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My 5th  or 6th triathlon and  I had never run over 32km. That's what you did in those days. The bike ride was brutal as the West Head section was a bit of gravel with some bitumen thrown over it: not the hotmix heaven it is today. Tony Unicomb obviously has  less good memories of it, but I loved coming around the Queenscliff corner and seeing the last 2km to the finish.

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That course is seriously off its head.

5 times up Akuna Bay climb!?!? Fark, massive respect for all the finishers.

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1 hour ago, Hoffy86 said:

That course is seriously off its head.

5 times up Akuna Bay climb!?!? Fark, massive respect for all the finishers.

I raced it when Mark Pringle resurrected the MMM in 1992.

5 times up Akuna on the bike.....then it was the first thing you hit (or it hit you) when you ran out of T2.

Best IM course I've raced in Aust.

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7 minutes ago, Paul Every said:

I raced it when Mark Pringle resurrected the MMM in 1992.

5 times up Akuna on the bike.....then it was the first thing you hit (or it hit you) when you ran out of T2.

Best IM course I've raced in Aust.

Did it go up the hard way or the other way towards west head coming out of akuna bay?

gee I miss that ride. 

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1 hour ago, Paul Every said:

I raced it when Mark Pringle resurrected the MMM in 1992.

5 times up Akuna on the bike.....then it was the first thing you hit (or it hit you) when you ran out of T2.

Best IM course I've raced in Aust.

I was there in 1992 too. Worst day ever...... my crank came off at 11km and kept coming off another 5 times. 2 flat tyres and my ITB blew up half way through the run. I finish in I think 89th or something and still beat 8-9 others....

Well it was billed as "your worst Nightmare"

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1 hour ago, Peter said:

Did it go up the hard way or the other way towards west head coming out of akuna bay?

gee I miss that ride. 

Peter - yep...raced it clockwise. ie: From the swim in Akuna Bay we headed East.... turn left out to West Head and then back and turned right up McCarrs Creek Road before heading back down. Essentially 4 x out to West head and the 5th lap was just the Akuna/McCarrs loop. From Memory, Paul had only just completed Kona and Before that a Double Ironman. Paul can correct me here???

 

I didn't realise they went anticlockwise out of Akuna until tonight

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7 hours ago, Hoffy86 said:

That course is seriously off its head.

5 times up Akuna Bay climb!?!? Fark, massive respect for all the finishers.

Chris our old mate Vince did that one, not sure which year!

 

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1 hour ago, Rog said:

Chris our old mate Vince did that one, not sure which year!

 

Vince has been crazy for a long time it seems. 

So this was actually only 3k swim 160k bike what run?

im only half way thru it. 

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Still hven't finished watching it, but a few points:

The guy who changed next to his bike rather than go into the tent to change to save himself a few minutes. Sort of puts nipplegate into the shade.

the escorts for the swimmers.  I would love to have that sort of assistance on the swim.  That lead swimmer would have had a wonderful draft off the kayak. 

The female swimmer stopping for a chat and a laugh. 

I cant say I know a lot about the techniques of cycling but it really looked like it was way more about the brute strength of the cyclist as opposed to technique or gear ?

Now I understand a bit more when some of the older triathletes talk about the "softness" of today's courses.

 

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6 minutes ago, Cat Lady said:

Now I understand a bit more when some of the older triathletes talk about the "softness" of today's courses.

I prefer the term "vanilla". You can make today's courses as hard as you want by just going faster. I much preferred a few hills over a dead flat course as it broke up the effort.

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Loving Jabbs in just the bibs and an enormous helmet.  (Although Im pretty sure that is just an aero shell, not a real "helmet") 

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21 minutes ago, roxii said:

Loving Jabbs in just the bibs and an enormous helmet.  (Although Im pretty sure that is just an aero shell, not a real "helmet") 

:lol: he looks like Dumb Donald

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I just love how they are running on the road and not giving one fark about all the traffic they were holding up.

I still have 10 minutes to go also.

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Dunno if it is still on You Tube but there is/was a video of the first Forster Ironman, 1985. Didn't compete but watched it, some good footage of Marc Dragan and Bob Telfer

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1 minute ago, batman said:

Dunno if it is still on You Tube but there is/was a video of the first Forster Ironman, 1985. Didn't compete but watched it, some good footage of Marc Dragan and Bob Telfer

the same guy uploaded that.

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13 hours ago, Peter said:

Vince has been crazy for a long time it seems. 

So this was actually only 3k swim 160k bike what run?

im only half way thru it. 

Can't say for 1985 or 1986 but in 1992  it was 3.8/180/42...though due to fog etc the lead canoe took the wrong turn and the swim ended up being about 2.5. It is still my fastest 3.8km swim ever ;)

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Must have been 42 in 1985.... They ran into palm beach first then said have about 30k back toManly which is about right.

In 1992 we ran out of Akuna and half way to West Head before turning back to Manly. Had to run down McCarrs Creek road......and with the traffic. The old days were quite chaotic and no thought of insurance issues back then.

 

Rog... are you refering to Vince Zofrea! 

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4 minutes ago, IronmanFoz said:

though due to fog etc the lead canoe took the wrong turn and the swim ended up being about 2.5. It is still my fastest 3.8km swim ever ;)

Lucky we didn't wear Garmins back then. Without GPS, it's still officially 3.8km, so congratulations.

 

ps: I think my pb for 1.5km is about 12 minutes. :)

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20 hours ago, IronmanFoz said:

From Memory, Paul had only just completed Kona and Before that a Double Ironman. Paul can correct me here???

Foz, your memory is definitely holding up way better than my body. :shy:

MMM capped off a pretty intense few months of racing and training for me, starting with Escape from Alcatraz, I packed 7 tris and 5 ultras into about 10 or 11 weeks.

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16 hours ago, Paul Every said:

 

MMM capped off a pretty intense few months of racing and training for me, starting with Escape from Alcatraz, I packed 7 tris and 5 ultras into about 10 or 11 weeks.

Fa$king nut case .................. in a nice way :)

How did your body cope with that? Particularly with the OS travel?

NSF

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8 hours ago, Notsofast said:

Fa$king nut case .................. in a nice way :)

How did your body cope with that? Particularly with the OS travel?

NSF

On the whole I coped with it pretty well. Though I didn't perform quite as well as I had in Kona the previous year, and in retrospect I went into Kona a little over-raced.

The effects of over-racing really became apparent the following Saturday when I ran the Royal National Park 50 Mile and felt obviously fatigued and struggled throughout much of the race. 

I had a couple of weekends off racing before the MMM and that was all I needed. It was my most satisfying IM of the year (NZ, Forster, Kona, MMM). I had a consistent cycle backed with a run of around 3:30 which was pretty much my benchmark at the time. The course suited me; climbing and endurance being more critical than raw speed.

I think they paid the top 10 or 15 outright, and I finished just outside of that, picking up $300 for taking out M25-29. Not bad for a $190 entry fee.

Travel and racing doesn't worry me. I sleep well on planes, I'm flexible with food when abroad, and generally relaxed and comfortable going into races wherever they may be. Many of my best races have been abroad, including my marathon PB in Austria after about 5 weeks of traveling, 100km PB in Japan after 3 weeks of traveling, and half marathon PB in the UK about 2 hours after I stepped off the plane.

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Nope. IN 1985 It was Teresa Keneva.

In 1986 Tinley won the Mens

In 1992 Stefan Kolm (Dentist from WA) won the mens.

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I did 92 - fog and jelly fish in the swim - continuous hills on the bike - no-one in sight on the run - I think 25% dropped out - for me it was a breakthrough race - 1st decent one I had done 😅

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On 29/03/2019 at 4:14 AM, IronmanFoz said:

Nope. IN 1985 It was Teresa Keneva.

In 1986 Tinley won the Mens

In 1992 Stefan Kolm (Dentist from WA) won the mens.

Stefan won off the back of a top 10 at Kona.

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On 30/03/2019 at 10:50 PM, oldschool69#2 said:

I heard he only won because he went the wrong way and cut the swim and run short ... which paved  the way for a lot of WA athletes .....😉

Tongue in cheek :)

Actually Stefan had a ripper of a race. Myself And a few others trained on this course and we used to see Dragon out there with a support van providing drinks. He said if if can average 1h 15 per lap he would be very happy. Stefan Kolm ripped off a 1;08, then a 1:09, then something like a 1:11 and 1:16. Not sure for the 5th half lap but all up about a 5:30 from memory. Martin Vinnicombe who did the team event .....bike only....... and everyone thought was going to blow the field away came in with a 6:04 approx bike. They literally had to carry him off the bike. 

Note: 30 minutes behind Stefan Kolm.

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I do remember Vinnicombe's bike time was very close to my own -  it was a humbling experience for him when we all went off and ran a marathon 😋

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If my memory recalls he did the team with:

Swim - Janelle Elford who became Pallister (Rick).

Bike - Martin V

Run - Jody Bowles......

Can anyone else remember or am I confusing races.

 

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