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What do you do to get away from Triathlon?

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As I've documented on the Mental health page, my Dad is not well, and its had an effect on me to a certain degree.  I've offered my dad a two week camping trip up through the Kimberley next year with my 4 yr old boy and I, Dads agreed to come along which is great, hopefully its given him something to look forward to.  and with that I now have another thing to focus on and that is getting my Ute ready for a good trip up into gods country!

I took last week off training as I had a couple of niggles, head was spooked after dads attempt on his life and I just generally felt flat and disinterested, i got dropped on a bunch ride at only 32 km/h average, so that was my limit where i needed to say stop, go and have a week off and rest!  work on myself and something other than swim bike run.

So I compiled a list of mods i want to do on my Ute.....theres a lot! but its given me something to focus on that will enable a good trip away with my dad!  this past week I have put in dual batteries on my Ute and wired them up, installed a 12v compressor in a very tight spot and wired it up and is working also, its re ignited my passion for getting the Ute built up to be a capable tourer again.

 

We also spent plenty of time at the beach this past week

 

What do you do other than triathlon training / racing

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I work like a dog, walk a bit - less lately,  watch netflix, travel, listen to music, drink water, long blacks and beer, will do some paddling when it gets warmer, mtn bike occasionally, road ride occasionally, read autobiographies and the odd other thing.

I see a lot of bands, go to - watch a lot of sport.  

 

 

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I'm the hobby king mate.  People keep telling me how time poor they are, and I scratch my head.  I try to be as efficient as I can with my time at work to make ample time for hobbies - fishing, fly-tying, building model aircraft, travel with wife & sometimes kids (but it must include fishing!) and more recently MTB.  Much more time to do these things since I stopped long-course tri training.

 

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My garden and yard is my retreat.

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Four years ago when we moved here there was not a tree or bush on the property. It was just a cow paddock. Other than the house, driveway, and dropping the pool shell into the ground, I've turned every bit of dirt, laid every tile or paver & put in every sleeper or fencepost.

I think this is keeping me younger & fitter than my swimming is.

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Ive got a Taylor 314 and a PRS Artist Hollowbody that need some love.  Used to do some moto racing, will get back into motos as soon as we have a place with a garage (not racing).  Surf when I can.

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Tri is my getaway from everything else. Who needs a break from it!  It's my social time with people outside my family and the only time I see people outside my family.

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44 minutes ago, ComfortablyNumb said:

I'm the hobby king mate.  People keep telling me how time poor they are, and I scratch my head.  I try to be as efficient as I can with my time at work to make ample time for hobbies - fishing, fly-tying, building model aircraft, travel with wife & sometimes kids (but it must include fishing!) and more recently MTB.  Much more time to do these things since I stopped long-course tri training.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thats great, I went fly fishing back in my home town of Taupo a couple of years ago, i really enjoyed it, got myself 4 trout on my first day.  I will do it again one day, I use to be a really keen barra fisherman using lures, but wince kids that has become extinct as i was spending whole days away during my limited time away from work.  Fly fishing really interests me.  and MTB riding as well, haven't been on a trail in a couple of years but must get back on a MTB (have to buy one).

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As a retiree and living in a new house I have discovered gardening, especially growing your own veges. It’s good exercise and rewarding. Doing a lot more cycling, plus I have always enjoyed tinkering in the garage and making stuff, especially woodwork.

Also thinking about joining a bush walking club.

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39 minutes ago, Ex-Hasbeen said:

My garden and yard is my retreat.

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Four years ago when we moved here there was not a tree or bush on the property. It was just a cow paddock. Other than the house, driveway, and dropping the pool shell into the ground, I've turned every bit of dirt, laid every tile or paver & put in every sleeper or fencepost.

I think this is keeping me younger & fitter than my swimming is.

This is so good Ex - i remember reading about your tress a while back, bloody top effort mate.  Im very jealous of a property that size (not the house, just the land)  I live in a company house and am not allowed to do anything without asking, although we recently built a small Veggie garden.  our property back home when we built it i enjoyed getting into the garden and planted a heap of trees, the wildlife it attracts are amazing.

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42 minutes ago, FatPom said:

Ive got a Taylor 314 and a PRS Artist Hollowbody that need some love.  Used to do some moto racing, will get back into motos as soon as we have a place with a garage (not racing).  Surf when I can.

I've no idea what a Taylor 314 or a PRS hollow body are FP - i take it they are motorcycles?  i had dirt bikes as a kid then a harley a few years ago after a short spell on a Yamaha R1, no bikes currently but would love road / trail bike again one day.  Surfing is good fun aye, i tried it a few years ago, i suck at it, but i do Downwind stand up paddle board, i have a custom made 14ft SUP that picks up ocean bumps so good and i love nothing more than going out when its blowing 30 knots and and catch bumps all day long.

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12 minutes ago, fiftyplus said:

As a retiree and living in a new house I have discovered gardening, especially growing your own veges. It’s good exercise and rewarding. Doing a lot more cycling, plus I have always enjoyed tinkering in the garage and making stuff, especially woodwork.

Also thinking about joining a bush walking club.

Now theres something id love to learn about - wood work! I find it fascinating, but have no idea about it.  My wifes grandfather retired quite a number of years ago and sadly has suffered ill health but has recently joined a walking club (not bush walking) and he just loves it, i reckon bush walking would be great though.  and i think there is something about growing your own veggies, my kids love it, and my son actually eats them because he has grown them...win win really

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5 minutes ago, KieranR said:

I've no idea what a Taylor 314 or a PRS hollow body are FP - i take it they are motorcycles?  i had dirt bikes as a kid then a harley a few years ago after a short spell on a Yamaha R1, no bikes currently but would love road / trail bike again one day.  Surfing is good fun aye, i tried it a few years ago, i suck at it, but i do Downwind stand up paddle board, i have a custom made 14ft SUP that picks up ocean bumps so good and i love nothing more than going out when its blowing 30 knots and and catch bumps all day long.

No not motos :)

 

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20 minutes ago, KieranR said:

Now theres something id love to learn about - wood work! I find it fascinating, but have no idea about it.  My wifes grandfather retired quite a number of years ago and sadly has suffered ill health but has recently joined a walking club (not bush walking) and he just loves it, i reckon bush walking would be great though.  and i think there is something about growing your own veggies, my kids love it, and my son actually eats them because he has grown them...win win really

I’m not a carpenter or cabinetmaker but it’s an excuse to get more tools and make stuff. As far as the veggies go, it’s a case of trial and error, but they taste great.

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46 minutes ago, FatPom said:

No not motos :)

 

 

 

oh shit, i was so far off the mark wasn't I.......Clearly i am not musical either, although I have often played with the idea of learning how to play a guitar, plenty of you tube help out there, even for a complete numpty like me.

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That PRS looks sweet...(he says as he sits at work with the video of Celebration Day playing on my second screen)

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5 hours ago, KieranR said:

oh shit, i was so far off the mark wasn't I.......Clearly i am not musical either, although I have often played with the idea of learning how to play a guitar, plenty of you tube help out there, even for a complete numpty like me.

How did your computer project go...?:D

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3 minutes ago, pieman said:

How did your computer project go...?:D

Its ongoing..I think i mentioned i had an old thing sitting in the cupboard, ive pulled that apart......and thats where it sits at the moment....Can't rush these things.

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When I first stopped the sport in 2000 I was never thinking I would get into it again the ongoing years I was surfing heaps more again got married kids and all the rest .

so when I did start again it was just for the social bit like Goughy 

i was doing it for my time out and was enjoying it now I've stopped again and I'm learning how to fish,paddle board and I think I'll pump up the mtb tyres again all stuff I can do with the kids I'd like to do some tris again but I'm in no rush ,I reckon just go with the flow tris will always be there. Oh I also garden now! Wtf is with that haha I've changed...

this photo was taken this arvo with one of the young guys I work with !

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1 hour ago, oldschool69#2 said:

When I first stopped the sport in 2000 I was never thinking I would get into it again the ongoing years I was surfing heaps more again got married kids and all the rest .

so when I did start again it was just for the social bit like Goughy 

i was doing it for my time out and was enjoying it now I've stopped again and I'm learning how to fish,paddle board and I think I'll pump up the mtb tyres again all stuff I can do with the kids I'd like to do some tris again but I'm in no rush ,I reckon just go with the flow tris will always be there. Oh I also garden now! Wtf is with that haha I've changed...

this photo was taken this arvo with one of the young guys I work with !

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That's a serious termite problem you got there:lol:

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I've got so many interests that its hard to prioritise:

Veggie Gardens - have made numerous garden beds from pallets and fruit bins and enjoy the process of growing (if that makes sense)

Woodworking - as above like to up-cycle old pallets and fruit bins in particular for various projects. Have just finished a couple of spice racks, some wooden peels for the pizza oven and small boxes to use for Christmas gifts (full of jams / sauces etc) for the olds.

4wding & Camping - have a well set up ute and a forward fold camper trailer that we love to use

Volunteering - by far my favourite activity.  Help out each Tuesday at a Men's support group. Each Monday at "The Haven", a youth drop in centre for disadvantaged kids, and I am involved in numeracy tutoring for year 7 kids at one of our local high schools. As well, I am Treasurer of our local Chamber of Commerce.

Sports Stuff - Currently back involved with Challenge Shepp doing my old Transition / Compound Directors role so that keep sme around the sport. Also President of the local Runners club.  Far from a runner, but do enjoy the admin side of things so have enjoyed working with them to provide some guidance and strategy to build on.

Am I busy? Absolutely, as all of this is on top of regular 60-70 hour weeks at work, but I couldn't imagine not being involved / doing this stuff.

Cheers

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11 hours ago, oldschool69#2 said:

When I first stopped the sport in 2000 I was never thinking I would get into it again the ongoing years I was surfing heaps more again got married kids and all the rest .

so when I did start again it was just for the social bit like Goughy 

i was doing it for my time out and was enjoying it now I've stopped again and I'm learning how to fish,paddle board and I think I'll pump up the mtb tyres again all stuff I can do with the kids I'd like to do some tris again but I'm in no rush ,I reckon just go with the flow tris will always be there. Oh I also garden now! Wtf is with that haha I've changed...

this photo was taken this arvo with one of the young guys I work with !

 

Love a good feed of Muddies, back home i had a creek just down the road that would produce muddy after muddy all year round, i miss not having my tinny and getting out and grabbing a few muddies each week!  I hope you love Paddle boarding, i absolutely froth when its windy and i can get out for a good down wind run on my board!  my little girl loves to paddle also.  great sport to do with the kids.,

 

Heres a pic of me and my little brother coming in from a quick little down winder off the gold coast last xmas holidays.

 

 

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1 hour ago, Ayto said:

I've got so many interests that its hard to prioritise:

Veggie Gardens - have made numerous garden beds from pallets and fruit bins and enjoy the process of growing (if that makes sense)

Woodworking - as above like to up-cycle old pallets and fruit bins in particular for various projects. Have just finished a couple of spice racks, some wooden peels for the pizza oven and small boxes to use for Christmas gifts (full of jams / sauces etc) for the olds.

4wding & Camping - have a well set up ute and a forward fold camper trailer that we love to use

Volunteering - by far my favourite activity.  Help out each Tuesday at a Men's support group. Each Monday at "The Haven", a youth drop in centre for disadvantaged kids, and I am involved in numeracy tutoring for year 7 kids at one of our local high schools. As well, I am Treasurer of our local Chamber of Commerce.

Sports Stuff - Currently back involved with Challenge Shepp doing my old Transition / Compound Directors role so that keep sme around the sport. Also President of the local Runners club.  Far from a runner, but do enjoy the admin side of things so have enjoyed working with them to provide some guidance and strategy to build on.

Am I busy? Absolutely, as all of this is on top of regular 60-70 hour weeks at work, but I couldn't imagine not being involved / doing this stuff.

Cheers

Busy man!  Great to see others who love camping and exploring! its great fun, so many epic destinations to see especially up where i live, but all of Australia, I've done two laps of the country and man there is so much more to see.  Volunteering is something i would love to do, but not practical at this stage, i do however love fund raising for sick kids, I cannot stand the sight of a child being sick, like seriously sick.  in 2009 myself and a couple of mates raised over 50k for starlight foundation, im very proud of that, and have done a few smaller fund raisers on my own since then.

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I digress slightly, but my wife and I are trying to build a business on the side which has the ability to be run from anywhere in the World. Eventually it will replace our PAYG income's and will be sustainable long term.  At this point, we will hit the road full time.

In the meantime, we are presently in the early stages of planning a trip through the centre, thinking through the Flinders ranges, onto Uluru and then home via Birdville and far West NSW.  Limiting factor at this point is going to be ability to get time off work, but hoping to be able to stretch it to about 8 weeks.

In the shorter term, we will just have to make do with shorter trips for weekends, and the odd week or so.

Absolutely spoilt with the Camper Trailer, but I often still take my swag and roll it out. I'm in that and my wife has the CT to herself!!

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I work! But I am one of the blessed people for whom work is a vocation and a passion. I look after a team of 6 all of whom I would consider mates, a couple very close mates indeed and my day to day involves pootling about and talking to people about stuff I love. Sometimes it gets hard but mostly it's like a second hobby that pays for the other one :D

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