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  1. Paul Every

    Kona qualifier 15+

    It definitely takes longer to mature and peak at the longer distances. It's why cycling has Under 23s at World Champs and a white jersey in the TDF. That's (in part) why Gwen was in the US Olympic team at 24 and not winning Kona. Or why Paula was running in the 5000 metre final at Athens as a 22yo and 10000 metre final at Sydney at 26. Her marathon debut came two years later. Being 24 might be an advantage in IM if you're racing a 50yo, but not if your racing a 30yo with 6 more seasons of training and racing behind them.
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    Kona qualifier 15+

    Thank you.
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    Kona qualifier 15+

    I think age-graded performance would bring us to a way more stable point on the slope than where we are currently. There would still be a allocation of KQ and a rolldown process.Those that don't have the capacity to go (financially, work/family commitments, or just lack of interest) would still decline to go (or not show up). Port, Cairns, Busso would still be allocated KQ places that may vary in number from year to year. The only difference is the best performances (which does not mean the fastest overall, but certainly would include the quickest in the vast majority of age groups), would be allocated KQ on merit. For example, if AP was pushed to an exemplary M70-74 performance by going mano-a-mano (or oldmano-a-mano) with the second place-getter, the KQ list may look something like this: 1. Allan Pitman (Aus), M70-74, 10:16, AGP= 8:03 2. Joseph Bloggskowsky (Rus) M70-74, 10:17, AGP= 8:04 3. Xxxxxx Xxxxxxxx F20-24, 9:43, AGP= 8:08 4 Yyyyyyy Yyyyyyyyyyyy F55-59, 10:23, AGP= 8:12 5. Zzzzzz Zzzzzzz M50-55, 9:08, AGP= 8:13 etc, down to 50th place. If 12 athletes decline their places, it rolls down to the 62nd AGP place. Sure it's a contrived, hypothetical example, but with the current system, Joseph would have turned in the second best performance of the race but misses out because he's in a small age group. Of course someone (in fact most) will miss out, but better those 50 places are offered to those who put in the best performances, irrespective of their age, gender, number of competitors or the depth of competition in their age group. Edited to add: Times and equivalent performances are totally fabricated for illustration purposes.
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    Kona qualifier 15+

    Performance declines more rapidly with increasing age. If you adopt 10 year age groups, a 69yo athlete at the end of his category is at a greater disadvantage than a 59yo, who is in turn more disadvantaged than either a 49 or 39yo. There are better models to use. Why swap one inferior model for another? Here's an explanation of age graded performance It doesn't matter if an athlete is in a small or large category, a highly competitive category or one skewed with a relatively large proportion of slower competitors. The cream will still rise to the top of the rankings.
  5. Paul Every

    Kona qualifier 15+

    Just turned 54, so moving up a category next year. I was 23 in 1988 when I did my first IM.
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    Kona qualifier 15+

    Or you could just take the 50 best age/gender-graded performances on the day for your 50 KQs. That would essentially eliminate the pro/age group distinction from 25 to 40 but I don't see that as a bad thing.
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    Kona qualifier 15+

    18-24 is an age group where there are large discrepancies in experience between competitors, further highlighted by the small numbers in the category. Some are racing at 23 or 24 with several seasons of triathlon (even Ironman) behind them, perhaps following on from years of squad training as kid and plenty of competitive sport through their teenage years. They may be on the cusp of racing pro and truly know how to race. Others may have started out in tri with little or no sporting background, or at 18 or 19 still developing physically. Is 15:2x a solid time? Not particularly, but it was certainly solid enough on the day for a KQ.
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    Kona qualifier 15+

    Not too badly, but I don't run or cycle much these days. And that's obviously reflected in my times. Haven't done any significant big races since 2012. It was then time to dial it back and just enjoy participating. Don't want to grind my knee to bits.
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    2020 70.3 World Championship

    There are bull sharks in the Swan but apparently only one fatal attack, way back in the 1920s.
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    2020 70.3 World Championship

    Nothing like a bit of snow melt to ensure a wetsuit swim. Are they really talking September? That's still ski season in Australia.
  11. Paul Every

    Kona qualifier 15+

    Racing Ironman. Grabbing a KQ that rolled down one place. Next year I'll be racing in my 8th different age group.
  12. Paul Every

    Kona qualifier 15+

    Good on her for doing the training, racing and taking the opportunity that came her way. Having said that, she has some significant work to do before Kona. A 15:20+ at Cairns would best equate to a marginal sub 17 at Kona, slower still if it's a bad day on the lava fields. On the positive side, she has improved since her first Ironman and as far as endurance sports go, she is still a young and developing athlete. I hope she nails it in October.
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    Ken Baggs has a book coming out.

    He's probably long had a thing for Baggsy.
  14. Paul Every

    Perth. Racing, training, etc?

    Well, I've made the move west and now looking to establish some regular training and do a few races. Living in South Perth. My commute is a 30 metre walk. Start work at 7am. I have alternate weekends off work, as well as alternate Fridays and Tuesdays off. I haven't been running or cycling very much for the last 18 months, so I'm not that fit. I have been doing the occasional long race on base fitness so I'm prepared to go little long with races but would possibly be smashed by a lot of training groups at the moment. Any recommendations or advice on the following would be welcome: Open water swimming groups. Safe cycling routes and times, including for mid-week rides of 40 to 100km. Any suitable groups? Running? Any stand-out races that are particularly worth doing? Prefer trails but also happy on the road. Short or long, perhaps up to a half marathon on the road or marathon on the trails. Considering the Wild Goose Chase 53km on July 1. It looks fun. Has anyone run any of the events held over the weekend? Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.
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    Perth. Racing, training, etc?

    Yes, Flannie. That's the only bit I'm not enjoying about being here.
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    Perth. Racing, training, etc?

    Thanks, Katz........thanks a f*cking lot.......
  17. I'm just wondering after this post from ExHasbeen on another thread: "There'd be a lot of people go home shocked if that used that old course for the Mooloolaba race. I got over 100km/h down the other side on Mons Rd one year. Then the rollers all the way back to the river. It was an honest course." Which current Australian triathlon has the fastest descent? I know there will be plenty of cycling races which still afford the opportunities for some series speeds. I did Emo's AAA Tri two years ago. From memory, my top speed was 76km/hour on the Alpine Way on the return from Thredbo into Jindabyne. I hit that mark twice, though I definitely was passed by or lost touch with better descenders on that section. I'm hardly a gun descender so I'm sure I'm not the benchmark.
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    Perth. Racing, training, etc?

    Thanks, Andrew. I'll be making fairly regular trips back home and hope to squeeze in the odd B&B swim while I'm there. May even be at Port next year too.
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    Perth. Racing, training, etc?

    Yes, Perth Zoo as IronmanFoz said. Reptile Keeper. Zoo rosters can often be unusual permutations to ensure consistent staffing levels throughout the week and share the weekend duties equitably between keepers. Following my weekend off, I work 4 days, have Friday off, work 3 days, Tuesday off, then work 3 days to complete the fortnight. After looking at numerous rental units, the one I preferred was conveniently just across the road from work. Wouldn't want to be any closer as I'm pretty sure I'll be able to safely hang out my washing without fear that the orangs will hurl their faeces at it.
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    Perth. Racing, training, etc?

    I'm actually enjoying the rain this evening, though I'm not sure that I'll be so enamored with it in the morning. I'm spending my final night in a hostel in Freo this evening, before moving into my unit tomorrow morning. Fortunately the car is already packed, though unpacking in the rain won't be ideal.
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    Perth. Racing, training, etc?

    Thanks so much, everyone. Plenty of suggestions to keep me occupied. I no doubt will meet some of you at the races. Say hi if you see a dude in his 50s with a beard and long hair.
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    What's Perth or WA like to Live in general?

    I'm pretty sure I'll enjoy living here and discovering what Perth and surrounds have to offer. There appears to be a lot going on and so much is easily accessible. The ocean is still a pleasant temperature and the water clarity has been excellent this week. I already have a couple of concerts lined up for the weekend and I hope to check out the indoor climbing scene next week. There will always be parts of my life in Sydney that I will miss, but there will be frequent trips back east.
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    What's Perth or WA like to Live in general?

    Thanks, Turtle.
  24. Paul Every

    Stand alone Marathon times - 1st half versus 2nd half

    5. Illness 6. Injury 7. Hangover 8. Still drunk
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    Stand alone Marathon times - 1st half versus 2nd half

    If you run enough marathons it's easy to see the same trend as the above replies. Your good/fastest races will be the ones that are most evenly paced. This requires a strong final 10km. If there is a significant discrepancy between the first and second half, it almost always means one of three things: Went out too fast. Insufficient training. 1 & 2.
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