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  1. zed

    Is Ironman Busso Doomed?

    yeah I get what you're saying.
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    Is Ironman Busso Doomed?

    But where is the risk management or risk analysis. 1 shark attack in 40+ years of OWS and triathlon and that wasn't even fatal. 0.0000001% chance of getting attacked by a shark during a race. The race director is the last person who should be making the call on whether to can the swim, because if there is an attack he goes to jail. A 1m reef shark rocks up, he's going to be jumping up and down pulling swimmers out the water, because his life is on the line. It's impossible for him to make an objective, practical and sensible decision. He's got everything to lose. All I expect is sensible decision making. We had an OWS cancelled because a 5m Great White was gnawing on a marker buoy - I have no problem with that decision. If RDs are going to do risk analysis do it properly. Hillarys sprint is a classic example, 2 years on the trot we had wet, windy weather. 5 people were hospitalised after coming off the bike at a notorious bike, the swim was cut short because it wasn't safe(?) you either cancel it or don't. Irrespectively no-one drowned or needed rescuing. The following year, similar conditions, swim got cancelled, bike went ahead, same deal more people came off the bike and were hospitalised. Taking my competitors hat off, that makes no sense at all, especially when round the corner 8/9 year olds were competing in surf life saving races. Let the RD make the call, but remove him from any culpability if something goes wrong.
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    Is Ironman Busso Doomed?

    Alice Springs 70.3
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    Is Ironman Busso Doomed?

    My thoughts exactly. We don't want to search for sharks, because we're going to find them. Get rid of the helicopter, drones and any other technology that actually detects sharks.
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    Is Ironman Busso Doomed?

    http://www.busseltonfestivaloftriathlon.com.au/newsletter-2015-term-1/triathlon-wa-partners-with-smart-marine-systems
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    Shipping time from chain reaction cycles?

    They're owned by wiggle now aren't they?
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    Is Ironman Busso Doomed?

    Albany is a beautiful spot, they have a half there that has never really taken off, but if it was marketed correctly it would be awesome. They could do the bike route down Frenchman's bay road, a very scenic coastal road, devoid of traffic with a few hills. The water in Middleton beach is normally crystal clear and there is a 10km bike path running parallel to the beach. The only issue with the half is the bike route, it goes up this shitty old country road which has more traffic than the coastal route. I got the impression they got little support from TWA/Trievents, similarly with other smaller races.
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    Is Ironman Busso Doomed?

    Dunsborough, 10mins down the run has a perfect spot for the swim, a 2.2km swim parallel to the beach that is protected at one end by rocks and the other end by a sandbank.
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    Is Ironman Busso Doomed?

    Yeah it's not doing much for tourism. I'd imagine more sharknets.
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    Is Ironman Busso Doomed?

    Not sure if you're serious or not, but pretty much every water sport in WA has been affected. We used to get 30+ windsurfers and kitesurfers at seal island which was 2kms out to sea, now no-one goes there, for obvious reasons. A lot of surfers shy away from places like Gracetown, nippers are low in numbers, kids don't want to swim in the ocean when they no their was a fatal attack a few months earlier in the same exact spot. I'm not pro culling, but something needs to be done. It's not just affecting our way of life, but I'd imagine there's a massive imbalance in the marine ecosystem. Seal island used to be a seal colony to over 20 seals for decades, now they're all gone.. wouldn't it have been better to cull a few GWs and save 20 seals?
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    Is Ironman Busso Doomed?

    I wonder how that went down with the surfers? I don't think I agree with culling Great Whites, but if it gets to the point where no-one wants to swim in the ocean, do we do something?
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    Cairns 70.3 - any good?

    Cool thanks, sounds like a great race!
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    Is Ironman Busso Doomed?

    He looks very focused!
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    Is Ironman Busso Doomed?

    Yup the guy in my AG who is likely going to win WA triathlete of the year for 45-49 can't swim for shit, but has won 3 "triathlons" that all had swim cancellations.
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    Is Ironman Busso Doomed?

    I agree Kieran!
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    Is Ironman Busso Doomed?

    Main break is spooky. The water is deep and black. I was out there last year crapping myself the entire time.
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    Is Ironman Busso Doomed?

    Yeah exactly - not the right decision, but heading towards a semblance of a rational, pragmatic plan. I'm no expert on sharks, but the photo of it's huge dorsal fin looked very much like a GW. Irrespectively, it was a big mother, so either a 4m GW/Bull/Tiger, all as dangerous as each other.
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    Is Ironman Busso Doomed?

    Gracetown and Busso are close, but very different. Water at Gracetown is deep and black and scary, whereas Busso is shallow and crystal clear 2km out. I have NFI how/why surfers still go out there.
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    Is Ironman Busso Doomed?

    May Busso 70.3 was the first swim cancellation and it was the last swimmers in the final wave so no biggie at pulling them all in. IMWA in December was a total f*ck up IMO, but they copped a lot of flak and there were a lot of unhappy people. I'd be pretty surprised if they did the same thing again. If they did it would be the death knell of that race. No reason why they can't do what the Rotto RD did. He showed some balls, 4m Great White swam under swimmers, like a few metres away and he made the call to continue the race, just pull out the swimmers in the vicinity. Whereas Busso was a small bronze whaler 200m away from swimmers.
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    Is Ironman Busso Doomed?

    Peter vs Zed round IV! I wouldn't surf in Gracetown anymore, the place is spooky and there are tons of large sharks there. Plenty of guys get knocked off boards and it doesn't make the news, lots of lucky surfers.... But Busselton is sort of in a bay and the big sharks generally are swimming north/south or east/west to South Africa so tend to bypass Busselton. You still get sharks in Busso, but rarely is it large Great Whites. That said, sharks sightings on race day are going to get more and more frequent. There's more sharks and now they have helicopters and drones up in the sky looking for them... I think what will happen is head of water safety (Surf life-saving) and RDs will adopt a more practical plan B as seen during the Rotto swim. It wasn't perfect and attracted a bit of criticism, but the swim wasn't cancelled and most competitors managed to finish. I think the fact that the swim course has changed shows how important they recognise the issue is and how they understand how detrimental further swim cancellations will be to IMWA and the 70.3. There are lots of things that can be done: - chase shark out to sea - ascertain tyre and size of shark and make a call - postpone swim until shark has fvcked off - use tranquilliser darts - bring the swim even closer to shore - can the helicopter and drones, we know there are sharks, if you go looking for them, you will find them. 90% of people are willing to take the risk. None of the OWS have helicopters and we've had zero shark related swim cancellations. - extend the current shark net and have swim within sharknet - shoot the fvcker They panicked during IMWA 2017 and didn't know what to do. It seems their approach is black and white. Shark spotted = swim cancellation. They will be forced to change their approach, if they don't then yeah the race is doomed.
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    New Wetsuit Time

    Yeah I was visorless. Lost 2 now... got a new one on the way.
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    New Wetsuit Time

    cheers. Ride and run weren't great, but swim was OK. Managed to stay with Matt Jennings who is normally a 25min/70.3 swimmer. I've got no plans to beat him out the water in Busselton, just be happy to sit on his toes for the whole swim! So more or less irrelevant whether I go sleeveless or sleeved.
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    Brownlee racing 70.3 in China

    Yeah forgot about Mo Farah. He's just switched to marathon.
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    Brownlee racing 70.3 in China

    Yeah he looked to be struggled a bit. But surely if he's training for 70.3 and IM it's going to affect his short course racing. Commentators were talking about him during the games like he was a spent force. I don't think there's any runners/triathletes out there that have distances 1500m to 42km covered.
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