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About softy

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  • Birthday 13/01/63

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    Broulee and New Delhi

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  • Year of first Tri race?
    2004

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  1. Pushing hard enough on the bike

    I've found improvement on the bike is always made by spending more time training on the bike. But .... before you beat yourself up about it....check your transition times, compared to the person who beat you by 2 minutes. There are easy gains made in Sprint and OD racing by sharpening up T1 and T2, without spending any money or excess time training. Isn't Sprint and OD racing hell for leather on each discipline anyway?
  2. What do you do to get away from Triathlon?

    TQ all...I didn't have much artistic talent but YouTube has a wealth of knowledge and demos for watercolour painting, that's where I've picked it up from. It has been frustrating at times but each new page comes with it's problems ( lessons really ), then things start to come together. When I think too much and try to put too much detail, it ends up going tits up. Best results have been by letting the water and the pigments do the work and learning how to trick the viewers eye. Ultimately I want to be in a position where I can set up outside, rough sketch a land or streetscape and paint it and have passers by think...." that looks like what I can see.."
  3. What do you do to get away from Triathlon?

    Put on a beret and....
  4. What would you do?

    I've only done 1 stint FIFO - in Saudi 8 on 2 off, but have been working away from Australia and family for a bunch of years. As others have said, it is hard to give advice as everyones circumstance is different. All I can offer is to stay where you are and keep banking the dough and see how things pan out. Give it 6 months and then reassess. No matter what all the HR people say, in the construction and industries like yours, we are all just a number. When you're numbers up, you'll get the punt and all the touchy, feely shite is out the window. I'm to old to study and probably couldn't be bothered so I started doing watercolour painting 2 years ago to help balance my chakra, fill in time and relax.
  5. Housing Bubble thread.

    As long as it doesn't affect the handsome dividends we receive from our shares in 3 of the Big 4!!
  6. Wearing Face Masks for Cycling

    I have been considering the same in Delhi. However, the exercise would be pointless and decided to get a new trainer. As a comparison, the Air Quality Index ( AQI ) here last week was around 900. In Sydney at the same time it was 20 and in Abu Dhabi it was 30. Some of the Government machines were unable to be used as the AQI readings were above their range!! WTF#@!
  7. road id - really should wear it

    I always carry my Australian Drivers License, my health insurance card, credit card and a copy of my passport in a zip lock bag in my jersey.
  8. What training did you do today?

    Nothing...'Hazardous' AQI readings in Delhi have kept me inside. I think I could be adding to the mental health thread soon.
  9. How much caffeine do you use?

    Don't use it during races but excellent to have a strong, sugarless latte to move the bowels before heading out for the morning session.
  10. Garmin Heart Rate Monitor Problem.

    Not helpful but I have had, and done, the same things with mine and had the same result - nothing. Resigned to the fact I need to cough up $100 for a new one. Having said that, I've been using my HRM for the last 6 months without HR data, just going on pace, and haven't lost any sleep.
  11. What training did you do today?

    It has become gradually worse as it's become cooler. More people burn wood, paper, plastic to stay warm and cook - even around the city. It's an even shittier place to be right now. Raced last Sunday and it wasn't as bad. But after a few months here, I'm getting a smokers cough, and I don't smoke! Time for a new trainer I think.
  12. What training did you do today?

    Planned afternoon run cancelled today... http://aqicn.org/city/delhi/r.k.-puram/
  13. Short man syndrome.

    This topic reminded me of an old 'song' on a similar theme
  14. Dairy free Recovery

    This is worth a whole new Sandbox thread as I reckon this is bullshit...it is a concern for my grandchildren if this is what is believed by teachers these days. I may seem old, but I don't believe the whole technology thing will make for better prepared or smarter kids. Yes, communication is improved but, from what I've seen in the past few years ( in the last 12 months especially ) is that devices are dictating lives. Pens, pencils and paper are foreign to many.
  15. Meat and Water Diet Study

    Absolutely...and fruit and vegetables stay still! Much easier to catch. I have tried to stay away from this thread as there are way many experts weighing into the discussion. Each to their own and whatever works for them. Personally, I don't see how a person can eat meat every day and have it as the core of their meals. It would be a tough call living here in India. Yes, there's meat around, but good luck staying out of hospital after eating it every day.
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