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  1. I thought it was an interesting doco. My wife was was vegan before we got together while I’ve never given it a seconds thought, could be an interesting experiment. I especially liked the segment about the errrr “night time” activities. More “excitement” during the night, and bigger as well. I said “sweetheart...I must go vegan...just for you” I got steak for dinner. Boom tish....scubasteve exit stage left
  2. Depends on how bulky your stuff is. Tent, sleeping bag, self inflating mattress, ground sheet, change of clothes, spare shoes, food for the day etc. It adds up. My tent was a bit bulky as was my sleeping bag ( not a down one) so my pack was full, but not that heavy. If you have personal porters then their stuff goes in your main pack too so definitely 65l then. I had trekking poles but only used one at a time. They were pretty handy, the track is rough as anything and slippery. No idea on 2nd hand gear as I borrowed my pack from a mate. I think you can hire packs as well but I suspect it'll be close to buying one outright. If you're in Melbourne I can lend you my trekking poles. Here's a checklist from the company I went through. https://kokodatrekkingaust.com.au/kokodasurvivaltips/ No way around it, it's expensive if you don't have any of the gear. Just the bloody medication cost me around $300. Painkillers, anti-biotic, anti-malaria, then all the shots. Tetanus, typhoid, hep A and god knows what else. Worth every cent
  3. Late to this thread! When do you head off for Kokoda? i did it 4 years ago and was a great experience. Some things that made it better: - take dry socks for each day and put in zip lock bags to keep dry. These squish down nicely too. - get a porter if it’s not too late. You probably don’t physically need one but it does help only carrying a day pack. The porter also helps set up and pack your tent, great for a chat and to learn from. Also a good way to support the locals. nothing to stop you carrying full pack if you want a challenge, but the porter was ace. Mine was the record holder for the fastest Kokoda crossing...great guy and absolute machine! - take lots of medication. Strong pain killers and antibiotics. You’re a long way from help - take some snacks or treats. I packed some m&m’s for a treat every couple of days - take lots of tape and look after your feet! Tinea powder every day, any hot spots rectify immediately, don’t wait. Good boots a must and break them in - otherwise read lots of stories about the war and enjoy! Spend some time remembering the war and how tough it must have been to be malnourished, sick with dysentery and getting shot at. have a great time! Your daughter will likely go at a different pace so you’ll spend time by yourselves on the track. one day I’d like to go back with my mrs and do it again in the opposite direction.
  4. Just had all the usual 50yo tests and the GP picked up a very slight heart murmur. Results from the ultra sound showed a slight case of "athletes heart" with an enlarged left ventricle. Nothing to worry about currently but likely a result of the last year's training for Port Mac IM. If I was going to continue doing IM the GP would want to keep an eye on it for further changes. Interesting ( not really unexpected) that I really only got in to endurance events 6-7 years ago, I don't do IM every year ( 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019) with alternate years much less aerobic volume yet still show the evidence. I think I'd be in trouble with a longer history and year in year out IM's though! Heart murmur also turned out to be "innocent". No cause for it, no concern.
  5. Watched it last night & thought it was pretty good. I'd heard the stories about him ( late to ironman ) but was interesting to see everything going on. The fatigue levels....oh my! Did not inspire me one little bit to give another ironman a go !
  6. I'm glad the series is still alive, these got me in to triathlon 7 years ago. Luck of the draw with the swim, heavy rains causes pollution in the bay. I'm quite happy if the swim is cancelled, I don't want to swim in faeces/bacteria really. Last year I only entered 1 due to focusing on ironman training. This year with no ironman I'm looking forward to tackling a few.
  7. You don't say how much training you want to get done or what event you're looking for, but here goes: Can your commute become a training session? Either a run or bike? You might not lose much time if you currently catch a train/drive. You've got at least 30mins from 6:30 to 7, unless you help with baths/showers. There's a short fast run waiting to happen. Only other choices are getting up earlier, cram some on the weekends or an evening session and just accept lack of sleep. Always plan ahead one day and already have clothes/timeslots allocated and ready to go to avoid wasted time. Perhaps that's the 'evening' work.
  8. Mrs Scubasteve is 99% supportive we both work full time ( I work from home 3 days) and she does crossfit 4-5 times a week. Most of my training fits around her training so there’s not too much interruption except for the weekend long ride. 4hrs was ok, she got a bit fed up with the 6 hr rides in the last month, as did I. We both split the housework and cooking so no issue there. She’s at all my big races bit skips the sprints. Long time ago she did sprint/od do she understands what’s going on. we do have an agreement of one Ironman every 2 years though. The non Ironman year is still 8-12hrs which is barely noticeable. I’m pretty lucky to have her, I couldn’t get through it without her.
  9. Good read Monkie - you're right, your race execution is almost identical to mine, if you exclude I was an hour slower Great effort to finish in 11hours....that was my "I wish" time. I also stayed at Beachcombers in a 2bedroom apartment with non-racing mates. It bugs me now that I'm essentially anti-social and didn't catch up with any of you guys staying there.
  10. Pre-race training: Up to the taper everything was going to plan. Regular 13-16 hour weeks, 200-250km per week on the bike, 40-45km per week running. Swimming only 1-2 sessions a week. I found it difficult to get to the pool and balancing everything else. More importantly, Mrs Scubasteve hadn’t complained until the last month and only about the 6 hour rides…she was ace! Taper: As seems to happen in the taper things didn’t quite go so well. 1 week in I came down with a throat infection that really never seemed to go away. Not real sick, but not 100% either. I also strained a lower back muscle at Crossfit. I can only blame myself for doing tyre flips for the 1sttime. What kind of idiot does something new 3 weeks before Ironman? This idiot! Lots of physio and not a lot of training during this period but the back came good…the throat…sort of. Days before the race: I spent 3 days driving up from Melbourne to keep as fresh as possible. Melbourne to Gundagai Wednesday evening. Thursday morning to Newcastle ( avoiding Sydney traffic). Friday I met Mrs Scubasteve and 2 friends at Newcastle airport, then drove to Port Mac and checked in. Saturday a short morning ride to shake down the bike…then racked the bike…ready to go! Race Day Swim: Goal time: 1:03. Actual – 0:58 I put myself in zone 2 based on the projected 1:03 but everyone just kind of shuffled towards the start so I really had no idea where I was seeded. I really love the rolling swim start, the atmosphere is awesome and it’s so good to get underway for my strongest leg. After 10-15 mins I realised I kept swimming around/past people and did a quick check to ensure I wasn’t going to hard. Nope…could still breathe comfortably every 3rdstroke ( was doing mostly 2)…oh well…maybe seeded wrong. Rest of the swim was great fun, still swimming past people but just cruising. Came out of the swim, checked the watch and a sub-hour swim at 0:58. Absolutely stoked! As it turns out this was 15th in my AG...thrilled! From other reports everyone was reporting a fast swim but I’m still taking it. Bike: Goal time: 5:45. Actual: 6:10 ( oh dear!) I knew with the wind my time would be slower so was happy to focus on power and heart rate as per the plan. Once the first 10km of rollers were done and on to some flats I started to realise things were not going so well. The legs felt a bit heavy and tired, I just couldn’t seem to maintain my target power and the heart rate was slightly higher than normal. With 170km to go pushing hard to make the plan wasn’t going to be a great idea so decided to just back off 10-15 watts and see how things went. Sitting on 170watts just felt right, I was comfortable here and it felt like a pace I could maintain. The heart rate was still up though, sitting on 127-130 which is where I’m normally at with target power ( 185-190w). Nothing much to do, just keep going and keep monitoring. About 2 hours in I had a toilet stop and rested the bike on a low fence, which promptly broke the cable ties on my behind the seat bottle. Quick decision….pull out the mini allen key set and move the cage to the frame ( only running 1 bottle on the downtube)? Nope…stick that bottle in your jersey and keep going. Aint nobody got time for that! Rest of the bike was uneventful, just ticking things over, stretch the back, shoulders, drink, eat, rinse and repeat. Oh…Matthew Flinders Drive…I did give spectators some excitement. I was a bit slow dropping the gears, got up out of the saddle and CLUNK, CLUNK, CLUNK….bugger would not change sprockets…I was stuck! Jumped off the bike before I fell off, spun the crank to the right gear, clip in the right foot, push down…TRACK STAND! Got the left foot clipped in still motionless (was this wise?) and got her moving to some quite big cheers from the crowd. Finished the ride in 6:10. I just felt “off” the whole ride with everything feeling 10% harder than normal. Final avg power was 168w, NP at 179w, avg HR 129, TSS 256. Run Goal time: 4:20, Actual 4:53 Started the run feeling great until km 4. Then that same heaviness in the legs started, the pace started slowing with the heart rate staying in the target of 130-133. Really couldn’t explain it but was quickly down to 6:30-6:40/km pace, about 45-60sec/km slower than all my training. 45 mins in time for the 1stgel and that did not go down well. I started to feel queasy and every drink of water made it worse. By km 10 I was already doing a run/walk strategy of 1km/run, 30walk run and even that felt tough. KM 12 was the second gel and that really did make me queasy. Not really any option from here except to sip small amounts of water, no more gels and start walking ( 1min run, 30sec walk). The next 10-12km were awful. I felt sick, my legs were tired, my feet hurt and all I could focus on was getting to km 22 where my lovely wife and friends were spectating on the hill. At 2:40 I made it to the Mrs and promptly burst in to tears! This really wasn’t going well. I’ve never had a complete mental breakdown like that but I knew it was lack of calories. The Mrs gave me a shoulder, a stern “you wanted this get out and do it”, along with advice of just keep pushing on even if you walk…get some Panadol and food next aid station. So next aid station I took 1 panadol and switched to a GU caffeine chocolate gel which I’d been carrying ( on course gels up to this point). My goodness it was like liquid gold running down my throat. Perhaps the thicker texture? The chocolately goodness? But wow it felt great. Straight way I started to come around mentally. 5 mins later I think the caffeine kicked in and I really did feel much better. The next lap was just maintaining a 1.5min run, 30sec walk to see how things went. KM 32 popped my other GU caffeine gel and 2 panadol and really did feel better. I started to run a bit more, walk a bit less, feeling better and better knowing the finish was only 10km away. I was going to make it! The last 4 km I could actually run properly and set a cracking 5:30 pace. Ran the full km, quick 30sec walk…drank lots of coke! I felt awesome, strong and ran hard all the way to the finish line. Saw Mrs Scubasteve and friends just before the finish chute, massive hugs for all and almost another tear up ( happiness this time!), stepped over the line for a 12:14. Post race: I really wasn’t terribly sore after the race, a bit of DOMS for 2 days but nothing much. I have come down with a decent chest cold so pretty sure I never fully recovered from the throat infection. I was a little disappointed in 12:14. I was aiming for sub 11:30 but it just wasn’t my day. Most annoying was 2 years ago at IM AUS I did 12:13. 2 years of training to go slower wasn’t what I wanted. On the positive side…I’m going to brag about that swim for a long long time! I’ve also never pulled myself out of a mental black hole like that. Mentally I’m pretty soft and never really get going again when things are tough. Overall I’m pretty happy. The day was full of excitement, some good results, some not so good and more importantly I finished in a somewhat respectable 52ndout 140 in the 50-54 AG. Time for recovery, some analysis on went wrong and what I can do differently. No doubt there’ll be a Transitions post about this later!
  11. I reckon true enough, the different perspective than being in the car adds something to how you think about driving. As a road cyclist, when I'm in the car I'm much more aware of slower traffic, leaving space and especially other cyclists. Going the other way is true. When I did my heavy rigid license I was shocked how many people pull in front of a truck, even with 'driver under instruction' signs. Scared the bejesus out of me and now I'm very very cautious about pulling in front of trucks.
  12. The rest of May is time off, just catching up on all the work on the house I've put off, walking the dogs more and giving the Mrs a bit of time back in her life. June will be Crossfit as my only training with a ride to work once per week ( 2 * 25km). July - I'd like to focus on swimming for a month. I didn't do enough pre-ironman Aug - Start training for the Summer's sprint series and come up with a plan. OW swimming is looking like a good focus. After a very satisfying IM AUS ( although bit disappointed in the time) I'm a little over long course stuff. 12 months of sprints/Oly then re-assess for another event in 2 years.
  13. I was here! Sorry I didn’t get to catch up with anyone in person!
  14. 179.1 for the bike. Swim hasn’t uploaded but VERY fast for me...0:58 expecting 1:03. I’m still claiming sub hour swim regardless.
  15. 12:14 for me, tough day. Had a meltdown 20km in the run...there were tears when I saw the mrs. Came good but a slow run. However...finished...so happy days
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