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  1. Why is this thread in the Sandbox?
  2. I believe Flannie gives a proctology examination a pretty low rating. #PBforFlannie
  3. FP, have you read Feet in the Clouds? More than one guy's story of his attempts to finish the BGR, it enterainingly covers the history of British fell running.
  4. Sorry, I wasn't thinking about any requirement to rack your bike the day before. I've only raced Nepean out at the Regatta Centre. On a general point, after so many years in the sport, I'm still puzzled why so many people carry an inordinately large bag over their shoulder and walk their bike some distance to a race. It just looks so cumbersome.
  5. Pump up your tyres and leave your track pump in the car. Put on your helmet and backpack containing your gear. Ride from carpark to transition. It's pretty simple. Or how much crap are you guys lugging to the race?
  6. Isn't that pretty much the norm out Penrith way?
  7. Marathon du Medoc looks a heap of fun, especially with the fancy dress theme each year. Medoc and Comrades are both races that I wish I did years ago. Medoc before it became insanely popular. Comrades while I was running well and capable of having a shot at a silver finisher's medal. I'm happy to have run New York City and London Marathons when I did.
  8. I've been wondering lately if my body could manage the training for a slow run at Two Oceans or maybe Comrades. Or perhaps even both. Turtle, please tell us your experience of Two Oceans.
  9. We had a training course for the last two days at work. Two days of fondling venomous snakes! OK, there was more to it than that. Theory covering venom toxicology, bite first aid, species behaviour, handling and restraint techniques, equipment, etc. Excellent presenter with a load of interesting critters.....eastern browns, gwardars, tiger snakes, death adder, red-bellies, pale-headed, mulga snake, curl snake..... I love my job.
  10. Yes, though the floods still can be used to sell an under-researched, uncosted, possibly infeasible irrigation scheme to the electorate. Damn rightists!
  11. I've had some impressive food at ultra aid stations, (and some quite peculiar things too). I used to particularly look forward to some at Glasshouse Mountains 100 Mile. One couple always provided homemade Cornish pasties at about 60km, though I most anticipated the late night isolation of the 130 km aid station, and seeing Jane, the wife of race stalwart Bill Thompson. Mulberries and hopefully late-season custard apples, freshly picked form their farm that day. Camembert and olives, and usually a special something with lots of fresh chili for Bill and I.
  12. With the gradient and surface of some hills in some trail ultras, there is often literally nothing to gained by running. Any time gains may be marginal at best, and you're dipping into your energy stores that are better utilised later in the race on runnable terrain. Often enough, I've seen a competitor breathing laboriously to run up a climb, while I've stayed on their heels, walking strongly and efficiently to reach the top with a much lower heart rate. Like any race, it's all about pacing.
  13. Don't underestimate how slow, steep or technical some trails can be. Even in WA. Go for a run out at Wungong and hit the single track. Some quite exciting descents. Or sign up for Bloated Goat next March. It's only 30km. http://www.perthtrailseries.com.au/event/bloated-goat
  14. I'm not so sure about that. I don't have Mike Jenkinson's biography of Deek handy, but I recall it featuring a photo of Deek on his back, leg in the air, stretching his hammies. It certainly mentioned the role of stretching and flexibility in his training regime.
  15. From the Industry Qld link I posted. “During the February floods in North Queensland, the volume of water spilling over Burdekin Falls Dam would have filled Sydney Harbour in just five hours,” Ms Frecklington said. “That water all went out to the sea – but the New Bradfield Scheme would capture North Queensland’s water and use it to create new jobs and secure the future of rural communities.” So that's 0.45 million megalitres going over the Burdekin's spillway in 5 hours. The Burdekin is Queensland's largest dam with a current capacity of 1.8 million megalitres (ie 4 times the volume being lost over it's spillway in 5 hours back in Feb). According to Wiki (citing a CSIRO report), the Burdekin was constructed to allow an increase in capacity (I read a potential increase to 2.4 million megalitres yesterday but can't find the source). OK, Ex, this is where I'm interested in your thoughts. The engineering problem is how to hold and redirect such large volumes of water which rapidly fill a catchment. For a dam to most effectively store sudden inundations of floodwater or mitigate against loss of large water volumes over the spillway, it needs to be kept at a minimum functional capacity to ensure maximum retention during flooding. The problem is the unpredictability of massive volumes of water and how to effectively relocate it. It is a simpler principle when the inflow is seasonally predictable in both timing and volume (eg snowmelt entering Lake Jindabyne for the Snowy Mountains Scheme).
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