Alright, I'm starting this blog entry way too late so not sure how clever it will be. I just got back from a nice dinner on my last night here on the Goldie. It was a very international dinner group with peeps representing Austria, Canada, the U.S.A, Australia, and Mexico. The local university here, Bond Uni, actively recruits from abroad, and I got a good lesson on Australian schooling. Taper is going well, I haven't missed a workout yet and today's bike ride felt strong. I popped out another 5500 meter swim today, and the focus was to try and find some speed. The closest to speed I found was a 1:15 100 pull and some 36 second 50's, not good. I'm resigned to the fact that I just don't have the speed to do a 54 minute ironman swim; but I've got the endurance to do a 57 minute swim and not be tired from the effort, which is actually OK for an ironman. I was conservative with my wifi data usage, and as a reward, I'm able to upload a video of my rides here on the Goldie. So here it is, my list of what I learned on the Gold Coast: • If you're a yippie, you're going to want to stay in Burleigh Heads, and make sure you go to Helen's Bulk Foods, the Magic Apple, and the Vegetarian Cafe across the street from Helen's. • The Goldie is a bit like Oakland in that the locals here often shout random and stupid sh!& at you while you are running and riding. • The beaches are amazing here, and they make me realize Bondi Beach is totally overrated. • The pools actually have chlorinated water and not salt water, which spared me from further chafing. • It can go from sunshine to rain and back to sunshine within 5 minutes. • The wind here is just as strong as Kona on its worst day. • The Aussies are fun to train with but the Austrians are more faithful and reliable. • There are lots of guys up here with small d!@$ who feel a need to compensate by driving fast and erratic. • If you're lean and mean and running damn fast, the Aussies (men and women) will let you know how they feel about you with high fives and group hugs. • If you need a major bike overhaul and cleaning, go to Gold Coast Triathlete shop. • If you need some tri-gear advice or just want to talk shop, go to Shortis Cycle & Tri, owned by pro triathlete Jason Shortis. • If you're a surfer, this is where you want to be. • If you're a triathlete, this is where you want to be. • The USA has boulevard, while Australia has parade. • When I retire from triathlons, I'm going to become an Australian Surf Lifesaver competitor.
I'm basically interested in all things funny, health and triathlon related, and sustainable living. This blog used to accompany a website I built to raise awareness about cancer as well as raise money for different causes.