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ScubaSteve last won the day on March 20 2015

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  1. Swissman. Holy hell!

    Back to Swissman - I do like that your supporter must do the last 11km with you as a pair. Bit of a reward for all the sacrifices they make. I'd love to have a go but I fear it might be beyond me being 49. I have no real excuse, my wife is Swiss, knows the area and the lingo. But the training required for that bike leg...goodness.
  2. ok so I'm biased seeing I've been doing Crossfit for 18months. As we've all said, fittest on earth is relevant to the sport. I'm MOP at triathlon but I can swim & ride faster than nearly every other person at my Crossfit box ( oh year...the cult lingo). There's a couple there who are faster runners, but not many. However, when it comes to weight lifting, I get my arse kicked at Crossfit. But put me up against triathletes and I'd do well. The idea of Crossfit is to be fit for anything. Run, swim, ride, ski, weight lifting, rock climbing, gymnastics, rope climbs, you name it. It won't get you through an Ironman or marathon, but a sprint/10k/...no problem. At the Crossfit games they try and throw in the unexpected to see how they cope with new skills and how they performed. Not many other sports can say that. A while back there was a comp in Australia to find the fittest athlete. I remember Bill Slater ( rugby) took it out over a pole vaulter, life saving Ironman, cricketers, racing car drivers etc. The concept is interesting...who is the fittest? The dude who can run 100km but can barely lift a pencil? The gymnast who can do crazy flips and super strong? The weight lifter who can clean 200kg but puffs out walking to the next room ? Beats me
  3. Who is Zwifting?

    yep, although not doing much post IM Oz. Typically I'd jump on a couple of event/races. Kiss Australia Tuesday nights ( race) Australia Hump Day Ride Wed night - group ride at 2w/kg with 10-15min race at end. Pro4mance ride - Wed as well - group ride increasing pace each lap till a full out sprint. The Big Ring rides ( Thurs?)- weight handicap group ride - brutal! If the weather was shite I'd jump on a group ride for 2-3 hours over the weekend. Pretzel ride was fun, about 2.5-3hrs. I didn't do too many of the solo dedicated workouts, perhaps I should have!
  4. 2017 IMOZ TV Coverage

    Ironman WA on 7mate at 5am Sunday ( Melbourne time). No sign of Ironman Oz yet.
  5. Port Race Reports

    Port Mac race report: Thrown together in 15mins, but here goes! Race preparation Training generally went well over the last year with a build up to 14 hours, which was all I could fit in. I felt I was lacking on some of the big rides and runs but knew I’d at least done enough to get through. 2 sessions of Crossfit through the year has made a big difference too. Dropped 8-10kg and much stronger. Not a single injury during the year and healthy all the way up to race day. Swim leg 1:05 Exactly as expected. Cruisy swim just taking it fairly easy and enjoying things. Loved the rolling start but as a MOP I wasn’t racing anybody but myself. Crossing the weir was a novelty although I badly stubbed my toe due to gawking at the surrounds instead of watching my footing. Bike leg 6:00 exactly. Ride time 5:53 ( 7mins lost due to toilet stops and change of nutrition) What a hoot of a ride! Scenery was stunning in the first half and those rolling hills were so much fun. The road surface wasn’t as bad as I expected but it’s definitely slow. Lap1 went pretty well except for the HED sticker on my disc coming half off and flapping on the frame. That was my one big fright of “oh no, a mechanical”. Quick stop, peel off the sticker and stuck it to the drink bottle with the plan to give it to the Mrs “Here, have some HED”. <<insert groan here>>. Finished lap 1 in 2:50, which was right on my estimate but felt I’d overcooked it slightly. TSS score a bit higher than anticipated and thought I’d better knock 10w off for lap2. Lap2 exactly as planned. NP sitting around 165-170watts which felt much more comfortable given there was a bit of a run coming. Finished with a TSS of 264 so seeing I was aiming for 270 I thought that was pretty good. Oh…Matthew Flinders Drive…yep it was steep and short but quite doable. Crowd support helped make it a laugh along with Elvis at the top. Initially I was concerned running a 11-23 cassette but that was fine. Run leg: 4:57 ( ouch). Went in to the run feeling awesome, running well, thinking I could pull a 4:10 out which was about the best I anticipated. Unfortunately at the 5km mark I had an issue on the big toe. I wasn’t sure if it was the tape I put on in transition had come loose ( always tape the same spots due to blisters) or something in the sock. Scrunched the toes it went away so pushed on. 1 lap down and realised I needed to stop and check this frigging toe out. Big blister which hadn’t burst. Put on 1 of the 2 bandaids I had with me and pushed on. By lap2 the pain in the toe was back again, knees were starting to ache a bit and my feet generally hurt. I really couldn’t understand it as I’d done lots of 20-25 km runs without issue. Stopped at special needs to really patch up the feet. After a good 5mins everything back under control and back to running again. The last 2 laps was very much a run/walk, turning in to a walk/run. I think my old nemesis of ITB had come back as I could run for 50m, then the pain in the knees increased and became too much by 100m. Walking and the pain went away. Finish 12:13 - 77th out of 200 in 45-49 age group. I was absolutely stoked to finish in that time. I though the best I could ever do was 11:15 so still happy with 12:13 given the amount of training. Finish chute was a total blast, I found the Mrs just before the chute and was able to stop, give her a hug and kiss and thank her for being out there for 13 hours. Lots of high fives down the chute, big smile for the camera and perhaps a double fist pump. Recovery: Sore, tired but ok. Had a bit of food and as much liquid as I could then off for a massage. Could have stayed in there all night but had to cut the massage short after 15min…the wife was waiting! Only issue I had here was a similar one I had after Ironman Melbourne. If I lay down I was ok, but as soon as I stood up I’d get the chills and start shaking. I knew this was probably dehydration so started drinking and drinking. Water, soup, recovery drink…about 2.5l in 2 hours and was good as gold after that. Around 11:15pm headed back down to the finish line to catch a few of the last finishes. So glad I did that! Just fantastic to see people coming in after 16 hours on the road, what a great effort to be out there that long and still come in vertical! Lessons learnt/improvements: Ride more hills! It’s very flat where I am ( west sub Melbourne) and not that easy to find good rolling hills. These hurt me a bit on the ride. Run more hills. I think the hill on the run course caused my blistering. Again, very flat where I am and not that easy to find hills but must try harder! Nutrition was tolerated extremely well ( Perpetuem on the bike, winners gels on the run) but must prepare better for the 2nd bottle of perp. I had 1 bottle between the bars, a spare bottle with perp in a zip lock and spare tube in a bottle under the seat. 2 water bottles on the frame. It took too long to change the bottles and get new perp. I’ll have to think about configuration here. Race suit - while my TXU race suit is comfy and got through the ride well, it’s a pain to have a pee. You either get out of the sleeves totally or unzip, hunch over and try to pull it down. It just doesn’t work with lots of toilet stops. Instead I’d go 2 piece but still have something with sleeves on the top. Another one to ponder. I can tolerate more volume in training and I needed it. If I go again, I need to ponder the training and see how I can better fit things in. Conclusions: Stunning event, fantastic crowds, I had a great time and generally very happy with the way things went. The Mrs comment of “best event I’ve been to as a spectator” was a bit plus. Will I be back? I don’t really know. I’d like to focus on sprint’s for the next 12 months so perhaps 2019 I’ll have another crack. I’ll have aged up to 50-54 by then.
  6. Ironman Australia 2017

    I had a blast in Port Mac. That bike course was such fun and nice to have some scenery. Results not all I could hope for but I'm bloody satisfied. Swim: 1:05 right on target. Loved crossing the weir, thought that was fun. Bike: 6:00. 1st lap spot on with 2:52 but realised I might have been a bit over excited. Slowed a bit on the 2nd but still ok. bike course harder than I expected with the rolling hills. Run: 4:58. Developed blisters 5km in. What The F&*(! 1st lap ok then some major foot repair meant everything just slowed after that. Lots of run/walk dealing with foot pain and suspected ITB pain the last 2 laps. Still chuffed to push through and not just walk it. Overall - 12:13. Would have liked a sub 12 but thought not bad for me. Faster than IM Melbourne by 4 mins Totally blown away by the times of other guys in my age group ( 45-49). Lots of sub 5:30 bike splits which blows me away as I always thought of myself as reasonably strong on the bike. Most important the Mrs had a good time spectating. Her view is Port Mac is the best course for her of anything I've done. I think that's my last Ironman though, I'll concentrate on sprints. I'm pleased to go out with that result and no regrets.
  7. Ironman Australia 2017

    #880 for me. MFD looks short and steep. How hard could it be
  8. Ironman Australia 2017

    Nervous! One more long run today and a long ride Good Friday and then start tapering. Can't help but feel I should have done more training but then again, I'm not injured or sick and my running ( worst leg) has come along nicely in the last month. Was about to say can't wait for the 2017 Athlete guide to be put up, but looks like it was published this morning on the website. Hooray!
  9. Ironman Australia 2017

    well...I'm 74kg and looking at 180w which is just under 70% ftp. That's the target for a 6hour'ish ride. So much can change it, hot weather, cold weather, wind, rain, flats etc. I can only control the watts Mind you - my ride split for Ballarat 70.3 was 2:30, so guessing sub 6 isn't out of the question on a good day.
  10. Ironman Australia 2017

    So I've heard! I'm looking forward to it, especially given my last IM Melb I had to pull out after the bike leg. Really? I was kind of hoping 180w would be about 6hrs. oh well...the time will be whatever the time will be.
  11. Ironman Australia 2017

    I'm in, first one at Port after 2 at Melbourne. Training going well, no injuries. A little freaked out there's only 9 weeks to go.
  12. Kona Lottery is back and limited to 1000 entires

    10 slots out of 1,000 entries? Good odds for me and more likely than winning a slot legitimately. Unless I go Tonya Harding on about 100 age groupers Seeing this is my first Port Mac, any idea how far the roll down slots normally get to in 45-49? I'm guessing not many knock back a slot.
  13. Achilles Tendonitis

    Mrs Scubasteve developed chronic achilles after a half marathon in her 40's. Looked like a lifetime of tri's, track cycling & lots of running had caught up. Was in constant pain and could barely walk, let alone run. Cortisone injection worked for a while ( excruciating by all accounts) but then it came back. Saw multiple physios/chriro's/experts and a couple said it's weakness in the glutes, hips, calves etc. We didn't necessarily agree but we didn't know how to fix it. Go figure. Eventually I dragged her to Crossfit as I wanted some cross training. 3 months of lifting weights, lunges, box step ups and general conditioning she was pain free but couldn't run. 6 months later she could run 2-3km before a flare up. 12 months can run 5km pain free but chooses never to run more than that. So for her ( you could well be different) it really was weak muscles in spite of a very athletic background. 3 Crossfit sessions per week over 6-12 months fixed it.
  14. Yes I know his name, racked next to me so I know race number, backed up by timing results. Not willing to name and shame here. It's not really that big a deal in spite of my initial rant. I was more curious as to what people would/have done. Some of you are vicious! Pee on him? Shit on him? Pump in the spokes? ouch I'll see what happens next 2 races, if it happens again I'll force him to pass and let him know I don't think that's 7m. That's it, I'm a softy really.
  15. all good advice and no, in the grand scheme it doesn't matter. water bottle spray followed up with snot rocket. That's disgusting enough without soiling myself in the process. I should say that overall, given the event covered olympic, sprint and 1/2 sprint with everything from kids to pro's on the same course, it was generally quite good on the course.
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