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  1. Looking for a recommendation for a reasonable wheelset. I am 194cm and 105kg, and keep breaking a spoke on my rear wheel quite regularly.Bike only goes on road most of the time.
  2. Thanks Slowman. Will check them out.
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    WTB- 29" MTB wheelset

    Cool. Can you send me the details,cost etc.
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    WTB- 29" MTB wheelset

    If anyone has any surplus to requirements with or without a rear cassette, please let me know.
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    IM Australia when you are 50

    Good job!
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    IM/LC racing. Value/worth thoughts

    For me its about being at my absolute best and having the best outcome possible in all three legs . So far I have failed to that in my LC 5 races.I have come close.I will never KQ, but the driver for me is to enjoy the training and associated benefits, and one day have that perfect race where it all comes off. Then I can die happy!
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    Everyone's entitled to a shocker

    My last IM in 2016 I had PB’s on the swim and ride. Decided in T2 not to change socks and put on my run socks as I had done previously to save some time. Biggest mistake and regret. Feet blistered so badly I couldn’t run after 5kms.Took ages for the heel damage to repair. If only......
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    New Busso swim course - shark friendly

    That is sad to lose such an iconic part of the race at IM Busso. Fully agree with Triax's comments too. I am a slow swimmer more than a weak swimmer, but love the swim leg as it was around the jetty.
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    The Mental Health thread

    Hang in there Goughy! I have a situation similar to yours at home( ie bad food and bad choices, increasing weight, cannot sleep much due to meds, psych issues etc). You have just got to keep chipping away.Try and get some small wins with him. It will help you and your wife also.The big picture of recovery can be scary, so don't focus on it too much. As Katz said, just Keep Going.
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    Your 1st race

    My first Triathlon was the 2004 Matilda Bay Sprint (Crawley Bay near UWA Perth), which I recall was a 400 Swim/18km Ride/5km Run.
  11. 2017 was my year off any serious training or racing, as I decided to have a bit of a mental refresher, so numbers are naturally down. Swim- 44.2km Ride-4,355.7km Run-336.2km Others-Yoga-2 hrs/week, Indoor Soccer-1 game/week.
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    Imwa race day. Swim cancelled

    I had the same feeling last year Stickman.I did manage to get to the finish line but without any jubilation.Taking this year off to try and find that IM buzz again seems to be slowly working.There is always next year mate! You have unfinished business.
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    Yoga, Pilates and stretching

    I took up Yoga this year as part of my hiatus from Triathlon. 1.5 hours every Monday night in class and a bit on the side at home. I must say I have seen improvement in a few areas, none more so that mentally. Much more calm in the farm these days.
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    How much sleep do you get?

    Average around 7 hours a night. Sleep like a baby most nights.
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    ageing- from serious stick insect to mammil

    I am not too worried about the ageing process that much. Was never a stick insect to start with, or had any real talent in any sport, and bad family genes. I like to compete and challenge myself.Triathlon has given me an outlet to training for events,and to focus on getting the best out of myself.It must be hard for high end sports people in their younger years to accept they can no longer cut it later in life.At 53 I am just glad to be alive, and fitter than most blokes my age.
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    The Mental Health thread

    I still vividly remember watching the news of Robin Williams passing.I was absolutely gobsmacked and upset at the time.
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    Spares for IM?

    Normally I would have: On me: 2x tubes with 80mm valves. In a bidon on the bike: 3xCo2 cannisters, 1xCo2 head unit, adhesive patch set, teflon tape, small multitool,2 tyre levers,small hand pump,valve extender (just in case you run out of tubes and someone drops you a 42mm tube), valve extender tool, $5 note (in case of side wall damage). In Special needs: 1xtube with 80mm valve, 1xCo2 cannister.
  18. About 5 years old but only worn 3 times. A few small cuts.Any reasonable offers considered.
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    Orca Kaisel LS Wetsuit (Size 10)

    Somewhere around $50. I will check out what i paid for it and get back to you.
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    IM Cairns Debut

    We'll done Kieran on your debut.Seems all went to plan.
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    Your 'hardest' race?

    2011 IMWA Busso for me. First time at this distance and a lot of unknowns as you would expect.A hot day (33-34c) and saw a lot of much fitter than myself go home in a ambulance. The recovery tent was full to brim with people on saline drips. I paced and plodded around the course to finish. Got back to the motel, yacked up all the coke I had drunk on the second half of the run, and face planted onto the bed, and remained there till the morning.2012 was just as hot but was much better prepared.
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    Hiatus from Triathlon

    I have been doing Triathlon since 2004, and have found it helps greatly with keeping me very occupied and keeping me mentally in check.The last few years have been hard work navigating through some heavy kids/family issues and work issues, and Triathlon has kept me focused. After IMWA 2016 though I decided that I wasn't enjoying it anymore, and was just going through the motions of training etc.Things that had excited me in the Triathlon world had now gone. My finish at IMWA 2016 told the story... it was a case of thank god that's over despite having a good race (by my standards).I decided that 2017 I was taking a break from Triathlon and to smell the roses a bit.The aim was to see if I get that passion back.I went and saw my doctor to keep him in the loop too.I bought a canoe, and a MTB for something different.I took up Yoga which I now love. I am still doing some very low key training in all three forms, plus MTB, Yoga, and Indoor Soccer. It is July and the pang to return still isn't there yet.It may never come back.Question: Have you taken time out from a sport or hobby you love to freshen up a bit? How long were you out before you went back? Was the return worth it? Interested to hear from you if you have.