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  1. Paul Every

    Is triathlon dead in Sydney?

    We used to race at Oatley Park in the late '80s when aquathons were popular. Also Kyeemagh, Narrabeen, Clovelly, etc. 5 km run followed by an 800 metre swim. Speedos mandatory.
  2. Paul Every

    Busso 2018

    Bike tour to Busso?
  3. Paul Every

    Is triathlon dead in Sydney?

    That's why I was thinking of even later in the day.
  4. Paul Every

    Is triathlon dead in Sydney?

    Wisemans Ferry, Berowra Waters, Bundeena...... Even Nepean in the actual Nepean River. Must be around 200km of the Nepean/Hawkesbury River arcing around greater Sydney and it hasn't been used for a triathlon in decades. Upstream of Penrith, Windsor, Cattai, Wiseman's, Spencer, Brooklyn? Must be a couple of suitable places for staging a race.
  5. Paul Every

    Getting Old

    Yeah, muscle memory is a wonderful thing.......until it lapses into muscle forgetfulness.
  6. Paul Every

    Is triathlon dead in Sydney?

    Yes, maybe Apple Tree Bay is a little more out of the way. Perhaps we need to rethink the traditional morning starts for races. Would it work better starting at 5:30 or 6pm when the park has mostly emptied. In the middle of summer when it's light until 8pm? Off the bike before dark and maybe some nighttime trail running. Same for Akuna Bay - West Head.
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    Getting Old

    I went to hear British mountaineer and climber Chris Bonington speak earlier this year and see the aptly titled movie of his life, Bonington. Mountaineer. Many people say "I still want to be doing what I'm doing now in 10 years time", but when it comes from a man in his 80s it's impressive. It's an amazing film of an extraordinary, and at times tragic, life. Pivotal to the film is the 1966 first ascent of The Old Man of Hoy, a 140 metre rock pillar rising from the turbulent ocean off the bleak Scottish coast, and Bonington's subsequent return to repeat the climb nearly half a century later to celebrate his 80th birthday. See it. Be inspired.
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    Getting Old

    It's fantastic when parents set a benchmark. My mum has flown over from Sydney to visit me in Perth. She is 90 and though her eyesight is declining due to macular degeneration, we're still enjoying a busy couple of weeks going to the theatre, concerts and opera. We've also had a few trips to the pool and while I swim 2 km to her one, she can still swim 50 fly faster than me.
  9. Paul Every

    Getting Old

    If I make it to Port next year, I will be racing in my 8th different age group. My body gave me stern warning that I'm growing older a couple of weeks ago. A friend had asked me if I wanted to do Mudfest. Of course my immediate response was yes, then my second was "What is it?" 5 km run with obstacles and mud. No probs or so I thought. About 4km in there was a 5 metre wide pit containing a large trampoline. Hit it at speed and you bounce straight out the other side. A combination of competitive instinct and congenital stupidity led to a torn quad muscle. Could actually feel the torn muscle snap back, retracting up the thigh. If that wasn't enough to remind me that I'm not as young as I was, when I hobbled into the first aid tent half carried by my friend, the paramedic asked me "So, is this your daughter?"
  10. Paul Every

    Getting Old

    Better than not getting up to have one.
  11. Paul Every

    If you've done a 13 hour Ironman tell me why.

    Pfft! F*ckin' newbies!
  12. Paul Every

    Transgender Cycling World Champ

    Well, you and Maggie are in luck. https://www.flyball.org.au/what-is-flyball/
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    Transgender Cycling World Champ

    The Insight program on SBS covered this topic only a few weeks ago. It was interesting to hear of the opinions and experiences of a range of people who's lives fell between the male/female dichotomy. From a variety of chromosomal anomalies to those with differing sexual identification, they (or their parents) made decisions based on the best intentions and knowledge they had at the time. Those decisions and outcomes were as varied as the individuals involved. Well worth watching.
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    Transgender Cycling World Champ

    True. Though I reckon his labrador could go to the Paralympics.
  15. Paul Every

    Is triathlon dead in Sydney?

    Not so sure about this one either, depends on who makes the finishline before their nap time.
  16. Paul Every

    Is triathlon dead in Sydney?

    Not so sure. Didn't work so well for Jimmy Saville.
  17. Paul Every

    Is triathlon dead in Sydney?

    I think when the sport has a available number of accessible races at a affordable price point, it allows consistent racing that fosters a strong and vibrant participation base. Unfortunately, I think triathlon has long ceded ground to other sports on aspects of accessibility of races, frequency of available races and value for your racing dollar. If a sport can hit those marks it can afford to shut down for an off-season and survive against it's year round competitors. If it doesn't deliver, it's always going to struggle with recruitment and retention. Sadly then, it becomes a downward spiral.
  18. Paul Every

    Is triathlon dead in Sydney?

    I hope it regains a following. It was a well run, laid back country event within reach of Sydney, Central Coast and Newcastle.......with the added excitement of a very fit and territorial magpie late in cycle.......and a bottle of local wine for placing in your age group. What's not to love about that? If races aren't supported, we lose them.
  19. Paul Every

    Transgender Cycling World Champ

    Not quite as new as many would expect, although the topic is now garnering unprecedented levels of discussion and debate. There was considerable controversy in NSW and Australian Athletics circles around 25 years ago when transexual athlete Ricky Carne was competing at state level with some success. I recall the coach of one of Australia's best known female athletes (and some triathletes) being particularly outspoken. Carne won the NSW Novice Cross Country title, a race with a long an esteemed history. Her few fellow competitors that I spoke with had mixed opinions, from those who disagreed with her participation to those that provided strong support.
  20. Paul Every

    Is triathlon dead in Sydney?

    I agree Peter. It's certainly contributed to my current ambivalence toward racing tri. Other than a few Northern Suburbs Tri Club "training sessions" out and Terrey Hills, I'm struggling to remember how many years ago I last did a tri near Sydney. Maybe Nepean, which is unfortunately on at a busy time of year for me or the deceased Maitland Tri in perhaps around 2010. Admittedly, the Half Ironman* at Penrith Lakes holds little allure even if it were staged at a more convenient time of year for me. However, the ocean swim calendar is healthier than ever with events on most weekends over summer through to April. Not too many SLSClubs between Palmy and Cronulla that don't have at least one event as a fundraiser. *The shallow marketing that is the 70.3 name still makes me squirm.
  21. Paul Every

    Kona Race Day Discussion

    thanks
  22. Paul Every

    Kona Race Day Discussion

    That's a yep to which?
  23. Paul Every

    Kona Race Day Discussion

    Is the usual Athlete Tracker operating or is everything through Facebook this year?
  24. Paul Every

    Ironman buddy system

    The uptake may be limited with those that do respond feeling disappointed..........unless you call it something else.
  25. Paul Every

    Ironman cancels another swim

    Good they managed some contingency plan. How bad was the wind? And the water? Was the amended swim more sheltered? I had a swim cancelled in Japan last year due to typhoon passing through. Still managed a couple of 400 metre training swims in the harbour protected by two rows of breakwalls. It's hard to know the right call without being there.
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