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  1. wombattri

    Gold Coast Marathon

    If you’re still keen for the marathon, I just received an email that said they have a limited number of entries available (100 spots) from 12pm tomorrow: https://goldcoastmarathon.com.au/races/marathon/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=GCM18+-+100+marathon+entries+up+for+grabs&utm_content=goldcoastmarathon.com.au%2Fraces%2Fmarathon%2F&utm_source=www.vision6.com.au
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    Gold Coast Marathon

    Yes I’m in for the full.
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    FFF1077 - Just for you mate

    An oldie but a goodie - Sam all the advice you need is here:
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    What do I need to do - 70.3 worlds 2020

    Exactly. Kieran - this is spot on mate. The comments on getting a coach are spot on too.
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    Cairns 2018

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    Cairns 2018

    Mate of mine just went 9:19 flat - bloody hell...
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    Cairns 2018

    Best of luck to everyone racing tomorrow, jealous - Cairns is an awesome race. Will be tracking.
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    FFF1077 - Just for you mate

    Just catching the tail end of this, but sounds like a great gesture. Best of luck Sammy.
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    Vietnam 70.3

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    Port Mac 70.3 - still learning...

    This was my third trip to Port - 70.3 in 2015 and the full IM in 2016 were the previous occasions. The full in 2016 was great (posting a 10:42 time which I was happy with), and memorable as the conditions were just bloody awful that year, but I loved it - nice to have near perfect weather this time around. My kids also love going to Port (daughter even did the IronKids race) so it’s now a yearly trip.The training has been great, and the running has been really bulking up - an area I really want to keep improving having never been a runner. Mooloolaba tri was the lead up race which produced a PB run split over the OD. Diet and weight were good - 74kg, ideally like to get leaner towards 70kg. Into my 10th year of triathlons and I’ve improved, but still have much to learn (see below).Swim - 27:55I positioned myself right up the front of the start, probably 6 or so in front of me. It was rougher than usual, lots of limbs flying around. Apart from that, it was a pretty uneventful swim - I didn’t push it too hard as I wanted to conserve energy for the ride. Bike - 2:38:47So I find this bike course pretty tough, even for the half. With the improvements in running, cycling is probably now my weakest leg, due in part to the limited time I have for long rides. Also for me, this course is a mental challenge more than anything, and one that I haven’t quite mastered it yet - which is why I’ll keep coming back to hopefully improve each year. My power meter went all cuckoo (thanks for nothing Quarq) so I relied on HR, keeping it within 150-160 range as instructed by the coach. Fairly steady heading out, got passed a lot but actually think I rode better on the return leg. The crowd on MFD was fantastic.Run - 1:43:34The primary goal of this race was to produce a sub 1:40 run split. At Sunny Coast last year I got 1:42, and felt that from the training I had put in I could achieve somewhere around 1:37-1:40. Averaged roughly 4:30-4:40 min/km for the first lap and felt good. Second lap the wheels came off - doubt crept in and soon began to realise I wouldn’t achieve the sub 1:40 target I was after.Including roughly 4-5 minutes of T1 & T2 I finished in 4hrs 54min and in 24th place for Male 40-44 AG. Not a bad result, but I was expecting better - was hoping for top 15.Some lessons learned:1. Horses for courses - I made the mistake of thinking that because I went 4:46 at Sunny Coast then I could do that time again at Port. So wrong - the bike course at Port is hard, physically and mentally, and I should’ve known that. When it became obvious on the run that I wasn’t going to make the target time I mentally checked out - I might have lost a few places on the second lap because of this. Never compare times at different courses.2. For my AG category I placed 24th overall - 6th in the swim, 29th Bike and 31st in the run. What this tells me is although I’ve put a ton of work into the running, I still need to get stronger on the bike to run better. My long rides are limited to 3-3.5 hours, but I do get in 4 rides per week.3. Transition times - T1 was fine (on par with all those who placed ahead of me), but T2 was at least a minute slower - what the hell was I doing? Need to get speedier as one minute saved would have gained 4 places. (this is one of AP’s maxims).After the race I went back to the hotel - had a sleep, something to eat, then me and the family went down to support everyone doing the full IM. After we put the kids to bed I went back again and cheered on 2 mates to the finish. I must say that was one of the highlights as I’ve never actually been a supporter, so it was great to experience that. Well done to everyone who competed at Port - it really was a great weekend, the buzz around town was fantastic. Although I didn’t achieve the result I wanted I can’t fault this event. Next up is either Gold Coast or Brisbane marathon, Sunny Coast 70.3 then New York Marathon in November.
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    Port Mac 70.3 - still learning...

    Thanks, very much looking forward to NY marathon.
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    IM Australia 2018... now I can apply for legacy!

    Great work mate, well done.
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    Ironman AUS - Trannie Order of Merit.

    Well done everyone. Have put a race report up.
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    IM Australia when you are 50

    Great work, thanks for the write up.
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    Port - Right Here, Right Now

    Swim - 1.979km Bike - 90.5km Run - 21.3km
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    Port 2018 - new age group

    Great work Al - loved the approach of not thinking about the others, just your own race. Obviously worked well for you.
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    Ironman Debut

    Great job on nailing the first IM, and more importantly the health turnaround.
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    Ironman Aus 2018 - The good, the bad and the ugly

    So here’s a nice little story. I did the 70.3 (race report to come), and packing up tonight for an early departure tomorrow I realised I forgot to pick up my pump. As it was 6pm on Monday night there was no chance in hell I would be able to get it, and either wait for ages to get it back from Ironman or just forget about it. Heading over to dinner with the wife and kids, and I see a bunch of volunteers outside the pub so thought I’d ask anyway. Found the race director, who was having a drink with a lovely kiwi bloke named Arthur (who also works for IM). Explained my predicament - no big deal if I can’t get it now, so what’s the best way to get it back (eventually), etc. Arthur offers to drive over to his apartment, grab the keys to the transition compound so I can get my pump, and then drop me back to the restaurant where my family are. What a champion. A small gesture like that really goes a long way, and topped off a really great weekend regardless of the race. Just booked the accommodation for next year.
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    Port - Right Here, Right Now

    Straight to the pool room...
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    9 weeks till Ironman Australia

    Heading down on Friday and arrive around mid afternoon. Will miss the swim catch up unfortunately.
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    IM Texas on now

    Slightly off topic (but not really) - because IM Texas was the Nth America championships does that mean the winners are eligible for Kona, or do they have to do earn more points in other races? Is that how it works for pros who win regional champs?
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    IM/LC racing. Value/worth thoughts

    The joy and the drive is still there for me. In fact, as the years tick by the more I seem to enjoy it and the better I get (hopefully). For me, the enjoyment has come from gradual improvements in things like running which I never thought I could do - but then taking it that step further and understanding how to pull it all together in a race with the other 2 sports - I like that challenge. I also learn from failures, which I think is all part of the package.
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    Port 2018 - Who’s racing?

    Full  Race no.  Trannie name Name AG  19106 IronmanFoz Andrew Foster M50 - 54 558 The New Guy Nick Hall  M35 - 39   245 Blobby Stephen White M50 - 54  14266 Dave T David Thornton M55 -59 1048 Rory-dognz Richard Houghton M50 - 54 286 Badger77 Staff Hurlston M50-54 694 Trickle Sean Dench M40-44 296 Tall Paul Paul Marshall M45 - 49  70.3 Race no. Trannie name Name AG 2929 Flanman Michael Flanagan 55.59 (Bronze Wanker 😎) 2533 Wombattri Andrew Ritter M40-44 (Silver wanker)  Rooting on the Sideline (i.e. watching) Roxii  iFoz (I'll be out there chalking up the run course)  RunBrettRun (will be in T1 change tent till 10am)
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    Hawaii 70.3 - 2019

    This describes the race perfectly. The ride is a killer (was for me anyway) - the constant grind up to Hawi really saps the energy, and then the run is super hot with lots of short, sharp hills. But its awesome and its the most enjoyable race I’ve done thus far. The yanks put on a good event, but as clintred says there are lots of peacocks. I think the best bit was the free beer and party at the finish line, over looking the Pacific Ocean - that was gold!
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    Hawaii 70.3 - 2019

    No worries - I’ll be at Port if you want to chat then.