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  1. Roger, so keep the current steed, how much would it cost to upgrade to DI2??
  2. Hi all, Wondering after finishing Port Mac on the weekend, how long do people get out of their TT bikes? I have a Merida Warp, 2016 year model, I do my long training rides on it during an ironman prep but not all my training and it never goes on the trainer. At 100kg i'm wondering how much punishment it will handle before failure? I love the fit and don't really want to change the bike out, am considering sending it to a decent tri bike shop (anybody recommend a place, I no longer have a bike shop in my town, it closed down) and spending a few dollars on it to give it a birthday and just keeping it but am worried about the frame cracking eventually and if I am best to upgrade before it happens? Thoughts?
  3. I really enjoy reading race reports and wish there was more of them, so that being so here is mine from Port Mac, sorry its lengthy!! After a 2 year hiatus from Port Mac where I raced Cairns I decided to return to Ironman Australia for 2019. As per my normal form I do nothing other than eat crap and drink booze all through winter (and most of spring....) and this year was no exception!! I was not in shape for Cairns last year and I made myself a promise that I wouldn't toe a start line again unless I was in decent condition so when a mate of mine from my local AFL club asked if I would help him tick the event off his bucket list I formulated my build plan starting December 1 and had a crack. My initial weight on December 1 was 121.3kg (F@CK!!!) but through cutting out beer and coke after new years eve by the end of March id gotten down to 100.7kg and felt strong. Without a huge boring report I raced Coffs BCU Olympic distance and Forster Ultimate as lead in events and trained on average 6 days per week for a total of 12 hours per week average (including a coupe or rest weeks where volume was as low as 3-4 hours and a couple of large weeks nudging 18 hours) normally consisting of 3 swims, 3 runs and 2 rides plus a RPM spin class. We arrived in Port Mac Thursday before the event, I enjoy the pre event hype and being around the town during this period. Did the standard spin on the bike out to the roundabout before the golf club and back up MFD on Friday morning, rego'd and expo etc during the morning Friday and drove a lap of the bike course in the arvo just to make sure there was no surprises since my last trip around this course. Saturday was just a short 20min swim on course, and I racked the bike and hung the bags early in the day allowing me to lay about the motel listen to my Raiders smash the Panthers and generally rest up. Race morning seem to come around quite quickly this year and after checking the bike, pumping the tyres and adding the Garmin and some nutrition I battled the portaloo line and got that part of the morning out of the way! Found zone 2 which was where I wanted to start but im not sure if I was day dreaming or the announcement didn't come over but all the front zones seemed to have already moved down into the start schute and I think I was more in the very back of zone 2 or maybe even in zone 3, not that any of this was going to have a huge impact on my day. SWIM: I measured 3789m, so I would say accurate swim course to spite the seemingly cracking fast times being produced, Im not so sure how much help we had from the tides or if it is mostly drag from the other swimmers in the water before but the swim seemed very easy, I exited with a 1.04 feeling very good and that I hadn't burned too many matches so early in the day, my goal was to be throwing a leg over my bike on the course before an hour and 10min of race time had passed so I was smack on target when my Garmin read 1h9min.26sec as I clipped into the shoes, part 1 of the day ticked off! BIKE: Im certainly most at home in the leg, I enjoy riding, I can ride ok (for a 100kg bloke) and to spite most peoples dislike for the port roads I actually enjoy this course. As per my race plan I ride the rollers out of town very easy spinning the legs over with a high rpm on the way out of town, I was feeling good as I approached the short climb to the 1st aid station at the golf club when I stupidly attempted to change from big ring to small ring while in the hardest gear on the back and predictably I dropped the chain off the inside. In an attempt to get this back on without coming to a halt I somehow managed to tangle the chain in the rear derailleur, after a stop to sort this mess out I quickly learned I only had 5 gears on the back cluster accessible, I couldn't pick up the 2 hardest gears nor the 4 easiest, so with the mind going a million miles an hour and thoughts of my race day slipping away I decided just to keep riding and settle the brain down in a hope of making rational decisions soon. At some point along the straights heading to Lake Cathie I got all but the 2 easiest gears back into service so I now had a decent spread to work with and decided to just make do with what I had rather than giving up a large block of time with the mechanics tent. Fast forward to 90km and the turn around, I had an avg of 32.2kmh, felt great, nutrition was going in well and best of all I was enjoying myself! The 2nd lap was largely the same, rode in a legal group of 4 with only myself and 1 other working on the way down and managed to drop all but my fellow helper on the way home (he dropped me very early on) but rolled back into T2 5h39 mins after I started, feeling fairly good and knowing I was under my 2nd goal of the day which was to be setting foot on the run course short of 7 hours of race time. RUN: You don't have to be a rocket scientist to work out I don't run well at 100kgs! I had done 7 Ironman previous to this race and my marathon PB is 4:58, my training suggested I was in enough form to give that number a shake but my main goal was to break 12 hours, I have not been able to get this done and setting out of the change tent I was in the best position I had ever been in to make it happen. I started off well and had planned to walk the hill that leads up to special needs each lap, by the time I was back at transition heading out toward settlement point I had been averaging mid 6min/km pace but then shortly after the wheels came loose. I just couldn't find any rhythm and what was worrying me even more was I couldn't seem to find enough desire to push, I have never felt like this before in a race. I mopped along up until about 15km mark and seem to come good, got excited again, started to run with something that resembled run form and found the fight to finish this off. At 25km I worked out what I needed to avg to get home under 12hours, I had to pick up 20seconds per km over my current pace to get it done and im very proud to say I went deep, deeper than I have ever been before and to spite some cramps at 38km and again at 40km I turned into the finisher schute with a few minutes up my sleeve, 11:57, over the moon that something I had been working at for such a long time had been accomplished and then lights out!!! Quick trip in the wheel chair to medical to be sorted and then out to see the family and some awesome friends who drove the 5 hours down to surprise me and then drove home after the race to be at work Monday morning, legendary effort! So as I sit back and analyse the day now, I had a 2 min Pb in the swim, a 21 min bike pb on this course (and an overall bike pb of 5 mins), I missed a run PB by 8 mins but that was enough to get me a 21min Ironman PB! I am stocked with the result, had a great build and what is perhaps more encouraging than anything else is I am keen to race again, keen to loose more weight and see what I can do with my run as I get lighter. There is obvious areas of improvement and I am going to work on these rather than my beer drinking ability over the winter and im even thinking of trying to talk the bride into a shot at Busso in December. Port Mac is a special place to me, I did my 1st there and I finally broke 12 hours there, 4 more finishes away from legend status, bring it on!!
  4. Add Caroline Steffen to the female pro start list, well so the facey stories go...
  5. bortho

    New trisuit

    Every chance I will go with another fusion, just wondered what else was out there that you guys used and liked. I rate the fusion suit, lasted 3 ironman (admittedly only used this suit for ironman distances, used my club kit for everything else) Is Wyn Republic the gear that Luke McKenzie wears?
  6. bortho

    New trisuit

    Gday all, working towards Port Mac Ironman again and noticed at Coffs BCU on the weekend my tried and trusted Fusion suit is on its last legs. What's everybody wearing these days?? Want sleeves and must have a pocket, either on the leg or the back for gels.
  7. bortho

    Port 2019

    Yep im in for the 140.6, #6 at port mac and #8 total. Havn't booked any accom yet though so if anybody has or hears of some close into town that cant make it and needs to offload let me know!!
  8. Thanks all, ill continue giving the Nimbus's a flogging!!
  9. Anybody run the beach to brother marathon starting from Port Mac before? A mate and I are having a crack this year as our 1st trail marathon, any suggestion on shoe? My go to road runner is Asics Gel Nimbus but being very new to the trail running scene im a little lost. Any advise on either shoe selection or the event will be muchly appreciated. Cheers Bortho
  10. bortho

    Cairns IM 2018

    Thanks all, 91st out of 118 in age group is close enough to BOP for me!!
  11. bortho

    Retirement sale.

    scratch that, I just found the other thread!!
  12. bortho

    Retirement sale.

    What are you chasing for the cycleops Roxii?
  13. bortho

    Cairns IM 2018

    Hi All, Thought I would throw down on paper a quick review of my Cairns campaign for 2018, Awesome location and event, terrible prep!! So I entered onsite the day after the 2017 event. I had finished 2017 in a time around 12:30 which was the 2nd quickest I had been over the distance (PB of 12.18 from Port) so im proper BOP material but don't care, I only do these events for myself and I enjoy them no matter the finish time. Did the trip solo in 2017 and after speaking with the wife via text over a few beers after the event she suggested I go around again in 2018 and we make a family holiday of it, perfect, the blessing from the bride to enter and train for another IM is something I will never knock back! I did my normal thing post Cairns 2017, lost all fitness, ate and drank far too much and did absolutely nothing training wise until December 1, then tried to get back into training too hard too fast and injured my achilleas, you would think after the previous 6 events I would change my habits but apparently not!! During January I did the best rehab I could do, drank and ate lots and nothing training wise!! Come early February I was keen to get into training, managed 2 solid start up weeks and then tear my rotator cuff at work. Whilst recovering from this setback I was diagnosed with Diverticulitis, an infection inside the bowel and while treating me for this the good doctor discovered 4 hernias in my gut!! Without all the boring details no real prep for Cairns happened until early March, and even then the load was very light compared to past efforts. I had resigned myself to this event being all about a finish and trying to learn something from it. Fast forward to race week, I had ridden 4 times over 100km, the longest of which was 150km. Longest run totaled 14km and only ran over 10km 6 times. Swimming was on par with past efforts and I flew to Cairns with the family confident I would get out of the water, a little less confident but still positive that I would see T2 and from then on it was going to be anybody's guess as to what would go down! I had worked out in my own mind that if I had a good day out I may still be able to stay under 13 but I kept this quiet and would be happy to get another medal. Did all the normal pre race stuff without any hiccups or anything too exciting happening, I was mentally ready for a looooong day and was keen to see how the body would react to my 1st race since Cairns 2017! Race morning I woke at 2am with diarrhea, Wonderful!! this continued until 4am when I would normally have my breakfast, not wanting to fuel the fire I decided to skip breaky and take a banana and 2 bottles of a light electrolyte mix with me as I started the walk to the buses up to T2. After who knows how many pit stops I had finished my bike setup, ditched the street gear bag and pump and was sitting watching the 70.3 event, I decided to chance the Banana and some of the electrolyte which seemed to be ok and soon enough it was time to don the wettie and line up. SWIM: last year I struggled bad in the chop and swan a 1.19, I was hoping that with better conditions this year I would get closer to 1.10. Started well, found my own water quickly after the 1st turn bouy and just followed the procession. About halfway down the course I coped a decent kick to the hand which resulted in my Garmin coming of and sinking to the bottom of the ocean, no real big deal I didn't think, may even be a blessing not knowing times etc. The rest of the swim was uneventful, couple of stops to readjust goggles but got out feeling like I had swum well, but better than that feeling fresh. (Turns out I swam 1.16) BIKE: This bike course is by far the best I have ridden ever, I was very keen to get on the bike and had planned to just ride easy the 1st 10km and see how I was feeling. My gut issues hadn't reappeared so I kept to my normal Infinit nutrition plan and knuckled down to work. Got to Port Douglas the 1st time feeling good holding 32km avg and enjoying myself, this continued back to the turn around, I grabbed special needs and got back to Port Douglas all very trouble free. This was getting into the territory that my long rides had been and I wasn't sure how I would go from here on in so I made the conscious effort to spin up the rises without redlining, still work hard but not over the top, went through a couple of bad patches but came out the other side, felt the head wind on the last leg between Palm Cove and Cairns but was happy to rack the bike at 5h46m a new bike PB for me. RUN: As mentioned above, due to lack of training for varying reasons (none probably good enough mind you) I had very little confidence in my marathon. Without my Garmin I had decided on the bike I was going to run to each aid station, walk the station even if I didn't take anything and then run to the next, unfortunately this lasted for 2 aid stations and by the time I got to my family who were out near the hockey fields about 8km into the "run" I was walking and apparently looked like death warmed up!! I started taking on redbull at any opportunity and found this helped a lot, my 2nd and 3rd laps were faster than my 1st and I managed to get to the red carpet and Pete Murray called me an Ironman for the 7th time, 12.57 What did I take from this race. Firstly I will never do another on a half arsed prep, I need to respect the distance more than I did. I stuffed up my nutrition plan by relying on my Garmin watch alarms to tell me when to drink and finished the bike with 1 full biddon of nutrition not consumed (didn't know this until picking the bike up Monday) so I need a back up incase this situation happens again. I had an absolute ball on course, maybe the most enjoyable race I have done other than my 1st, I think not taking yourself too seriously if you are BOP helps the enjoyment levels. It is still an amazing achievement no matter if it takes you 9, 10, 13, 15 or 17 hours and looking at other athletes getting it done confirmed in my mind how awesome the event really is. Break time now to have a surgery to fix the hernias and maybe another on the rotator cuff dependant on specialist visit. Might float the idea of a return to Port Mac with the bride in the coming days and see what reaction I get, then I will tell her I entered 2 months ago....
  14. bortho

    Cairns 2018

    I cant remember feeling much effect of wind on the bike last year, has my memory been faded by the copious amounts of beer consumed since last year, or did we get a good year??
  15. bortho

    Cairns 2018

    Apologies if I have missed the thread, BUT I am excited!! Cairns is less than 2 weeks away!! YEWWW Who is doing battle? Any cool stories of preps for this year? I will be rolling around for the 2nd time in Cairns, here's hoping for good weather!!
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