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  1. Jon

    Time for reflection

    Acceptable result. I think I was just happy to be there and to enjoy the experience. 14th out of about 50 starters in my AG from memory.
  2. With all the pools closed for training I have had to resort to my new pool (see attached) which has free entry but no lane ropes. Water is a pleasant 24 degrees and they have provided tall buildings in each direction for ease of navigation. However, you have to be careful not to bump into all of the other swimmers out there at the moment. Some people may recognise it as near the start point of a significant triathlon.
  3. I agree. When you live there it feels like you are on holidays permanently.
  4. Jon

    Time for reflection

    With no races in the near future you might find yourself reflecting on your approach to the sport. My racing in the three disciplines concluded in 2016 when I had to stop running. However, when I reflect over my 33 years in the sport there is one strategy I adopted for my final race that I feel very pleased about, even now. Everyone is familiar with the feeling of apprehension that grips you as the minutes to the race start count down. With so many vital parts in your checklist you constantly fear that you have missed something. The excitement of the sheer number of people also preparing for their race along with you raises your nervous tension which, in turn, makes you wonder whether you need to go to the toilet again. After a lifetime of racing I faced one of my most important events determined to get things as enjoyable as possible. It was the 70.3 world championship at Mooloolaba - in my own backyard! I had had a long campaign to qualify because some years before I realised I had to win my AG in one of the qualifying events to be on the start line. I achieved this in my third 70.3 qualifying event at Ballarat. I know you should never do something on race day for the first time and a world championship is certainly not the time to experiment. However, all the pieces of the challenge were there for me to do something different. I decided I would have all my race equipment in place on the day before and turn up just in time to race. Let me explain. With such a high profile race, all of your stuff for T1 and T2 was already in bags hanging where you pass by. With every AG having their own wave start there was always going to be a long wait between transition closing and race start. I just had to have my bike ready to go on the previous day without any additional fiddling on race morning. So I had attached my filled bidons and shoes on my bike the previous afternoon and trusted my tyres would be ready to rumble without an early morning check. When the elites started I was at home watching it on TV. When I thought I should leave home in time for my wave, I drove off to Mooloolaba, found a park and headed to the race start on the beach in front on the clubhouse. I arrived just in time to put my wetsuit on, join my AG as it assembled on the beach, then swim out to the starting buoys about 150m from the shore. i would have waited there only about 30 seconds when the hooter went and we were off. The sun had just risen to a cloudless morning, the water was calm, crystal clear and a large white cruise liner had just parked itself out to sea on the edge of the swim course. It made for a stadium-like atmosphere. So my pre-race strategy paid off and I began my final race the most relaxed I have ever been. What a way to finish my triathlon career and I headed towards the only thing left for me - aquabike.
  5. I may be biased but why do you think that three of the most popular triathlons are on the Sunny Coast.
  6. I noticed that registrations are open for this year's festival. This would have been an excellent opportunity to run the identical program intended for the world champs next year, especially as no long distance events have been held there previously. However, they have chosen to stick with what they know, ignoring some of the events and longer distances scheduled for next year and thereby facing the prospect of stuffing it up when the whole world is watching.
  7. Jon

    Cairns IM 2020

    I suffered from cramps in both legs simultaneously while in the canefields. I had to lie down on the edge of a canefield because I couldn't stand up any longer. The thought of being taken by a crocodile or being bitten by a taipan got me going again because no one else was going to help me escape.
  8. Jon

    Retro Tri gear

    I'm still riding a Cannondale but without the pump under the top tube.
  9. I had to wait until I was in my 60's and had enough time to train before I did my first IM. It was hard on the body at that age but after the second one I felt I needed to pace myself for the rest of my life and not burn myself out. I was glad of the experience and the fact that i could coach and train myself to do them; but ultimately it was the law of diminishing returns that led to ceasing those long training sessions and giving away the challenge.
  10. I realise the OP was referring to sporting potential but as others have pointed out, nothing is achieved in isolation. Life is what happens whilst you are making other plans. As I am now in my 70's it is interesting to reflect on whether I have achieved my potential in life generally. Thus far the scoreboard reads: marriage - tick career - tick parenting - tick academics - tick sport - tick weight - tick cardio vascular health - tick mental health - tick other physical health - no tick for you! overall satisfaction - tick So 9 out of 10 ain't too bad.
  11. The tunnel on the Eastlink during IM Melbourne. And you got to experience it 4 times.
  12. When I went overseas last year I contacted my home insurer and added the bike to it for the rest of the year for travel purposes. Paid the extra cost in premium and when I returned, I cancelled the bike coverage and the insurance company reimbursed me for the unused bike coverage premium for the rest of the year. Cheaper than taking out separate coverage with another company in my experience.
  13. Running was always the weakest of the three disciplines for me relatively speaking but I was often able to hang in there to manage a podium place. After a lifetime of running I was forced to eventually give it up at age 68 due to a knee injury originally suffered in my early 20's. As a result I did not consider myself a triathlete any more despite a career lasting 33 years. I felt a degree of depression as I felt I had lost something valuable to my lifestyle, health and self image. I kept swimming and cycling to retain some sanity and as the months rolled by, I began to accept that I would never line up at the start of another triathlon. Then I began to feel relief that I would not have to put my body through that most stressful form of training and suffer the type of bone weariness and fatigue that comes from distance running within my ageing 80kg+ body. Now I am at peace with my exercise regime which keeps me as fit as I ever was and at the same weight as when I was running. So when the time comes that you are forced to give up running - as it will be inevitable - embrace the fact that you can continue with the non-weight bearing disciplines of swimming and cycling to keep you from going mad.
  14. Go Easy Your story sounds familiar. I went through that process in 2005/6. It is all about survival despite the inevitable changes that occur to your body and lifestyle. The good news is that it shouldn't affect your athletic career in the long term based on my experience. There is a downside but you learn to live with it. Keep a positive outlook.
  15. At least they had lane ropes. I recall swim training in Germany where there were no lane ropes and only a few people doing serious laps in an otherwise busy pool. Talk about stressful.
  16. If ScoMo were my coach he would say "How good is Kona!" But he ain't and I will never know how good Kona is even though I KQ''d at my first IM branded event. Being self coached, my personal goal was to finish in a respectable time for my own gratification. So I proved to myself that i could tick that box without any outside help using my own program and training by myself. If you can do that it gives you all the self-confidence you will ever need.
  17. If you want to focus on riding through winter this would be a good test. No TT bikes allowed but plenty of hills. The three days are all based at Cotton Tree Park at Maroochydore. Check out the YouTube clip link below: https://youtu.be/3MB-v5F3F8Q
  18. I started exercising regularly whilst in secondary school and have maintained that regime throughout my life. Not only do I enjoy using my body but I also relish the health benefits of such a lifestyle. I was swimming, cycling, and running on a regular basis before triathlon was invented and now that my knee prevents me from running any serious distance, I continue to alternate between swimming and cycling at least six days per week. I have also taken up mountain biking but at 70 years of age the body does not like the few falls I have had. Given the non-weight bearing nature of swimming and cycling, I expect to continue these activities until I can't find my way home. Fortunately I have ticked off all of my goals in triathlon so I no longer feel the need to prove something to myself.
  19. You have to remember that the multisport champs has six different races only one of which is similar to the 70.3
  20. The decision to choose Townsville for these annual championships is more to do with politics and money and less to do with catering for triathletes. But you have to expect that in this day and age. Beggars can't be choosers. The biggest international contingent at the previous multisport world champs has been Team USA. To fly to Townsville US athletes will need to go via one of the southern capitals. OK, so it adds on a few hours but that may be enough to discourage some. I don't think any international airline flies directly to Townsville. To my recollection Townsville has never been known for a long distance triathlon race. They will need to close roads that have never been closed before unless they want to a million laps up and back along the foreshore. I would think that the QLD Government has identified Townsville as needing an injection of funds and made an offer that can't be refused. Once you get over these factors and accept them, it should be great
  21. I have two road bikes that are both set up the same way - compact crank, 11-32 cassette and Dura Ace 9100 rear derailleur. The 9100 rear derailleur is designed for a 30 tooth cassette and comes standard with a longer than normal cage but I have found that with the compact crank, there is no difficulty in running a 32 tooth cassette. Naturally, you will need to adjust chain length accordingly. And I mix Shimano gear levers and RD with SRAM cassette.
  22. Jon

    Coaches are amusing

    Not everyone needs a coach. I suspect AP never had a coach and learnt all he knows by observation, trial and error and great self discipline.
  23. In the early days of triathlon we were keen for the sport to be accepted into the Olympics and a lot of the emphasis was on the OD races. The sprint races were put on mainly to attract newcomers to the sport and for those too young to handle the longer distance.
  24. One woman used to wear a costume that had written on her rear end ' It's not going to slap itself!' Damned if you do and damned if you don't.
  25. I bought my first tri bike in 1989 - a Cannondale with the modern aerobars. Note the gear shifter on the down tube and the pump under the top tube. It was a 7 speed as it was the latest thing then.
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