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About softy

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  • Birthday 13/01/1963

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    Broulee and New Delhi

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  1. Scheduling strength training

    Do 30-45 minutes when I get out of bed, 3 days a week.
  2. Running faster by running slower. Tips please

    Not an expert but, as a 55 year old, this worked for me.... In order to gauge Slow - In the last 3 years, best 5k 19.08, best 10k 39:02 and best half 1:26:27 ( all as runs, not off the bike ) During the heat of Summer in the Gulf and India, continued with 4 runs a week varying from 10k to 20k. Most were done at between 5:00 and 5:45 per k, week in, week out. Turn the Garmin on and check pace occasionally, turn off at the end. The focus was on good form and breathing, enjoying the scenery and not minding to stop and have have a few minutes break to stretch, do a few drills, push ups, bench dips and a drink. Come race time, it was a matter of turning up the pace ( between 3:50 and 4:15 per k, depending on sessions ) 1 month out and it didn't take long to get up to speed as there was a good base and I stayed injury free.
  3. 2018 Goals-what are they ?

    Finish our new home on budget. Stay healthy and injury free.
  4. What do you do to get away from Triathlon?

    Thanks FP. After almost 2 and a half years at it, I'm starting to understand water and pigment behaviour.
  5. What do you do to get away from Triathlon?

    Latest 'works' that make a nice change to training..
  6. What nutrition do you use

    I've never used any of these kind of products. How do they go in high heat conditions ? ( ie 35-40 degrees C ).
  7. The Expat Thread.

    At last!! After 6 months of rigmarole and hoop jumping with the bank, we finally have a loan approved!! I certainly won't be doing that again.
  8. The Expat Thread.

    It can still be tax free if you are able to satisfy the 5 ATO criteria to be eligible as a 'Non resident for tax purposes'. The days of FIFO tax free are long gone. I was in Saudi in 2009 when the new ruling came in with Barclay Mowlem. Fortunately, the project had and Austrade exemption so we were not subject to Australian tax. Since then, it has become much tougher.
  9. The Expat Thread.

    Good work Ironnerd! I applied for a position somewhere close by earlier this year and missed out. Seeing temperatures were -29 to -10 last week, I didn't feel so bad. The first posting and 6 months is always the hardest, no matter where you are. The food will improve as threats of a mutiny surface, can't do much about the weather. You can always take a bike and trainer back with you next time. The bottom line.....think of all that cash!!! You're not there for the practice, the love or to make new friends.
  10. Laptop needed for 8 year old at school

    And parents too I'm sure..
  11. Laptop needed for 8 year old at school

    Do the kids still learn how to write with a pen and pencil, or has that been phased out? Is the spell check disabled on the laptops so they actually have to learn how to spell for themselves? So potentially, children can use their device in the morning then at school, then when they get home. In my opinion, this is the continuation ( I won't say start, because it's been going on a while ) of what is worse about todays society and it won't improve.
  12. Helmets - Should we have to wear them

    Whether wearing helmets is right or wrong, necessary or unnecessary, one thing that should not be overlooked is insurance claims. As we all know, insurance companies are quite happy to take our premiums but often make claiming difficult. Should you be unfortunate enough to hit the deck and end up in hospital, your claim could be denied if you weren't wearing a helmet ( ie. not complying to the road rules )
  13. Training Location

    Had a 3 week visit back to the UAE last week and had to spend some time on mates a borrowed road bike. Al Wathba cycling track in Abu Dhabi. Locations and facilities like this would cut a bucket load of accidents and stop all the whingers complaining about cyclists on the roads.
  14. Hand back your Pro Card

    Masters shouldn't be over 45. It should be over 55!
  15. Helmets - Should we have to wear them

    Helmets have have reduced damage / saved me twice and wearing them, like a seatbelt , has always been a habit. It doesn't bother me wearing one as it helps keep my head warm in winter and the sun off at all times. Also, it's not just your riding skills that could expose you to damage. Even riding down the road for a litre of milk, some plonker can crash into you and you could fall and split your skull on the kerb, roadside furniture or any other lumpy object.