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Ten Questions With Reefy

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Peter, shocking news from Sydney yesterday, rider killed with 2 seriously injured. Let's all take a moment to think about it and be as respectful as possible to all involved, including the driver of the car, who was also seriously injured.

 

Freak accident it would appear, until full details are released. Also no names released in SMH today, hope the forum will respect that too.

 

1. Reefy, mate you left school early and went into a trade I believe. Would you explain that decision please?

 

2. And Peter, you are currently a self employed building contractor. Is that correct?

 

3. Peter, you had many memorable perfomances. In many cases Peter, you entered what is called "The Zone", that's when fitness and talent all merge together at the same time & you race to a higher lever while never exhausting your reserves. Can you give an example of that? Hawaii 2003 or other?

 

4. Yet Peter I can remember on at least 2 occasions where you exceeeded comfort levels. Specifically IMA 2005 when you smashed the PB going 9:23 and when earlier that year breaking 3 hrs at the W.Town Mara......Peter in both those cases it seemed to be a case of......it's no longer worth the effort to reach this level. Your comment?

 

5. Reefy, given your penchant for raising money for causes....you are offered free training and a $100,000 charitable donation, for a successful fully supported climb up Everest. Would you accept? Is that a sport under those conditions?

 

6. Peter, same question, $500, 000 for a solo climb. Yes or no?

 

7. Reefman, mate, during the recent 36 hr endurance event, you had to assume a leadership role. How far would you go to push a flagging team member who endanged the completion of the event?

 

8. Peter, OHD, Paul L., is a noted Melb. bike shop guru & you often mentioned getting serviced (Gunther, Roxi???) by Pauly. Why do you go from Portland to Melbourne when you have LBS available......FREE AD TO FOLLOW.

 

9. Peter, you raced against plenty of big guns, Matty Lewis, OITC, etc.....let's say one of the above took a nasty spill in front of you during a race.....serious injuries could be involved, but they wave you on. Do you stop?

 

10. Peter, 3 more. One of your kids decides to follow your footsteps and leave school early. How do you react?

 

11. Peter, you did suffere serious sports related injury, possibly overuse....yet you still push the endurance boundaries, 24 hr racing, etc, etc...why always the longer stuff?

 

12. Peter, mate.....in a place like Portland, dead of winter, how do you strategise continuation of training under those conditions......G rated answer only.

 

Thanks Peter, for taking the time.

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Good work K2 - been waiting for this one....

Looking forward to your answers Reefy...

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Cool. Okay here goes... Thanks Mr ArrowLetterman

 

1. Reefy, mate you left school early and went into a trade I believe. Would you explain that decision please?

 

Er, yes I was 14 (but nearly 15!). Couple of things about that. First, I was born into a building family. My Grandfather immigrated as a builder, all his boys (5 of them) became builders, and many of their kids are also builders (like me). Second, I/we never saw it as leaving school, I was just entering a far more specialised type of school (don't know about that now, and I went back to do my VCE at night once I hit about 20). Also, I don't regret that it happened. I stayed focussed (and financial) while a lot of my friends at school didn't know what to do with their lives. Plus I think I've edumacated myself enough in the 'real world' to get by... (but going to uni would've been fun as well)

 

2. And Peter, you are currently a self employed building contractor. Is that correct?

 

I actually own my own building company (Energised Homes if you're interested). We specialise in energy efficient 'ultra modern' homes. When I say specialise, they're the ONLY jobs I'm interested in. If you want a period reproduction house, there's plenty of good (or otherwise) builders that'd be happy to talk to you. :D We're a small company; Two apperentices (one senior, one junior) and me, with my wife Nic (plus our well paid accountant) doing all the bookwork. I like building. It's a good honourable way to fund life I think. One legacy I want to leave this earth with is that people can see my houses in the future and say something like "The company that built that house was one of the few really progressive turn of the millenium builders"

 

3. Peter, you had many memorable perfomances. In many cases Peter, you entered what is called "The Zone", that's when fitness and talent all merge together at the same time & you race to a higher lever while never exhausting your reserves. Can you give an example of that? Hawaii 2003 or other?

 

The Zone is awesome. Don't we all feel it at times? I only touched the Zone once in Kona (straight after the energy lab). Really from a performance point of view that race was not very good (the EXPERIENCE more than made up for that though). I still regard Sheppo 2004 as my 'perfect' triathlon, which was zoning virtually the whole way. But having said that I don't think triathlon is a sport that really benefits from it much anyway (not like tennis or motocross other sports with a higher skill element). During races Triathlon (especially longer races) is really more energy management, hydration/nutrition control, and ultimately pain tolerence I think.

 

4. Yet Peter I can remember on at least 2 occasions where you exceeeded comfort levels. Specifically IMA 2005 when you smashed the PB going 9:23 and when earlier that year breaking 3 hrs at the W.Town Mara......Peter in both those cases it seemed to be a case of......it's no longer worth the effort to reach this level. Your comment?

 

9.28 actually, but hey I'll take that :lol: And the Willy marathon was really a bit of a dissapointment all round (apart from the support got during the race). I think it's really important for us all to over-reach at times. If you never crash how can you know how fast you can get? Of course don't be STUPID and go out way faster than you know you can sustain and then not hydrate/fuel yourself either. But pushing boundries is what it's all about for me. I'm really proud of my IMOZ05, even if I blew to pieces in the back half of the run. No longer worth the effort? No way! I'm dying to do more!

 

5. Reefy, given your penchant for raising money for causes....you are offered free training and a $100,000 charitable donation, for a successful fully supported climb up Everest. Would you accept? Is that a sport under those conditions?

 

This money raising thing is all new to me, but I hope it can stay part of me now still I die. Everest for $100k to charity? I'd think about it, but Nic has said there was NO WAY she'd support me for that. Without her support it simply wouldn't happen (it's about her too), so I'd hop across OZ on one foot instead and try to raise $200k instead, with her supporting the whole way.

 

6. Peter, same question, $500, 000 for a solo climb. Yes or no?

 

Er, no. But the hopping offer still stands... With juggling as well?

 

7. Reefman, mate, during the recent 36 hr endurance event, you had to assume a leadership role. How far would you go to push a flagging team member who endanged the completion of the event?

 

I'd push them to their limit, but not over it, as the team would then DNF... :D Actually that's EXACTLY what happened, and she/they did a great job. But it really depends on the event. We got the team together three weeks before that particular race, and the others really had no chance of hitting it with any kind of speed, so it was always going to be to simply finish at all. If we targetted a race in 12 months, worked hard and hit the event peaking, then we'd race accordingly. I'm sure there'd be tears, but hey that's part of the fun isn't it?

 

8. Peter, OHD, Paul L., is a noted Melb. bike shop guru & you often mentioned getting serviced (Gunther, Roxi???) by Pauly. Why do you go from Portland to Melbourne when you have LBS available......FREE AD TO FOLLOW.

 

There's no way I'd use the shops here, apart from buying a tube or something quickly. They just don't have the gear, and don't really get it. Paul services me well. Plus his prices are the best I can get (which is important being a scrooge), plus I can hang shit on his fat gut while I'm in there.

 

9. Peter, you raced against plenty of big guns, Matty Lewis, OITC, etc.....let's say one of the above took a nasty spill in front of you during a race.....serious injuries could be involved, but they wave you on. Do you stop?

 

I'd stop very briefly, check (or make sure) they couldn't get up, and then use it to my advantage. Seriously we all know training is far more dangerous than racing. But it all would depend on the nature of the crash/injury, IE if they were wrapped around some armco down a steep hill within minutes of death then of course I'd stop along with everyone else. But if they lost it on a slippery corner and had a bad gravel rash, then they can tell me about it after the race!

 

10. Peter, 3 more. One of your kids decides to follow your footsteps and leave school early. How do you react?

 

I haven't really thought about that yet (am thinking about it for the first time right now). I'd let them, but only if they were prepared to follow up on the 'rest' of their education outside of work hours. But Nic wouldn't hear of it so it really wouldn't happen. We're in this together.

 

11. Peter, you did suffere serious sports related injury, possibly overuse....yet you still push the endurance boundaries, 24 hr racing, etc, etc...why always the longer stuff?

 

The longer the better (but geeze it's making the race reports longer and longer as well!). What's that saying? If you want to run, run a mile - but if you want to experience life, run a marathon. I'm experiencing my one and only life, pure and simple. If (when) I die, I want to be there knowing (but I won't know becaue I'll be dead, but anyway) my own tiny slice of the universe was well spent, and I'm lucky enough to have this life which is letting me do that. I hope I can inspire my boys to want to do the same.

Injuries? I'll cross that bridge when I get to it. Acute injuries can happen to anyone anywhere anyway.

 

 

12. Peter, mate.....in a place like Portland, dead of winter, how do you strategise continuation of training under those conditions......G rated answer only.

 

G-rated?! ;) Well I can't answer it then... But seriously I think (I've said this before) that the most important quality an athlete can have is motivation, and if you're properly motivated, it doesn't mean shit what the weather or temperature is outside (and even then there's always a wind-trainer...). It's actually a benefit because each ride is a mental challenge/workout as well which is a huge bonus in a race situation. That's for the bike anyway. I love running in crappy weather, and Portland has a great indoor pool. Oh and MTB riding is much better in winter anyway. So what's the problem?...

 

Well that's me. :lol: On with the next guest eh?

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Hi there,

 

Not knowing any of the people on this forum, these Q+A's have been a great way to get a bit of an understanding of everyone. Good questions kamalarrow and good genuine answers. Keep it up

 

James

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I was fortunate enough to see Reefy out there at IMOZ05. It was amazing. Really, the dude was pushing himself harder than I have seen anyone push. I think that typifies that whole strength of the mind thing.

 

Coincidentally, also checked out cool running to get some info re the Willy Marathon and people were still linking to Reefy's mara report on the WSTC web page so I went back to have a re-read. Inspirational stuff - once again mind over matter again.

FWIW - I had a good (for me) run in the Willy 1/2 and I think having some of Peter's attitude fresh in my mind helped considerably.

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Great Q & A session K2 and Reefy. Really looked forward to this one and I wasn't disapointed. Keep up the good work.

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I'll go along with the others and this was one '10 questions' I've been looking forward to reading.

Great stuff K2 and especially Reefy.

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plus I can hang shit on his fat gut while I'm in there.
Gonski :D 8kg in 3 weeks....79kg now matey. Needed to do it.....and after the op in a couple of weeks, could be a whole lot more :lol:

 

edit. typo

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Reefmanburger, thanks for your answers. Surprised and delighted to note your 'target race' is the Sri Chinmoy Triple-Triathlon in Canberra this November. We certainly look forward to hosting you for this momentous race. You won't be disappointed!

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thanks Parky, typo, not those drugs, but i'm on 3 others for the time being..... and also just some exercise and some proper eating and even some sleep has helped.

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Interesting to know a bit more about what makes the Reefman tick. I like the balance aspect and your dedication to your wife and family. All too often it goes unmentioned that support from our partners and family is critical.

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great read Reefman,

 

Being born and raised in W'bool and working a couple of summers at the Macs Hotel in Portland, I have a special interest in your eneavours and opinions.

 

BTW that pool does rock, I did my diving ticket there in 1986, when it was still outdoor.

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great read Reefman,

 

Being born and raised in W'bool and working a couple of summers at the Macs Hotel in Portland, I have a special interest in your eneavours and opinions.

 

BTW that pool does rock, I did my diving ticket there in 1986, when it was still outdoor.

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