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  1. 21 points
    16:58:07 Lets just say, that was tough.
  2. 20 points
    New disc wheel arrived last week and after much faffing and realising I didn't have the right bits (obviously I needed to order a tyre as well as the cassette!) I eventually got round to getting it all sorted yesterday. Getting the tyre on was a NIGHTMARE took me a long time but eventually all was well. Took it out for a spin this morning and I was skidding all over the place. The grip was appalling. I thought is this just what a disc feels like? Or is it something to do with the new carbon brake blocks? Then I had a look at the tyre and it was already shredding! Time to head to the LBS... on arrival I explained the concern and asked if they could get their mechanics to have a look at it... one of the chaps who was overhearing took a glance at the wheel and asked "Install it yourself mate?", "Yep" said I "And it took me hours, getting the tyre on was a nightmare." "Well, that would be because it's inside out..." Oh if the ground could have swallowed me!
  3. 18 points
    I think I am probably the oldest regular poster on this site who is still competing, for me the "secret" if there is one is to mix with younger people, still do what you enjoy doing, stick with people you can laugh a lot with. I have worked with a bunch of miserable old pricks when I was in my early twenties, and I can tell you misery is contagious. I think I needed to work with them to learn that lesson early in life. Since moving on from there I have always employed fun people, surrounded myself with fun people, people who enjoy life. As far as peerformance goes I accept that I no longer finish an Ironman in the daylight, on average I have lost 7min per year in my Ironman time over the past 20yrs. I believe staying healthy is heavily dependant on the company you keep, the diet you consume, and doing some exercise every day. The exercise has to be fun, you have to enjoy what you do. Accept that your goals and interests will change, but again they're influenced by the company you keep. Humans are basically pack animals, choose your tribe carefully 😏
  4. 16 points
    Too little training and too many injuries conspired for a long, tough day. I always knew it was going to be a grind. I hesitated to enter for quite a while, not knowing how my body would hold up. Though from the moment I arrived in Port, I knew it was where I wanted to be on the first weekend in May. The swim was painful throughout due to a shoulder injury, and the bike looked ugly from the start. The headwind blowing as I exited town was the strongest I remember on the first lap at Port. There's a flag on top of a unit block coming out of Flynn's that is usually fairly limp as you leave town. Not so this year, it was already billowing. There's little I can say about the cycle or run. They were both foreseeably uncomfortable cases of just sucking it up and gutting it out. There was perhaps one notable moment as I approached Matthews Flinders, to have Cam Wurf lap me and magically levitate up the hill. At that moment, I knew I was exceedingly unlikely to reel him in on the run. Though the day's undoubted highlights came thick and fast with a finishline kiss and hug from Diane, slumping into a wheelchair and then drifting into unconsciousness in the warmth of the medical tent. I think it was my slowest swim and slowest cycle at Ironman Aust, and my slowest run since 1999 when a stress fracture limited me to walking the entire marathon. Also my first finish over 15 hours. If any of those stats are incorrect, it's because I've fortuitously forgotten some truly unpleasant past experience. I'm very disappointed that Dave Ross DNFed. Seeing him on the run, I thought he was good for a finish having missed the bike cut-off last year. For those of us who have been around for a while, I doubt few of stop because we no longer feel like being there, rather we stop because the body won't let us continue. And we all lose another thread of the shared experience and camaraderie that has developed over the years. I do hope Dave returns next year. Conversely, it was wonderful for Leon and Peter V to earn their Immor(t)al plaques, as it was to share the peculiarly celebratory and joyous atmosphere of our corner of transition on Sunday morning.
  5. 16 points
    So just finished by 100 days of running. Not injured. Lost 5kg. Running faster than before I started. Didn’t get bored. Longest run streak before that was 8 days. The numbers: 98 runs were 5km+ 1 x 3km Run (had to catch a plane that day) 1 x 4km Run longest run 18km total distance 692km
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 15 points
    Happy with my day in the 70.3. 7th in M40-44 AG - and decided to take the world champs slot in Nice. There were 4 slots for my AG and it rolled down. So it turned out to be a very expensive weekend! Well done to all that raced, and thanks to all that supported. Next stop - Cairns IM.
  10. 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.
  11. 14 points
    I think we all have different levels of "god given talent" - racing an Ironman as opposed to finishing an Ironman is all about execution on the day. I have beaten guys who are more genetically gifted than me, but on the day they have not put it together as well. Some lose sight of the fact that it's a race from the swim start to the run finish and run out of steam half way through the run. We have to face the fact that now days I race in the 70-74 cat - just getting to the start line in that age group is a challenge. Finishing an Ironman at over 60 is quite a feat, a feat of pacing and patience, as well as health management. I do believe I handicap myself a bit by doing other things in my life that while they make me tougher and stronger, they do interfere with my recovery and are an increased fatigue load. I love what I do, even if it involves heavy manual work at times. I raced my best Ironman race times when I had a bike shop and started late, spent my working days working with my hands but the only strenuous stuff was training. I have always focused on good recovery feeding and I think that's one of the reasons I'm still in the sport. Some would say it's luck, but I'm sure if you looked back over their last 20yrs there are things they could have done better. I think the guys who may beat me internationally are probably just a little more professional in their approach than I am. But I enjoy renovating houses, building pizza ovens, vertical gardens etc.
  12. 14 points
    Well you have already successfully taken the first step. You have told everyone you are vegan
  13. 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.
  14. 13 points
    I'm going back to uni next year to finish my physiotherapy studies.
  15. 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.
  16. 13 points
    I have found if you stir coconut oil into your Kale it makes it easier to scrape into the bin..............
  17. 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.
  18. 13 points
    KONA 2018 The qualifying process:- It was a character building process, however looking back I was stoked to qualify for my first Hawaii at Ironman Australia and have so many people around to share the experience with, the amount of texts, calls and “well done mate stoked for you” type correspondence was very warming. Equally it added to the self-induced pressure that I really wanted to perform admirably come October. Training block:- My training was consistent, I changed little aspects of my build from Port Ironman and went about the first couple of months work by kind of telling myself “I’ll start specifically next week,” all the while logging solid base work. I really only did 10 weeks of structured work, however once I take the time to look through my training logs it will tell me a grossly different story. I always had these grand plans that “when I qualified for Kona” I would do all this crazy stuff to reinvent myself, however I fast found out that there is only a certain amount of stress you can put yourself under before it becomes counter-productive, so I stuck to my relatively simple weekly plans and kept trucking through the work/ training/other commitments while what was once 14 weeks away soon became 8, then 6, then a month then two weeks until fly out... and then it was go time. Pre-race in Kona:- we arrived 9 days early and settled quickly. My bike didn’t arrive on the plane as it was apparently full, so after a swim that afternoon to try and wake up, myself and Reedy went out and picked the bikes up. Although only spending half a day with Tim, at that point in the trip it was amazing how much a brief time with someone who’s thoughts you value so much, can settle whatever slight nerves or second guessing very quickly. I don’t get nervous before these types of events, I do however get pretty quiet and spent a lot of my week pre-race running through my day, the scenarios that could eventuate, the reason I am where I am and my checklist for a smooth day. Any training time on the Island was rather subdued, the first few days I rode 2 hours, ran 60mins, swam neally everyday but nothing over 2km (except for the training day over the course a week out) and during the last week I would have trained a total of 7-8 hours, just moving every day, trying to avoid the heat of the day and sitting on the balcony watching lots of foolish folk leave their best on Alii Drive the week before. Registration Tuesday, breakfast with the ANZAC crew Wednesday, Parade of Nations, bike check-in, briefing dinner etc etc and all of a sudden it’s the night before the race. Ironman, weather training, racing or recovering is a step by step process, and the closer the race got the more I just ran through the steps to be ready, so come 7pm Friday the next step was to think about going to bed... probably the worst of the many steps, as you know once you get to sleep and wake up it’s the biggest step of them all. Morning of:- The alarm was set for 4am, by 3:30 I was already enjoying my first of several sits on the toilet pre-race. Breakfast on race morning is always a tough process, no one likes to get up at 3:30 and chow down heaps of calories but it’s something that, when doing these events, is necessary. Sunscreen applied, suit on, run through the checklist one last time and it’s time to walk down to race start. One thing I was made aware of several months before the event was the fact that on race morning you leave your family pre body marking etc and you don’t see them again until post race, this was something I never really got my head around, as before other Ironmans this is one of the experiences I enjoy most, just before you go and treat your body like a rental car there is a lot of nerves in the air, your nearest and dearest know the effort that has gone into what’s about to happen so it’s a big deal and it’s a great chance to thank them for the help along the way, to have to say thanks/love you/make sure you enjoy the day too etc well before race day was tough but still one thing I will remember, walking away from the oldies and Emma slightly teary but knowing in my head it was just me and my thoughts for the rest of the day, was very motivating. Through body marking, weighed, tyres pumped, bottles and GPS added to my bike, toilet and I was ready... only 90 minutes until go time. I found a quiet spot, grabbed a chair and waited for Dave Clark, He appeared about 30mins later and it was time to suit up, drop our bags off at the tent, grab a quick selfie and get to the race entrance. Some of the guys who have raced here multiple times had warned us to be ready to enter the water as soon as the pro women started, so we lined up early and as soon as the cannon fired for the ladies to take off we were ushered towards the stairs and into the water Swim: - For anyone that has watched Kona there is one thing that really stands out, the sight of the cannon firing and 1500 odd super fit males going as hard as they can to get some clear space! This was one of the only thoughts that I wasn’t confident in “where the hell do I start?” I had semi decided to go out wide and swim a little further hoping for clear water however after talking to the other guys from Australia it was soon decided that we were front row right in the middle! My end thoughts were “well at least if I get beat up I can say I started right in the middle of the dance floor!” We swam out together and took poll position, myself, Dave, Scotty Hobson and Josh Minogue starting together and after a bit of a pre- race pump up from Joshy we were ready to go, that’s when one of the officials on a paddle board comes past and says “stay calm guys you have 21 minutes until race start”... “TWENTY ONE MINUTES OF TREADING WATER!!!!!!!” Sub-optimal but everyone is in the same boat right? Through the next 21minutes I tried to stay relaxed, enjoy the best view I have ever seen of the thousands and thousands of spectators lined around the bay and before we knew it BOOM the cannon fired and it was on! I took 20 of the most solid strokes, grabbed a quick breath, about another 10 strokes and looked up aiming to grab Dave’s feet but instead I was met with a flurry of kicks to the head, a few stray strokes in the back, a couple of foot tugs and some dislodged goggles... pretty much what I expected. The next 3800m was much the same, I didn’t get clear water for longer than 100m at a time, always fighting with someone to hold a line but 55 minutes later it was all over and the day was about to start. Bike:- In the months leading up to Kona I picked a lot of knowledgeable brains about their previous experiences and the unanimous response you get was “I rode far too hard in the first hour because I was excited and it effected the rest of my day,” so the plan was to not follow the same route. Ironman is a lot more mental than most will ever realise, that is, if you don’t win the battle inside your head then it’s inevitable that your day will turn for the worst soon enough! You need to have a checklist in your mind that runs on repeat and if you get a little distracted then it’s easy to stop the repetition. My checklist on the bike is similar at most Ironman events and is normally written on my bottle between my arms to remind me constantly throughout the day, I did however add a couple of extras for this race, it’s as follows NO EGO- Reminds me that I’m capable of riding with most of the “over excited” guys who come past during the bike but I really believe the guys who run the best in Ironman are the ones who control their ego then and stick to THEIR plan. HR- In hotter racing it is especially important to keep the heart rate in the right zone, it’s all well and good to have power numbers that you’ve worked to at home but when the temps are 15-20 degree hotter your heart rate is effected considerably and the longer your day goes the harder it is to get your core temp down once your heart rate goes a little high. So although having a power figure I was looking at riding to, I was certainly governed by my HR. 30 MINS- I always try to think 30mins ahead and that involves thinking about your previous 30mins. Yes I might be sailing smoothly now but how will I feel in 30mins? What have I taken in during the previous 30? It’s a pretty simple process that is constantly on repeat. P.I.A.S- A little alternate but it stands for Pain Is A Story, I got this one from Pete Jacobs and felt it was perfect for my day as I had wanted to toe this start line for 20 odd years, I couldn’t let it hurt too early otherwise I wouldn’t enjoy the day... Pain is only a thought and If you don’t “tell yourself the story” then it won’t be there.... a little alternate but it sure works. SUPPORT- The support to race day from everyone at home was immense. I was acutely aware of the amount of people who sit at home and watch the GPS and can see your current progress, so I wrote “Support” to remind myself that everyone was watching, but in a weird way that made me feel like everyone was there with me, so the support was something I wanted to remember all day. Out onto the bike and it was all surreal, Pete Murray giving me words of encouragement, the crowds going crazy, riding on the Queen K it’s easy to see how everyone gets excited, however after about 10km I found myself pretty much alone. I was sticking to numbers perfectly and not having any worries, I guess I was kind of in no man’s land, somewhere between the “uber swimmers” and the “average joes” so I trudged along thinking “where is all this drafting they speak of?” and then it came... solid groups of guys being led by normally one or two extremely strong guys followed by a dozen or so in tow, literally! It’s something that I could write another essay on but if you look at the simple numbers on the course it’s hard to avoid, most try to keep it as fair as possible and I’m happy to say I did see several of the people not playing fair be given penalties. It was very congested from Waikoloa to almost Hawi but once the turn was made it strung out enough. The whole ride was spent waiting for the winds to pick up and sort the men from the boys, however it never eventuated. It was as good of conditions I have seen on race day and made for some really fast bike times. I went in with the plan of being cautious, allowing for a headwind the last hour and riding 5 hours, however the normal headwind was replaced with a slight cross/tail wind to town and I was off the bike with a 4:50 feeling good and clear headed which is a really good sign. Run:- Lathered in sunscreen I am off and running! The plan was to try and run the first 10km easy, get to Palani hill, not let my heart rate go sky high (most likely walk a little) then settle into cadence and heart rate running along the highway. The first kilometre felt amazing, I thought I was conservative, HR was low and my legs felt great! As I click over the first Km in 4:20 I have a laugh to myself and try to slow down, however it’s at this point I go past Emma and the Olds, I give them a smile and let them know it’s all going well and keep cracking... next kilometre 4:15... ok superhero it’s time to settle and run at your goal pace! The out and back along Alii went past without a hitch, I settled into a good rhythm and was ticking off 4:30 without issue, at the far turn around I got to see where the other guys were and get a gauge on how the day was looking. I was happy to be close enough to the guys who I thought, If I run well I would be getting close to later in the run. Once I’m back past the support crew it’s around a few more turns and time for Palani hill, not overly steep but drags on and the European spectators feel the urge to get all “tour de France” on the runners and scream at you to run if you happen to be sticking to your plan! I walked probably 150m when my HR got too high, it came straight back down which I was pleased to see so away I went again! The trip out to the Energy Lab is mind numbing, it the perfect time to turn your brain off, dumb it down, talk to yourself about your run form and mentally go over your checklist. The negative of calm conditions was that the cooling breezes were non-existent, the run from about 22km on consisted of aid station to aid station running well but once I got to the aid stations it was a process of - ditch previous aid stations now warm sponges - scream at some poor innocent aid station worker for “sponges” and once they tried to hand me two, grab their other handful also - grab 2-4 cups of ice for down my front - drink Coke - drink Gatorade - throw water over my face - more ice and away we go! Looking back on my run split, the second half of the marathon was a case of 5:05- 5:15km through the aid station followed by a 4:35-4:45 between aid stations! Once we entered the Energy Lab it’s the only section where you see the guys you know, it was great to see how well some guys were doing but equally as motivating to see some other looking pretty shabby and possibly paying the price for their egos not being kept in check! The Energy Lab came and went, I knew that once back on the highway it was a case of “under an hour” and I could just repeat that over and over in my head! That saying was repeated dozens of times until I hit the 36km mark, then it changes to “inside 30” and before I knew it I could see the turn up ahead to Kona Commons, it was a labour up “Mark and Dave” hill then a turn downhill for a mile home. As I got towards the bottom of the hill with 1500m to go Mum and Dad were standing there, It kind of caught me by surprise as I expected them to be near the finish line and at the time I was screaming at myself inside my head to “run smooth” so I’m unsure if I even said much! A couple of quick turns and it was onto the greatest 800m of any sporting event worldwide! It was something I hadn’t allowed myself to think about too much because it meant a lot more to me than anyone would know! The feeling of running along Alii Drive will be something that gets me through tough times for the rest of my life, It’s indescribable to be at the finish of not just a one day event but a 20-year dream! I zipped up my suit, tried to not look terrible and smiled the whole way down the chute! Emma was screaming like a shark attack victim about 50m from the finish line, got across the line, turned and took the mental snapshots I always do to give me something to reminisce on over the years... I can safely say looking back from the finish line to Emma smiling, the crowds cheering and the sun in the background was the best mental snapshot I could ever ask for! After a quick sleep and trash talk with the other Aussie boys I thought it was time to go see the family, I hobbled out to a very proud partner, Mum and Dad..... job done I guess. Post race thoughts:- If you have read this far I applaud you, once I release version 1.1 and a year or two down the track version 2.0 I expect you to read them also. Hawaii Ironman has always meant more than just a race to me. Hawaii has always been more than just another holiday destination for Emma, myself and My Olds, we all love the place and I certainly feel connected to the big island especially. In 2000 I watched a seemingly invincible human have the hardest day in sport he would ever have, he put his long service at work on the line, trained himself harder than ever before, turned up to the island fit as you could ever be and finished one busted up individual! I think that was the first time I felt the urge to race in Hawaii, an event that could be that tough must be worth the experience right? Well I can now say YES it’s sure worth the experience however post Kona I have come to realise that “the experience” isn’t only about that one day, it’s about the years prior that shape the person you are, it’s about the bonds you build with people when you train with them week in- week out, it’s about learning from the days that don’t go right and adapting to be better, it’s about the choices you (and your significant other) have to make in order to make the day happen, it’s about one day being able to affect your thoughts for years to come! It was a far-fetched goal that I wanted to achieve, to be on the start line with the fittest 2000 people on the planet and find out where I stand. I was hoping the Itch would be scratched, but I’m starting to learn that it’s not just a single goal it’s the process that I (and I think Emma) enjoy! Anyone who has chosen to do an event of this nature with any form of goal in mind knows the effect that the training and racing has not only yourself but your significant others, it’s a selfish sport and without someone who is supportive the end result wouldn’t be close to what it was. I appreciate the support no end. 9hours 15mins for a self coached rookie........... ill take that. Thanks for reading and SORRY for blabbering on!
  19. 13 points
    Be disciplined If we were to spend a day reading posts on this site (and many of us do) the lack of discipline which a lot of athletes show in their dialog, can be the key to everyone of them being better at the sport they obviously love. I doesn't make much difference whether you're training to break nine hours or breaking thirteen hours. Discipline can make a difference, quite a big difference. It can come down to simple stuff like turning up to training on time. I tell the guys in my squad there are only two options, on time or early. There's no third option. The mental quality you exercise to get anywhere on time, every time will come back and reward you on race day. Not just getting to the start on time, it'll show up as a habit, the habit of doing things well. If you start every day "doing things well" it becomes a habit. If you go into your race not thinking about what anyone else is doing, just focused on doing what you do as well as you can do it, the outcome will be good. There's only one square meter you can influence, if everything in that square meter is done as well as you can do it, you'll race to your potential. It doesn't matter if you have 8hrs a week or 18hrs a week available to train, having a military style discipline can make those hours count. Training for 8-10 disciplined hours will give better results than 20hrs of half @rsed training. When you run 400m efforts, you run 401m instead as a lot do, start easing up at 390m. It doesn't seem much at the time, but the psychological gains from knowing you have done it well, compared to the attitude of discounting, will show up when you have to dig deep in a race. Discipline is about building attitude. Your attitude is the most important asset you can take into a race. Especially in the last 20-25km of an Ironman race, It's OK to walk a few steps at an aid station, but it must be to a pre-determined plan. Whether it's 7 steps, 10 steps or whatever you have rehearsed in training, you have to use your practised discipline to start back running. Discipline is a habit. It's a way of life. It's doing the right thing. If only one person changes to a more disciplined life as a result of this post, that's a win. It can enhance every aspect of your life, work, family relationships etc. It simply allows better use of the hours you have.
  20. 12 points
    You can sleep in your own bed mid race, beats lying on the road
  21. 12 points
  22. 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?" 😂
  23. 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
  24. 12 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 12 points
    My experience: I kidded myself about early starts and "quality time" with my primary aged kids when doing IM training. I must have "wanted it' because I'd be on the road at 4am to do long rides, would have ridden 100km by the time the groups would be hitting the RNP on a Sunday morning. I'd do a run before 5.30am swim squad, and do 3-4 swim squads a week. I'd run at lunch or long run mid morning on my admin day at work but be doing at least 90 minutes training every morning finishing no later than 7.30 am. I kidded myself I was spending quality time with my kids when I was really just dropping them to whatever they had on or be zonked on the lounge obsessing over training logs while they entertained themselves. I would often brush evenings out as I had to sleep to get up at 0400 and neglected my marriage. I also dialled in management and admin at work and my business trod water for a good few years while I chased an ironman finish. I did tris for 10 years and constantly felt guilty as I knew my priorities were not in order. Getting up early also traded off recovery from all the training I could do. i was constantly sleep deprived and I reckon I could have done better on 5 hours less training and 7 hours more sleep a week, than burying myself obsessing over being a middle of the pack AG triathlete Context: self employed, 11 hr flat IM Quality time is a crock of shit. There is only quantity. You can;t "work around" or "manage" your family, especially kids under late high school age. They won;t wait for their appointed time you have allotted them to bring up their school or relationship trouble, they'll want you to play with the dog when the dog is playful, not when you get home, you may miss the absolute gem of a moment when they run and jump onto your bed because you're doing laps of centennial park alone at sunrise. They may not enjoy cramming a family holiday around race week at Husky but prefer to be skiing with you or learning to surf. Luckily I had an experience similar to B@W and changed my priorities just in time.
  27. 12 points
    Oh wait,,,,,,, you said Mormon. Sorry.
  28. 12 points
    42km trail marathon. 800mtrs elevation. 4hrs11min, came 5th overall, 3rd male and 1st male over 40. £70 worth of OMM vouchers, wohoo 👍
  29. 12 points
    Some of you will know a little of my story from the Mental Health thread, but thought it was timely to post a brief update here. After some 28 years in the finance and insurance industries, I have earlier this week given notice for my current role with NAB. I have spent a good part of my adult life in various volunteering capacities, however over the last 4 years or so I have been devoting a fair amount of spare time to a local group that advocates for young people in our region by way of improving wellbeing and educational outcomes via a number of various strategies and programs. The business has grown considerably after receiving various funds from federal grants as well as philanthropic foundations. Long story short is that they approached me to see if I would consider working with them full time, and they have developed a role around my skill set and interests, so I really didn't have a choice!! I start with them at the end of the month. Looking forward to contributing on a larger scale and making a difference for these young people. Ayto
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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!!
  33. 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!
  34. 11 points
  35. 11 points
    No but I recorded it on Strava. *only joking. The segment was too short 😥
  36. 11 points
    Hi, im ok, just spending a lot of time in the ocean with my speargun. It’s my happy place at the moment and am catching a lot of fish. I’ve just done a month of nightshift on a shutdown here at the gas plant. And should be unemployed again today as the shutdown is complete, I’ve been asked to do the next one in two months but I’m not sure if I’m up to it. I’m very drained and I had a few crisis moments over the last month. I talk to Katz and fff1077 a lot. I have a long way to go. i keep looking at my bikes and want to ride but I just don’t, I’m happy in the ocean shooting fish at the moment. thanks to those who have messaged me here. Much appreciated kieran
  37. 11 points
    I can't remember if I posted about this before, but a few weeks ago I sent an email to the PBS, asking them if they would review their conditions with regards to adhd medications. The is a condition on them that the user must have been diagnosed between the ages of 6 and 18 to have the medications covered under the PBS. Obviously this affects me as the tablets cost a bit over $140 per two months. Without the heavy hyperactive element (I only have some of that) it's very easy for someone with add to get missed, especially a decades ago. I didn't ask for special treatment for me, just to review those conditions in general. I received a reply, pretty much just saying they can't give special considerations on a case by case basis, which wasn't what I asked for. But at least they read it. Picked up my next script of meds on the weekend, and out of nowhere they were $44 cheaper! I just checked the PBS website and they fully listed cost of my meds have dropped by $30 to $44 a prescription. Coincidence, sure. But I'm taking the credit!
  38. 11 points
    To the Trannies who havent been around for a while, just know that your absence is greatly missed & your silence is loud Sending unconditional love & hugs to you xx
  39. 11 points
    Can't give too many details, but my wife & her boss are helping a family of political asylum seekers settle in our town (and trust me, they need it - the husband who was in the Govt (right at the top) is dying has already been jailed in his country for trying to expose Govt corruption and worse). They have 5 kids & the girls have found them a house, furniture including stuff donated by Vinnies & the Salvos, her boss has spent $500 of her own money getting them things. The husband won't last very long he is so ill, but just wants to see his family settled safely here. Hopefully he'll live past tomorrow to see that.
  40. 11 points
    He pays the bills and runs the forum. He can do what ever he likes inregards to trying to flog some product. There are others who use this forum to promote their on commercial intrest and contribute zero dollars to keeping the website running.
  41. 11 points
    When you speak in front of a large group of people you have to accept that 70% are going to be listening - of them half will actually make a change in what they do - so that's not too bad - you've had the opportunity to change some peoples lives, even if just a minor change - so that's a win - I only count wins In that large group there's always going to be the couple who cannot pay attention, and they never have been able to through their school lives, they're the ones making paper aeroplanes or looking out the window - no-ones ever going to help them, they're the sheep who just follow the herd Then there's always the know it all who asks too many questions, simply to enjoy the sound of his own voice - often asking a question in a way that it becomes a statement of something he feels he knows a bit about and would like to share with the audience - meanwhile the rest of the audience is starting to doze off Transitions is a lot like that - we have all types - I know that I'm not going to reach some but I do know that by sharing a few tips here and there I can help prevent the few who listen from going down some of the dead ends I have been down over the past 30yrs - back 25yrs or more I wished I could have ask some questions of someone who had been there before me and had learned a few lessons along the way
  42. 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.
  43. 10 points
    Oh, and I forgot to add. As from Monday, I am officially retired. Now that's for the "Great News Thread". 😀😀😀 FM
  44. 10 points
    Well...... Things are happening. After over forty three and a half years working for my employer, I have handed in my resignation and decided to retire. My last working day will be 12 July, although my long service leave takes me up to October. I had a part time job from age 13, working in a butcher shop and then with kids amusements after school and on weekends. I left school at age 16 and started working 7 days later. I did a uni degree by correspondence during the 90s. I also completed a Certificate IV and Diploma course only last month. It's been an incredible ride with so many ups and downs. Time for a new start. Whilst I've known for a while that it would be soon, I have made it sooner than I originally anticipated. I am feeling very unusual now the word is out. FM
  45. 10 points
    I think you're a failure if you think someone is a failure if they fail to do Kona.
  46. 10 points
    I was coming for a holiday, discovered the date of the triathlon, so I brought my bike. Race on Sunday, should be fun.
  47. 10 points
    Just did a session in the pool one on one with a coach. He watched me swim 200m and the said “there’s too much going on there to try and fix things individually so let’s go back to basics”. LOL So back to basics I went. Went from 2:40 hundreds to 2:28 hundreds in a little under an hour. And I feel we’ve barely scratched the surface.
  48. 10 points
    You come across as a genuinely good egg Surfer. The world needs more good eggs.
  49. 10 points
    I got a podium finish at a sprint on the weekend. 3rd place in the vets. There were slightly more than 3 in the category. This will likely be the one and only time I get a podium, so I will revel in the glory for a few moments.
  50. 10 points
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