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Kamal2

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About Kamal2

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  • Birthday 08/11/1949

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    Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, Philippines
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    Surfing and bike riding on alternate days..if no surf, swim.

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  • Year of first Tri race?
    1993

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  1. She tested positive, which imo opinion does not confirm to me she's a drug cheat. Drug cheats go on regimes. And they get advice on how to test clean on race day. The spiked bottles...nah, dismiss that. Often cited, yet to be proven. She was advised to take a substance and her advisor thought it would clear from her system. But someone knew that and dobbed her in. She normally wouldn't get tested, unless randomly chosen or on the podium. Hundreds of other athletes might have been in the same boat. She made a mistake and she got caught. She was thinking as more time elapsed the B Sample might come up negative. 2nd mistake. She's still a nice girl and not a drug cheat unless you hold to the strict definition of drug cheat.
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    2016 - it was a cracker

    I have children, 46, 30, 27, 19, 18. Don't always get the feedback I want, but the older ones have degrees, 2 with Masters, one still completing her Masters and 2 studying. I have kids 4 and 2 with Gina, after 6 years relationship and been married 4 years. It is extremely challenging, but that the way it is. Within 2016 Caitlin got a nasty gash near the eye. Devastating to see, but she said "Don't worry (Mummy), I'll get better soon".....which she did, and the scar faded or turned to her natural brown colour. Then Kyle came home recently with abrasions on the nose and lip. I asked him if it's painful, he said no. Then he got a bucket and started watering all Mummy Gina's plants...very moving, but that's what he does. The years go by quickly. It's been a good year, not so much above or below previous years. We get 1-2 short trips away in a year without the kids. We had one in early December, 3 nights away. We sat in a small budget hotel room and we said wow, this is amazing, so peaceful, but after the 3rd day, we were ready to go home and it was not so amazing by then. But having a date with your wife can be good, or can go the other way. So we came out ok. Almost a full day in beauty salon is what she gets once a year, she's great, she never goes otherwise. I won a race back in March. Over 60. Picked up a few podiums, and once almost last as they were pulling people off the course late. A few mechanicals, probably my own fault, but finished the year with a race completion, 24th December, which it what I aim for these days. Most importantly, I would like to keep things rolling for a few more years or more if possible. Headed for Cairns 5th April and changes may come. Mostly positive, as the New Year starts I'm putting aside the negative.
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    Biggest Loser Spring 2016 Edition

    Are we still on? Monday. I was a shade over 80 kg in bike clothes. Up 2kg and learned once again, exercise, even extreme exercise is not enough. But how you control that is another issue. Whatever you do, only works when you take it seriously, which I did not.
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    Cheapie bikes

    Your a big guy 100 kg plus, is that right? The components of a cheap bike break very easily. As I learned. But a good MTB is one hell of a good investment. I reckon a used bike with some quality original components is better than a cheapie....maybe $1000 or under? It shouldn't matter what brand.
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    And now George Michael...

    Probably been on the edge of life for sometime. Very early musical breakthrough with Wham, and I could say 2 of those songs could get me up moving today. Called a musical genius but I never got into his later work.
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    Not the Nicest Thing to Do

    Clearly revenge. Something which is very common here in the Philippines. Scratching new cars is all time favorite. Jealousy also being a motive.
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    Headed For Cairns.

    I know I have posted this before, but I never got round to booking anything. So 5th of April departure, 6th April arriving. By Air New Gini via Port Moresby. Quickest and cheapest with a 3 hour stopover in at Moresby. I'm booked at Tropical Days Inn x 18 nights and will play it by ear after that. I will be staying and will look for longer term accommodation, maybe house sharing, maybe a small flat, but later. I'm bringing a bike and hope to be active in the MTB scene. Never been there, but researched it thoroughly. There is pro and con, but the overall lower cost of living clinched it.
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    Not the Nicest Thing to Do

    Can you explain more?
  9. My A race was 3 weeks ago. Double tubeless failure after conversion, so DNF and no report. Yesterday's race, 25 km, one section unrideable. There's a steep embankment down to a creek and back up. And a wooden plank bridge with no siderails. The rest is hilly with a lot of loose stones. I'm riding Category 46 and over and 12 entrants. Quite a lot of junior riders, about 150 entries overall. Staggered start and our group is off in the middle. Open riders at the back. There's a car leading out so the group stays together. More riders than I expected, must be another category mixed in. I started ok and had a good cadence going when the pace picked up, 2km tarmac, then a sharp RH turn onto gravel and sand. Then rolling hills with downhill on loose stones. I'm worried about getting dropped, but I ride midfield. Then suddenly unexpectedly pass 5-6 riders over the hilly part. Must be stragglers from other categories, some look like juniors. Now racing and the field thins out. Two riders repassed me but one can't ride hills so I cover him again. Teammate Danny is walking back pointing to his chain. He would be Top 3, and one other guy who usually beats me is behind, so I think I won't be last. Covered now 10 km and get pointed up a narrow single track. I know the road, so I dismount and walk run the 500 m. Two riders pass me, one walking, one spinning up. He's the guy who usually beats me, so let him go. Soon we start riding, but hit another short section, washed out, rock hard and no clear line. I knew at the time, this section defines the race....if you ride this you are away, if not you go back. I went back and thought of The Keeper and Diamonds. You ride this section over and over in training and you will ride it on race day...but no, it did not happen. Open Category riders coming through all this time, so kept off the riding lines over to the side. Got back up riding a sat in behind a junior. I think I could pass him but he's going ok. Then we pass another teammate, Dieter, and he wants to tell me something. It can't be important so I ignore him. Overtake the kid and drop both of them. Have a look behind and can't see them. And then we exit that section and go back on gravel. I got isolated and started thinking I missed a turn so I asked some spectators, no response. Then suddenly I come back into the race (missed a loop??), not sure but I'm sitting in front of the kid so position is about the same. I ride away again, but no idea of my position. Less than 5km to the finish and go across the plank bridge, last year I walked it. Straight off the bridge to a sharp left hander, almost overshot the road, but made a save and kept on. Now on a rider from my category and I think I'm stronger. But I'm worried about course directions so I stay back. I also thought about my going off course and maybe I shouldn't pass. But the opening comes, and I ride away, easily. I felt great now, riding on sips of coke but not much time for drinks. I hit tarmac and have a look behind, but the guy disappeared, so can't wait. I ride strongly up to the finish. No idea of my position, but the kid and others come in later. I was considering to wait and let him cross the line ahead of me, but I would have had to stop. Since he was out of sight, I rode up to the finish ahead of the kid. When I saw the kid, I know him and his dad and he beat me last year also off a staggered start, so I think I went ok today. Medals go 10 deep. So they called me 7th. And oldest rider. I thought of reporting my off road, but nah, those others were way behind me. Oldest rider=200 pesos and my entry was 100 so I came ahead on the day. Nice race. But as with the last 2 years, lack of race marshals and directional arrows placed on trees are hard to see when you have no one to follow.
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    Biggest Loser Spring 2016 Edition

    No reliable scale available. Best judgement I am 80 kg, started 78 kg. I'm not hopeful but there is a MTB race on 24th. Getting to 79 kg would be ok.
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    Biggest Loser Spring 2016 Edition

    Started 78. Have stayed above 78 since, ranging up to 80. 78.5 about 11 days ago on my last weigh in. We had a 4 day trip, me and Gina. No exercise only walking and fairly good eating. Almost no chance to get back to 78 before 1 Jan, Monday will know more.
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    John Glenn

    Been there twice I think. Saw the Wright Brothers Flyer, original plane and other amazing stuff. I visited long ago, I don't recall the Space Wing or whatever was open then, it might have been under construction. My son, a side note here, graduated from John Glenn High School in Michigan, USA.
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    Biggest Loser Spring 2016 Edition

    I have a breakthrough to 78.6 with some light clothing on. Racing on Sunday I should easily hold that.
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    Biggest Loser Spring 2016 Edition

    I tried to 31's again and I can get into them. But I can't tolertate that snug fit. Depends also on the brand, the better brands tend to have a better fit. Still on 79.5. It will take a big push but maybe after my MTB race Sunday might shift 1-2 kg.
  15. Thanks everyone. We do look for more participation on Ten Q's, which we got here. I have computer and connectivity issues until around 12 December. Will be back then.
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