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alchemy last won the day on November 26 2011

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  1. alchemy

    Ballarat 70.3

    I'm in and find myself in the unplanned position of having done very little training for it. Due to a series of circumstances around health, holiday and family issues since signing up I'll be lining up for my first long course tri since the inaugural Melbourne IM with no bike training longer than 20k, very little swim training and a couple of social runs a week leading up to an 18k run last week to prove I could still run long when the previous longest distance in the last 2 years was 12k. So this could get messy. At least with no prospect of getting near my 5:15 PB I can just relax and keep an eye on the cutoffs and see what happens. The moneys already spent after all and I'll be staying at my parents house in Buninyong. So what the hell, maybe it'll punish me into doing some proper training for Geelong 70.3 PS. Cold is good for me. My only worry about not making cutoff is overheating. Oh and suffocating in my wetsuit due to the extra 17kg's I'm carting around. ;-)
  2. I had the the same problem after my first and only IM (the first Melbourne one). Butterfly's and a persistently high HR during moderate exercise compared before the race. After a long wait to get into a Cardiologist he couldn't find anything wrong but said it was most likely temporary stress after the IM, without knowing exactly what it was he mentioned the La Gerche study. He said IM's and the associated training just aren't healthy, and said limiting myself to HIM's would be a much more healthy option, anything over 6-8 hours of continuous high output is when the heart starts to have real problems. I stopped racing/training for a while and have just gotten back into it with Ballarat HIM to be my first long course since Melbourne.
  3. Lived there for 15 years and Nov can go either way, could be cold or hot. What people don't realise is it gets colder in winter and hotter in summer, and more variable in between, than on the coast (living in Geelong now). If you really want to winge about the cold, come and do the BAD ride with me and my 13 yo daughter next weekend. It hailed a few years ago, they breed them tough in the rat. Looking forward to a return to long course at the new race. PS Its official too, announced today 16 Nov. Looks like the ride is out on the Avenue of honour which will be pretty flat, and the run will be dead flat, looks like it will be a quick course
  4. They apologised for the stuff up with the time and are televising it again on 7mate 19th April 11am AEST.
  5. 72.5 I concede defeat in the lead up to xmas. I will take up the fight in earnest in the new year. Never wanted it to be a clichéd resolution, but looks like I might have to do that for the first time ever.
  6. alchemy

    Becoming happy

    I'm having something at the moment, not sure if it's a mid life crisis or a reawakening (the first seems to have a negative connotation). I've had a roller coaster year starting with my first IM finish, followed by a heart scare, getting fat and lazy, then some family medical issues and finally uncertainty at work. As I stare down turning 40 in the next couple of months I've found myself being more positive than I have been for a long time, have enrolled in a couple of on-line courses, started reading for enjoyment again (not just for work) and even start writing poetry and told my wife last night I was thinking of taking up the piano. Not exactly the mid life crisis I was expecting. I thought I'd be longing get back on a motorbike and do something about the hole developing in middle of my noggin. I'm not feeling down about my physical state, because I know with certainty that I'll sort myself out soon, even though I stopped posting weights in the biggest loser thread! So I'd say I'm happier now despite a crap year compared to last year when I was fit and didn't have much personal upheaval.
  7. alchemy

    Becoming happy

    Happiness is as evaluative expression. To some it can mean contentment with their lot and place in life, for others it means always being challenged and striving for something better. I'm in between, I feel happy when I'm content with my material life and relationship, and when I'm challenging myself mentally with learning and creating. As to training there are people who seem to get the most out of themselves when they are training and racing angry. I guess you might argue that some people might be happy in that state. But I think it's not sustainable long term.
  8. alchemy


    I've been training with my daughter for the last 4 months and she writes the programs (she moved from lessons to 'bronze squad' this year). She deliberately puts in breaststroke and backstroke to make me look silly. But it's been good being forced to do it when I could never justify the time to learn when I was training heavily. I can see and feel a benefit. The problem I have with backstroke is it makes me feel dizzy! I can only do 50m at a time before I start feel sick. PS. I'm trying to do tumble turns with her also, getting there slowly, but usually stuff a turn up and end up with a nose full of water at some point in the session.
  9. I haven't trained properly for a while but remembering back to last year: My wife isn't very sporty, and with young kids that is probably a bonus for training. If she wanted a portion of the early mornings for herself I would have had to train less. But she also likes having me around, and I definitely have to pick up some of the slack at home, so I'm not having a free ride. It would be great to train together with your partner, but I think that given I have a bit of an obsessive personality, the break to reality is a good thing for me. But that is just talking about volume really, My wife knows I need to do some exercise to keep mentally balanced, so she does try to push me out the door when I haven't been and it's starting to show. So sometimes I need her for motivation. If I was not in a relationship (hard to imagine after 20 years of marriage) I'm not sure if I would become a serious insect or a fat wreck, could be line ball. So put me down for +1 on the trains better in a stable relationship overall.
  10. Sorry Miners, I edited out some of my original post after I re-read it this morning. I just didn't want to get dragged into the same old debate that ends up with someone saying something to the effect that you shouldn't be doing Triathlons if your beloved families time is so precious.
  11. Wow I don't know if your serious or just saying that in a really bitter cynical way. edit: Just read your reply to Scott Murray and it sounds like you've been there and done that and got burned in the process. The point I was making was that clubs work for some people that don't want to join coached training groups and that's just a fact. Doesn't mean they're any better or worse. They just offer something different. I would think the sport needs both. A more detailed reply to Clydes original question: As a previous member of a club the things that I think are important are: 1. Inclusiveness. If new people turn up, go out of your way to bring them into the fold. It's hard to join a new club where it is run by the really good extroverted A-type triathletes (which they usually are, because they're the ones with the balls to start a club and make decisions). Especially if the club is an extension of their own coaching business. Is very easy for an clubs to form cliques, but the people running it need to be above that and bring new members into the fold. 2. Cheap and regular racing. The club I used to be part of raced duathlons every Tuesday night, and a tri once a month. Through winter it was offroad duos. I can't remember how much it was now, but I think it was around $10. Real no-frill stuff. Timing was by hand and the only setup was a couple of cones 3. As I said last post, include a kids race. Emphasise the fun aspect, because you'll get all sorts of kids from kitted out future guns to kids on K-mart bikes who just want to do what Dad's (edit: or mum, better not be a misogynist) doing. Make it a family club and you'll be rewarded by keeping the non-participating members involved, which is where most of your volunteers are going to come from in the end. 4. Members don't care about racing in the best location in town. People just want to race and have fun so don't tie yourself in knots trying to afford to close down the premier triathlon location in town. Find a place that gives the basics and the council don't charge a fortune for. 5. Training groups, again handled in an inclusive way. 6. Advice and knowledge sharing, the senior members should be willing to offer tips and coaching advice I've been a member of a football club and a few cricket clubs and a triathlon club in the past, and they all have their problems, but the ones that were thriving put a lot of emphasis on developing kids, including and coaching new members, and not marginalising non -participating family members.
  12. If I lived in the western suburbs I would definitely follow that advice. Until the kids get a bit older it's just to far away. Pity, sounds like a great club. AP. True that a few usually get burdened with the work at most sporting clubs, and it's usually those that have the experience and time to be useful, judging from the lack of detail I'm assuming your just taking pot shots though. Im not a leader, but am always happy to volunteer and I'm usually the parent who ends up coach of the soccer team or running a group at auskick, so Ill try not to take it personally.
  13. That's a good way to turn off a lot of potential members. Some people either can't afford (or justify if you must) the cost involved in private training groups and/or prefer a more community based approach. Seems to work for just about every other sporting club. Going from being involved in such a club and racing every week for small change and then moving to a city with a defunct club and only private training groups I really miss the club atmosphere. As I say, it really depends on the personality types, and I for one just aren't attracted to coaching groups (and friends and workmates I have encouraged into corporate Tri events with me haven't been either). PS. the kids races are the key to a successful club, not only sets up the future, but encourages full family participation.
  14. It is normally safe around Torquay, but Horseshoe Bend Rd is one of the peculiar roads where it's an established training route with the yellow cyclists signs and 100's of riders using it on the weekends, but is probably the worst road in the region to be riding on, no shoulder, heaps of traffic, most of them in a hurry. I've had a number of close calls along there, it's ridiculous they haven't upgraded it with proper shoulders since the Sands and Quay estates went in out there. I hope the cops are going door to door in the Quay estate, someone knows who this idiot is.
  15. 82.5 couldn't get my head out of the trough at my wife's 40th.
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