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  1. An update on IronmanFoz from Dianne: Today's update. Surgery finished. Took 61/2 hrs. He is now back in ICU. Went well and according to plan. Back and neck now stabilized enough that the collar has been removed which should make him a bit more comfortable as that seemed to be irritating him. Unfortunately because he spent so much time face down there has been increased swelling in the neck so they will be unable to remove breathing tube till perhaps Monday so he won't be happy with that. They will keep him heavily sedated until tomorrow. They've repaired all the damage to the body so now
    28 points
  2. Hi all, the latest update from Dianne: Foz update- 2 weeks down Andrew remains in ICU but is looking better each day as they remove a machine/canular or monitor. He is awake, talking and breathing with minimal oxygen required so good progress.. They have put him in a chair for a short period of time in the last two days but he finds it very painful. He still has little feeling or function in his legs but with effort he can move his arms and there is some movement in his wrists. Although alert , at times he is confused and he is very tired. You don’t go to ICU to catch up on your sleep. Ha
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  3. Hi all, the update from Dianne that came through yesterday: Update - Andrew was moved out of ICU yesterday so we got a bit excited, however he was transferred back tonight as there was a complication with his head injury- he will need to remain there for a couple of days so no visitors yet unfortunately. Two steps forward , one step back. On the upside he seems more alert and although tired is starting to look a bit like his old self. He knows you all want to visit but we just have to be patient. Thanks for all the messages of support. I appreciate them and I know Andrew does as well.
    20 points
  4. As bad as this news is at a high level, considering where it could have possibly ended up the words He still has little feeling or function in his legs but with effort he can move his arms and there is some movement in his wrists. is a little glimmer of hope. Keep fighting Andrew.
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  5. Hi Guys, A quick heads up. Roxii and I are still working on some administration / ownership issues in the back ground. When we know more we will let the community know ASAP. Transitions is considered a digital asset and transferring ownership has been a little harder than we first thought. It's likely we will have to change the look and feel of the site. For example we will most likely change from a .org.au address.
    18 points
  6. Hi all, a further update from Di with some good progress: Foz Update- nearly one month down. Moved out of ICU on Wednesday night and now in the Spinal Unit. Rehab has begun and he has done 2 gym sessions in which he has undergone some assessment on his capabilities. At this very early stage Andrew has reasonable, albeit painful, movement in his arms but no strength nor does he have any finger dexterity. He can hold his trunk with a little support but again with pain. There is some leg movement but no feeling. He cracked out 1.6k on an assisted bike on Thursday! The important thing at the
    18 points
  7. Thanks, beautiful conditions out there yesterday. You can't beat a mass swim start on Taupo I had a good day by my standards, held it together to run/shuffle the whole way. The small field was noticeable on the run as not as busy, and emptied out on my last lap
    17 points
  8. Hey all, just thought I'd pop something in here to say that as we all know the last few months has been a tough one for the Transitions family. After navigation the emotional roller coater that was Hiltons passing todays news on Andrews injury has just left me profoundly saddened. To hell with all the macho bullshit, I was in tears reading it. Please, please take care everyone. ❤️
    16 points
  9. Today I got promoted to train driver - didn’t even get an interview. Just got my updated roster saying driver school from 21/4
    16 points
  10. Some thoughts from the great man: I am typing at the behest of the legend himself - so here goes!, Hi all, Di has been reading me all your messages over the last couple of weeks since I returned to the land of the living after a pretty long sleep. I really appreciate the messages and from how far and wide they are coming. As she has already told you I’ve done some pretty bad damage to my neck, spine, face, head and hand which will pretty much result in an end to my 34 year triathlon career - and just when I was hitting my prime by winning 3 of my last 5 races! Currently I’m still in ICU w
    15 points
  11. Thanks for keeping us updated and for sharing such personal detail. all of this makes for such gut wrenching and mentally troubling reading. To live this must be incredibly aweful. like so many others I send my best wishes. I hope that Andrew’s good health helps with his recovery as best it can. for Diane and his children I hope and pray that you are surrounded by kind , enlightened and helpful people. Who are in for the long haul. I hope that there is someone there for you all to give a hug , to sit. Listen , hold a hand. Such small but powerful gestures.
    14 points
  12. Echoing that sentiment, IF Port goes ahead this year , we will be coming through Sydney at the end of April and would like to see Andrew. The bond of the 2012 Kona Legacy folk is a strong one, and any support we can provide to Andrew would be an honour. Dianne, we cannot fathom how much this must be affecting your family, and what the future holds must be incredibly scary. Thank you so much for taking the time to keep the Transitions community in the loop. We are all feeling for you. Added on: A long time ago, before IM became a brand, when you finished your f
    14 points
  13. Hi all , this is Andrews wife - Dianne. Firstly, thanks to Mr Flower for keeping you all updated. I assume you are on one of the texting lists I am trying to keep in the loop. Please keep Andrew ‘Tranny’s’ updated. Guys, Andrew has sustained very serious head, face, spine and hand damage. He has undergone 4 surgeries during the week and they have now fixed all they can. He truly is an Ironman of sorts now as he is literally being held together with metal! Most concerning, and something that can not be fixed, is the spinal cord damage. He has very limited physical function. He hit a parked
    14 points
  14. C’mon Andrew ya bloody slacker, I challenge you to finish rehab before anyone gets a refund from Ironman this year. GAME ON 👍
    10 points
  15. Today's update: Hi guys , don’t want you to freak out but Andrew is much more alert and insisted on me taking all his Garmin equipment in to the hospital last night to upload his last ride to Strava even renaming it and making us add a photo. Hope it doesn’t upset anyone. The end of the ride is the bike being transferred to Gordon police. He says hi to all. Not sure that he is fully aware of his injuries as he was talking about still being able to do Cairns Ironman but if he has hope I’m not going to crush it. Once we can work out a way for him to use a keyboard he’ll be able to send mess
    10 points
  16. Vics cant be Brazilian, as there is a map of Tassy below it. (just cheered myself up a bit)
    10 points
  17. Thanks Prince, yes I think it will help. I'm also thankful that so far in life I've managed to get out do most of the things that I've wanted to do. I've taken the chances and stepped outside my comfort zone many times and have been amply rewarded for it. I've had a great life and that makes this news so much easier to accept. Moving forward, I intend to maintain as much of an active lifestyle as I can. I'll try to keep doing some short easy runs, rides & swims etc when I can, and will start looking at some race & event goals for when I'm better so that I have something to loo
    9 points
  18. Key Responsibilities - dealing with a bunch of adults complaining about the date on a towel and t-shirt.
    9 points
  19. That's a real bugger, sorry to hear FP! Never compare your own woes to what others are going through. You are allowed to have your own concerns; they don't have to be comparable to someone else's to be valid. I wonder if all this remote working is creating workplaces where a connection to other staff just isn't going to happen?
    9 points
  20. Hey Di, it is Mark Fiore. We will definitely be there for you and Andrew. I think you have my details as I used Messenger with Andrew quite a lot. If not, then just pop me a message via this Forum and I will give you my number. Please let me know when you need me to come up and visit Andrew. I am only a short distance away and I will be there in an instance. He is a great mate and a great training buddy. We all love him and want to support him, you and the kids as much as we can.
    9 points
  21. Hey Pete - yes all the scaffolding was removed from my chest, head and shoulders last Friday and I am trying to regain a range of movement - not an easy thing to do but progressing as well as can be expected. Started physio today and will hopefully secure a membership to the local gym/pool near you as part of my rehab. In any case, I think this triathlon season has definitely passed me by... On a positive note, 3 months of complete inactivity has put my plantar fasciitis problem to bed once and for all!
    9 points
  22. Old mate and original Tranny Yurtie got remarried today after the passing of Sue a few years ago. Congrats mate. Thinking about getting a few drinks into me and harassing Rob Arnold from Ride magazine at the reception
    8 points
  23. I kept crossing paths with this cute blonde mountain biker at races and out on training rides....by chance... We became friends... We became partners... Almost 4 years on....we go ok as a couple 🤔🤣😁😎 True story...
    8 points
  24. Going ok thanks mate, in that what I'm experiencing is manageable but I keep getting the feeling that it wouldn't take a very heavy straw to break this camel's back right now both work and home. On the plus side, something happened between my disappointing meeting on Thurs with my director and Friday morning. A mail in my inbox was re-assuring me that things were being taken seriously, all options being looked at and a stress evaluation for me to fill out. I come from a private sector background where these things are usually hidden but in public it seems there is a bigger emphasis
    8 points
  25. ..........And today is my Son's 15th birthday. Hope you have a great day Regan. Hope you are well on your way to fulfilling all of your dreams. Love you heaps mate.
    8 points
  26. Clean up progressing well. Town Beach all but done, a pile of logs to come off tomorrow. Final tally was 5 cows, a pig and a sheep. Flynn's Beach done and onto Shelley's now. Westport Park well progressed, with rubbish all piled up, just waiting for ground to dry out a bit to get the larger trucks onto it to load and take debris away. Had to laugh on Wednesday morning, the contract cleaner for the park benches was clambering over all the debris to clean the benches and the concrete base. He was keen to still do his job, not that anyone could get in to sit on them. These photos were taken yeste
    8 points
  27. Got past the sat night lockdown hurdle, so decided to start thinking this may actually happen. took a week to decide that okay with delay, and have been doing normal training. Cut my tapper to a week. So now 6 sleeps to go. We drive down Thursday night, register and everything Friday, race Saturday. long range weather is good, no shark sightings, although volcanic activity is up!! Richard Houghton 677. Hoping to go under 14hr swim, 1hr 25min, Bike 6h5 45min, run 5hr 30min + transitiions Key will be to start run slowly and not go out hard; like last year, because
    8 points
  28. After I turned 40 I thought I'd do Kona as I had been inspired years ago by a segment on wide world of sports. Went to sign up and discovered you had to qualify. Id don a few 1/2s in my 30's - 5:15 to 5:30. It was a big shock to see the qualifier times. I decided first up jut to do ironman to see if I liked it before deciding if I wanted to try and qualify. First year dropped my half time to 4:45 and did my first ironman at 10:15 (which was faster that my half time in my 30s). It ended up taking me a little under 3 years, dropping my half time to 4:15 (shame on young me) and snaggi
    7 points
  29. This is the 3rd time I have entered the Geelong 70.3 and my 5th attempt at the Half Iron distance over the past 10 years. I know the Geelong course well having raced the bike and run sections at Olympic Distance events twice too. I think it’s a wonderful event and I love the city of Geelong. Its one of the first places I got to know when I moved to Australia and I have often dreamed of moving to the surf coast for the opportunity to have an active lifestyle alongside a vibrant city…. but my family will need some convincing!! So, because I cannot become a Geelong resident anytime soon I ha
    7 points
  30. Thanks Rox, but I honestly feel fine. It probably sounds worse when it's written like that, and hopefully the Radiation Treatment will work, but the worst problem is that they don't know where the cancer is. When I had the prostatectomy 18 months ago they thought they got it all as it had a good negative margin and the local lymph nodes were clear. Since then my PSA is showing that the cancer is still present somewhere and growing rapidly, but they don't know where. The hope is that it hasn't metastasised and gone somewhere else (eg bones etc) because if it has then that is classed as adva
    7 points
  31. Somehow managed to turn it around Ok Last official day today with one place Start new place Tuesday...only 6 month role at this stage although foot in the door with major national company... Now which new bike do i get with the payout 🤔🤣 Bearing in mind last new bike i got the better half liked it so much she went and got same bike 🤣🙈
    7 points
  32. "Hoping to go under 14 hours" Woo-Hoo !!!!! Congrats FM
    7 points
  33. Things aren't great for me on the work front. I've been trying to manage teams with three different business streams and outputs and be the commercial lead on one of the largest transformation projects my org has ever seen. I've effectively been trying to juggle two full time roles, look after our daughter, take care of Mrs FP and we are having a load of work done on the house and train for SDW100 and battling a leg injury. Andrew's news has brought a lot of bad memories flooding back for me. both from my accident and the back issues (which are nothing compared to what he's going th
    7 points
  34. I'm numb. Hiltons passing, Barrys passing, Andrews accident, the floods at the future in-laws (they go back to look today), then all the uncertainty of my first IM + my rented apartment is giving me the shits and it's painful to get stuff fixed. I better clean myself up before my first meeting of the day. Lucky I am still working from home.
    7 points
  35. Club tribute race for Michael today. Good turnout considering the suspect weather. Wife & I did it as a team. What I did not realise was that our club pres. was best mates with Michael & they were training together for the Tweed Enduro. Pres. had a heart attack just weeks before at the Coffs Tri & had an emergency stent put in after completing the race (luckily both he & Michael were staying with a friend who was a GP and advised him to go to ER). He did not really have any symptoms beforehand, except tiredness, and a bit of soreness over his heart area. He was ba
    7 points
  36. You can feel the chip go in, but it is over quick. My decision making has been great since Thursday
    7 points
  37. This discussion has been going on since TriChat in the early 2000's days. We've had the same argument with the coaches ( AP and Jimmy C), and the " gifted athletes" saying," anybody can do it", " I'm nothing special, and if I can do it, you can too if you just want it enough". Triatx has summed it up perfectly. No matter what AG you are, if you don't have a natural ability to swim 4k in an hour, cruise 180km easy and still be in the top 10% of your AG, and then be a NATURAL runner that can just tick over km after km without slowing down at the top end of your aerobic capacity, s
    6 points
  38. Thanks folks for all your thoughts and advice, much appreciated. I have just invested in a Wahoo Kickr Core. That's the most expensive triathlon item I've bought in about 10 years, and my probably my 3rd most expensive item ever (behind a couple of bikes), but I'm sure it will be well worth it. I'll have a crack putting my $300 bike on it and having a go in the next couple of days. Cheers .
    6 points
  39. Very much on the improve, Westport Park all clean, just debris on the rocks along the waters edge. Water is looking a lot clearer as well. Might have a few days where its pretty ordinary as water still comes down the river but certainly heading in the right direction.
    6 points
  40. The issue isn't the victims who didn't feel safe or supported enough to speak up. The issue is the many men who knew it was going on, and turned a blind eye. And there are ALWAYS many, many men who knew what was going on. They're the ones who could've stopped it, but chose to put their own careers first & look the other way. And they're the ones who should be next in line (after the direct perpetrators) to be kicked in the arse - not the women who suffered because of both groups of men.
    6 points
  41. As a female I am also frustrated by the womens role in this. I am frustrated by all the female MP's coming out now saying "yes, this has been a problem for ages. I have experienced it and it is shit, and shouldn't be stood for" Well, they should have said something then. They have been complicit in walking past and thereby condoning the behaviour they are now condemning, now that someone else has spoken up. I feel they need to also own their lack of speaking up as contributing to the continuance of this situation over the years. At risk of backlash, even Brittany Higgi
    6 points
  42. The beaches are improving, Flynn's good but Town Beach is still messy but the surfers dont seem to mind and the odd swimmer (who took time out to pull oyster crates out of the water and took to the pile accumulated near the lifeguard tower). Debris (large tree trunks at times) still coming down the river and out in the water (off Town Beach) and still a brown colour. The river will take longer to clear up. How long? I have no idea but will be weeks, not days. Along Settlement Point Rd, I found it heart wrenching, just like along Hastings River Dr and I imagine the scene over at the North Shore
    6 points
  43. Agreed Flanny. I suspect we need to get Foz onto an App that can schedule his visitors. There will be lots of IM stories to tell. Ask him about the MMM Ironman. I once spent 4 hours on a ride listening to that one.
    6 points
  44. No problems Roxii. Don't worry about the funds. I can arrange to send something. Just need to work out his exact location and what we think is applicable to send. Hopefully he will be online soon.
    6 points
  45. It's my daughters 17th birthday today. Has been just over 4 years since I have been able to see or talk to her and her brother. I still think of them them, miss them and love them every single day. I hope you have a wonderful day today Jorja, and everyday hereafter. Love you heaps.
    6 points
  46. If you need help getting to Mason Pool let me know. Happy to come and get you and swim whilst you swan about in the warm pool with the grandma's and then take you home. P
    6 points
  47. @IronmanFoz I wish you a speedy recovery. Looks like you've done a good job. But if you're going to do something, you like to do it properly. So I guess you've followed through again. I fondly remember the time we spent together when we first met at Port and you took me under your wing, as the new kid on the block. Looking after me at Carbo night and sitting with me at my first roll down, explaining how it all worked. I guess you're going to have a bit of time resting, so best I come up with some questions and get this forum pumping to keep you entertained🤣🤣 I feel confident i
    6 points
  48. Hope he’s ok. Let us know if you hear anything more Mark. Unusual timing. A memory came up on my FB page today. Photos below. FM
    6 points
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