Thursday, February 28, 2013

IRONMAN CHALLENGE DAY3 - 2012 Melbourne Ironman Snap Shots

A few location and memorabilia snapshots 
from the inaugural Ironman Melbourne 2012

IRONMAN CHALLENGE - DAY 2: Living with an Ironman

Things in a house where an Ironman lives which could drive you crazy...

  • LYCRA and in particular washing lycra. The stinky wet mounds seem to be never-ending.
  • GEL PACKS and POWDER - sticky and leaking, they are never fun to clean up.
  • WATER BOTTLES - where to store them and how to wash the mould out of them.
  • BIKES - where to store them and how many do you really need!
  • RUNNING SHOES - smelly, wet and how do you dispose of them every six months?
  • RACE TOWELS and T-SHIRTS - no more room and do we really need to keep every one for sentimental reasons!

And habits that could drive you even crazier....

  • Early alarm clocks most days - need I say more.
  • Flipside of above - afternoon kips or Ironman passed out on couch before kids are even in bed
  • Shaved legs - think my Ironman shaves more than me! 
  • Waivering waistlines - only so many times you can get suit pants taken in and back out again.
  • Watching race videos - after ten years of watching every Hawaii Ironman race over and over I am feeling quite the expert.
  • Pre-race routines - you just pray that nothing has been forgotten
  • Race planning - many nights of discussions are in vain if you don't have fast fingers when entries open, and it's back to the drawing board!
  • First words out of the mouth post-race 'NEVER AGAIN' - you know that it's the pain talking, then the pain subsides and you know you will be back again!

What could you add to my list?

Tuesday, February 26, 2013



My first daily ironman post is some Pinspiration....follow my Triathlon Board on my Pinterest page for inspirational quotes, Ironman memories and video links.

My Ironman Challenge

I'm back! I know it's been a while...I never got around to adding a Hawaii overview. I didn't post when over at Ironman WA. I haven't written about being a 'newbie' (yes, I am now swimming , biking and running!)  - but there is no joy in looking back at what stories could have been told. Best to always look ahead!

So, I have returned with a challenge.

Yesterday it was exactly four weeks until the Ironman Asia Pacific Championships in Melbourne. Yes, we are returning! We have come full circle and are returning to where my Ironman clocked his bike PB and nabbed a Hawaii spot - and I just love visiting Melbourne!

Today,  I begin my Ironman swimming, biking or running involved. 

The challenge to myself is to post on this blog every day for the next four weeks, finishing up with a Melbourne Ironman report the day after the race - March 25.

My topic for every post will be Ironman triathlon - with a focus on the upcoming Melbourne race. It might be a long post or a short one, it may be an image, video, quote or links but come back every day (or subscribe) and I will be talking all things IRONMAN !

Would love your input, ideas and feedback too.

Will be back tomorrow (actually later today since I have taken so long to write this!) with post #1.