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About hey_burgs

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    Who is Betty Ford anyway?
  • Birthday 12/04/1989

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  1. hey_burgs

    Bergs - Kona report????

    Lol, sounds like Miles....
  2. hey_burgs

    Noosa Tri 2018

    Maybe first time ever that I've been quoted 😊
  3. hey_burgs

    Bergs - Kona report????

    What is this, MKC?
  4. hey_burgs

    Bergs - Kona report????

    Exactly!!
  5. hey_burgs

    Bergs - Kona report????

    Thanks for that comment. This was just a quick knock up, I would like to be putting more emphasis on telling the tale after both the good & bad, but damn this has been a busy couple of weeks since the race. It was nice to write about it fleetingly though. Got to try and get back into some consistent writing. Nice to know your pain never came back, I guess in the moment you were comfortably numb to it? I wasn't willing to risk trying to get through, I couldn't just imagine. That's incredible
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    Bergs - Kona report????

    Nice way to add some colour! Yep, I'm carrying bags and Feedback travel rollers. Off to Sydney today for Nepean to begin a rolling 10 days of caddy duties. Ash got me through Kona week, so I've got the easier job to be honest!
  7. hey_burgs

    Bergs - Kona report????

    Hey Trannies. Just saw this post. Let's get down to the nitty gritty... Cam is not my coach anymore. I left him 4 weeks prior to Kona. No need to go into much detail about this, but I walked away from him as I saw his interest in coaching (and in the sport in general) decline over the few months prior. It was affecting my motivation and I needed a quick break before Kona so I could actually get myself to the startline with a level of stability and self-belief. Next up. I have been dealing with on-off itb bursa inflammation since Ironman Frankfurt in early July. I think this came about due to a general deterioration of some basic motor patterns, probably due to a number of long term actors, but mostly apathy towards adequate recovery after that race. I had to pull out of 2 70.'3s during this period before Kona (Cebu & Sunny Coast). I would take a couple weeks off running, then run a couple of weeks without issue, then it would flare up again. This ITB injury is never something you can train through as the pain is debilitating (and reflects why I pulled out in Kona, but more on that in a sec). Though I was going to race KOna no matter what, so I had no option but to really push the limits with the rehab in order to try and get some sort of run loading through my legs. I returned to running three weeks out from the race, but at a very limited capacity. In the couple of weeks after I left Cam, I was able to direct my swim & bike to sessions that I thought suited me better for the tight lead in period post-injury, rather than the same tired loop of sessions that I knew weren't working for me anymore. I found some good biking legs, and my swim was where it needed to be. I went into Kona with a semblance of confidence, and didn't actually give the injury or lack of run preparation too much thought until I actually got off the bike and onto Alii Drive. The race. I didn't apply much gas on the swim so as to have a group around me out of the water. The plan amongst a few of us was to drive the pace at the front & to take the race away from the cyclists. I pulled a bunch of guys around, but got no returns once we got onto the bike. Everyone soft pedalled and no one wanted to take the reigns. I felt as if I'd done my bit, and didn't want to get suckered into pulling guys around. The pace was pedestrian and very frustrating, so I jumped at the chance to join Starky when he went by, and not long after that we were joined by Wurf. I've ridden with both of these guys in races before & it was like a dream scenario until I started rejecting my nutrition and cramping at the 90 minute mark. There was points were I was riding through these crazy cramps for minutes on end. I'd have to back off my fluids for long periods of time until my guts settled, then I could resume loading again, but it would happen soon thereafter. Long story short, I made some dumb changes to my nutrition plan that I thought were a step in the right direction. I responded fine to the changes in training, but not in the race. 3 hours into the ride, I was still at the front with Wurf & Starky, but within the space of the 5 minute climb up from Kawaihae I bonked and was very swiftly popped off the back as Wurf began his assault back into town. I bled massive time during this point, but found a 2nd wind for the last 20-30km and still had some confidence that this was just part of ironman racing and it was no big deal. I just got into T2 solo before the bunch, and mentally was still positioning myself in the race for the top 5 or 10. Then I started running, and realised that my lack of run training has completely assaulted my naive belief that perhaps I could really pull something out of my ass on race day. I'm the kind of athlete that needs a lot of volume for my run, and there's never been a way around that for me. I'd never felt so bogged down and sluggish off the bike, and literally capitulated within the first 5 minutes knowing there was absolutely no way I could pull myself back. But of course, I was going to finish the race. I got up onto the Queen K and ran about 1 miles until I needed to stop for the loo. I was pretty far back at this point, so kind of took my time. As I stood up front the john, the pain upon extending my left leg jolted me and almost felled me to the ground. In those claustrophobic moments in the loo, my itb band has seized up and the pain it now presented was so intense that I couldn't even walk. The medics came over and I tried a number of times to relax and then continue, but there was just no option. It's crazy because up until that point, the injury I'd been managing for the previous months was a non-issue on race day, and I'd actually even forgotten all about it until it blew out. I'm now obviously on some forced rest, and am enjoying an early end to the season. I normally race into November or December, so I'm sure this is going to help me ease back into the training at a rate more conducive to an injury free 2019, rather than having to rush things because I've planned some early races. Generally, I've always been overly eager to get back racing early into the season to hunt for results and a pay check. Anyone self-employed knows you've got to have a strong ambition, but in a sport that presents an inevitably fine balance between being trained and overtrained, all the while trying to be career-focussed, it's easy to burn the candle at both ends. I'm well aware of the bubble we're in as triathletes though, and this is more or less a real world problem that everyone has in day to day life. As for coaching, I'm not sure where I'll go to from here, apart from the immediate decisions to continue steering my own ship until something better comes along. I'll wait until I have some sort of clarity after the recent events to make a decision.
  8. hey_burgs

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  9. hey_burgs

    Gomez v Bergs. Ironman Cairns

    Yep, heading to the Western Front to take on the Germans. I took it pretty easy coming back into training from South Africa, and wanted a bit more time to prepare, for my next Ironman, plus it's a great year to race Frankfurt for me with Frodo hopefully playing into my strengths for the swim/bike. Sad to miss cairns, but this should be really exciting.
  10. hey_burgs

    Ironman South African competitor was drowned

    Sadly, I think this was a suicide. I haven't read this personally but my friends in PE informed me. RIP
  11. hey_burgs

    Gomez v Bergs. Ironman Cairns

    Thanks for the vote! I've got no idea how Wurf's swimming is, the guy is a bit of a wildcard in the swim
  12. hey_burgs

    Gomez v Bergs. Ironman Cairns

    Well he hadn't really, until the race where he had the $$$ win in triathlon at stake. On paper, and compared to what he had done in the distance, it should have been easy. I don't know if there was anything else going on, illness etc., but I imagine for a big win like that he would have had everyone opportunity to be ready for it. http://ap.ironman.com/triathlon/events/emea/ironman-70.3/bahrain/results.aspx
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    Gomez v Bergs. Ironman Cairns

    I'm looking forward to taking Gomez on, & stoked he chose this race to debut for Ironman. His biggest challenge is going to be getting through the bike. We saw what happened in Bahrain when he became isolated & was put up against the ropes. He was racing for $1million and couldn't get the job done, but he can win 70.3 Worlds pretty easily when he has lots of other good riders around him to get him through. It should make for a great race.
  14. hey_burgs

    Sebi visits a pom :P

    Great concept for a video. Would like to see more in this style, maybe I'll pitch one to Felt and go visit Daniela (when I'm in shape)
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    HOTW

    What big city craft beers can we find in Gundy??
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