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Jon last won the day on December 18 2015

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  1. Jon

    run questions

    As a follow-up to my earlier post in this thread about running again after a 4 year break, I will elaborate. I made it to the start line for the OD race last weekend in the Moreton Bay Tri and ran conservatively. It was all about just finishing without pain. I was probably the oldest competitor there and there was only one other in my AG. Considering that my last tri was four years ago (70.3 worlds at the Sunny Coast) I was happy with the outcome, was pain free and felt good afterwards. I realise that I have to conserve what I have and will limit myself to OD races. Sprints are too f
  2. Jon

    run questions

    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
  3. Jon

    Time for reflection

    Acceptable result. I think I was just happy to be there and to enjoy the experience. 14th out of about 50 starters in my AG from memory.
  4. With all the pools closed for training I have had to resort to my new pool (see attached) which has free entry but no lane ropes. Water is a pleasant 24 degrees and they have provided tall buildings in each direction for ease of navigation. However, you have to be careful not to bump into all of the other swimmers out there at the moment. Some people may recognise it as near the start point of a significant triathlon.
  5. I agree. When you live there it feels like you are on holidays permanently.
  6. With no races in the near future you might find yourself reflecting on your approach to the sport. My racing in the three disciplines concluded in 2016 when I had to stop running. However, when I reflect over my 33 years in the sport there is one strategy I adopted for my final race that I feel very pleased about, even now. Everyone is familiar with the feeling of apprehension that grips you as the minutes to the race start count down. With so many vital parts in your checklist you constantly fear that you have missed something. The excitement of the sheer number of people also prepari
  7. I may be biased but why do you think that three of the most popular triathlons are on the Sunny Coast.
  8. I noticed that registrations are open for this year's festival. This would have been an excellent opportunity to run the identical program intended for the world champs next year, especially as no long distance events have been held there previously. However, they have chosen to stick with what they know, ignoring some of the events and longer distances scheduled for next year and thereby facing the prospect of stuffing it up when the whole world is watching.
  9. Jon

    Cairns IM 2020

    I suffered from cramps in both legs simultaneously while in the canefields. I had to lie down on the edge of a canefield because I couldn't stand up any longer. The thought of being taken by a crocodile or being bitten by a taipan got me going again because no one else was going to help me escape.
  10. Jon

    Retro Tri gear

    I'm still riding a Cannondale but without the pump under the top tube.
  11. I had to wait until I was in my 60's and had enough time to train before I did my first IM. It was hard on the body at that age but after the second one I felt I needed to pace myself for the rest of my life and not burn myself out. I was glad of the experience and the fact that i could coach and train myself to do them; but ultimately it was the law of diminishing returns that led to ceasing those long training sessions and giving away the challenge.
  12. I realise the OP was referring to sporting potential but as others have pointed out, nothing is achieved in isolation. Life is what happens whilst you are making other plans. As I am now in my 70's it is interesting to reflect on whether I have achieved my potential in life generally. Thus far the scoreboard reads: marriage - tick career - tick parenting - tick academics - tick sport - tick weight - tick cardio vascular health - tick mental health - tick other physical health - no tick for you! overall satisfaction - tick So 9 out of
  13. The tunnel on the Eastlink during IM Melbourne. And you got to experience it 4 times.
  14. When I went overseas last year I contacted my home insurer and added the bike to it for the rest of the year for travel purposes. Paid the extra cost in premium and when I returned, I cancelled the bike coverage and the insurance company reimbursed me for the unused bike coverage premium for the rest of the year. Cheaper than taking out separate coverage with another company in my experience.
  15. Running was always the weakest of the three disciplines for me relatively speaking but I was often able to hang in there to manage a podium place. After a lifetime of running I was forced to eventually give it up at age 68 due to a knee injury originally suffered in my early 20's. As a result I did not consider myself a triathlete any more despite a career lasting 33 years. I felt a degree of depression as I felt I had lost something valuable to my lifestyle, health and self image. I kept swimming and cycling to retain some sanity and as the months rolled by, I began to accept that I woul
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