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  1. I also think Psychology 'after' Ironman may be more appropriate.
  2. In my experience the following worked well: 1. Have a race plan & set goals. 2. Set goals in reverse top 3 order, eg: Finish Race, improve run split, top 5 finish. 3. Do visualization exercises daily including course specific sessions in lead up to a race. 4. Use your plan on race day. It reminds you, you have everything covered and prevents mind niggling. 5. For each discipline focus on the following (normally things you want to improve): i. One thing mental ii. One thing physical iii. One thing technical 6. With experience you can also learn to focus either into yourself or externally to feed off crowd, competitors, scenery Etc..,, 7. Following each race (not straight after) when you ate telaxed, rate your prep & performance across each mental, physical & technical aspect. 8. Note external factors: Weather, temp, swell, wind. 9. Note what you did well & what you could improve on. 10. Do this then every race is a success and you build confidence to build & come back stronger than before.
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    Track world champs

    Was working with the BBC last night covering Bauge and had the opportunity to interview him directly. Here is some of the content: Men's Individual Sprint Gold - Gregory Bauge (George Lowe) 07-04-12 On whether this evening’s result is justice for being stripped of his previous sprint title (Ultimately going to Jason Kenny) Justice sounds a bit extreme. Administrative responsibilities, whilst necessary, can be annoying when your aim is to be the best in your chosen sport. I have every respect for my competitors and all I want to do is train hard and race well. On Jason Kenny’s long range effort I was waiting for whatever was going to happen, it’s like that, each rider watches the other and waits. Tonight I told myself that this this might happen and that I must be ready for it. I think that, today, there are many riders who opt for this tactic. It nearly worked but I was prepared. Don’t forget, Kenny is a world champion and even whilst I had confidence in myself it was still difficult. I knew what my competitor was capable of doing. After in the sprint when he came out of the sprinters lane it was a bit sketchy, by the second lap he had already made a huge effort. If it takes two laps to win the sprint then that what I’ll do. On the significance of tonight’s success I am now champion of the world and I have a goal in mind. The main event and object of the season remains the Olympic Games. Today has helped with that preparation and I don’t want to deviate from that. On Bauge not losing one single final lap & whether that offers an advantage over his competition. After tonight everyone will be analysing the video footage. I’m not telling myself that I have a distinct physiological advantage. Shortly I will resume my training to work on the things that we know about and then we will see where we’re at. I’m not getting polarised on my completion. Right now, I’m training well, recovering well, it’s a job well done as far as I’m concerned. There is no reason why this approach should not work for me. On whether administration issues and lost time have affected him Although it was only 12 months, the hurt lasts a long time. It also hurts your family and just when think it’s all over someone somewhere makes some noise and things resurface again. For now I’m living in the present and focusing on my training. On selection for London Olympics The French team originally had four candidates for the Men’s Individual Sprint. Tonight I’ve found my golden ticket and for me that’s very significant. On looking comfortable progressing through the sprint rounds I had my first world championship as a junior in 2002, I enjoy what I do and feel good about it. The ambience never felt cold and I got great support from the crowd. It’s like I’m at home here in the velodrome. On whether he would rather face Kenny or Hoy at the London Olympics Most people would say Hoy as he is a prior Olympic champion, but for me Kenny has very strong aspects to his racing. I’ll wait and see what the Great Britain team decide and have no real preference. On the possibility of winning 3 Olympic gold medals Yes, I’m working towards both the team and individual events. It’s simple, bring on the gold. This is what I’m hoping for through all the preparation work I am doing. If anyone asks me today, it’s the Olympic Games that I’m preparing for. On the support of the Australian crowd For many years I have been in the public eye, it’s difficult to explain, but the feeling from the crowd can be so strong that can carry you through. Tonight there were very few French supporters and I really appreciate and love the Australian supporters. On whether the home crowd gave forgiveness for defeating and Australian in the Semi Finals The public know how it works. We all have our jobs to do and we try to do them well. All the riders are professional and the supporters understand that. There is great rivalry between Australia and Great Britain so I think that it was natural for the crowd to be behind me.
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    Track world champs

    NZ just home in 1:00.543 Could we see a sum 1min tonight??????
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    Track world champs

    Fantastic racing at the Hisense. Did a 12. Shift yesterday and looking like a 1:30am finish for the support workforce tonight. Men's Points was full on solid for 30k (120 laps) in ~3mins. Men's Kilo on now - pure purgatory!!!!!! Chilly outside, inside temp is being held @ ~25c NZ getting big shouts but the AUS cheer squad is full on right round the track!
  6. Not kidding myself in any way. That's my experience. I never said IM alone was responsible for all of lifes problems, but I will say, in my case, it was a significant contributor. Like I said, and you said & what everyone says, it's about balance. If you can find it then that's great, but I think to say that everyone can achieve this 'balance utopia' is quite misleading. Like most things "better done is better than better said" I'm not interested in finding out any secrets for long term relationships that exist to provide preference to one member of the family unit. In my case, we are a family of 5 and each one of us has equal personal hobby time.
  7. Personal experience of a husband & father on giving up for IM: What you plan to or think you are giving up may vary considerably from what you actually sacrifice. You may not realise or exactly know what you have truly given up whilst living & training in the "IM moment". Personal habits & material things are easiest to ID (booze, gambling, etc...) and justify "giving up". Not so clear (at the time) small things (reduced family time, fatigue, asking others to change their schedule so u can train etc....) given up can manifest, mature & materialse later on to greatly impact on personal relationships. My IM moment now seems absurd and quite disgusting, with priority given in the following order: 25hrs training, full time job (that I lost), 3 young children (that I never really knew) & a wife of 20yrs plus that I no longer have. Sure it's all about balance etc..... But please make sure you really trully understand your own personal situation & resonsibilities. Keep regular relationship health checks (alongside regular sanity checks) whilst IM dabbling.
  8. Event Website: http://www.2012trackworlds.com.au/ I am working as a volunteer at the event & have the following travel plans: Tue 3rd April. Leave Syd for Melb around mid morning to lunchtime. Sun 8th April. Leave Melb for Syd either after final event ~23:30 or early Mon morning. Interested to hear from anyone who may be interested in car sharing. Have additional space for 1 + 2 bikes or 2 + 1 bike. Cheers, George. 0410 241 700
  9. Hold on. About 1 mtr from the edge is good road positioning. Riding in the gutter can be very dangerous and also invites motor vehicles to pass when it may not be safe to do so. My opionion, if a car cant safely pass at 1m then it cannot safely pass at 50cm. Cyclists need to be well positioned on the road. When turning you should signal with your arm stretched out. If your are riding in the gutter and signal correctly, then you would end up slapping people and street funiture on the pavement;-)))
  10. Updated info link: http://chappelli.com.au/products/aqua-fixie-single-speed/
  11. Brand new Chappelli Aqua bike for sale. Purchased as a commuter, but decided to buy a track frame instead. Size: large 56cm (I am 178cm tall) Flip/flop hub - Ride fixed or single speed. Details as per linky: http://chappelli.com.au/products/aqua-f ... gle-speed/ Bike has just been built and is at my local bike shop. I can offer free local (Sydney) delivery. Price: $440 Please text any Q's direct to mobile. George 0410 241 700
  12. Robert Low, Scottish writer (Oathsworn series & more recently The Lion Awakes) offers some stimulating debate on his webpage blog. http://www.robert-low.com/about.htm http://www.robert-low.com/blog2012.htm#samestory
  13. Anyone interested in this would benefit from watching "A History of Scotland" presented by Neil Oliver. All the episodes are on YouTube. Series 1 Episode 1 - The Last of the Free At the dawn of the first millennia, there was no Scotland or England. In the first episode Oliver reveals the mystery of how the Gaelic Scottish Kingdom - Alba - was born, and why its role in one of the greatest battles ever fought on British soil defined the shape of Britain in the modern era. Episode 2 - Hammers of the Scots Oliver charts the 13th century story of the two men who helped transform the Gaelic kingdom of Alba into the Scotland of today. While Alexander II forged Scotland in blood and violence, William Wallace's resistance to King Edward I of England hammered national consciousness into the Scots. Episode 3 - Bishop makes King Robert Bruce's 22-year struggle to secure the Scots' independence is one of the most important chapters in Scotland's story. Oliver explores the role the Scottish church played in promoting Robert Bruce, the propaganda campaigns, both at home and abroad, and how the 1320 Declaration of Arbroath persuaded the Pope to finally recognise Scotland as an independent nation. Episode 4 - Language is Power At one time, Gaelic Scotland - the people and the language - was central to the identity of Scots. But as Oliver reveals, Scotland's infamous Highland/Lowland divide was the result of a family struggle that divided the kingdom. This is the story of how the policies of the Stewart royal family in the 15th century led to the Gaels being perceived as rebels and outsiders. Episode 5 - Project Britain Oliver describes how the ambitions of two of Scotland's Stuart monarchs were the driving force that united two ancient enemies, and set them on the road to the Great Britain we know today. While Mary Queen of Scots plotted to usurp Elizabeth I and seize the throne of England, her son James dreamt of a more radical future: a Protestant Great Britain. Series 2 Episode 1 - God's Chosen People Neil Oliver continues his journey through Scotland's past with the story of the Covenanters, whose profound religious beliefs were declared in the National Covenant of 1638. This document licensed revolution, started the Civil War that cost King Charles I his head, cost tens of thousands of Scots their lives and led to Britain's first war on terror. Episode 2 - Let's Pretend Bitterly divided by politics and religion for centuries, this is the infamous story of how Scotland and England came together in 1707 to form Great Britain. Over time the Union matured into one of the longest in European history, but it very nearly ended in divorce. Exploiting the Union's unpopularity, the exiled Stuarts staged several comebacks, selling themselves as a credible and liberal alternative to the Hanoverian regime. Neil Oliver reveals just how close they came to succeeding. Episode 3 - The Price of Progress Through the winning and losing of an American empire and the impact of the Scottish Enlightenment, Neil Oliver reveals how in the second half of the 18th century Scotland was transformed from a poor northern backwater with a serious image problem into one of the richest nations on Earth. This was the dawn of the modern age when Scotland made its mark on the world by exporting its most valuable commodities - its people and ideas. Episode 4 - This Land Is Our Land At the start of the 19th century, everything familiar was swept away. People fled from the countryside into the industrial towns of Scotland's Central Belt. Rural workers became factory workers - in some of the worst conditions in Europe. This new Scotland became a seedbed of revolution. But it wasn't just force that kept the Scottish people in their place, it was fantasy. Neil Oliver reveals how Sir Walter Scott created so powerful a myth, it haunts the Scots collective imagination to this day. Episode 5 - Project Scotland As a partner in the British Empire, Scotland began the 20th century with an advanced economy and a world-beating heavy industry. But in the closing decades its sense of Britishness was in doubt and a Scottish Parliament sat in Edinburgh for the first time since 1707. Charting Scotland's darkest century, Neil Oliver discovers a country driven to self-determination through a series of economic crises so deep that her most striking export became her own disillusioned population.
  14. Agree, has been the norm for may orgs for a while. I think the term is called "Knowledge Transfer" The outsourced resource will often work to a detailed process set as defined and covered during knowledge transfer (often by the out going local resource) Don't worry, outsourcing does not mean less jobs for Aussies, just more opportunities to focus on delivering profitable outcomes. If you believe that then i'm sure it makes clear sense to employ 3,000 local resources working on strategy....... Not a fan, but it is a reality. Feel sorry for local yougsters trying to get a foot in the Financial Servies door.
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