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  1. I got called into the managers office at the start of night shift, shook my hand and said well done, if you want it you will now be a full time employee at Rio Tinto starting 1/3/20. said I have been the best candidate they have had in years come through the rail team. First time I’ve actually been full time employed since 2007. ive worked hard since I got a start here as a contractor late last year and I’m now passed out in all the skills that I need. Next step is becoming a driver which will be about a year or so before I get that opportunity. typically here in o
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  2. Just heard from a company I had a 2nd interview with last week. They are progressing to offer stage. 😃
    19 points
  3. Swab result - Covid negative. Just a coincidental illness. Means I can leave the house! Hooray! Have cancelled ambulance shift for Sunday because still feeling under the weather but back out again next weekend for the bank holiday It's amazing how much you immediately feel better when you know it's not Covid!
    19 points
  4. I got released back into the care of my gp today and no longer in the care of the mental health dept at the hospital - it’s been a long road but am now seeing good progress. Can change at any time of course but for now I’m happy and hopefully stay that way
    18 points
  5. My mother passed away last night (Saturday). Some of you who have in been around triathlon sport and the running scene in NSW for more than a few years may remember her. I'm not sure how many races she completed over the years, but there was a lot. I'm just still only just appreciating all that she accomplished throughout her life. She starting her running in the City to Surf at 51 in 1979, having only commenced training a week before the event. She threw herself into the burgeoning fun run scene of the early 1980s, before eventually running her first marathon in 1983 at the Sta
    18 points
  6. My race weekend went pretty well to plan, except for when it really really didn't. Friday was awesome. Arrived at about 130, dropped bags, got changed and went for a nice easy run up and over the hill and down into the new carpark loop, just to get a feel for it so I wasn't caught out by anything Sunday. Nothing funky, nothing stupid, just comfortable. Saturday? Not so much. Woke up with a really sore upper back and right side of my neck. Like really sore. Hopped on the bike for a gentle spin out to Kawana with my coach and realised pretty quickly that I was in trouble. Couldn't turn
    18 points
  7. On behalf of everyone else here on Trannies (apologies to those who I purport to be speaking for who don't share my view), mate, would you mind putting a lid on your intentionally inflammatory comments, particularly those directed at directly attacking others. It's getting tiresome and makes all of us feel rather uncomfortable. This is not a feeling any of us need any more of at this current time. Enough is enough.
    18 points
  8. Thought I'd check in with you all. Have to say I'm struggling a bit with redundancy, the virus and its knock on effects. Trying to stay positive but feeling quite 'isolated' over here now and starting to realise how much distance there is between us and its of our friends. Schools are closed over here for all except 'key workers' and Little One's home schooling starts today. The teachers sent a schedule each day with timings, subjects, tutorials and materials and they will check the work each day. It's very well organised. Food wise, it's not too bad at all where we live, just have t
    17 points
  9. First time she's had her uniform on since March. First day of Yr2 today and she's very excited. 😁
    16 points
  10. Hi All, Having jumped through all the hoops on Covid planned here in Queensland over these last 4 months including working with and shharing intel/info I had no doubt that Noosa without Interstate/International could get Covid Safe Approval from Queensland Goverment Public Health, just as they have for Mooloolaba. And yes iFoz you're dead right that a well managed event has better covid safety then a fee for all, even just the contact tracing work and Covid Questions via QR code alone. Here in Queensland we also have all community sport operating -including full contact AFL, NRL, Netball
    16 points
  11. Thanks for being there Trannies
    16 points
  12. I love their "Social Distancing" recommendations. I've seen their efforts in keeping cyclists 12m apart in a controlled environment. What hope have they got of this.
    16 points
  13. On this day a year ago my son (little Flanman) tagged along with his best mate who was trying to better himself health and fitness wise. His mate was going to run 4km every day no matter what - rain, hail, sun, wind, run, walk or crawl. It didn’t matter how it was done, as long as it was done. My son has never liked running, and would avoid it at all costs, unless it was a part of team sport (Oz Tag or Soccer). He hadn't done much of anything over the past 12 months (new dad, busy job). He didn't realise how unfit he was until he tagged onto someone else’s journey. He used to get short of
    15 points
  14. Coughed so hard all afternoon Tuesday. Never seen or felt anything like it. Yesterday was more on and off. Was mainly struggling due to muscle pain caused by coughing the day before (felt more broken by that than any sporting endeavour) but had some chest pain too. Fever gone now. Today feel better just exhausted. Should get test results today or tomorrow. Hoping it's negative so we can leave the house and it's just a coincidence. Thanks for checking in
    15 points
  15. Hey everyone thanks for your good wishes. I am back at home now and prognosis is 100% recovery in 3 to 4 months. In the meantime I gotta say, I am doing it pretty tough stuck in a halo thoracic brace and on medication. It’s quite a fashion statement...... I can’t play the guitar Dave- left hand is a bit farked up but hoping to do so again in the not too distant future. once again thanks everyone- my goal is olly distance at Shep this season - wish me luck!!
    14 points
  16. Pete update: Plastic surgery on arm went well, No broken fingers. 11am surgery tomorrow to repair 3 vertebrae in back/neck. Broken ribs. Still no talking and only family visits.
    14 points
  17. I have said it in an earlier post, but want to say it again, I am very respectful of all our political leaders both State and Federal of the difficulty of the times and I think everyone should cut them all some slack. I saw the strain on Gladys face tonight, agonising over what to do if NSW cases increase. I have also admired our Premier Anna to sticking to her guns over great criticism. I see the strain on Andrews and have also seen it on Scomo. Sure they have made some mistakes, all of them, but who wouldn't in this unprecedented time where we dont even know what's coming tomorrow. N
    14 points
  18. I've wanted to paddle the Snowy River since I was young but the stars never aligned. Then just before Christmas a friend mentioned he and some friends were going. As I didn't know if I will go again I wanted to paddle a kayak rather than inflatable and hired one from Canoes Plus. White water kayaks sure have changed from when I owned mine in the 90's! 86km on the river, over 100 rapids and 4 nights spent camping on the way. Stunning country with only a few access points really added to the adventure!
    13 points
  19. Today should have been IMWA. I have seen a few posts on FB of people going down to Busso for a weekend of swimming, cycling and running. Given that there is very little international travel and most states still have to quarantine to go to WA the event organisers decision to cancel IMWA was the financially correct one. For the last 16 years I have spent the first weekend of December in Busso. It is always a great weekend catching up with friends and pushing myself to my physical and mental limits. This year, for me, the nearest swimming pool is 600+km away. The mine site gym is
    13 points
  20. If yoga is going well, pat yourself on the back.
    13 points
  21. Today we signed a contract for sale of our house, we received a fair offer and after a bit of tooing and froing we have a greed a price with the buyer, We will come out of the sale with a nice swelling of our bank account so that’s always nice. Tough market to sell in but it’s a beautiful house so Was always confident of a sale.
    13 points
  22. After having managed the contact free paint collection, that meant I had no excuse left to not get the cave floor repainted. Been a good way to take my mind off things. Finished the painting job today. Am a bit buggered - it's was a biggish job as I had to move stuff around to do the pressure washing, wet vac, sanding of damaged sections, painting the skirt and cut in of edges on the ground (on ground stuff is very awkward for me as I can't kneel), and finally the painting and clean up after each session. Also rewired the TV and associated AV equipment and did a big cable tidy/hiding
    13 points
  23. Hi all, Not posted in a while but read every now and then. This thread is interesting, a lot of reverting to type and highly predictable. Hey ho. I'm part of the initial team of volunteer managers that are going into Nightingale (our first emergency hospital being built in a massive conference venue in London) to manage the logistics of bringing in up to 4000 patients at a time and, well, shipping out. I've also had to shift a company of 80 people to working remotely and delivering training remotely, we've done it, we're OK, but leading has been knackering. I can't be bothered t
    13 points
  24. An update: For those who don't know Peter W had an accident yesterday. He had a head on collision with a car and was flown by helicopter from Jamieson to the Alfred Hospital. He is in an induced coma. He has been assessed this morning by the Medicos and he has broken fingers and ribs, multiple lacerations and requires plastic surgery on his arm. They have identified a fracture in his neck area which requires surgery. Once surgery is complete on this area they will bring him out of the induced coma. His injuries are not life threatening.
    12 points
  25. Feeling pretty chuffed after a great day yesterday. Every year there is a fund raising golf ambrose day in the name of my best mate who passed away 14 years ago now (it's his last road bike I'm still and will forever be riding). Anyway, I'm no standout golfer, never was, and haven't had a game in 2.5years now, so wasn't expecting much. Just like the hit out with my mates. Anyway, my group was made up of 3 of my best golfing mates from the website that mate and I started years ago, one of them being the current owner that I gave the site to. Well, bugger me if we didn't win it yesterday; e
    12 points
  26. Update on my employment situation. I went with the new offer, the opportunity is a great, it's a senior role and the offer (and pension) is good. I feel bad for the other company. I've put in calls to v/mail and sent them emails but no response, probably be tomorrow. Won't be a pleasant convo but I only need to have it once. To anyone looking for work in these crazy times. Believe in yourself, back your experience and don't sell yourself short. 👍
    12 points
  27. I have just deleted a thread in the sandbox. When I took on the role, I made it clear there was a couple of ppl who I wouldn’t moderate & I wouldn’t moderate threads I had a beef in. For the good of the forum & to keep good people around those rules have changed. I’m considering locking a couple of other threads also. Trump & Corona for example. The sandbox is for off triathlon discussion not a place to be a dick.
    12 points
  28. Mrs FP was instructed to report for a COVID test on Tues, results are back, all clear. 👍
    12 points
  29. Pigs may carry diseases but they can be cured. c’mon that’s a good one. A small, good joke oh I crack me up 😂
    12 points
  30. After nearly 18 months without a dog, we now have a new German Pinscher puppy “Kira”. With all the crap that’s been going on in the world she has been a positive distraction and fantastic for us and although a lot of training to go she is fitting in really well.
    12 points
  31. A big thank you to who ever is paying for the Transitions website and keeping it updated. I value the information and interactions that I have on here. A huge thank you to the moderators on the site also. Being forced to read every comment on here must be time consuming and exhausting. Happy New Year. Шинэ жилийн мэнд хүргэе
    11 points
  32. I'm in Busso. I've got 8kms to go and I've finished the IM distance over the weekend. Doing it over 3 days is almost as tough as doing it over 1. Especially when you haven't trained. Stikman and Ratdog (and Mrs Ratdog) are here too. Neither of them were interested in joining me for the lot, but have done a little bit of riding and running with me.
    11 points
  33. Geez, times flies. 40th wedding anniversary tomorrow. Our cruise was cancelled so we are up near Kingscliff for 10 days. Great weather and location. Our room walks out on the pool. FM
    11 points
  34. I’ve just spent four days in exmouth spearfishing with these two mates. We shot some epic fish, spent all day everyday in the boat diving, camped on the beach and only went into town to shower today before we made the trip home. Such a great time and one heck of a trip. I’ve found my gang. And we get home tonight for beers and pizza to debrief. Can’t wait til the next trip.
    11 points
  35. Public Service Announcement trannies will be on transitions.net.au very very shortly. There will be a redirect from .org.au so you don't really need to do much, this is more just an FYI when you see it up top. You will also see https:// because SSL is happening to make it that little bit more secure. Logo has had a slight redesign as well as a new looking website will be switched on.
    11 points
  36. That was a brutal tough race The water looked calm but on the 2nd lap the chop picked up It was so hot I stopped at each bouy and let water in the front of the wetsuit So so hot on the bike - I didn't push too hard just so I could finish it ( and new course is quite hilly - going over Rex lookout 6 times ) So many people didn't finish- pulled out during the bike or the run. Quite a few went to hospital from dehydration. I usually finish mid field but because not that many were I was at the tail end Happy to say that hubby and I both finished
    11 points
  37. If you are unsure what the future holds for you, this may give you some insight. Although I had been running all my life I was constrained by a chronic knee injury which occurred playing rugby aged 20. Two operations much later in life helped but doing IMs and HIMs in my 60s eventually caused me to stop running completely. Orthopaedic advice indicated there was nothing else surgery could do for me so I gave running and being a triathlete away altogether. Four years after I had given running away I was sitting around the house this winter when it was cold and raining outside. I did not
    11 points
  38. This is how Mrs IP spent her 62nd birthday - a vEveresting plus a bit extra for fun 😁
    11 points
  39. Cutting a very long story short here, but a former colleague who has had a very successful career after we worked together took his own life in traffic earlier this week. Both he and his wife had recently lost their jobs due to COVID-19, and have only just discovered that they're pregnant with triplets. The poor guy was checked into hospital for a mental health check 24 hours before deciding to end it. As a parent of multiples myself, I will never forget the feelings of dread and wondering how we were going to afford it and make it all work so I understand the feelings that he must have
    11 points
  40. Apparently just appendicitis. For banning guns, he deserves a long healthy life.
    11 points
  41. It's a remarkable achievement, that deserves congratulations and acknowledgement. Personally, I gained some pleasure from watching her progress on two of her four swims in the last couple of weeks. Chloe's exemption to travel doesn't make me feel resentful or critical of government travel restrictions that have prohibited me from seeing my partner almost 6 months. Quite the opposite, I just feel pleased for Chloe, wish her well and hope it benefits her business profile. Mostly though, it's just that vicarious feeling of knowing that despite the current circumstances, some of us are still
    11 points
  42. He's a big boy and can fight his own battles. I spoke with Peter off line & he agreed he needs a spell on the sidelines. I'm all for taking the piss and having some fun. When people are posting about losing loved ones, being out of work, not being able to leave home etc some people need to apply a little bit of emapthy to the style in which they post. Sitting at home and being bored is not an excuse for being a dick. As for IJ, I agree with him pushing back on people who imply he's stupid or morally deficient. What I would argue is he posts in a manner that invites/baits ppl
    11 points
  43. When you dust off the old P3 for an intervals ride with the Mrs, she is on her EMC2 with clip-ons , you are having a 'no chain day' & she is cracking the shits you are riding away from her and none of her expensive coaching program is working 😆 "I want one of those, I need a proper TT bike" 🤑 So I'm now in the market for a 50-51cm TT rig 🙄 Should have just slowed down & saved some coin - stoopid is as stoopid does 😳
    11 points
  44. This thread has gone to the dogs 😉 Time to scale it back. Meet Erik. Here’s my new friend since isolation. He figured out how to get up onto my balcony from an adjacent bush. Now he gets a regular feed of mince meat and I’ve coerced him onto my lap over the past four weeks.
    11 points
  45. Woohooo! Platelets now up to 51😁 , and 6 months without a blood or platelet transfusion.
    11 points
  46. Some good news today. We discharged two patients out of Nightingale into standard wards at hospitals near home. Both would have been considered high risk. Still a sea of horror here but positive to see people coming out the other side. A privilege to have been part of their journey and been able to give them my best care and hopefully made their days a bit better.
    11 points
  47. A bit of solo training boredom induced silliness. Here's my entry into the Transitions Strava Art exhibition. I know there are some very talented people here, show us what you got!
    11 points
  48. Peter can you change the pole to include "I have done one this year" I just want to say that that I am a 2020 Ironman finisher😀😁
    11 points
  49. This is Highway 3 just east of Yellowknife in Northwest Territories, Canada. This was 28 January. -25 degrees, unseasonably WARM for January. Should be -40 at this time of night. For this reason it was cloudy on 2 of the 3 nights we were there and this was our only chance to see aurora. This road becomes the ice road on the other side of town. The glow on the horizon is an ice road trucker bearing down on me. The next day I drove 320km round trip to see wild bison. Scary as hell on a 2 lane snow covered unmarked road sharing with huge b doubles and tankers while it’s puking down snow
    11 points
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