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Firstly a huge Thankyou to IronmanFoz for gifting me the free spot to race in America again. 

This year was always going to be a huge year for me. The company I work for lost the $500m contract I was on. I was tasked with staying on to the last day & helping facilitate the hand over to the winning contractor.  I have been the support person for around 20 ppl as they have been handed their notice (it got so bad HR offered me support just to cope with it all)

My goals for this year were to find a new role in the company, complete my study, buy a house, hang out with my girls, wash the cars, race crits, try cross fit. Ironman was never on the list for this year so I never changed my goals or there priority. I just added ironman at the end & did what I could when I could.

i don't believe in setting an alarm,  I believe your body will wake up when you have had enough sleep. Given ironman is 93.5% mental laying in bed just thinking about race day can be some of the best training you can do.  I would often lay in bed just talking with my wife for an hour before I would even think about training. Then we would always have breakfast as a family before training.

i did almost ever ride on Zwift & did every run & swim solo. I did cross fit a couple of times a week. The 10am mums class was awesome. A very friendly bunch of ladies with no ego & they all thought it was amazing I was training for an ironman. I also did two sessions of track running with my daughter a week. She loves running & has gone from 6:45 pace at park run down to 5:19 pace & it won't be long until she is in the 4min bracket. 

Race Report:

Maryland is beautiful. Lush green vegetation, historic buildings,amazing food &'the most polite & welcoming community. 

it was awesome to swim in a wetsuit & salt water for a race. My last 5 or six races have all been fresh water & or non wetsuit swims. jumped in with the 1:15 swim group & just hoped for the best.  I was happy to finish the swim in xx:xxx

T1 & my wife was volunteering so a quick kiss and then out on the bike.

because I believe in my warm comfy bed & buying free speed, I purchased a Kask bambino helmet from Rog. Damm it felt fast & I looked pro out on the bike. I focused on my nutrition, not drafting & thanking the volunteers. Jumped off the bike with a xx:xx time

T2 

On with the shoes & out on to the run. I knew my wife & daughter would be working an aid station so I just focused on getting to them. Running up to an aid station & getting a drink from my daughter at the 32km mark of an ironman is always emotional for me.  The community love this event & the crowd support was one of the best I have ever experienced. 

I was really happy to cross the line in my 20th ironman race in a time of XX:XX

 

time for some sleep before I head to the Kona roll down ceremony. Fingers crossed #blessed 

Then it's back to NYC before we head to Canada for a week before flying home via Hong Kong. 

 

 

 

 

 

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xx:xx not a bad time 😏 for a guy who doesn't believe in alarms 

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Gee that’s disappointing. After getting your weight down to xx.x kgs I was sure you would be good for a XX:XX, oh well at least you had fun, and will just have to retire happy with a PB of XX:XX.

 

(have a cracker mate) 

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That CrossFit stuff certainly made your time different from usual. 

The finish photo is hilarious. Well done. 

The kit choice was a bit boring. I thought you might have got something new. 

Just wondering what you thought of the rolling start?

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Since becoming a black belt in Cross Fit, I thought you might have finished in 50:50:50. 

🤣

Enjoy your next short retirement. Hope to see you on course somewhere around the world. 

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18 minutes ago, Peter said:

The finish photo is hilarious. Well done. 

link??

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8 hours ago, Bored@work said:

No drafting, but I cut the course. It was towards the end & the course wasnt marked that clearly so it’s their fault any way. I was chatting to the guy next to me & it made no difference to the results. I also lost time when I stopped to pick up a viagra tablet my wife left on the path for me.

Also you will look back at this and wonder.......... how did Julie Miller podium ahead of me when I started the run before her and she never passed me (on a 2 lap course) yet still managed to beat me. And how the hell did Ashley Horner run faster than me whilst carry all those children on here shoulders!

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6 minutes ago, IronmanFoz said:

I also lost time when I stopped to pick up a viagra tablet my wife left on the path for me.

Seems like everybody thinks your a softcock.

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With a swim time of xx:xx it's clear you took a Crossfit approach to your swim training.  There's no way you should have had two x's out front with your pedigree.

 

ETA:  Have a well deserved ball out there mate.

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19 hours ago, Bored@work said:

No drafting, but I cut the course. It was towards the end & the course wasnt marked that clearly so it’s their fault any way. I was chatting to the guy next to me & it made no difference to the results. I also lost time when I stopped to pick up a viagra tablet my wife left on the path for me.

Hopefully the results of the viagra in some lycra impressed your adoring fans?

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The imtalk guys thought he was doing their "banana down the shorts finish line photo" thing, till they realised that that was no banana!

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Good luck man. I have a friend doing a Race-cation. They are at Chat this week -no swim. They have entered North Carolina which is now off. 

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10 hours ago, Bored@work said:

The community loves this race. Just another small thing they did. 

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We got those for IMNZ this year. SO GOOD! 

Have a blast mate.

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12 hours ago, Bored@work said:

The community loves this race. Just another small thing they did. 

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On the back the kid writes, if you don't under 13 hours, don't come home without lots of lego for me

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12 hours ago, Bored@work said:

The community loves this race. Just another small thing they did. 

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he's given you permission not to worry about running. Sweet! 

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Not a good start for B@W. 1:27 for the swim. Nearly 50 minutes for the 2nd half. Ouch.

He wouldn't have been expecting that.

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11 minutes ago, Ex-Hasbeen said:

A 5:26 ride for Dave. And nearly halfway through the run. 

Go B@W

That is one great bike for him. 

I wish the tracker showed km not miles. 

Off riding. Will see results later. Hope he holds it together. His worked hard on his run. 

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Which tracker are you guys looking at. I am looking at the Ironman.com site and it shows nothing.

All good. Am using phone now. I reckon work has certain restrictions.

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He's staring down the barrell at a touch under 5hrs for the run. Currently @ ~ 7min/km

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That last 3km looked like it hurt. Or he's enjoying the company of his family and stopped to chat. :)

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He's missed a timingmat or he's gone. Tracking says he's 15mins overdue for a 2.5 km stretch 

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12 minutes ago, willie said:

He's missed a timingmat or he's gone. Tracking says he's 15mins overdue for a 2.5 km stretch 

No need to panic. I was lost for the last 10km of NZ... Fingers crossed he hasn't had to pull the pin 😣

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16 minutes ago, willie said:

He's missed a timingmat or he's gone. Tracking says he's 15mins overdue for a 2.5 km stretch 

Back on again, but nearly 10 minute per km for that section. Doing it tough now, but I can't see him not finishing from here. Looks like coming in a touch over 12 hours. 

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Looks like things may not have gone to plan. Swim slower than he would have expected and long transitions. Might have burnt too many matches on the bike trying to catch up from the swim. He'll get home though - he wouldn't want a DNF with the family there.

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He would never dnf. 

He has actually got medical issue which would be painful running.  

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I just watched his finish, and he doesn't look happy at all coming down the finish straight. Must have been very disappointed in the run.

 

 

 

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10 minutes ago, Ex-Hasbeen said:

I just watched his finish, and he doesn't look happy at all coming down the finish straight. Must have been very disappointed in the run.

 

 

 

I'm sure he's just lamenting not doing more mental training or how he could have gone sub 10 if he'd ignored his wife over last 3 months and not wasted so much time spending quality time with his daughter ..

#theonethatgotaway

#notatiger

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Sub 13, we are still friends :lol: 

eell done mate I don’t know Hoy you manage the stresses of travel with Ironman I find the race itself stressful enough without doing it in strange places time and time again 

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