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TUv5.0 last won the day on September 17 2018

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  1. A coach from another area slanders a whole area. Ill translate. "Im a shit coach and looking for reasons other than asking myself the hard questions about why Im shit". On a hearsay basis. So I replace your hearsay with a few facts. The most exciting thing to come out of Turramarra is the sphinx. Weak. As. Piss.
  2. Prof Mark McGuire ive had 2 procedures one cryoablation, one RF ablation and regrettably I am up to 21 cardioversions ...... so im hard to kill but not scared of death either.
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    Funny you should mention Victoria. My biological mother who I only met in 2006 lives in Mornington just back from the beach on a little farm with a cottage, when I have stayed there I have gone and done the Arthurs Seat loop riding down to Dromana and up Arthurs, and am looking forward to now going down there with Alex and riding the trails around Arthurs seat, the new chairlift has a trial period for MTB's and Red Hill riders run an Enduro. Similarly, either on that trip or the next we are going to hop on the ferry and go to Tassie, ride Derby and Maydena. I was fortunate to be introduced to Glen Jacobs who is for those who dont know the owner of World Trail and in the Mountain Bike Hall of fame. He is responsible for Maydena and some epic MTB parks all over the world. He has a link to triathlon in the very early days of the sport, I did the 1985 Cairns Coral Coast race (Nick Crofts' first triathlon), I actually travelled up to the race with the late Richie Walker, and we were introduced to a central figure in the history of triathlon in Australia, John Covacevich, who was close friends with Glenn Jacobs. Having travelled a little bit I think Australia has so much more to offer than many other places in the world and so much of it most of us never see. I thought Glenn who, as a very successful businessman but also a very environmentally conscious guy would be against E Mtb's but he was a huge supporter of them, the point he raised was they offer the most minimal environmental impact of any type of uplift device i.e. chairlifts and shuttles require environmental disruption. On the EMtb thing, trust me no matter how good you are, there are climbs you simply cannot pedal up and even if you hop off and push you can only do one or two runs back down, a lot of the gravity focused trails are upwards of 4km long and have grades of over 30 percent, the climb up the hero trail at Bright is a one hour climb (but soooo worth it for the ride back down - trust me)... A pleasant up side of this is if you want to do long aerobic based climbs for fitness you can disappear into the bush for hours and just have fun. We are definitely going back to Bright this summer love the place. To get back to triathlon, I did watch the CG's and the relay concept was awesome, genuinely exciting and required people to actually ride their bikes rather than it just being a procession. As a point of interest a NSW Police team of Ric Pallister, Shane Floyd and yours truly won the first ever such race in Australia, the BRW relay triathlon at Narrabeen Lakes in the late 80's or early 90's. We won a trip to NZ each from memory. The corporate types were a bit filthy as I think we won the thing by about 20 minutes. It was 750/20/5 x 3. From memory Pinhead went first, swam away from the mob and that was the last they saw of us all day.
  4. I also acquired a wife pretty much directly from my involvement in trannies... long story but yeah. We were old friends who ended up getting back together because I ended up in WA one year doing the IM Busso commentary. Although we are no longer married we remain the best of friends. I talked to her last week as a matter of fact. Marriage is over rated.
  5. A straight jacket. Lots of various anti anger meds.
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    Ha yeah... as for the mountain biking thing - just ride your bike, be a big kid. Its fun. The bikes are amazingly capable. I dont give a rats about pinning a number on. In Thredbo you have the chairlift, other places you have shuttles, or you can ride up to the top. The climb at Ourimbah from the carpark is a 20-25 min grovel pedaling in the 32x50 (yeah I have 12 speed SRAM but will be getting new Shimano soon). The skills required have to be developed, you have to get comfortable going off jumps, getting your seat down and your weight back, and whatever you do dont touch the ****ing front brake. The whole scene itself reminds me of triathlon back in the day, its very gravity and trail focused, very friendly and beer drinking, less serious, but having said that the skills required are far greater than riding along on a dead flat bike course and running around on the same course. Honestly, the XC people and tight lyrcra are a diminishing species. The XC courses themselves now are becoming more and more technical, watch Nino the freak on redbull TV the other week and you will see how technical it actually is. DH is the most spectacular and TV friendly part of MTB and it has personalities and rivalries. The Enduro world series has a qualifying series now and thats the 'pedal up' ride back down for time stuff. Sam Hill won the world series last year and I think he is leading again this year. Diamonds from here is also an MTB convert. What I see in triathlon these days is its just a cash business and there seems to be a lack of credibility to it being honest. Just people bleeding it dry and unless you are in the ITU machine no sustainability. A race here and there with no regular schedule and no regular pay day isnt sustainable for a second tier pro - the ones that push the top level to perform better. Another thing about MTB is tyre pressure, I run about 26 psi in the front and about 30 in the back, I run a 2.5 (wide) on the front and a 2.4 on the back. Dont put too much pressure in your tyres. So instead of 'training' for something you are just riding to enjoy it. Fancy that.
  7. Although I made a few comments on the other thread I started, yes mate all the best, lets have a burrito .... an original Ozfatter
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    .....oh so I just checked. Ive been banned for five years. And I was banned at my own request. True story.
  9. TUv5.0


    ... 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.
  10. FFS Andrew you actually get me shit cannning the cops and you still have to bring lefty wanker politics into it? (BTW you lost the election - everywhere. State and Federal. That's called democracy). Deal with it. All my love as always mate xxxx
  11. TQ scrutiny for bells this weekend.
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