... so its been a while. Lots of water under the bridge and all that.
First up I wanted to thank Roxxi who has been a great personal friend and there through 'stuff' that goes on in each of our lives, I still remember vividly the day he lost his home and standing on my balcony at Cronulla watching the storm go away from us across the bay and toward Kurnell. That day happened to be my sons year 6 graduation day back in 2015, so remember it well, and the ensuing damage. Roxxi has helped me out with a few things including using his esteemed status as a JP, and we seem to have similar hankling for Guzman Y Gomez so we bump into each other there. Its also great to see Janene is well and of course our kids are growing up. Mine although only 15 is much bigger than me now.
I am retired now from my former profession and I can say I was treated very well as opposed to some of the horror stories you may hear about insurers, Police organisations, post traumatic stress and associated problems. For the record I retired as a Chief Inspector and the last day I wore my uniform was to be presented with the APSM and an few other nice little trinkets, clasps and memoriams. That was a little while ago now, it was very nice to be given an honourable and dignified send off. My health is far from good but all you can do is soldier on I guess.
Like Peter I have very little to do with triathlon and the little pieces I see leave me very disillusioned about the direction it is taking and as this is a triathlon related forum its probably not likely I will hang around or use it as a pressure valve or whatever it was back then. In fact I essentially went cold turkey on all social media and it was very liberating. The insecure fools and narcissists that live their lives on twitter, facebook, Insta or other platforms are certainly good for a few laughs and I think it the amount of social media posts is probably inversely proportionate to how happy with ones' life they actually are. Many adults have turned into their children and are essentially addicted to their phones, grown adults using instagram filters on whatever device they use. Its toxic, time wasting and incredibly destructive. Stuff you say on social media platforms cant be taken back and when people are called to account for their actions in person, Ive seen quite a few become towering piles of jelly as they have picked on the wrong person..... resulting in having to look over their shoulders for the rest of their lives. Similarly If I can offer a salient piece of advice keep your kids off snapchat. Trust me. Anyway enough of that.
Been riding my bike a little, surfing a little and spending a lot of time on the road with my son. If you are in Thredbo during the summer there is a high possibility you will see us there, we are frequent visitors in summer. From not ever owning a mountain bike, between us we now have a few, happily he is now on a bigger frame size than me. We got into mountain bikes simply because one day I took him out on a road bike, and although Ive spent thousands of hours on the road myself, I can tell you I spent that whole ride in acute anxiety and terror with my son next to me. So the next day we got our shitty old clunkers and we up to the RNP and I rode around heartbreak hill, Grays point and all the places I used to run (I miss running a lot) and loved it. Next day we went and got a pair of Giant Trances. That was three years ago. Since that time he has done okay with the sport and got a great sponsor in Pushys, now we both have Commencal Meta Enduro bikes and he has a Commencal DH bike. The good DH riders are crazy, and happily he is not. Hes a good solid rider but there are a lot of kids better, what he does have is a good presence and he is very much a great representative for the brands. Although once again I will tell you having your kid sponsored and by virtue of his agreement having to make a number of FB and Insta posts presents its own problems and kids being kids, snipes and jealously. The sponsorship agreement is now finished but the Pushys people both online and in Canberra have continued to be supportive and the Commencal bikes are just awesome. I personally think Alu is a superior material to carbon fibre for bikes with a gravity focus. The geometry and suspension should be doing the work, not the frame material.
For those of you that dont know, the enduro/trail scene has exploded, the ethos behind it is ride to the top at your own pace and you are time on the descents. Being a chubby little fella I can tell you its nice not to have to race uphill, but having said that after a few broken bones early on I now take great pride in taking B lines, have even walked a few jumps and happily try to come last in the few enduro events I have been in.
Anyway I have also included a few photos, Alex and I at the top of 'up DJ' at Bright (Bright is awesome and so is Thredbo) my head after crashing with a full face helmet on and splitting in two on the DH at Ourimbah a few weeks back, and Alex on one of the runs up at Ourimbah in the Super Flow a few weeks back.
Trust me, MTB is bloody hard. Doing the long climbs gets you very fit. Enduro or trial type riding is awesome, make sure you have a longer travel bike, a dropper post, ride tubeless, and wear knee pads. If you are a roadie you will have to go much much slower than you are used to or like me you will destroy your collarbone at the top of the fire road in Thredbo and enjoy a ride back down in the troopie over the water bars.
MTB seems to be a great thing if you cant run anymore and its also great with your kids it gets them off the road. Im also a big supporter of the EMTB thing, can expand on that, but trust me for gravity based riding its an awesome thing. I had a complete objection to them at first but now see their uses.
Anyway thats about it hope you are all well.
Oh one other thing, this year I took Alex to Bali for the first time and it coincided with the first of the two big swells, and we were there to see it and scare the shit out of myself a few times. We were on the cliff at Padang to watch the final of the Padang pro, perfect 10-12 foot plus deadly drainpipes. Watch some of the vids on you tube. The following few days we got some crazy waves at Impossibles and Balangan and even Jimbaran bay had waves. Was just an amazing experience.
On and go the Sharks.