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About Reefmanburger

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    Transitions Legend!
  • Birthday 09/02/1970

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    Portland, Victoria, Australia
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    Be the person you want to be. Find out what really matters to you and then spend your time doing exactly that. Don't waste time doing meaningless shit.

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  1. Hey thanks all - really appreciate it. it was a pretty weird/nice surprise. Probably the best thing was I didn't even know I was nominated, and once I'd been selected to be on the list found out who nominated me who ended up being a very important person in the Australian environmental/climate activist world - so it was great to see that he'd been taking notice of some of the stuff going on out here far from Melbourne in the bush. But it's funny - the local paper did a story on it and people have been coming up saying stuff like "Congrats - don't know exactly what the list is all about but hey it's good for the town that you're on it!" At the end of the day anything like this gives an opportunity to promote activities, and right now they're centered on helping REALLY struggling households cope with ever-increasing energy bills. It's incredibly rewarding to bump into someone (like a single pensioner) who's able to not only give feedback/thanks about lowering their own energy use/bills, but to hear that person then excitedly say how they've then helped their own family/friends lower theirs. That happens over and over again! They (the magazine) were also after "something else" of interest to mention. They already knew about Kona and were going to run that, but I felt that the as important as that was/is, the 24hr 200km run for my mum who was and did die from cancer was and probably will be the most important other "thing" of interest to mention. Cheers, and thanks again. Pete
  2. Probably my favourite is this one from Sheppo in 2004. I've got my customary tilt-head which I wear when extremely stuffed - But I love this as I've just realised I can get under 4hrs 20mins if I do the last 1.1Km in <4.03mins. Got it. That memory is gold This is a totally different kettle of fish - but probably more important. It captures the exact moment that I finished doing a straight 200km run around an oval in 24 hrs for the Relay for Life in 2008 to raise money and especially in honour of my mum who'd died of cancer.
  3. I had a similar of thick black blood/puss under a thumbnail once after whacking it with a hammer (as carpenters tend to do every now and then). As time went on it got bigger and more pressure, with more pain - until I decided it needed relief at any cost - so got a small drill bit, heated it up, and drilled it thorugh just by hand. Everything was fine until it broke through, and when it did it kinda pushed through the bloodly area and into the flesh - OHMYF##KINGGOD!! It felt like someone ripped my whole arm off and my spine came out with it!! Then the pain faded away, the nail fell of a few days later, and a shiny new nail grew in its place. Moral of the story from my experience - yes put a hole in, but be VERY careful that you don't push too hard!!
  4. Another "Celebrity Blogger" (Clementine Ford) has had a go at the disgusting use of the word "Hero" for Cadel. http://www.abc.net.a...ed/2840150.html I know I shouldn't feed trolls, but couldn't help myself.
  5. Fair call Jabbs, and I think we were all thinking it - but just like Michelle Martin, Jamie Dwyer, Layne Beachley, Troy Bayliss, Liz Ellis, Simon Fairweather, and even Michellie Jones - World-beating athletes in the less popular sports just can't compete in the "Australia's biggest sporting moment". What shits me is listening to even the ABC sporting news wrap-up on a Monday. In Winter 90% of the time will be spent going through in detail exactly which AFL and/or NRL player woz robbed, etc. And then have 10% of the time for all the "other" sports. And then for Cricket to take the 90% all summer...
  6. Much as I loved it, I don't think it is the single bigest moment in our entire sporting history. And we're talking about what WE see as our biggest moment in sport aren't we? Rather than what the WORLD sees as our biggest moment in sport. Like, WE might have thought the America's Cup was a big deal - but how many people outside here and the US would've given a toss. Same with almost anything with a regular annual winner. Who in the Americas or Europe or East Asia (outside England) cared when Australia won the cricket world cup? So internally we see the biggest things as winning stuff against the odds against the rest of the world. In that case Cadel's win is (will be!) be RIGHT up there. But for the average Aussie it will still be an obscure novelty thing in years to come. Re Soccer, the thread is about what HAS BEEN our biggest moment, and as good as the Socceroos were in Germany, a good run isn't good enough. What I personally think would be the biggest would be a male tennis grand slam (sorry I'm not being sexist, just that male grand slams are statistically rarer and do get more media). No person in the world has won a Grand Slam (male OR female) since Steffi Graf did it in 1988. And the only male that has done it twice is Rod Laver first as an amateur in 62, and then when Tennis went pro he did it again in 69. Tennis is a true international sport with the elite being worldwide household names/celebrities and even the Chinese now involved at a competitive level. Remember the look on Roger Federer's face when Rod Laver gave him the Oz Open trophy? And Tennis is right up there with the Australian sporting heritage, with everyone in Australia knowing that out main tennis stadium is named after him, and every one of the thousands of tennis kids out there (from Pat Cash to Bernard Tomic to the next generation) knowing what's possible. Other great moments I think are Jack Brabham winning a F1 title in his own car Lionel Rose beating Fighting Harada for the World Bantamweight title Jeff Liesk being the first Australian to finish on the podium of the World Motocross titles (okay that's maybe a personal one!) Dawn Fraser winning the '64 100m gold Medal Bill Roycroft in the '60 Olympics - probably the GUTSIEST moment! Wayne Gardener being the first Australian to win a MotoGP title Greg Norman winning - lots of... money. Nah really he's got to be up there. Kieran Perkins winning in Atlanta (even though I personally like Hacket more) And John Landy helping Ron Clarke in the Melb Olympics might not be a win - but it's DEFINATELY got to be one of our greatest sporting moments But I think Rod Laver's grand slam still stands as our biggest sporting moment - and I'm not a tennis player either by the way. Having said that - I can't wait to see Cadel bring it home tonight, and JOIN those other legends.
  7. Yeah the swell down here in Southwest Vic was huge as well. The Port of Portland needed to be closed down and cargo ships were sailed 2 nautical miles offshore to stop getting thrown around close to the shore. First time I've EVER seen people surfing actually IN the port!
  8. I can't remember who had this method (Galloway?), but a pacing strategy I've tried a few times and like is to split the race into 5 equal distances. You need to know your optimum even split pace pretty well to really nail this, and that optimum pace will change even on timy things on the day (temp, your "mojo", the previous night's sleep, etc), so it's pretty hard to get right! But basically to be slightly under what you feel is your optimum even-pace (95%) for the first 2 5ths, then a little MORE than slightly over your optimum even-pace (110%) for the next 2 5ths (which should see you faster than if you'd tried to go strictly even-pace), and then just try to do a rip-your-guts-out effort for the last 5th. Of course you MIGHT blow to pieces - but you might also surprise youself and come home strong, fast, and... FAST. And hey the fun is in giving it a red-hot crack...
  9. Good work dudes, but you're still way behind Mark Webber, if the rumours are right. In 2008 he did a triathon in Spain and for T1 he had 17 assistants wearing helmets help him get his wettie off and onto the bike in under 7 seconds. Only problem was - he was doing well until the bike had a mechanical breakdown 8km into the ride...
  10. The knowledge base is just full. Like a group of old mates stuck on a week-long catchup. Sooner or later someone's going to say "Sooo... what else do you know?..." Then if/when an excited-newbie comes along and asks a genuine excited-newbie question - that was discussed at length in 2001, 2004, 2007, and then 2009 - regulars can't help but be signposts with a list of links, or give careful instructions on how to fill in the search box and hit submit. So the empire is built. It's all here - and the regulars are reduced to just hanging out and talking about Lance or who's being banned or whether the site is relevant or not.
  11. I think it changes as we develop in life. Once upon a time I had no concept of what a successful life would be. I lived for the moment - life was simple and full of wonder. Then I started school... and increasingly saw success in life as doing the whole: get a girlfriend, get enough education to get a decent job, make lots of money and basically go out and do what the world expected of me - before retiring with a good wife/friends/money and cruising to a happy death at 100 or so. Then a series of "events" that started with my own brush with an early death, then doing some "sporting stuff" that I never thought was in me (and learning that anything is possible), and then watching my brother and mother actually die while I brought some new life into the world - shook things up in terms of what success and life itself meant. And finally an environmental & social justice epiphany both clarified and clouded everything completely and continue to do so. So what do I think it takes to be successful in life? I can't say that in one line. Let me start by saying that I live feeling closer to death than I ever thought I would. I don’t like money like I thought I would. I genuinely feel the future is going down in a “perfect storm” of environmental degradation & resource depletion, and the conflicts that will increasingly arise – and I hate having that pessimism. I don’t think many of us will be enjoying life as we do now in even 10 years and certainly beyond that. Success now is being able to enjoy the details of something like a run through the bush on a sunny (or rainy) day; living lightly; and the amazing buzz that can only be attained from genuinely helping people. I feel success in life more broadly is simply being a “good person”, and being known in the community as being a positive and valuable contributor. And of course success in life also means not forgetting those closest, so being as good a husband, father, and mate as possible as well. Then when it’s all up, I might have time to look back over life and (hopefully) smile – or you might not have a chance to do that. But that’s okay – because it’s what we do while we’re out there living the journey of life that’s important.
  12. Why is that considered a lot for a pro ITU athlete? At his speed/ability that's about 7 hours swimming, 10 hours on the bike and 6 hours running. 23 hours. The pros are genetically gifted which lets them absorb more volume and more intense training than the rest of us can, and will be at LEAST as motivated to succeed in triathlon (to survive if nothing else!) as any AGér is, and will generally have access to a coach and/or support crew that helps keep them on track & injury-free. AND on top of that they don't have to work around a 9-5 job. Training IS their job. With the combination of genetics, motivation, resources & time available, it's no surprise that they do a fair bit of training and go pretty well... But that's no disrespect to them - good on them for having a crack and chasing their dream! I spoke to Jo King in 98 (just after she won the Worlds in Lausanne in 97) when she was still in the Brett Sutton group. They were all doing about 6 hours a day, 6 days a week, and yes it was high intensity work. It was normal. It'd be interesting to know what hours Macca was doing when he was racing ITU - I'll bet it was at LEAST 23 hours. Anyone know?
  13. Well this morning I was 100% focussed on other people. My goal was to finally beat a guy who I've formed a good rivalry with, and this morning I cracked it! Woo! Goals are usually best being internally based IMHO, but if you can find someone similar to go up against alongside that, it can add a LOT of fun.
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