable I was all day. At 915 we left our sanctuary in the clif tent and made the 1 mile walk to the start. Still in everything including poncho as it was still pouring rain and house roofs were still covered in snow! The start was very similar to gold coast where it' a straight line and they separate you into your start coral which is based on qualifying time. Due to the weather I don't know if we all the normal hoo haa went on. I had been told we were going to have a jet fly over but never saw that. I got to the start coral about 1 min before the start and removed the arms from my jacket. The gun went and off we go. It's basically all downhill and very tight for the first 10k. I had made a consious choice to just run by feel and enjoy the race as much as I could. It was still pouring it just hadn't let up. I couldn't feel my feet the first 5k and i was completely saturated right through basically from the moment I removed my poncho and jumper. There was people running in ponchos, jackets and shower caps!?! It was an interesting experience that's for sure... I spent the first 15k steadily overtaking people and went through 10k a touch over 4min k pace. That's alright, I felt good, held same pace through 15k then around 20k I stopped overtaking people and slotted in with a group. The head wind was pretty brutal. It was cold and blowing rain in your face. I was glad I got the hat from clif as It really kept the rain out of my eyes. It also helped keep my head a bit dryer and warmer with my beanie under. At some point I heard this noise, it just kept getting louder and louder, then I saw the Wellesley college sign. Yep I know where I am now. It was exactly as described. Thousands of girls screaming at the top of their lungs offering kisses to all the passing runners. I saw a few guys stop and take up the offer but I held my spot in the middle and just smiled and laughed at the craziness of it all. The guys in the tent said if you get through 16m feeling good you've set up a good race. If your quads are hurting there then you're not going to have a good day. My quads were smashed... and they were right it was the beginning of the end for me. I wasn't too stressed I just soaked up the moment and enjoyed the crowd. I struggled home the last 10k in about 51min even though it was mostly down hill. But I spent most of it high fiving fist pumping the crowd. Coming into town and turning left onto Boylston st. Wow. I was being overtaken left right and centre but couldn't care less. This was like the biggest ironman finish shute you can imagine. It's about 800m long, 4 and 5 people deep the entire street in pouring rain and it was amazing. I enjoyed every step of that straight run to the finish. I had a goal for the day of 2.45, for a number of reasons and not just the weather I don't think that was achieveable for me on the day. To finish the way I did was disappointing to fade so badly but it's a lesson learnt. 3.04.48 was the official time. I'm keen to head back to do this race again hopefully with better weather and with a much stronger result. For anyone thinking of doing this race the only thing I can compare it to is city to surf. 1 way race. Rolling hills the whole way. Crowd lining the whole route. It's and amazing experience and the whole atmosphere around the event is amazing. Ps my girlfriend thinks I look like forest Gump with the hat on...
  10. 15 points
    Was chatting this morning about my year last year and the role this thread played in it all. The conversation made me feel the need to pop in and say thank you to all of you for listening to me when I needed it most. I also wanted to make sure anyone who needed it right now knows there is someone here (although I'm sure we all are), if it's needed. And finally, if anyone at all needs a private chat about anything, drop me a line, please.
  11. 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.
  12. 14 points
    Thanks Flanman! Taken the kids camping tonight, just them and me, a fire and some old man daddy music (as the kids say)
  13. 14 points
    Swim, Ride, Run - there.... it's Tri related. I hope everyone has a great Christmas and New Year. Be safe and at peace with yourself over this time. Reflect on the good and learn from your experiences. Don't be afraid to reach out and talk about "stuff" if you need to. This time of year is also about giving an ear, smile and shoulder. Problems are a lot easier when you talk about them. You cannot change the past, but you can ruin the present by worrying about the future. Cheers all FM
  14. 13 points
    Well it turns out an ironman is a long way. A really long way. wow, what a day. It's going to take me a little while to get my head around that.
  15. 13 points
    Best news this week after 7 months of tricky stuff. Short version: mid September in small town rural France Mr T had a week in hospital after sudden haematurea. Stabilised, camera for a look, cauterise, biopsy. The French medical system is awesome: competent, thorough and cheap. We finished our holiday, urologist emailed the pathology the day we left Singapore to come home (good medicine to hold it back while we enjoyed ourselves and tried to stay unstressed). Muscle invasive bladder cancer, no previous symptoms. Bugger. Fast track GP, the best urologist in Sydney for this surgery, pre-op physio, surgery mid November, 2 weeks in hospital. Came home with a new bladder made out of a bit of small intestine. Lots of work still to be done on pelvic floor but no bag. Chemo finished before Easter. First post op scan this week is CLEAR Still a long way to go to the final all-clear, but this was a big hurdle. Now he can start to plan retirement activities, at least medium term. I nearly put this in the mental health thread a while ago, but it belongs here, not there. We’ve been so well supported that mentally we’ve both been very aware but not deeply troubled.
  16. 13 points
    Haha I'm more than happy to cop it on the chin! I love riding a bike hard, that's for sure... It's interesting how different the half and full distance racing is from a pacing and nutrition standpoint and unlocking it is a bloody tough puzzle. In saying that though, when guys are going 7.40-8hr for a full, that is fast. I'm lucky enough to still be in my last year of uni and have relatively little expenses which gives me the opportunity to go into races with the freedom to put it all on the line. I've done 40 halves and started 4 fulls and to be honest, a lot have contained a lpt of physical suffering at the back end. The days when things pay off though feel bloody awesome! I'll come out with likely a slight different game plan at Port Mac, but make no mistake I don't know if I'll ever be a guy happy to sit in a bunch at 250w while there's guys getting 10min up the road.. All good though, I'm confident I'll podium at one of these bloody things one day in the future.
  17. 13 points
    The contents of the gear bag is pretty lean. But who cares when you get a hand written note from a local school kid. Thank you Hamish of room 11, best thing I’ve ever received in a gear bag.
  18. 13 points
    As I said, apologies Im really busy at the moment. I have answered these briefly for now. I will maybe expand on a few points if there is interest or answer any additional questions if there is any. Thanks Tyno. 1.Roxii, can you give us a quick rundown of your tri history – notable events, rep teams, KWC wins etc? Kicked off with the Canobolas Tri in Orange in 1991, was won by Jabbs. Was just something I was doing with a few mates for shits and giggles and I supposed I got hooked. Did Ironman for the first time in 1996 and managed to go round 11 times. PB was 10.46, my run always let me down, no matter how much or how hard I trained never seemed to be any good once I got beyond 20 odd k’s in the run. Probably most proud of my 4.45 Half Ironman at Forster, probably my best put together race on a hot day. My only KWC trophy was a first in a team. KWC has always had guns turn up (Michellie and Welchy were regulars in the early days and Gwen lately) so I was never gunna win that, even Yo-Yo came down to KWC once. I competed in the 09 Worlds as a member of team Ireland. I had hopes of trying to make the Aus team but came down with whooping cough during the qualifying series. Doing a WC was one thing I wanted to do before giving it away, as was my plan back then. Just never got around to retiring. 2. What about the earlier sports back ground, going back to the school days? I went to Catholic schools so rugby league was the sport. As with pretty much my entire life, I have always been able to turn my hand to anything, but only to a mediocre level, which actually ends up ok as a triathlete as being OK at all three and not having a significant weakness usually ends up with you being above average overall. 3. As the sole owner/proprietor here....for those that don't know, how did it all start for you – what lead to your takeover from Queen B?...and what about some early memories from the first few months in charge? I had offered to buy the site off Bernie when she started taking a back seat, but she declined. I didn’t think anything more of it and then a few years later out of the blue she sent me an email asking if I was interested. I wasn’t the first she had offered it to, I think Trev was first. I discussed it with the Mrs and she was cool so it all went through pretty quickly. The main reason I bought it was that this place had been pretty good to me and I knew how much of a good community it was and I didn’t want it being bastardised if it went elsewhere. I had already been moderating and that is by far harder than “owning” the site. My biggest issue is that I’m a computer numpty so I’m indebted to Stu (TenPints) for his help. 4. What about some of those early memories and famous/infamous names past. Are you happy you didn’t have to deal with some of the historical histrionics? Do you miss some of the action of the good old days? There were some funny times back in the day and yeah sometimes I miss it but I don’t think it is the site or triathlon that has forced that change it is simply a sign of the times. You simply can’t say and do the things you used to be able to say and do and get away with it any more. I have the legal letters to prove it. I’m lucky that a few of the “characters” I’m still in touch with, I get to see Gunther pretty regularly and he is still good for a laugh. 5. Are you happy with the current direction and feeling around the board and site as a whole? What would you like to see change or be added if you had the time/resources? Yeah on the whole, as long as you are all happy, Im happy. Obvioulsy I’d like to see more people contributing, especially when I know how many people read here. I am toying with the idea of stopping the “website” part and just bringing the new articles into the forum like I was toying with in the News and Reviews tab. While I enjoyed doing the website, a combination of things have made it more difficult. Obviously the tornado wrecking the house put things on hold for the best part of a year, also now with so many social media streams a lot of the “press release” are already out there as quickly as I can put them online, and pro athletes are also the same with their social stuff, plus my work is very busy at the moment and I have taken on more responsibility so it cuts into a bit of my spare time. I need to talk to Stu about implementing all this (and I feel really bad as he had built the site for me) and also want to look at incorporating the Transitions.net.au url and eventually go away from the .org.au url. 6. If there are things you’d like to improve, but currently can’t, could you see yourself putting a For Sale sign up? How many 6 packs would it take? If someone made a decent offer AND had the right intentions I would be happy to offload it, but all that being said its not much of a burden. It costs $130 US a month to keep it online and 99.9% of the time you guys behave and there is not much to do. Im a bit disappointed at how hard it has been to get some financial support/ sponsors from the industry. To be honest Ive given up. I would have thought of all the media streams a forum would be among the most beneficial. It has been proven that you guys will actively support good sponsors, and it’s the one media stream where people revisit (often) giving much more exposure to a brand. If I could get a few “partners” on board to cover costs that would be nice. 7. Does the forum gives you any kind of fame or notoriety far beyond your Shire roots? Does it open any doors in the industry? Does it ever make it more difficult for you? Yes, Yes and Yes. I already knew quite a few people from being around for a while and being from the shire but also having been training with a few different groups and clubs. But yeah the biggest shock was the first year, only a few months after taking over, going to Port and having Pete Murray come up and say “Hey Geoff Meyer wants to speak to you”, I said “Yeah sure who is Geoff Meyer” and Pete told me he was the boss of Ironman Asia Pacific. My first though was “Oh crap, what have we done now!” but he was great and saw the value of having a good relationship with Transitions. Similar when Phil Dally was head of TNSW, we got on great and he would give me plenty of great info (on and off the record) and I in turn would help TNSW out where I could. Unfortunately now that Geoff and Phil have moved on I have lost good relationships at Ironman and TNSW that haven’t continued since they moved on. One of my biggest bug bears is that TA will not engage with me (with the exception of legal threats), I made many attempts early on but kept getting palmed off or passed around to the point where I stopped bothering. I have tried to ask questions on “our” behalf and get promises but no follow up, its frustrating and I don’t think reflects well on the organisation and I suppose is just and extension of member frustration that you guys have expressed about lack of transparency and member accountability and now that Geoff and Phil have moved on I have lost good relationships at Ironman and TNSW that haven’t continued since they moved on. 8. The early days of the forum had a number of big hitters hanging around, would you like to see that sort of scenario return or do you accept it’s a different time and only some, like Bergs, will jump in every now and then? Yeah I think we all appreciate when the pro’s get involved here but as alluded to earlier they all have their own media and social media to look after too, plus I believe they need to do a bit of training, and occasionally when they come to places like this there will be one or two smartarses that want to tell pros how much they know, or how the pro is doing it all wrong and you could understand why they would not want to waste their time and effort on engaging. I think we are lucky enough that Bergs has a thick skin and a good sense of humour, plus we have Lachie who knows us all pretty well warts and all as he has been here a while. I think we may have blown our chance with PJ though. 9. Going back a long time there has been talk of people being happy to contribute to running costs and to help the owner make a bit of coin. Is this something you have thought about or are there mysterious benefactors who are putting some cash in behind the scenes? Nah at the moment it’s all coming out of my pocket. I’m ok with that it’s not a huge burden but I probably need to get off my arse and try and find a few sponsors/ partners/ whatever to try and cover the running costs and maybe make enough for a beer or two. 10. If you could change one thing in the world of tri (ANYTHING tri related), what would it be? (For the purposes of this exercise, you have a GOD like power to make the change happen and smooth any negative issues it might have.) Id simply like it to flourish, by whatever means that takes. If it meant races where easier to put on and cheaper to enter then that would be my one wish. It is a great sport (we all know that) and a great community (we know that too) and Id like more people, especially kids, to be able to experience that.
  19. 13 points
    The time you cross the finish line is irrelevant my friend, and the majority in this chosen sport of ours will applaud the fact that you turned up to the start and cheer your finish - whoever you are and however long it takes.
  20. 12 points
    Opporunity knocks. As of monday i have had the opportunity to essentially run my own gym. I was approached a couple weeks ago by a guy with a private gym in SE Melb to take over his clientele base while he is away overseas for 3 months and also build on with some of my own ideas. We are very similar in approach hence why he is interested in what i offer. In the future when gets back he wants to be a head trainer who trains other trainers in real concepts not commercial gym BS. So currently i have clients based at 3 gyms. So for me it is scary but exciting and a great chance to showcase what i can do.
  21. 12 points
    This is a report from the mid/back pack. If you think that going over 13hr is unacceptable then stop reading. IM Port Mac was a prove to myself, that I could do an Ironman in my fifties. I turned 50 last November. I had done IM in my 30's, 40's so wanted to finish one in my 50's. That was the key goal and the reason I told people when asked why?. Additionally I dislocated/broke my left hip 3 years ago and through the recovery focused on recovering so i could do what a normal healthy person could do; eg walk the dog, walk with the wife, play with kids etc. But underlying that was to get back to doings endurance sport like i had done previously. So i have done marathon MTB races, a marathon, so next was Ironman. My last IM was IMNZ in 2013 in 11hr 23min, and had done Port in 2008, 09, 10. The last time at Port was prior to the 70.3 being on the same day, a 3 lap bike, finish at Westport etc. I also finished in daylight (March race and Daylight saving still happening, start at dawn. I had done a total of 8 iron distance races previously with times between 11:20 and 12:59. Not fast. My training since Jan was consistent with final decision to enter at the end of Feb. I was putting focus into swim and bike, mainly around distance. I don't do allot of run training due to the hip. I also train with the underlying philosophy of arriving at the start line motivated and uninjured. Both of these i achieved. I arrived on Friday and enjoyed the buzz starting to form around town, although felt a little left out by not wearing IM branded clothing, or at a minimum some race shirt. The no carbo party left me with nothing to do that night and no really start to the weekend. Although I then ate what i wanted. The other key communication that wasn't given was about drafting, rules etc that you normally had to sit through. Also no celebration of the first timers or the legends which I used to enjoy. Saturday did a run, swim and bike to a cafe to check things over. My bike is a road bike with clip on bars 6 years old, wheels were my 40th birthday present, so when I racked my bike it was very much the odd one out. Then just wandered around, and sat around. Sunday morning got up and went and did the bike stuff, pump up tires, nutrition on bike, reading glasses on bike (if i need to see up close need those glasses), stand in toilet que x 3. The rolling start while is needed due to the tight cause had no real build up to it. Especially compared to IMNZ with the Waka coming in and Maori challenge. then the bike cannon fire of the start gun. Eventually the que got to the waters edge. Now to the race: Swim was nice, water clear and i seeded myself a bit high (1hr 20min) so got a little bumped around. The buoys were good for sighting, i just moved from buoy to buoy making my way up the course. The weir was a welcome change to break the swim up. Knew i was not going fast but work on survive the swim. Overall swam 1hr:28min, which was a little slower than hoped but no stress this is about completing. T1 was go, nothing exceptional, just making sure I did the process Bike: I got out of transition and focused on holding back, nutrition, not going super hard, and spinning. Did this through town and remembered the hilly nature of the first few km's. It was a beautiful warm sunny day so enjoyed that while keeping moving forward. I am a better biker than swimmer so passing people but remembering not to burn matches. I ride with HR, cadence, 3s power, speed. The first 3 are controllable and the 4th is of interest. On the flat, out of town just settled down to spinning and putting out an even output chewing up the km's. Remembering to take in nutrition to plan. It was nice going past the entrance to Goast Road and not turning into the worst potholes and patches ever seen on a sealed road. On the long straights just focused on en power output and cadence. The lack of wind was great. Lap one then lap two disappeared as the day went by my power was even across both laps when meant even pacing. I was able to stay on the aero bars as much as possible which was go. My hip aches from the same repetitive motion in the same position, which you don't get MTBing due to the continuous changing positions. The power on the second lap was 5W lower than first lap so pretty happy with pacing and endurance. I had no idea of my time as didn't look at time, I knew was getting on in the day as started to cool off. Coming alone the final road just before transition had a guy on a MTB wanting to race, so let him beat me; hell tell is grand kids about the day he out sprinted an Ironman!. Finished the ride in 6hr40min which was okay. T2 change into running shorts and dry top. Run: out onto the run at what was an Ironman shuffle high 6min/km pace. Previously have run a sub 4 Ironman marathon, wasn't going to be today. Today had different goals. I ran the first 2 laps; including gentle hill, except for the aid stations. Lap 3 decided to walk the hill. I had warm clothing in my special needs bag. but I knew if i kept running I would stay warm enough, but if I picked up warm top i could then walk but still be warm. So that was the mental battle each lap was to run past and know that there was no walking until I got back for the next lap. I kept shuffling, the crowd support was great. I shuffled/ran the whole way with only walking aid stations with a time of 5hr 17min. Wearing a Trannie hat got a few shout outs and meet Ironmum as she ran away! Overall time was 13hr 39min which allowed me to achieve the 2 goals of finishing in my 50s and back to pre hip activities. Overall I enjoyed the experience again, remember why i want to do it. It also shows you can do what you set your mid to if you set a plan and manage your expectations and resources.
  22. 12 points
    ***update*** we spoke at length to each other honestly at 2am yesterday after we finished packing for our holiday, she assures me that she still loves me and there are no immediate issues needed to resolve. She’s admitted she’s dealing with some stuff privately between her and her councillor but as I thought these relate to her childhood, she opened up a bit about it. These sessions have brought up a lot of stuff and she is dealing as best she can which is causing stresses and those are coming out in ways I described earlier. We both admitted we could get a tune up (as goughy mentioned so have agreed to do that) but only when she is on top of the other stuff first, I don’t want to overload her. Clearly she still thinks my moustache is seriously cool 😉 thanks for the messages and advice! I appreciate them all
  23. 12 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?
  24. 12 points
    I couldn’t find the thread with the Busso bet with IronmanFoz (Search function sucks) I bet him a cartoon of beer Wurf would go sub4hrs on the bike. Foz said not to worry about it. I lost & I pay my bets no matter what. So have donated to a local Charity called Backpacks 4 SA kids. I found some old ironman backpacks. We then got brushes, toiletries, clothing etc and filled them for three young girls. I spent over a carton of beer. I now consider the bet settled.
  25. 11 points
    For f.*ck sake, let’s get back to enjoying an event. One km here, one km there. Big deal. Enjoy the event, enjoy catching up with friends, enjoy the Beer Mile - enjoy the photo below. It’s about enjoying catching up with memories and mates that come around once a year. It’s about giving the support and words to every single person that runs past you. It’s about getting EVEYONE across the finish line. It’s about hugging and kissing friends. It’s about stepping back and appreciating the human sprint. It’s even tonight, about Coffs Pete handing out vouchers for pizza at IM to people he doesn’t really know. FM
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