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a clean slate. back to the drawing board. rip it up and start again. however you look at it, the road to Ironman Dec 2019 starts here. Six Inch, a few shorter distance tris, 70.3 in May, Gold Coast marathon in July, Australia Day ultra 100km in Jan 2019, turn 50
In May 2019 and Ironman 140.6 in Dec 2019. Lots of details to be fleshed out, lots of improvements to be made, and a lot of small steps needing to be taken, one by one. #nmmfg #makelifeamazing #smallsteps2greatachievements
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Definitely sliding downwards on @run_down_under Hopefully my training for 6 inch will help. Been stuck in Tasmania for too long lol #nmmfg #rundownunder #stuckintassie @heartsacrossaustralia ...

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was worth all the effort ๐Ÿ˜œ#healthylunch #mealprep #youtopia #nmmfg @youfoodz ...

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once upon a time there was a young lad who would whinge, moan and find every possible body part pain to complain about; all inside the first 900 metres. After getting his 10 milestone shirt, interest waned but as he started to get into football and tball, so too he has really started enjoying running. 50th parkrun in the bag today, and though i once would never have imagined having a sporting activity as a common father-son interest, it has grown to be a very big part of my week ๐Ÿ˜Šwell done Kian #loveparkrun #lovemyson #prouddad ...

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sometimes, it seems, life has a way of gently pointing us in the right direction and teaching us a lesson... that's how I am choosing to interpret my recent flu/cold, and subsequent lack of training...

why do I say that? well, mostly because of the doubts I have about being able to successfully complete the 70.3 distance in December, due to an ambitious goal being made even hairier with this setback.

realistically, those doubts are more accurately described as inner knowing that I am not really ready for the half ironman distance, though all things being equal, I would have given it a good crack in December..

the original plan was to race the 70.3 distance in May, and I allowed myself to listen to the encouragement of others, and to believe December was achievable.

the thing is, it's a massive step up from a couple of short distance triathlons in the first half of this year, and at the same time, I am not in the condition I was in 2014 - which really is where I need to be for the 70.3 to be anything more than an utter slog-fest.

and when you look back at other achievements, yes, sure, I've achieved some big goals. however, none of them was achieved in a step or two. they were built up to, smaller goals were achieved along the way, and experience and confidence was built in doing that.

this is how I should be approaching the half ironman, instead of aiming high and then getting frustrated and stressing.

this is how I was planning to do things in the first place...

so with that said, there will be no Half Ironman in December this year, what there WILL be is participation in some of the local shorter distance triathlons, culminating perhaps in the Olympic distance at Mullaloo in April, and then the 70.3 in Buselton in May!

This actually sits within a larger project, with the ultimate goal of a full Ironman in December 2019, and the Australia Day Ultra 100km in January 2019. Between now and then, May 2018 and a couple more 70.3s might be good, and I also want to be at the Gold Coast Marathon in July for the 40th anniversary of that great event, and this time I want sub-5 to be realistic...

it took me a while to finally accept the reality that had been starting me in the face - that I have made a lot of progress in the last couple of years, but I am still climbing back up from the post-event slump that occurred after arriving in Brisbane 2 years ago (all but a few days)...

time to finally accept that even after you achieve some big goals, other big goals need just as much effort and preparation; they don't just fall in your lap.

and I am very comfortable with that ๐Ÿ™‚

#nmmfg #makelifeamazing #roadtobusso #project50
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happen to stumble on this post tonight - just over 2 years since I wrote it. there's a very important message in there, one that I need to reconnect with... #timing #makelifeamazing #nmmfg ...

this quote is probably the sort of thing I'd usually put on no more mr fat guy but right now it is so incredibly appropriate to #HAA2015 both for those of us doing it, and those we seek to inspire. I had a vision of crossing Australia on foot, Perth to Brisbane. The primary aim was to prove that you can do anything you allow yourself to fully believe, with perhaps a focus on weight loss and fitness but a message that could be applied generally. With most accommodation lined up for the final 9 days, and around 300km to go, it is safe to say that the objective will be achieved. But how did it happen? I've told many people now that I "don't really know" but that isn't quite true. you see, I allowed myself to dream, to believe, to visualise how it would be reaching that finish line, I sketched out an outline of what I needed, the route, overall timeframe and weekly km target. I then spent 18 months believing, not letting fear dominate, and taking action in the direction of my dreams every single time the opportunity arose. and a miracle happened - the people, events, resources and opportunities needed, to make this a success, showed up. not always how, when or where anticipated, but recognised and seized wherever they happened so this inspires me and gives me amazing insight into the "secret" of success. which leads me on to the second part - many of you have used the words "inspired", "inspiring" or "inspiration" when talking about what we are doing - so here's my question to you... what dream has HAA inspired YOU to reach for and what are you doing to ensure that those dreams do not get overcome by fear? weight loss? half marathon? sub-30 5k? career change? new business? or perhaps like me you dream to a more extreme level. whatever it is, feed those dreams every day, give your energy to take action towards them, keep fears at bay and watch the miracles unfold! #SmallSteps2GreatAchievements

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My kind of meal prep. #mealprep #nextlevel #timepoor #youtopia @youfoodz #nmmfg ...

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the only thing running at the moment is my nose... better to get stuff out of the way early in a training cycle right? #nmmfg #trilife #sinusitis #swimriderun #sneezeblowwipe ...

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training blown apart by sinus and headaches; the day saved by virtue of being Father's Day, gifts, lunch with the boy and sharing a piece of yummy chocolate mud cake. #dadlife @cafecanningriver @cafecanningriver ...

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