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  1. Will be interesting to follow your progress and the workouts to get the speed back. I've dropped from 104kg to 80kg over the last 12+ months and have gone from 1:30 for 9k walk/run to 45mins. Not a lot of speed work in that training so hoping to get my Park run time down to sub 20 (fastest now is 22:21). Drop a few more kilos and some speed work I should make it. At age 54, still plenty of fast runners in the older age groups so happy its achievable for me. Your already doing 20:ss for 98kg, that's motoring at that weight, so thinking your target of 15's is certainly doable as more kg's come off and training builds.
  2. I swim on the Port IM course 1-2 times a week. Dont have to check lane availability, its free but might dodge the odd boat and pelican every know and then though. A doggie on a house boat gets a bit excited at times as we swim past. Always wonder if he'll jump in after us.
  3. Hello Roxii, I'd love the 10 speed brakes, rear derailleur and TT shifters. Would complete my transition from 9 speed to 10 speed. Certainly happy to pay the postage. Thanks Richard
  4. Piccies would be nice to celebrate the few retro bikes still going strong. I remember the GP4 rims, had a wheel set made up with these to use the old tubulars for club cycle races. For their era, they were a very nice rim. Still have a Mavic 501 front hub in the CAAD3 with a Velocity Deep V rim. Nice hub, still plenty of life in it.
  5. I can trump all those. My main rig is a 1991 Cannondale SC800, 3.0 Series Criterium frame. Came standard with Ultegra 7 speed, downtube shifters. I did have for many years an old made up commuter with 105 STI 8 speed for the 50k round trip to work but that ended up on the trainer and now the Cannondale is my TT bike and a 1996 Cannondale CAAD3 as my roadie and a 2014 Cannondale Trail 2 for MTB. Do all my training on these three now, depending on which I feel like riding of a morning. Have upgraded over the years to 9 speed Dura Ace on the TT and ZIPP wheels (90's vintage) for racing (10 speed on the CAAD3). Still outperforms me, still very stiff and light, so not looking to upgrade anytime soon. When retirement comes around can see an upgrade then to whatever is the go in 2024. Might be a bulk buy, upgrade all three.
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    Port - Race Day

    I must be of the old brigade, the number here that haven't heard of Pauli Kiuru. I can remember my race goal at Forster was to be off the bike and heading to Tuncurry before Pauli completed the Tuncurry section for the second time (crossed paths on the bridge one year). As time went by goal posts moved to being off the bike before the front runners finished and then to be finished before dark and now to just enter again and finish. I bought a Zipp 950 disc off Pauli and had him autograph it, was when he changed sponsors from Zipp to Corima I think.
  7. Thanks Torn, yeah will be a bit small for me. Thanks for checking.
  8. Hello Torn, I'd be interested in the S4 if in the garage and still available. Not sure of the size though, I'm not seeing medium listed on the Orca site. I'm 183cm and 80kg, so not sure how that goes with a medium. Thanks Richard
  9. My inguinal hernia was obvious, like half a golf ball poking up. Would just carefully push it down and it might stay away for a bit, but back the next day. No pain or anything when running/cycling/weights etc. This went on for 2-3 months and eventually went to the GP. Saw GP and he took one look, half laughed and said hernia and to see the surgeon in the next room. Didn't have a scan or anything to check size etc.
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    Bike Lights

    + 1 for Exposure, definitely agree the no cables, makes it neat and tidy and easy to swap between bikes. A good range of models to choose from as well.
  11. Yeah, not cheap. I think I got mine for just under $500, on sale back in 2011. When riding with others, their lights (not cheap either, in the $200+ mark) were really only like a cheap torch on the road compared to the six pack. The best thing I like though is no external battery pack. No fiddly cables or needing to secure a battery pack somewhere. Also, with a second bracket, its quick and easy to swap between roadie and MTB. Would be curious to check what's new on the market, a few more options 8 years down the track.
  12. I have an Exposure six pack. Absolutely brilliant and lights up the road way in front. Has about 10 settings which you can set to which adjusts burn time and brightness. In each of the settings you have a high/low or high/med/low. A press of the button on the back and it cycles through the high/med/low. It has the battery in the light, so no cords to external battery pack. Very neat. I think 3 of the 10 settings have what's called reflex technology. This means if your going faster its brighter, slower it reduces brightness and saves battery power. As you go slow up a hill you see the light dim (still plenty of light) and down the other side the brightness comes back. I bought mine from Pushys, see here Exposure Six Pack Not cheap but wont regret it and nothing I've seen matches it for brightness.
  13. I go sans music. Bit like KieranR, some road noise initially then from 3k mark its waves on the beach, fish jumping or dolphins breaching (?) as you travel the breakwall and out to the ferry. Very spoilt!!!
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    TA Membership time

    I'd like to join the local club and do their club races but having the extra expense of having to join TNSW, pushes it to the 'not worth it' category. For many years the insurance whether in the tri or cycling world has not been worth the expense. It seems very disproportionate cost for the insurance provided. As the cost of racing creeps up, I find it harder to justify entering. Last race was 2008 Port Half, now back doing some good training and will do Port 70.3 next year, but certainly wont be entering the number of races I used. Getting to $1k for IM and the drop in value of the extras (carbo night, awards, kit bag, volunteers party etc), it gets to the not worth it or special occasion event, not each year like I used to. Will do 1 more IM to get my 10 up, but then will be some years before I back up to use the legends number. I know the actual carbo and awards dinner was probably not worth much in respect to the meal, but it contributed to IM being an event rather than just a one day race.
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