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  1. BigRig

    The Mental Health thread

    We sound very similar. I just don't take crap like I used too.Life is too short to have to deal with knobheads, and bad situations.
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    The Mental Health thread

    Unfortunately I did vent at the boss.
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    The Mental Health thread

    It's National Mental Awareness day so a timely time to post I guess.As others before have written,it is hard to right this sort of stuff about yourself,but I need to vent.Kudos to those who have.I have suffered from depression most my adult life, and don't take meds for it.Tried once and didn't like it.I have sought treatment on a few occasions.Since 2004 triathlon has been my medication, and brought a lot of inner joy and small personal victories despite being a back of the pack finisher.I have been in what I call my cyclonic mood for a long long time now .I am a slow moving rain bearing depression.The entire joy of training and competing has gone. I look at my bikes and go "Meh!" Even give myself a good upper cut from time to time but that has worn off.Nothing gives me any joy anymore.Last week my new boss flew in (80's style bullyboy manager, about my age, and no industry experience) and tore me a new one.It was bombing raid with zero notice.It's a new job which I was head hunted for 6 months ago, and I work on my own in sales role for the whole of WA.Sales dollar are 50% up on last year but am apparently not doing it the right way /his way.My KPI's, touch points, etc,blah blah....I have been in this Industry my whole life up to a senior role level,and never had any issues up till now.Working on my own is very new and probably hasn't helped as I am a social person.This was the icing on the cake for me and has pretty well finished me. I am considering quitting work/sport and taking a long time off to sort myself out, perhaps hire/buy a campervan and hit the road with the wife and travel around Australia. Maybe it time to smell the roses.Thanks for reading if you read this far to the end.
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    The Mental Health thread

    I had a gut feel about an old work mate last week who has his struggles. I hadn't heard from him for a long time.I didn't have his phone number so I emailed him to asked if he was okay and to ring if not.It turned out he wasn't. He rang me and we had a good long chat.Always trust your gut feel if you ever have an hunch someone you know may not be okay.
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    What training did you do today...

    90 minutes on the wind trainer.
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    If you've done a 13 hour Ironman tell me why.

    Have done 5 all 14 hours +.I am not that good tbh, but just enjoy the training and the challenge on the day.
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    Pretty Disappointing

    I too can join the disappointment club.Was 4 weeks into IM Busso training, then followed by a long planned 2 week Nordic holiday including a 7 day cruise ( floating Buffet), and despite eating okay and doing an hour in the gym each day plus a butt-ton of walking,I returned 3.5 kg heavier.Also gave myself an uppercut last week and will aim to lose 5kg.
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    The Mental Health thread

    Ambos, Fireman, Police, Nurses,Army, etc that all have to see and deal with some horrific things in doing their job need a lot more help in this area (PTSD).Far too often they get cast aside.
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    The Mental Health thread

    Sorry to hear this FFF. Hurts like heck now, but probably for the better if she doesn't have your interests at heart. Are you doing it this year?
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    The Mental Health thread

    The redundancy money, is nice but it is hard to take when it happens to you. I got managed out in 2016 after 16 years.Upside was I was able to reinvent myself and move on.In hindsight it was a blessing. It gives me pleasure to see my old work become a debarkle since I left.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  21. 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.