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  1. batman

    Frodo out?

    Just read on Twitter Frodo has a stress fracture in his hip and is out of Kona. Wide open now if it’s true
  2. So is this a typo or Is Ironman moving to France?
  3. I don’t see a race thread so thought I’d start... Burgs tearing up the Queen K!
  4. Well here it is, in all its glory. Naths Epic race report, with piccys, graphs, equipment choices and everything else you wanted to know about Kona. http://transitions.org.au/index.php?a=473 Grab a cuppa and enjoy. Thanks to Nath for sharing his journey with us.
  5. Interesting read in the local rag from Kona. IM pay $60k for rent of the pier and the penny pinching has started as they have requested it to be halved. http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/news/local-news/lower-rent-ironman
  6. Here is the official Ironman wrap and as you would expect some iconic Ironman images HERE
  7. Well Nath is on the ground in Kona and lapping up the atmosphere. For those not on Facebook or not "friends" with Nath here are some of his photos. http://transitions.org.au/index.php?a=433 Aloha.
  8. Check in for Naths latest update HERE
  9. An overview of the athletes at Kona is HERE
  10. MackaEvo2

    PJ out of Kona

  11. With 4 weeks to go sounds like Nath is treading the fine line between training and fatigue. Bring on taper!!! Read his latest update here: http://transitions.org.au/index.php?a=410
  12. Nath has hit 5 weeks to go (well 4.5 now but you get the drift) Here is his latest Kona training blog. Check it out HERE
  13. With 7 weeks to go Nath is hitting some goals, the weather is warming and the pool is open. Read more HERE
  14. Life is throwing plenty at Nath, such is the life of an age grouper. 9 weeks to go now, here is his update...... and a sponsorship announcement!!!! http://transitions.org.au/index.php?a=376
  15. As we know Nath is heading to Kona and I thought it would be good if he shared hi journey with us. He will show us his training plans and let us know how he is going and what he is learning along the way. Read more here: http://transitions.org.au/index.php?a=355
  16. New start times have been announced for Kona and the 70.3 World Champs,,, for those lucky enough to be going. Don't sleep in now. Details HERE.
  17. Spartan took the Dare2Tri Koan suit racing. Read his review here. http://transitions.org.au/index.php?a=239
  18. Nath has written a great race report on a well executed race, including photos and some graphs and tables for the training and power nerds. Have a read and enjoy. http://www.transitions.org.au/showarticle.php?cid=92&p=7
  19. Hey guys our interview with SPOT is up online now. http://www.transitions.org.au/showarticle.php?cid=74&p=10 Its a great read, has a bit of everything. Best not to read it though while eating lunch you may snort some stuff out your nose, especially on the last question, I nearly shot hot tea out my beak. Other website stuff: I have also got permission off ITU and Challenge (waiting on official word from Ironman) to use their news feed for Transitions, it wont be a staple of the site but will keep things moving between the exclusive content. So if you normally go to other sites to get that sot of news, now you can go to Transitions to get it. Feel free to give me feedback on the site, or story recommendation, race reports or your own stuff if you have something you would like published and visible to an audience.
  20. Thanks to Flathead for the idea, I have finally managed to get hold of Spot Anderson and he has agreed to do a quick interview pre Kona. So if you have any questions for one of the most entertaining athletes of the current era, fire away. Will need to get these off to Spot pretty soon so if we can get these locked away today that would be awesome. Cheers Roxii
  21. Booked to go to Hawaii with Virgin from Perth to Brissie then Hawaiian Airlines to Kona and back then Qantas Brissie to Perth anyone got advice about what to watch our for with your bike? Ive got a hard Serfas case (pretty heavy around 12kg alone) all experiences much appreciated
  22. Just read that there's a change to qualifying for Kona for the professionals. My understanding so far, please add as necessary: - A win at a regional championship gets you straight to Kona. - Not all IM events will have a pro field and therefore no prize money. What does this mean across APAC, and within Australia? Will it mean sponsors not being interested in events where there are no professionals? Will it mean cheaper entry fees for events without professionals?
  23. http://alex-cycle.blogspot.com.au/2013/10/power-meter-usage-on-rise-at-kona.html
  24. Sydney (NSW) TV Guide One HD - Friday 22nd March 6.00am - 6.59am Auckland 70.3 One HD - Saturday 23rd March 6.00am - 6.59 Geelong Multisport Festival One HD - Saturday 23rd March 12.00pm -1.59pm Kona Triathlon World Championships Chanel 10 - Saturday 23rd March 12.00pm - 12.59pm Mooloolabah Triathlon Festival (Check local guides) Just to get you in the mood for IM Melbourne!
  25. My Journey to the Hawaiian Ironman. Hi, Sorry about the massive amount of poorly constructed text below. I Recently summarised my first year in Triathlon and decided to put myself out there and share it on here for anyone to read. Any advice regarding Triathlon would be greatly appreciated. My journey to Hawaii began around this time last year, I had just received a surprise $1500 Tax return and was listening to Phil Wrochna on SEN Talk about the Melbourne Ironman Going on sale the following week. At 23 I was finally entering my final year of a Construction Management Degree and wanted to make use of all the spare time I had while I wasn't working Full Time, so I saw it as an opportunity to achieve a lifetime goal of completing an Ironman. I had not raced a triathlon since I was 19 but I had a decent base of fitness built up from years of participation in various sports including a failed attempt at becoming an AFL Footballer, 4 Murray Marathons (Kayaking), and a bunch of Multisport/ Adventure Races. So I jumped on the computer at 11:56am on the entry day and was one of the lucky ones who managed to snag an entry to IM Melbourne. I wrote up a training plan based on the combination of a Triathlon Training book I had found at an op shop and the Ironman Training Program detailed in Macca’s “I’m here to win” after persisting with that for 2 weeks I scrapped the plan and decided to just try and do an average of 2 hours a day of training with one day off every week. This seemed to work and I started to get a few good results including an overall win at the 2011 King Valley Challenge (Multisport) followed by at a 6th at Anaconda Adventure Race Lorne and an 8th at the Cadbury Hobart Half Marathon (1:18). By the time February was approaching and I decided it was time to get a little more serious so I purchased my first TT bike (an Aluminum TREK SC 2.5 with Sram S60’s) and I went out hunting for a coach. After bumping into Luke Bell at a Kayaking race he pointed me in the direction of a squad based in South Yarra where I sat down with the coach and told him about my goals and he wrote me up an 8 week training plan for IM Melbourne. The plan included racing Geelong Long course on February 12th where I got to practice my race day Processes in less than half the distance. I surprised myself and a few others when I managed to finish 14th overall and after running 16km clenching my ass cheeks in an effort to hold in the overly liquefied remnants of my carbo load I lost by inches in a very awkward sprint to the line for the 18-24 AG win. My splits of 28:50 (2km swim) 2:07:00 (80km ride) and (1:17:40) 20km run gave me a ton of confidence and for some reason made me think I could knock nearly an hour off my goal time for the Melbourne Ironman. Initially my goal was to finish in less than 10 Hours but I revised that to 9:10 and I started to consider a potential trip to Hawaii come October. Over the following 6 weeks all I could think about was the ironman and I began researching the past results of the other guys I would be racing at Melbourne as I knew there was only 1 Kona slot for my Age Group. I started looking at equipment I could get that would help me shave seconds off my time here and there. However, my motivation to train wasn't anywhere near where it needed to be, self-sabotage is a problem I tend to suffer a lot where I shoot myself in the foot whenever I get close to achieving a goal or see success approaching. Fortunately I had a coach breathing down my neck and a Girlfriend who had her heart set on a trip to Hawaii so I managed to make just enough training sessions to have a decent level of fitness come race day. IM Melbourne Race Day. I was wading out to the starting buoys about 8 minutes prior to the Gun and I realised that I didn't have my timing chip around my ankle. Panicking I run up into the crowd looking for my Dad who had all my gear. By this stage I was Stressed and thought I was going to miss the start amazingly I located Dad and put on my timing chip then sprinted out to the start line. It was extremely crowded and I was nowhere near the front line despite being between the 2 start buoys (let’s just say a few too many people were creeping well beyond the start line). The swim was rough and I struggled to settle into a comfortable rhythm. At about the 2.8km mark I was hit with a big cramp in my calf that I tried to swim through it but it wasn't going away so I stopped for about 20 seconds to stretch it out. When I resumed swimming I wasn't able to point my toes and as a result plenty of swimmers passed me in the last 1km. Once I was out of the water and running into transition my Calves released and I was feeling fresh. Not knowing what my swim time was I felt like I needed to push the pace quite hard on the bike to make up the time I thought I had lost in the swim (in the end I swam 57.04). I rode the first 45km in 1:13 and was feeling really good and was catching up to the leaders. for the next 45km I put my head down and pushed hard, didn't take much notice of my GPS and just concentrated on catching one person at a time. My second 45km took 1:06 and when I checked my watch I had averaged around 39km/h for the first 90km and was on track for a sub 4:40 ride. I still felt ok, but I Knew I had pushed way too hard on my first lap so I decided to get on the back of a pace line with around 10 other riders and take it easy just focusing on maintaining my 12m gap. There was plenty of drafting going on for the whole 180 km at least 3 people got drafting penalties sitting on my back wheel (at 6 ft 5’ I do make a good draft) including one of the Pro women. By the middle of the second lap I was starting to struggle big time. I didn't feel like it was a nutrition problem, I had just pushed too hard on the first lap. The rest of the ride was tough and I was worried how my legs would feel come the Run, I eventually made it into transition with a decent time of 4:53 albeit with a much slower second lap on the bike. I was relived to find that my legs had not completely deserted me I had a quick transition and set out on the run with the intention of running a 3.10 marathon I quickly caught the leader in my age group and went through the first 10km at 14.4km/h as planned but I started to decline from there. My bowels were playing up and I had to stop for the toilet 3 times and I started to walk through the aid stations. Eventually I got caught by one of the competitors in my age group. At this stage I remembered it was a race and it was the kick in the ass I needed. I was able to finish the last 10km reasonably strong to record a 3:29 run with a total time of 9:26. I was so relieved when I finally got to the finish line and share the achievement of a goal with my Family and friends who had come out to support me. I knew I had won my age group but that didn’t seem to matter as it was the achievement of finishing that was giving more joy and it wasn’t until the next morning that it really sunk in that I had qualified for Hawaii after my first attempt at the ironman. That morning I emptied my bank account and headed back into St Kilda for the Roll down ceremony, I spent 10 minutes finding a park and only just managed to drag my sore and sorry body down to the ceremony in time for the announcement of the 18-24 age group arriving literally 30 seconds before the announcement of my slot. I was off to Hawaii along with 6 other team mates from The Fluid Movements Squad. After feeling shocking for 3 days following the IM I started to recover and it was hard to resist jumping straight back into the training. One of My adventure Racing mates contacted me and offered me the opportunity to do an all-expenses paid 4 day Race in China in Late April, an offer that I accepted. The race in china was rough, 5 Stages over 4 days in 30+ degree heat with a total of about 35 hours racing. The area was amazing and the race was broadcast on Local Television to a Potential 60 Million viewers. 20 Teams of 4 people (3 men and 1 woman) had come from all over the world to race. It was Crazy! We were treated like Celebrities for those 4 days. The team I was in held up well but we were a little unlucky to have a number of issues including punctures on the mountain bike stages, a Broken paddle in one of the kayak legs and some misleading information that resulted in what we thought was a 2 km run that turned into a 20km hike with 1200m of vertical gain, naturally we didn’t carry any water for this stage and all 4 of us suffered badly as a result. My run down body managed to pick up an illness that referred to as a 100 day cough, This impacted heavily on my Hawaii preparations, I wasn’t able to train for about 5 weeks and when I did start making some sessions I was a fair way behind some of the other members in my squad and still battling with the cough and constant wheezing every time I got puffed. Finally I started to fully recover by the start of July and I was seeing an improvement in my fitness. At the start of August In an effort to escape the cold Melbourne winter prior to Hawaii I decided to travel up to QLD for two weeks to do a couple of races, The Anaconda Adventure Race Noosa and Ironman 70.3 in Yeppoon. The Anaconda was just for a bit of off-road fun, Overall it was an enjoyable race with some frustrating aspects. In the kayak I was paddling from the ocean into the river head when a large set of waves popped up. I was caught out in the break zone along with 3 other boats we all fell out, one of the boats split in half and the other two Paddlers got separated from their craft I lost my new Oakley sunnies and my nutrition for the kayak stage but fortunately managed to hang onto my boat and paddle. As I found my way back into my Boat my main competitors paddled past me and I decided it was not my day, I finished the race in 5th place but could have easily finished in 3rd had I not experienced those waves. It was a great course and I would recommend the race to anyone, I will hopefully come back next year and put in a better performance. Yeppoon 70.3 The more important race for me on the journey was the Yeppoon 70.3, I knew that the Ironman World Champion for my AG Matty Burton would be racing and I wanted to see how close I could get as I would be racing him again in Hawaii 8 weeks later. The Race in Yeppoon was a good one for me, I had a strong swim in the rough conditions and came out of the water in just over 25 Minutes, after a good transition I was away on my bike setting a good pace flying past the hordes of Age Groupers that were in earlier starts than me, It was a 5 lap bike course and it got quite congested at times but I managed to get past most people without any trouble, at the end of the first lap I was caught by a group of 4-5 riders that had formed from my wave start including so I swapped turns with each of them till it was only Matt and I left, with about 10km to go I was starting to feel the pinch and eased up a little before transition 2, the road surface was fairly rough and the vibrations took their toll on my stomach and I was constantly burping up my gels. I entered T2 with a 2:15:50 bike ride 1 Minute behind Matty and set out in an attempt to run him down, after about 2km at 3:50 pace I realised this wasn’t going to happen and I just maintained my pace to the finish and ran a slightly disappointing 1:24 (my goal was 1:18). My total time was 4:07:32 and was the 10th fastest overall! I had finished ahead of a number of Pro’s but I was still 8 Minutes behind My main rival. After returning to Melbourne I started to get really excited about Hawaii and my training picked up, I managed 2 consecutive 28 hour training weeks witch was a personal best for me. My confidence was high and I was feeling really good... Then, out of the blue disaster struck. After one of my long rides down to Sorrento with a 15km run off the Bike I started to get a debilitating pain in my stomach, later that day after a trip to the Toilet I realised something was not right and I went to get some blood tests and visited a Gastro Intestinal Specialist. He immediately checked me into hospital. The next 3 days was spent in a hospital bed on a drip not allowed to eat or move around. I got CT scans and cameras inserted up every orifice in an effort to get an accurate diagnosis. My doctor informed me that I had suffered Exercise induced gastrointestinal ischemia. Where my Blood had been directed to my working muscles and my internal organs were not getting adequate blood supply and as a result they were shutting down, it is a condition that is common for ironman triathletes that can lead to death in serious cases. My doctor advised me that it wasn’t a good idea for me to over exert myself for long periods of time and suggested that I was not suited to Ironman and I probably shouldn’t race in Hawaii. I was pretty devastated and was ready to give up on Hawaii. Fortunately my girlfriend (who is also a doctor) went out and researched the issue and got a second opinion from another GI specialist. He told me that with the right nutrition and good pacing I could race but I should lighten my training load over the next few weeks to give my organs a rest. My target had been to finish top 5 in my age group in Hawaii but with next to no training for 5 weeks leading into the race I knew in the back of my mind this wasn’t a reality. The Hawaiian Itonman I travelled over to Hawaii with my Girlfriend arriving on the Big Island exactly a week prior to the race. It was like nothing I have ever seen before, for those that haven’t been to the Big Island on race week it is a Triathletes Paradise with tanned fit people swimming, running and riding all over the place. Every brand that has ever been associated with Triathlon has a tent set up along Ali’i Drive, everywhere I looked there were Pro’s. There was even an Ironman Medical conference on that my girlfriend had signed up for. We settled into our hotel room at the Royal Kona, I tried my best to rest up and stick to my taper, not than I needed one after the past 5 weeks. I managed to get out for a few swims on the course, the water was amazing with tropical fish and turtles swimming around underneath. The temperature and visibility were perfect. There was a coffee barge set up 500m into the swim course where you could tread water and sample the local brew with a few biscuits. After scoring a free Rudy Project Helmet I decided to do a ride out toward Kawaihae along the Queen K on the Tuesday before the race to check the terrain and all my equipment. It Was only 28C, The same as it had been all week and there didn’t seem to be any wind at all, after watching hours of video where athletes would talk about the wind and the heat and the climbs I was thinking it was all a load rubbish. All the confidence I had lost over the past 5 weeks came rushing back and then some. On the Wednesday my Mum & Dad and 3 sisters flew in and we moved from the hotel into a rented house a little way out of town we drove back in for the undies run and Parade of nations as well as a dinner for all the members of the Fluid Tri-Squad and their families and friends. Gear check in on the Friday went well, Though It was a little intimidating standing in line looking around at all the athletes with their gear, I have never seen that much carbon in my life. I went home and had had a big bowl of pasta followed by a slab of pound cake and got to bed before 8:30. I had a great night sleep and woke to my alarm at 4:50, had some breakfast and headed out to catch the Ali’i shuttle down to the race start. Transition was buzzing I went around the back of the Marriot to get my number marked on my arm (no.2010) and walked past the Pro area where I stopped to see if I could pick up any last minute hints. After that I went over to my Bike and did my last minute preparations while checking out the opposition. I felt very calm before the race, everything was ready now it was just up to me to execute. The Anthem Played, the pro’s were announced, the drums were beating and before long the pro’s were off and racing and I was making my way down to the beach for the swim start. I wanted to be near the front of the swim as I usually go out hard at the start then fade back through the packs riding as many feet as I can along the way. I found myself treading water about 15 minutes before the gun at the very front next to the pier. As the time ticked away the more congested and rough it got, some tempers started to flare as everyone tried to get a clean patch of water to swim into. For some reason the cannon didn’t work and everyone just started screaming Go! So away we went thrashing around swimming over each other. I was lucky enough to find a pair of feet in an area that wasn’t too crowded and I just settled into a rhythm concentrating on keeping a good technique and staying on the feet of the person in front. I got to the half-way point in the top 100 swimmers and started to fade back through the packs. I thought to myself “I really should have trained my swim more” after the 2km mark of any swim I always start to fade back. I exited the water in 59 minutes (185th) and had a quick transition. I was away on the bike and feeling great. In the first 10km around town I must have passed 50 competitors, heading out past the 1st aid satiation I looked down at my watch to see I was averaging 158bpm knowing that I wouldn’t sustain that I spent the next 50km trying to keep my heart rate down below 150 as my doctor had suggested and took on plenty of nutrition and water, I was slowly working my way through the field and only got passed by a handful of riders. Getting out to Kawaihae I started to notice the heat. It was not the same conditions I had experienced on my training ride. It was hot and I started to notice the wind more and more as I made the turn up to Hawi. All of a sudden I was engulfed by a huge pack of riders, it was like watching the peleton on the tour de Fance except everyone was on TT bikes wearing Aero Helmets. Unsure what to do I slowly faded back through the pack being careful not to incur a drafting penalty the TO’s were handing them out left right and center but it didn’t seem to stop anyone. It looked like the tactic was to draft until they got a penalty, yell at the official for a minute and then have a rest in the penalty tent at the top of Hawi before heading back to T2. Not wanting to cheat or get a penalty I decided the only way to avoid it was to change my tactic and pass everyone until I was clear and off the front of the bunch. This was a bad idea but I didn’t really have any alternative. The cross winds got really strong once I cleared the congestion and the last 5km up to Hawi was a real battle. I hit the turn around and looked down at my watch, I had averaged about 38kph up to that stage but the climb had taken it’s toll I rolled down the hill back to Kawaihae then proceeded to get passed by about 150 riders whilst not passing one on the way back to T2 my back was in pain and I couldn’t get my heart rate over 130bpm it was a killer. I even found myself hoping my stomach would play up so I would have a decent excuse to pull out at T2. I passed the airport and started to see the lead Pro’s running I also spotted my Family they were hard to miss as they were by far the loudest support crew on the course. After that my goals began to change, I had wanted to finish in the top 5 of my AG but that ship had sailed, now I was in it to finish, even if it took me 16 hours and 59 minutes I was going to get there. After an all-consuming lead up to this race I had been a difficult person to live with but my family and Girlfriend had stuck by me all the way offering their time and support whenever I needed it, going above and beyond the call of duty to help me in my preparation. I couldn’t give up. I had invested too much of mine and everyone else’s time and money to come away with a DNF. I reached T2 with a 5:16:49 bike split. I was expecting my legs to give way as I dismounted and handed my bike over to the catchers but I was relieved to find they were feeling great. I flew through transition and went out onto the run feeling great comfortably sitting on 4:30km pace but I knew deep down it wouldn’t last, the impact of that climb to Hawi on the bike and the missed training sessions in the last 5 weeks were going to bite me again at some stage. I continued to push all the way through town and up Palani as I got support from my friends and family and everyone else who was lining the streets. I slowly started to fade and watched my average pace begin to slow and by the time I reached the bottom of the energy lab I started to walk sections no longer taking notice of my watch. Once I was out of the Energy lab and back onto the Queen K I came across 2 of my friends who were spectating , they rode alongside me for about 4km and we talked about what had happened in the pro race and it took my mind off the pain and I started to pick up the pace without noticing. When they left someone told me I had 4km to go and I realised that I could finish in less than 10 hours if I got there in the next 19 minutes. I pushed as hard as I could, aided by a downhill finish I managed to get to the line in 9:59:21 finishing in 15th Place in the 18-24 AG. I was relieved to finish, I said a quick thank you to my family who had pushed to the front of the spectators at finishing area before being ushered off by the always helpful volunteers to the recovery area where I refueled with some pizza and chocolate milk and chatted to some of the other athletes. Overall it was a great experience but I did feel a little disappointed I wasn’t able to have a better performance. I would love to go back some time and race again with the knowledge I have now. It is a vastly different race to Melbourne and one that deserves a lot more respect when preparing for it, there are so many more factors that can impact your performance and there is nowhere to hide. The race is unrelenting. My triathlon plans for the next year is to drop back and try my hand in some shorter events that i seem to be more suited to. I'll do some of the Beach rd Tri’s and a few Multisport/ Adventure Races… I have entered Geelong 70.3 and would like to go sub 4 hours there. Then follow up with XTERRA Anglesea and the Marysville 2 Melbourne. Thanks to all those who have helped over the past 12 months. A special mention to Osteopath and Girlfriend of 7 years Bec, Mum + Dad for raising me & assisting me financially to get to Hawaii, Coaches Ben and Fos and all the guys down at the Fluid Tri Squad and My training buddies and High school Mates Polizzi, Pretto and Gav. Well done to anyone who managed to read this whole thing... I appreciate it. -Alex
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