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  1. 19 points
    Hey guys, as you now know Willie is taking over the reins of Trannies going forward. Firstly I’d like to say thanks to all and sundry for the support and camaraderie this place has shown over the last 5 years while I have been at the helm. I’d also like to make special thanks to TenPints (Stu) for helping me with so much of his own time to help a computer numpty almost successfully run a Forum and website. Thanks heaps mate!!! I never really intended on running an internet forum, it was simply a time and place thing that happened. Bernie “offered” it to me after a few prior people turned it down and I simply didn’t want this great resource and community to “fall into the wrong hands”. My reasons for stepping aside are a few. While this place does have its stressful and thankless times they are very few and far between and really don’t contribute to the reasons. That is partly due to the community itself not being too tolerant of “fools” and for that I thank you all. I made a promise to the Mrs that running Trannies would pay for itself so my indulgence would not become a burden for us. In the first few years, while not really making me any money, a few sponsors covered the running costs so all was sweet. I must admit that getting to even talk to prospective sponsors, let alone getting them to put their hands in their pockets was much more difficult than I and others could have imagined. Many people were keen to be involved or utilise the resource but actually getting money from sponsors is a difficult and time consuming task, which while holding down a full time job and family and trying to keep training was a bit of a strain. Then as many of you know, Dec 2015 our house was destroyed in the Tornado that hit Sydney. That began 12 months of spending almost every spare waking hour dealing with insurance companies, builders, tradespeople and suppliers which left very little time for pursuing Transitions “business” to the level it required. On the cusp of moving back home and with the intention of getting Trannies and my training back on track was when my hip injury started flaring up. It also coincided with my work life getting much busier. I tried to keep the other facets of Trannies moving but it was getting to be a bit of a chore especially with no sponsors kicking in. Anyway, fast forward to my diagnosis of needing a hip replacement and running ruled out for me, I felt suddenly very disconnected from the sport, a sport I have loved and participated in from my first race in 1991. This sudden malaise, accompanied by a few changes in direction in the sport which I don’t feel are for the benefit of the sport led me to making a quip “anyone want to buy an internet forum”. Willie with his many business interests is in a great position to take full advantage of the great community spirit and profile that Transitions has to offer without having the constant battle to pursue sponsors to make it worthwhile for him. He has promised that while the forum will hopefully soon incorporate some “shop” facilities that the place should essentially stay the same. He also feels the same as me, in that Trannies should remain in "the right hands" He has asked for feedback and ideas, and I really encourage you to give him that. If you feel the place is changing too greatly or too quickly or the community feel is being lost, let him know. I’ll still be around, I’ll still be moderating for a while (sorry Niseko) till Willie can find some new volunteers to assist with that, and till all the handover stuff gets sorted in due course. Either way I’ll still be around, you can’t get rid of me that easily. Who knows I may end up working fro Willie Cheers and thanks Peter (Roxii) Rox.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 17 points
    For a start I'm only 70yrs old - I have 12 grand children between 5 and 27 - one of them has already done Kona three times - I do like to stir the pot occasionally - I've been around the sport a long time (about 32yrs) - there's a few on here who don't like me quoting the number of Ironman races I've done or the number of Kona qualifiers I've coached (more than any other coach in Australia) but they're just facts 😏 I don't like boasting but if someone teases the information out of me I will tell them what I have done 🙄 I do have a few ideas that some find "different" but they work - I do less training than many of my competitors but I get results - a lot of my athletes have achieved better results than ever before after I have reduced their workload I don't think anyone actually hates me - most don't even know me - a person reaches an age where if something needs to be said, he says it, if it offends some sensitive soul, so be it - there are lots of people out there just looking for something to be offended over 🤣
  5. 17 points
    ... so its been a while. Lots of water under the bridge and all that. First up I wanted to thank Roxxi who has been a great personal friend and there through 'stuff' that goes on in each of our lives, I still remember vividly the day he lost his home and standing on my balcony at Cronulla watching the storm go away from us across the bay and toward Kurnell. That day happened to be my sons year 6 graduation day back in 2015, so remember it well, and the ensuing damage. Roxxi has helped me out with a few things including using his esteemed status as a JP, and we seem to have similar hankling for Guzman Y Gomez so we bump into each other there. Its also great to see Janene is well and of course our kids are growing up. Mine although only 15 is much bigger than me now. I am retired now from my former profession and I can say I was treated very well as opposed to some of the horror stories you may hear about insurers, Police organisations, post traumatic stress and associated problems. For the record I retired as a Chief Inspector and the last day I wore my uniform was to be presented with the APSM and an few other nice little trinkets, clasps and memoriams. That was a little while ago now, it was very nice to be given an honourable and dignified send off. My health is far from good but all you can do is soldier on I guess. Like Peter I have very little to do with triathlon and the little pieces I see leave me very disillusioned about the direction it is taking and as this is a triathlon related forum its probably not likely I will hang around or use it as a pressure valve or whatever it was back then. In fact I essentially went cold turkey on all social media and it was very liberating. The insecure fools and narcissists that live their lives on twitter, facebook, Insta or other platforms are certainly good for a few laughs and I think it the amount of social media posts is probably inversely proportionate to how happy with ones' life they actually are. Many adults have turned into their children and are essentially addicted to their phones, grown adults using instagram filters on whatever device they use. Its toxic, time wasting and incredibly destructive. Stuff you say on social media platforms cant be taken back and when people are called to account for their actions in person, Ive seen quite a few become towering piles of jelly as they have picked on the wrong person..... resulting in having to look over their shoulders for the rest of their lives. Similarly If I can offer a salient piece of advice keep your kids off snapchat. Trust me. Anyway enough of that. Been riding my bike a little, surfing a little and spending a lot of time on the road with my son. If you are in Thredbo during the summer there is a high possibility you will see us there, we are frequent visitors in summer. From not ever owning a mountain bike, between us we now have a few, happily he is now on a bigger frame size than me. We got into mountain bikes simply because one day I took him out on a road bike, and although Ive spent thousands of hours on the road myself, I can tell you I spent that whole ride in acute anxiety and terror with my son next to me. So the next day we got our shitty old clunkers and we up to the RNP and I rode around heartbreak hill, Grays point and all the places I used to run (I miss running a lot) and loved it. Next day we went and got a pair of Giant Trances. That was three years ago. Since that time he has done okay with the sport and got a great sponsor in Pushys, now we both have Commencal Meta Enduro bikes and he has a Commencal DH bike. The good DH riders are crazy, and happily he is not. Hes a good solid rider but there are a lot of kids better, what he does have is a good presence and he is very much a great representative for the brands. Although once again I will tell you having your kid sponsored and by virtue of his agreement having to make a number of FB and Insta posts presents its own problems and kids being kids, snipes and jealously. The sponsorship agreement is now finished but the Pushys people both online and in Canberra have continued to be supportive and the Commencal bikes are just awesome. I personally think Alu is a superior material to carbon fibre for bikes with a gravity focus. The geometry and suspension should be doing the work, not the frame material. For those of you that dont know, the enduro/trail scene has exploded, the ethos behind it is ride to the top at your own pace and you are time on the descents. Being a chubby little fella I can tell you its nice not to have to race uphill, but having said that after a few broken bones early on I now take great pride in taking B lines, have even walked a few jumps and happily try to come last in the few enduro events I have been in. Anyway I have also included a few photos, Alex and I at the top of 'up DJ' at Bright (Bright is awesome and so is Thredbo) my head after crashing with a full face helmet on and splitting in two on the DH at Ourimbah a few weeks back, and Alex on one of the runs up at Ourimbah in the Super Flow a few weeks back. Trust me, MTB is bloody hard. Doing the long climbs gets you very fit. Enduro or trial type riding is awesome, make sure you have a longer travel bike, a dropper post, ride tubeless, and wear knee pads. If you are a roadie you will have to go much much slower than you are used to or like me you will destroy your collarbone at the top of the fire road in Thredbo and enjoy a ride back down in the troopie over the water bars. MTB seems to be a great thing if you cant run anymore and its also great with your kids it gets them off the road. Im also a big supporter of the EMTB thing, can expand on that, but trust me for gravity based riding its an awesome thing. I had a complete objection to them at first but now see their uses. Anyway thats about it hope you are all well. Oh one other thing, this year I took Alex to Bali for the first time and it coincided with the first of the two big swells, and we were there to see it and scare the shit out of myself a few times. We were on the cliff at Padang to watch the final of the Padang pro, perfect 10-12 foot plus deadly drainpipes. Watch some of the vids on you tube. The following few days we got some crazy waves at Impossibles and Balangan and even Jimbaran bay had waves. Was just an amazing experience. On and go the Sharks.
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 15 points
    Getting really tired of you dragging up this example all the time, just like your PJ claim to fame. You always fail to take responsibility for anything that came after these short lived successes. I remember Mike Honcho insulting me whilst hiding behind one of his other logins - something along the lines that I've only had one good IM and no other achievements outside Club Level... I've had 20 years in the sport, 7 IM starts and 7 IM finishes, all between 10.15 (at age 40 on accurate course) and 11.57 (first IM at age 35), 2 x IM age group wins, over 40 x 70.3s (countless of them sub 5), fastest time 4.43 at age 49 (on accurate course), many age group wins at all distances all over the World on all kinds of courses (including A/G win at Alpe D'Huez long course), dozens of overall wins whilst competing for 5 years in the Gulf, Kona qualified twice and completed twice (both under 12hrs on the hottest and windiest days they ever had 😂 ), World Champs 70.3 twice, never cheated (whether it be drafting or course cutting). Dropped nearly 2 hrs off my IM time and 1hr off my 70.3 times, not because I needed to lose massive amounts of weight, but because I worked consistently hard to make myself into an endurance athlete from a natural power athlete who couldn't even swim. After reading the responses in this thread, I'm becoming more content with my achievements even though they are firmly placed in Age Group level. Still going strong at age 50, same weight I was when I was 17, never outside of a 5kg range, no significant injuries in the past 10 years. Walk the talk. Don't feel like I need to prove anything to anyone. Honcho committed to a year or two, but then what happened? Was it sustained or was it a flash-in-the-pan? For what it's worth, I'm of the belief that full IM distance racing is bad for general health and wellbeing for 'most' people. That's why in 20 years I've only done 7 but have enjoyed 100s of shorter distance races of all kinds and well over 40 x 70.3s as they are far less damaging to the body and mind than a full IM. This approach is sustainable, the IM obsession is not.
  9. 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!
  10. 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'.
  11. 15 points
    Straight to the pool room...
  12. 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...
  13. 14 points
    Not my fastest & not my slowest. But it was my 20th Ironman & different race ticked off the list. My girls volunteered all day. My girls don’t care what time I finish. They just love me. Thanks again to Ironmanfoz for the spot.
  14. 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.
  15. 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)
  16. 13 points
    I had a gut feel about an old work mate last week who has his struggles. I hadn't heard from him for a long time.I didn't have his phone number so I emailed him to asked if he was okay and to ring if not.It turned out he wasn't. He rang me and we had a good long chat.Always trust your gut feel if you ever have an hunch someone you know may not be okay.
  17. 13 points
    That was a hard run. Weather was perfect. Ran with the 4hr pacer's although they split and i probably foolishly went with the faster one. All went well until about 33km then someone dropped a piano on me. The last 9km was hard, just kept trying to dig for something, stay positive and hope the finish line got to me before the 4hr back pacer, cos i had nothing. Kept eating and drinking (as i got that wrong in Coastal Classic). had a few concrete pills and reminded myself why i was doing it. I got home in 3:58
  18. 13 points
    So, as many of you know, the last 4 years have been tumultuous for me to say the least. As you probably also know, the last year and a half has seen a massive turnaround for me, firstly by getting comfortable again in my own skin and then later hooking up with Stikman and the adventure that has followed there. More recently I've started giving some thought to going back to my former career. I did some job hunting earlier in the year and didn't have much success, though to be honest, I just kind of threw my resume around a bit and didn't try terribly hard. Work wise I've continued plodding along in my brain-dead job, enjoying it much of the time, hating it other times and more recently resenting the shiftwork which sees me having very few weekend days off, let alone entire weekends. Tough to maintain a relationship with someone who works M-F and don't even get me started on getting into some kind of training routine (I know many people make it work, but I suck at it). Yesterday morning I was out in the garden pulling weeds and a notification appeared on my watch regarding an email received. The name of the sender was familiar, but not one I had heard in about 7 years, when he was the head of one of the business units I looked after in my former life. I replied to the email and he called me back shortly after. Had a chat about what he's been doing, who he is working with now, what they do and where they are planning on heading and what they might need to get there. We talked a bit about the industry, what happened to it and how it is again changing and how opportunities are once again becoming available to those who might be interested. After a reasonable chat he then asked if I might be free soon to catch up for a coffee and have a chat about how I might be able to be lured away from my current job. That coffee is happening this morning and I am beyond excited. Wish me luck!
  19. 13 points
    Here it is * Set a goal that will stretch you - something that will have to be worked for - not just turning up for a race - set an outcome goal * Work on the process in each sport - get the technique right in each sport and put that goal in front of fitness - fitness with poor technique is worthless * Get your diet sorted - get used to the sort of diet that will have you within 2kg of race weight all year * Support your diet with supplements which help recovery and support your immune system * As you get older train more carefully - when you're 55 you can't train like your 25 - if you're over 45 running two days in a row is asking for trouble * Set your alarm for 4am - get up withing 20sec - be dressed within 3min * When someone gives you free advice check that they follow it themselves - there are too many "experts" in this sport who became "experts" by reading about it * If you engage a coach make sure he/she looks fit and lean - your coach needs to lead by example - how can a fat, lazy coach inspire anyone * Focus on recovery - if you need a day off take it - when you're on the start line no one's going to ask to see your training diary * Stop measuring and recording everything - train for time more often than for pace * Don't give free advice unless you live it yourself - it takes a long time to become an expert at anything * Be patient - it takes years to become an accomplished endurance athlete - OD races are 98% endurance so work on endurance first * If you have an unsatisfying race - take responsibility yourself - don't look for something outside of yourself to blame * This game is 70% mental - work at becoming the sort of athlete you would admire - HTFU
  20. 13 points
    OK It appears that FP and miss Jess were correct. It wasn't Ironman. I'm going okay. Thank you very much for all the messages of support and phone calls. As you can see the thread has been hidden. I just need some down low time with myself and my daughter and the training. @roxii maybe you should merge the Busso 2018 thread with my thread and just call it Busso 2018. That's what I want anyway. Trannies is about US not the INDIVIDUAL. Honourable mentions go to Stickman, Fitness Buddy, Roxii and Willie. Life is bigger than Ironman. But the life lesson of chasing my dream is why I will be continuing towards this December. To show Moojy that dreams do come true and how ****ING AWESOME people can be. ✌️❤️😎 Thanks very much all. I'll check back in a few weeks. Just let me chill out for a bit.* Thanks ❤️😎✌️🤘 *still training and eating broccoli 😂😂😂😎🤘
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 12 points
    T2 Racked my bike ( not sure about Bolton but at Wales, there are no helpers to rack your bike or help with bags etc) and headed to the tent. After learning my lesson last year, I had a complete change of clothes for running but I was dry this year, so didn't bother. I was also starting the run a fair bit earlier than last year, so I made the decision to just run in my tri suit, with arm warmers. Took my bike gear off, decided not to wear sunnies, slapped on my Trannie hat and runners and headed out. Run: Compared to last year, the feeling was like chalk and cheese, it was lighter, brighter and I felt like I was ready to run, rather than survive. I had put lots of thought into the run and did a recce of the run course on the bike on Friday and I had a plan of where to walk, where to run and the pace I wanted to run at. All great in theory The crowds in Tenby have to be experienced to be truly understood, it's like an assault on your eardrums! I was determined not to get carried away and burn matches. My plan was to walk the hillier sections (about 5 per lap) and run at 6.20-6.30 pace when I did run. I was also going to walk as fast as I can on the walk bits, walking with purpose as it would be described later. So out of town on lap1 and the start of the 2mile undulating hill, all went well, hit my marks, stayed disciplined and on track, picked up my band for lap 1. (at Wales your bands are picked up just over half way through the lap). It's hard to describe but I just felt 'good'. Back into towns and the rabbit warren of narrow streets, small rises, drunk crowds, out towards the finish then turn right at my hotel for lap 2. Once out of town again, I started to get a pain in my stomach, like stomach ache, almost wanting to throw up but not quite. I was managing this but frustrated at the same time. A little later into the lap, I started to feel a bit dizzy and realised if I did not slow right down (I had already slowed) I was going to fall over. I've never experienced this before. About the same time I started to get some plantar pain in my right foot, so things were going south fast. Instead of panicking and pushing on like an idiot, I just stuck to my discipline, although the pace has slowed. I tried to work it through logically. My stomach wasn't having anything to do with nutrition or coke, I knew that. I also knew I was probably suffering dehydration from sweating on the bike. I'd been taking heaps of water at the run aids stations. A-HA, some logic at last! Maybe I was making it worse by drinking water and diluting the little bit of sodium I did have left in my system. By now lap two was over and I started lap 3, and sipped some Enervit electrolyte at the one station then at the other I would sip the same and a little water to help it go down. This seemed to help as I felt like at least it wasn't getting worse but I couldn't focus very well. Pace wise, the damage was done now. Picked my third band and headed down the long hill and back into town. This is where it really came undone for me. I was already feeling low but the mass of crowds, noise and general chaos didn't lift my spirits, it made it worse. I didn't engage with the crowd at all, in fact I blanked them out so I wouldn't fall over. I turned at my hotel and there is an aid station just past there. I properly stopped for the first time on the run, took some Enervit and slumped against a dumpster they were using for rubbish. One of the station guys came over and asked if I wanted medical, I said 'no, I'm done, I can't do another 10km like this'. He looked at my white hat and said 'mate you look paler than your hat but you have three bloody bands, walk it all if you have to, get it done buddy but go when you're ready' In all, I probably stopped at that dumpster for 2 mins, but it was the most valuable 2mins of the whole day. It was properly dark now and I shuffled on and jogged a bit, pace was done to 8-9 min kms now but I found on the hills I could still walk fast, nearly as fast as I was running. Change of plan!, I walked the whole hill, except for one small flat section, I walked all the other flat sections up to the top turnaround. Then I just let gravity take over, I was still taking evervit at the stations. Picked up my last band and a younger lady in the race said she was so jealous of my as she had two laps to go. This is when I gave myself an uppercut and realised how lucky I was to be headed down this bloody hill for the last time and at least I didn't have a glow stick! Back into town and I walk a lot of the little rises in town, they sap your spirit because the come after a 90 deg turn all the time, so you lose momentum. This time I perked up, looked at the crowd etc. On every lap at a quite hilly bit in town, there is always one guy from IM, he was there last year, he encourages everyone and stands on his own. I think he's a coach and he said to me 'look at that, walking with real purpose, even on your last lap'. that made me happy as I knew I wasn't death shuffling. The finish chute was crazy, I enjoyed much more this time around, full arms in the air like I'd just one the bloody thing haha. They called my name and said I was from "Down Under" I felt like I was 6ft down under earlier in the evening. Got my medal and moved through recovery quickly. Now I was focused on two things, shower and my large baguette and a pint of beer. Which was not that smart given my sick feeling but nothing was going to stop me having that! On the way back I passed the aid station that had helped me. The guy was made up to see I'd finished, he said 'that was touch and go buddy' and he was right. I saw people with glow sticks heading past me. I shouted encouragement outwardly but inwardly I thought 'you poor bastards'. So what did I learn? When I set out to do this race, which was a late decision, based on LCW times, my goal was to cut 90 mins from last year's time, which would have meant 14.15. My time was 14.28.53, so I did not hit that goal and on Monday I did not consider it a success but I do now the dust has settled. I improved by 10% in my AG and 7% overall. I learned mixed weather races can be tricky. If you have a plan be prepared to change it and adjust. Also, instead of accepting the fate, think logically about if there is anything you can do to correct it. When I realised there was a danger of overheating on the bike, I should have taken a bottle or two of Enervit, even if it meant taking no gels because I had still had some Torq bar pieces. I learned not to leave your expensive Oakleys on the bench in T2. somebody had a very good race courtesy of me! Overall, I love the sport, love the community but I'm ready to try other stuff. Tenby, we've had a good run but we're through. It's not me, it's you.
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