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Reports from the Field

Reports from the Field

We enter a lot of events. Chances are, if an event is run down in our corner of the world, we’ve done it at least once. So, if you’re thinking about doing an event, look it up here and get the inside track!

If you’re curious about an event and don’t see it in our list, feel free to drop us a line and suggest it!

To make things a bit easier, we’ve split the event lists up:

Burley Griffin 2018 cover shot

A Traitor in Our Midst

23 October 2018

23 October 2018

A Traitor in our Midst!

Ever since the TriHards had formed, there had been an unwritten rule: we would always aim for the top of the bottom-third of the race. We have held that territory in the results for many, many years. And now that convention has been broken, by none other than the Cyborg himself! And it’s time for him to face the consequences of his actions...

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The Fling has Flung

20 November

20 November 2017

The Fling has Flung

For the past 13 years the residents of the sleepy little southern highlands town of Bundanoon have had little idea that they have played host to the one of the most popular S & M parties in Australia, for surely the Highland Fling is one of the greatest gatherings of masochists in the southern hemisphere. They’re just all in disguise, replacing their leather with lycra, and ball-gags with bite valves. But the pain is the same. And, grinning over it all is the sniggering sadist himself, Huw Kingston, pouring salt on the wounds with extra painful treats, such as bagpipes in the morning or cavorting around in a skirt. Alas, 2017 marked the last running of the Fling, and we many masochists will have to find our pain elsewhere - perhaps I’ll take up some of the many options for pain around Canberra, such as hanging out in the public gallery during Question Time.

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The Cyborg Celebrates

19 May 2017

19 May 2017

The Cyborg Celebrates

Generally speaking, birthdays are a time of celebration. A time to perhaps relax, be spoiled, eat cake, drink and be merry. Unless there’s something seriously wrong with you; then you might jump in a car and drive over 1,000km to ride around in circles all night.

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Urban Polaris 2017 cover shot

A Tale of Two Sequels

19 May 2017

19 May 2017

A Tale of Two Sequels

A good sequel is a hard thing to pull off. All too often they just seem like a tawdry, money-grabbing exercise, cashing in on the surprise popularity of the original. So, when Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was released in April, the TriHards raced out to see it with great excitement. This feeling was bolstered by the fact that one of the TriHards, McFly had a hand in the creation of this new masterpiece, which certainly didn’t disappoint (though, it did nearly result in whiplash as the viewers attempted to spot his name flying by in the credits!) Guardians two built on the story started in one, fleshing out characters and relationships, without losing any of the original humour or charm – it’s well worth a watch.

But there was another sequel in April which the TriHards were looking forward to even more; a sequel which would see the long-awaited return of characters introduced in previous events – delivering more of the fun, mystery and excitement of its predecessor. It was the second running of the Urban Polaris under the new management of the National Heritage Trust. And this sequel certainly didn’t disappoint!

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Rides with Women

9 May 2017

9 May 2017

Rides with Women

I should probably start by saying I am not a lady. I am not a girl, nor a woman. I am not female at all. And, as a middle-aged white man, this has never really been a problem for me. I have never really had the desire to walk in the other’s shoes, or heels. Not until I hung out at the Dirt de Femme.

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Snowies Mountain Bike Festival Cover Image

17 December 2016

Third Time Lucky for the Cyborg!

Coincidentally, it was during another In2Adventure event – their Mountain Designs Adventure Race in 2013 where Junior shared his three goals of any event:

  1. Get to the start.
  2. Get to the finish.
  3. Don’t come last.

Over the past three years, either through misfortune or misadventure, the Cyborg has repeatedly failed to achieve even the first of these three goals. But all that changed in Spring of 2016 when, amongst other things, the latest TriHards coupling were considerate enough to book their wedding on a date not shared by any other event (though, in reality, Engine and Gearbox do so many events, it was probably their only free weekend). And, in the time leading up, the Cyborg had wrapped himself in cotton-wool to ensure he received no injury in the lead up. Well, you know, except for taking on the Bundy Run and the Fling.

But, at around 3:00pm on 25 November 2016, the Cyborg made TriHards history: when he achieved the first goal: he finally made it to the start of the Snowies Mountain Bike Festival.

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Highland Fling 2016 Cover Picture

Double the Fun!

3 December 2016

3 December 2016

Double the Fun!

During a CORC club ride a few years ago, I mentioned I was aiming to do the Highland Fling. The very experienced ride leader congratulated me, informing me that the Fling is one of the hardest marathon mountain bike races on offer in Australia. And, after my efforts last year, I’m inclined to agree! But that’s the Full Fling. This year I did the Half Fling which, while it has a lot less single-track (yet, somehow, it felt like there were a very similar number of hills) – It was a whole lot of fun, as opposed to the challenge of the Full Fling. It’s almost as though they’re two completely different races.

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Wild Horizons Bundy Run 2016 Cover Picture

Cyborg gets some photos.

3 December 2016

3 December 2016

Cyborg gets some photos.

I completed the inaugural Bundy Run in 2015. And by that, I mean I completed the entire course, and took some crappy pictures along the way (in my defence, it was a very damp and misty day). But my time was pretty rubbish (again, in my defence, it is quite a technical course) and I walked a lot of it. Put simply, I felt like the Bundy Run and I still had unfinished business. And in some places I grew up, leaving an unfinished Bundy is sacrilege. Besides, this time I knew what I was in for...

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Urban Polaris 2016 Cover Picture

Mr GPS gets a Century!

20 April 2016

20 April 2016

Mr GPS gets a Century!

Last weekend the TriHards fielded a team in a biking event that saw them cover close to 100km, a times with a top speed in excess of 80km/hr, taking in some iconic Canberra locations and landmarks- all the while with huge smiles on their faces. As an added bonus – they maintained their position in the results of the top of the bottom third of the pack!

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Canberra Half Marathon 2016 cover picture

Red is faster!

14 April 2016

14 April 2016

Red is Faster!

Towards the end of last year I thought I was running quite well. Dare I say it: I was nearly enjoying running. Me, the “not a runner” Cyborg. I had even managed to get what I considered to be a fairly impressive result in the Canberra Times Fun Run. I thought perhaps I should take running events a bit more seriously - starting with a decent crack at the Australian Running Festival. But this time, instead of entering in my standard “Full House” of events - the 5km, 10km and half marathon the next day - I elected to focus on one event: the half marathon. Not that I’m soft. Really. It’s just that entering all three can get quite expensive, and, you know, it’s getting just a bit too close to paying to receive pain - and I’m sure there are plenty of other places in Canberra which would help me with that.

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Mountain Designs Adventure Race 2016 cover picture

1 April 2016

TriHards Podium in Belanglo!

Adventure races, and in particular sprint-level adventure races seem to be becoming few and far between on the racing calendar. The TriHards, who used to race four in a season, now do but one a year. Fortunately, that single race is the Mountain Designs Adventure Race, run by In2Adventure - a race of such quality to suffice the TriHards for a year. And the In2Adventure team, cunning operators as they are, have also thought of a way to extend the racing field: dropping teams of three down to pairs.

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18 November 2015

... at least he didn’t fall off.

The final Capital Punishment sheeted home the number of marathon mountain bike events undertaken by the TriHards. In case you haven’t been paying attention - there are quite few and, after a while, they all become a bit same-ish. Go ahead, read the reports and see for yourself. We’ll wait. So, the TriHards decided it was time for something new, and found out about the Rock & Road being put on by Wild Horizons.

The race is a new concept - a duathlon of sorts, combining the disciplines of road cycling with that of mountain biking- the theory being that most “serious” mountain bikers also had a roady in the stable to work on their base kilometres. And, as a brand new event, the TriHards had to send someone along.

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Cyborg gets Flung

18 November 2015

18 November 2015

Cyborg gets Flung

It was Groucho who put the thought of doing the Fling into my head back in 2013. “Do the Fling,” he said, “It’ll tear your legs off.” Unfortunately, due to my woefully inadequate attention span I only listened to the first bit, and entered. And failed. Such failure could not stand: I needed a rematch. And this time, there would be no excuses - no recent surgeries or injuries and, with my recent efforts at the Scott 24hr, I was in shape (though, possibly a bit tired). In theory.

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Cyborg gets a First in a Run

No, wait, he entered a first-time run.

No, wait, he entered a first-time run.

Cyborg gets a First in a Run

You know what a well-regarded mountain biking event, well, festival of high-renown really needs? A trail run of course. The team at Wild Horizons noted that many riders who turned up at the Fling talked about “Hall Passe”, and noted that not everyone occupied Fling Eve with the Bundanoon Dash. And since all these people were in town to register, well why not provide another event? So the Bundy Run was created. Just to add a bit more suffering to the weekend for anyone foolish enough to take on another Wild Horizons challenge.

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LifeCycle 2015 cover picture

Cyborg does a bikey thing.

1 November 2015

1 November 2015

Cyborg does a bikey thing

Spring is a very busy time in Canberra, marking an end to the cold, dark winter in a flurry of bright, vibrant colours and warm, sunny days. And, just like the thawing inhabitants, event promoters also rev up for the warmer weather. October is a particularly busy month, with events such as the Scott 24hour, Fitz’s Challenge and the LifeCycle - not to mention club races, fortunately they’re all quite different flavours.

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31 October 2015

Cyborg’s Quest for the Holy Trail

Legend has it that far out on the mountain, in the deepest, darkest part of the night, a rider will become one with his bike and the trail turns into a magic carpet, carrying them onto enlightenment and nirvana. To some, 24 hour racing is completely insane – a brutal punishment of mind and body, combined with tortuous sleep-deprivation over a prolonged period of time. To others, it is the holy grail of mountain biking; another frontier to discover and explore; a journey rather than a race - a bold adventure to find limits and boundaries, and carve around them like any other berm on the track.

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Canberra Times Fun Run 2015 cover picture

11 September 2015

Getting the Band Back Together!

The Canberra Times Fun Run has been a regular event for the TriHards over the years - in fact the report for the 2008 was one of the very first race reports to be published on the site. So, it seemed kind of fitting for a reunion, of sorts, for the TriHards.

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Capital Punishment 2015 cover picture

Punishment Served

10 March 2015

10 March 2015

Punishment Served

I have entered, and completed all the Capital Punishments run by AROC - including the legendary first race in 2010. That was a great ride - you can talk to anyone in the Mountain Biking Fraternity (yes, there is a mountain biking fraternity, and yes, girls are allowed. But not electric bikes) let drop that you did that race and receive instant respect. It was a fantastic brown-carpet premiere for what would become one of the premier mountain biking events in Australia - forming part of the Real Insurance XCM, then Maverick mountain bike series.

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Cyborg has a big Ride

10 March 2015

10 March 2015

Cyborg has a big Ride

Amy’s Big Canberra Bike ride is an annual ride put on by the Amy Gillett Foundation, with the help of Pedal Power. It serves both as a fundraising event, and to raise awareness of cyclists on roads. The ride caters for riders of all levels - with the more difficult 120km for seasoned riders, 68km for those who’d like a challenge, down to more leisurely 35 and 20km rides, and finally a quick 5km ride to bring the family along. The ride starts near the city centre, and closes some of the roads, giving riders a chance for a nice, safe ride through the middle of town.

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Husky 2014 cover picture

7 March 2015

Cyborg Rides the Rollercoaster

The best mountain bike races are like a rollercoaster ride; containing a series of climbs followed by twisting, turning drops to thrill and excite the rider. The Husky is unique amongst mountain bike races in that it delivers this effect in both the literal, and metaphorical sense.

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Balance is restored

9 February 2015

9 February 2015

Balance is Restored

The DuoClassic is a fun, friendly event with riders pairing up with a mate to ride a very achievable (yet challenging enough to provide a sense of accomplishment) course. And, while this is true for the TriHards, it is also something more: a lesson in duality; in likes and opposites and the ultimate nature of duality: balance.

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30 July 2012

No Time for Clowning Around

The Three Ring Circus is one of many interesting-looking mountain biking events put on by the team at Wild Horizons; who (from all appearances on their web site) seem to be quite an eccentric mob who relish putting bikers in pain (as well as presenting them with spectacular scenery). Many more serious riders (so, not the TriHards) see the Three Ring Circus as a good prelude for the Highland Fling, which is one of the races in the Australian MTB Marathon Championships, but for most of the punters, it’s just a really good ride, with an excellent atmosphere.

...Read all about it ...
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Junkies Ahoy!

31 May 2014

31 May 2014

Junkies Ahoy!

Well, it’s official. I’m a junkie. More to the point, I’m an Adventure Junkie, and with virtually all adventure race organisers pulling out of the ACT, I had to take the unfortunate measures of travelling to Sydney for my fix, provided by the team at Adventure Junkie. But there were benefits to this: I did get to finally visit Engine in his natural habitat, and it felt good being the one to travel to an event with him, rather than the other way around. And I got to pay a heap of tolls to get there, which would undoubtedly assist the NSW Government to work towards creating better cycling infrastructure. So a win-win really.

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Zen and the Angry Doctor

Race Report from the Cyborg

Race Report from the Cyborg

Zen and the Angry Doctor

If a tree falls in a forest, and there’s nobody there to hear it, does that mean the race is still on? Welcome to my race report without a race!

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6 April, 2011

The TriHards go International!

The TriHards have been travelling to the Newcastle area to compete in the Paddy Pallin series for a few years now, so have gained a great deal of experience booking into accommodation and become familiar with the surrounds. Indeed, Father Brendan has moved up on a permanent basis to fulfil the role of TriHards Central Coast High Commissioner. Needless to say, with all this practice and familiarity with the area, the accommodation and logistics went off like clockwork, even considering the ever-expanding TriHards teams!

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A TriHards Record is broken!

16 February 2011

16 February 2011

A TriHards Record is broken!

Hundreds of competitors stood around unaware as history was made last weekend at the third race in the 2010-11 AROC Paddy Pallin series. At approximately 2:00 on Saturday, 12 February 2011, the long-held aspirations of the Area51 (aka Sydney) TriHards were realised. Months, if not years, of preparation, training and persistence had finally paid off; they had finally beaten the Canberra TriHards in an AROC Paddy Pallin event. Subsequently shouts of jubilation could be heard from as far away as New Zealand, where McFly’s relatives put down their sheep and picked up their beers to toast their favourite son’s victory.

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Adventures in Washing!

13 February 2010

13 February 2010

Adventures in Washing!

Success! Victory! Remember this day, dear readers, for 13 February, 2010 marks the day the TriHards achieved another fantastic goal in their adventure racing career. No, no, don’t look at the results, they are just numbers! Numbers are things for bureaucrats and accountants, not the stuff of hardy racing types (unless, of course, they’re measurements of distance and speed!) No, on this day, the TriHards were truly challenged; and they met that challenge!

...Read all about it ...
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The TweeHards Rainy Day Out!

Canberra AROC, 13 February 2010

Canberra AROC, 13 February 2010

The TweeHards Rainy Day Out!

So after an early start of weet-bix and coffee, the junior TriHards, officially known as the TweeHards sallied forth into the first real rain Canberra has had since Christmas. Why the TweeHards I hear you ask? Well The Cap’n is an experienced TriHard and the girls (The Pinkinator and Lu) are ever so cute, dainty and/or delicate, so it just sort of made sense.

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23 March 2010

TriHards Take a Tour of Port Stephens

An often-overlooked aspect of Adventure Racing is the opportunity it provides competitors to see and experience new locations. And the ultimate race in the AROC Paddy Pallin series for 2009-10 was no different. The team at AROC had headed out to Port Stephens, found some of the most spectacular views and experiences, and then formulated a course that took much of them in!

...Read all about it ...
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Doc Runaway Bares Her Soles!

13 March 2010; A report by Doc Runaway

13 March 2010; A report by Doc Runaway

Doc Runaway Bares Her Soles!

My story starts at the Adventure Megastore in Kent St, Sydney. I had just, with some trepidation, bought my first pair of Vibram Five Fingers, a pair of ‘sprints’ in Lilac and was about to embark on my own barefoot career! Five Fingers were the idea of industrial designer Robert Fliri, and made commercially by Vibram, being named one of Time Magazine’s best investions for 2007. The company promotes them as a new way to stimulate and exercise the delicate balance of bones and muscles of the foot, improving mainly proprioception, but also balance and agility.

...Read all about it ...
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21 October 2010

Wind, Ringins and Shocks in Shellharbour!

Two years ago, the TriHards commenced the Paddy Pallin series with a single team. Last year they started with two teams: the Canberra TriHards and the Area51 (Sydney) TriHards. This year, we fielded three teams! If we keep going like this, in approximately 197 years, the race wll consist of only TriHards teams! That makes our aspirational goal of podium placement completely possible!

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17 October 2009

Adventures in the Wilds of Wyong!

The first race in the AROC Paddy Pallin series, held in Wyong included a rollercoaster ride through the mountains, and provided an emotional rollercoaster ride for the TriHards! For the ever-adventurous TriHards, the race was marred by tragedy and loss, though they pushed through with determination, high spirits and had a most excellent time.

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30 November 2010

An Anthropological Study of the Adventure Racer!

Early in the morning of Saturday, 27 November 2011, highly qualified and skilled people from a reputable sporting manufacturer were ably led by another highly qualified and skilled team of adventure race organisers to the green fields of Glebe Park. Their mission was to tag and release some adventure racers such that they may study their migration patterns and social behaviours. And they were in luck, for they spied a troupe of TriHards exiting the coffee house and roaming the velte. Tagging them was easy; shiny new sporting equipment was set up as bait, and in no time at all a few of the TriHards were lured in, tagged and released back into the world.

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30 November 2009

TriHards Paddy Pallin 09-10 Series: Episode Two

Now that the team from AROC have conquered the world of adventure racing, and put together a number of tremendous events, combined with the introduction of their newest member, Archie, it would seem they wish to expand their horizons end embark on new ventures to create a vast, AROC empire for young Archie to inherit. They’re moving beyond merely adventure racing and into the realms of adventure landscaping. And the canny business minds at AROC have thought of a truly cunning way of not only saving costs, but making money whilst they do so! They get the racers to do the work. More importantly, they get an ever-growing number of teams of racers to pay to do the work!

...Read all about it ...
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AROC Paddy Pallin Series 2008-2009

The 2008-09 season saw the TriHards acheiving many of their goals: they fielded teams for all four events in the series and they completed every race in the series - they even completed the advanced leg in one race! This year also marked the germination of the Sydney team.

...Read all about it ...
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AROC Paddy Pallin Series 2009-2010

The 2009-10 season saw the TriHards field two teams for all of the races, and the introduction of the TweeHards! The season started with staggering lows, as McFly damaged ligaments in his ankle up in Wyong, and climbed to fantastic heights as the reinvigorated (assisted by their Vibrams) Sydney team thought they finally defeated the Canberra TriHards in Nelson Bay!

...Read all about it ...
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AROC Paddy Pallin Series 2010-2011

This season has seen the TriHards off to an excellent start, fielding three teams in the first race in Shellharbour, with one of them arriving at the finish line just four and a half minutes away from a podium placing!

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ARea51 TriHards Get an Engine!

A Report by McFly

A Report by McFly

ARea51 TriHards Get an Engine!

This is the third season that Doc Runaway and myself (McFly) have raced as the Sydney TriHards, upon until now we haven’t had a stable third member of the team however this year sees us finally gain a proper member in Darren aka “Engine” who will be with us hopefully for good, meaning we can challenge for an overall placing in the season-long mixed category. There are high hopes of us doing quite well over the coming races as all three of us have been in fitness training during the off season and Engine happens to be excellent at navigating which counts for a lot in these races. It was also our first race with our new sponsor, Area51. This race would prove interesting to see how we stacked against the other two TriHard teams and our overall team placing.

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Dirty Steeds Done Dirt Cheap!

12 September 2011

12 September 2011

Dirty Steeds Done Dirt Cheap!

2011 marked the second running of the Back Yamma Bigfoot, making it’s home near Parkes, which isn’t too far from half the TriHards’ stomping grounds. Engine, always being one for efficiency, thought he could kill two birds with one stone: see his father on father’s day (albeit it for about five minutes early in the morning) and squeeze in some adventure.

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24 September 2012

The Cyborg who Came in From the Cold!

Early morning Canberra was shrouded in a fine layer of white mist and frost, lending it an ill-deserved appearance of purity. This still, tranquil morning was interrupted by the far-from-pure Cyborg (who had long-since lost the feeling in his fingers) racing along a firetrail on his commute to work. Fortunately he was riding his dual suspension sporty SuperFly, which danced over the rough terrain with ease and required no further braking or gearing (and hence no fingers). This was more than just any early morning ride; the Cyborg wasn’t freezing in some attempt to retain his youth. No, this was “All Dirt Day”, a new form of training the Cyborg had taken up in recent months.

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Part 1: Mr White

30 August 2013

30 August 2013

Part 1: Mr White

The cold, misty morning found the 00D running along a fireroad astride Mt Taylor, showing a little too much Canberra Pearl (that would be the hue of a Canberran’s skin in deepest, darkest winter). Fortunately nobody had the misfortune of beholding this site, as it was far too early and too cold for anyone but those few crazy people who consider running in the morning to be a good thing. Not that 00D thought it was a good thing - this was far from his idea; as has been well documented on many occasions: he is not a runner.

...Read all about it ...
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24 Hours of Paddling!

12 December 2011

12 December 2011

24 Hours of Paddling!

Now, mountain biking is a lot of fun, orienteering is a sport as mentally demanding as it is physically, and adventure racing - well, that’s a great mix of multiple sports! But everyone knows the real reason the TriHards show up to adventure races is for the paddle leg. Sure, the other bits are fun, but nowhere near as good as paddling. You can tell by the amount of time the TriHards put into training in these other disciplines, to try to get their skills on par with their paddling performance.

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Bridge Run

20 September 2009

20 September 2009

Bridge Run

The Cyborg arrived at the park at Milson’s Point a good hour early; he’d done three laps of the park to warm up, before moving onto some gentle stretches while waiting for the last of the walkers to clear the start area. At approximately 8:10, when they were all gone, he moved across to the starting line to ensure a good position at the front of the pack; finding himself about three rows back, where he continued stretching and bouncing to warm up his muscles in preparation for the “sprint” event to follow.

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16 February 2008

TriHards qualify for Advanced Leg!

It is a little known fact that following achieving their goals of completing a classic course within the cut-off time in both the Sydney and Canberra AROC events, the TriHards began to dare another goal: to qualify for the Advanced Leg of the classic course. The TriHards, not being completely insane, would say, “Thanks, but we’ll get a steak sandwich while there’s some left!” and move on, but it would be nice to qualify. And, on Valentine’s Day, 2009, their wish came true: they qualified for the advanced leg of the classic course! Actually, all teams qualified for the advanced leg, due to the closure of Lake Ginninderra. But the ever-optimistic TriHards don’t permit trivialities get in the way of their boasting.

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Bas’s Backyard Blitz!

30 November 2008

30 November 2008

Bas’s Backyard Blitz!

The mighty TriHards put on an excellent performance in Bas’s Backyard to achieve their best result to date in an AROC adventure race, finishing the race over an hour before the cut off, achieving a number of firsts along the way!

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29 May 2010

Mud Slinging in Canberra

It is an election year, so anyone in and around Canberra really should expect to see a bit of mud flying. However, on the 29th, the mud was going nowhere near Parliament House; it was being spread around north and west Canberra. And there was nary a politician to be seen-not even the newly-minted opposition leader, an avid rider, runner and swimmer-skills which would have come in remarkably handy during the inaugural Capital Punishment.

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Punished!

Race Report from the Cyborg

Race Report from the Cyborg

Punished!

I have been a naughty boy. I have been a very, very naughty boy. I deserved to be punished. And not just punished, but severely punished. Not being into self-flagellation, I turned to the team I knew could punish me properly: the dedicated people of AROC. And they certainly didn’t disappoint!

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No Rain, No Pain

13 May 2012

13 May 2012

No Rain, No Pain

In the wake of ANZAC Day, a day celebrated as the “forging” of Australia, it seemed entirely appropriate to focus as well on our real origins - the story that gets lost in the ANZAC legend. Australia wasn’t forged in the crucible of war; it was the dumping ground for Britain’s lower classes. Our first roads, buildings and trails were not hewn by the steady hand of mates in khaki, but hacked from hard labour under the whip.

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RainFall!

27 March 2013

27 March 2013

RainFall!

The Cyborg proceeded on foot; quickly and stealthily moving beneath the fluorescent lights, instinctively reaching out at just the right time to grab the correct package, barely slowing before moving on to his next target. Every now and then he would consult his orders using his faithful smartphone, and change course once more to a different section. With deft ease he avoided collisions with those uncontrollable four-wheelers, ducking, weaving throughout until he found himself making a perfect escape with a fresh batch of dog food.

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Cries and Punishment

21 March 2014

21 March 2014

Cries and Punishment

Most times, all the thanks go at the end of a report but who really reads to the end? So, just to make sure everyone sees, the thanks are going at the top!

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11 April, 2011

Cyborg Warms up at the Running Festival

The Cyborg signed on to the inaugural Canberra Running Festival (formerly the Canberra Marathon) after discovering he was in the dreaded position of having a free weekend. As all good festivals do, the running festival had a number of events: a 5km run, 10km run, half marathon, marathon and ultra-marathon. Not being entirely crazy, the Cyborg signed on for the 10km run. Then, on actually reading the site again, he noted that the 5km run started at 3pm, and the 10km at 4pm.

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10 May 2012

Cyborg Scores a Full House!

Now, it has to be said: the Cyborg has a terrible memory. Worse than that, he seems to either block events out, or totally ignore events from the past. Which is why, when he received an email about the Australian Running Festival, instead of reading back to last year’s report, remembering the pain, then hitting delete, he visited the site. And he checked out the events on offer. And, using the same, twisted logic that he used when entering the Stromlo Running Festival, he looked through the program to determine which events he could enter. And it looked promising... So, let’s take you for a little walk down the dark garden path of his thinking:

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19 April 2013

Cyborg scores about average!

I was really hoping to go well in the Running Festival this year; I was hoping to go well in the Stromlo Running Festival as well. Unfortunately, a tear in my calf in January dashed those hopes - at least for Stromlo (I still tried, but had to pull out before even completing 5kms in the cross country!)

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26 May 2014

The Cyborg Doth Protest Too Much

For years now the Cyborg has been telling us he is not a runner - despite having completed several Canberra Times Fun Runs and attending multiple running festivals. And he doesn’t just turn up to these festivals to wander around the various marquees and look at the sponsors’ wares, he enters several events-all the events that he can do in fact. Somebody really should tell him that a running festival isn’t a buffet.

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27 December 2011

TriHards Receive an Cycling Education!

Do you know where Lady Jessie Street was born? How about who opened the Carillon? Or who planted the “Lone Pine” tree near the Australian War Memorial? More importantly, did you know you can find the answers to all of these - and more - questions merely by riding around Canberra on your bike? It is a great shame that if you were to ask many Canberran locals when the last time they visited one of the fantastic - and free - public institutions scattered about this town, most of them would say never, or not since the last time out-of-towners visited.

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9 August 2009

TriHards Break a World Record!

On 9 August 2009, the largest team of TriHards ever assembled gathered to break a record, a world record no less! In another first, this team had almost equal numbers of men and women! This new mixed team of brave souls achieved their goal, along with 74,991 other people, in entering - and completing - the City to Surf, the largest timed race in the world!

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Convicted!

6 May 2014

6 May 2014

Convicted!

In late 2013, Father Brendan announced he was taking a break from siring sons and was planning on entering a relatively local event - the Convict mountain bike race. With a number of TriHards busy with their burgeoning families, it came down to the Cyborg to join the Father in his endeavours. After all, he’d already received Capital Punishment, he may as well be convicted...

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19 September 2011

Four Years of the Canberra Times Fun Run!

When the TriHards first attempted the Canberra Times Fun Run back in 2007, they undertook it as a training run for their “real” events in the AROC Paddy Pallin Adventure Race series. In 2008 they got a bit more serious, and completed the whole run non-stop. 2009 saw a mix of ages and long and short course entries scatter them throughout the field and in 2010 the Cyborg was the only TriHard flying the banner, achieving a personal best time despite several setbacks.

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11 September 2014

Cyborg Breaks the Five Minute Barrier!

Taking advantage of the early-bird entry for the Canberra Times Fun Run provided me with a number of benefits: firstly, the discounted price (always handy!) Secondly, I scored a low bib number (if you can’t rank low in the race, score a low bib number!) Finally, and most importantly, it meant I had all of the Canberra winter months to put on enough fat to get me through the 14 kilometres.

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The Canberra TriHards get Value for Money

A Report by the Canberra TriHards

A Report by the Canberra TriHards

The Canberra TriHards get Value for Money

Sheer numbers this time required the creation of three TriHards teams. Exciting times.

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21 January 2012

TriHards Work towards the London Olympics!

The Henderson kids are going to London! Okay, that sounds a bit too much like a bad 80’s Australian tv show, which it isn’t, well, the show was, but that’s not what we’re talking about. In this case, it’s Bec and Ben Henderson, elite level mountain bike riders who are trying to qualify to represent Australia in the London Olympics in 2012. Now, you may well think that qualification for the Olympics just involves being really excellent on the bike and winning a lot of races. Well, in fact, it does. But there’s more to getting to the Olympics than hard training and stiff competition; athletes are faced with the additional challenge of paying their way - not just to the Olympcs, but to the various qualifying races as well.

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Duo draws the dreaded DNF.

31 January 2013

31 January 2013

Duo draws the dreaded DNF.

The DuoClassic is an interesting race held just outside of Canberra in the early parts of the new year, making it one of the first mountain bike races of the year. The inaugural DuoClassic was held as a fundraiser for Bec Henderson’s Olympic bid (she qualified, raced, and came 25th!), now money goes to Bec’s world cup aspirations, and the CORC juniors development team.

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9 February 2014

Duo draws the dreaded DNF, again.

The DuoClassic is a race with a difference - it’s a race with a mate. Teams of two partner up and ride together for 50 kilometres; and it’s entirely up to them how they treat it - a friendly ride ’n chat, or the chance to put your mate in a world of hurt as you push from the front. And with the strong support of CORC (not to mention the fact that the race is put on by the Hendersons - including Olympians Bec and Dan (nee McConnell) - who are about as close as you can get to royalty in Australian mountain biking) it’s a great opportunity to bump rubber with some of the best mountain bikers Australia has to offer.

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18 September 2008

TriHards declare “No More Mr/Miss/Mrs/Ms Nice Person*!”

After a very successful outing in the Canberra Times Fun Run, the hard men of the TriHards have declared “No More Mr Nice Guy!” Heads suitably swelled from achieving their lofty objective of actually finishing the gruelling 10,000m run through the centre of Canberra, despite the occasional downpour, strong winds and lack of coffee at the start, in under an hour. Now they truly would be a force to be reckoned with. Now, in the middle of the pack, they could be considered serious contenders!

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Canberra Times Fun Run

13 September 2009

13 September 2009

Canberra Times Fun Run

Following on from their excellent results (by TriHards standards) in the City2Surf, and with the inclusion of some younger team members, the TriHards held high hopes for their chances in the Canberra Times Fun Run. And Canberra had certainly turned on a nice Spring day for the event (and the opening weekend of Floriade, the flower spectacular), with BOM promising the temperature would rise to 24 degrees!

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MS Gong Ride, 2009

12 November 2009

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13 November 2014

Cyborg chalks up another DNF!

By and large, I enter events just to see if I can do them. I have never actually trained for an event - well, not specifically. I have gone out running and riding, and I have undertaken mountain bike skills courses, all to improve my running and riding. But I have never come up with a training program, or trained with a specific event in mind.

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20 June 2010

Cyborg Hardens Up for the Husky!

I’ve heard tell that the average cost of repairs to bikes following the Capital Punishment was $500. My bike cost less than that new, so I decided it would be cheaper to buy a new bike. But not just any new bike. A shiny new Giant XTC 29er.

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Log Ride in Jervis Bay!

22 August 2011

22 August 2011

Log Ride in Jervis Bay!

The Husky is a friendly and fun mountain bike race set in the beautiful locale of Jervis Bay, New South Wales. The smooth, sandy tracks, with some technical sections, combined with fire trail provide a fast, flowing race through undulating forest. You’re almost guaranteed to have a great ride. Thus far, it’s also guaranteed to be rescheduled. Both times they have run the event, it has had to be postponed due to train. I reckon that next year they should schedule the Husky for April 1; then if it has to be rescheduled they always have the April Fool’s prank to fall back on!

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4 July 2012

Above Average TriHards?

The TriHards have entered riders in the Husky since it’s inception. In 2010 the Cyborg did it with Groucho; in 2011 it was the Cyborg and Father Brendan. Now, in 2012 the TriHards returned to their roots and fielded a team of three: the Cyborg, Engine and McFly. All of whom had very different goals and training regimens.

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1 November 2013

Cyborg gets a century at Callala

The Husky is one of my favourite races. I have completed all of the Huskies to date, albeit in the 50km format, and I have loved them. I had always found the course to be fun, yet still challenging (as can be evidenced by the fact that I haven’t made it through any without coming off at least once!) So, this year, given I’ve moved on to doing the 100km version of everything else, I apprehensively stepped up to the 100km Husky. I say apprehensive, because just as I rave about the 50km version, everyone I have spoken to who have done the 100km have sworn off it. Both of them. And, while that did make me nervous, it also put a fire in my belly, so I decided to actually train for the ride.

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Dark Times at Black Mountain

18 February 2012

18 February 2012

Dark Times at Black Mountain

Of course there’s a prologue; races and racers don’t just come into existence; there’s a history, a back story, that must be born in mind when considering the trials and tribulations of the TriHards in the iAdventure Canberra adventure race.

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Googong Gambol

25 October 2012

25 October 2012

Googong Gambol

Following his humiliation at the start of the iAdventure Race in Canberra on 18 Feburary, and in anticipation of the following event in October, the Cyborg began a strict training regimen. Every day he would rise at 5:30, down a raw egg and listen to Eye of the Tiger then sit down for a long, hard Sudoku session. He spent almost eight months in this fashion, dedicated every spare moment to mastering the art of Sudoku. Every spare moment searching for patterns, putting numbers in boxes, in preparation for the rematch: iAdventure Canberra ii: The Googong Challenge. So, you can imagine his disappointment when, upon opening the race pack and reading the course description, there was no mention whatsoever of Sudoku. This probably was for the best, because despite all the practice, he was still really bad at Sudoku.

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TriHards Score Seconds!

27 February, 2013

27 February, 2013

TriHards Score Seconds!

The TriHards continued their domination of the bottom-third of the field at iAdventure’s adventure race at Murray’s Corner. Even more importantly-they got seconds. No, you read that right: seconds. Having hung around the presentation area long enough, and with enough leftover Subway six-inchers (reportedly measured by the travel on the Cyborg’s shocks) the TriHards managed to snaggle an extra sub each!

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27 November 2013

Double the TriHards, Double the Fun!

The TriHards fielded two teams for the final iAdventure race of the year with Engine and Groucho forming their own team of Lycra Louts to go up against the much more casual, baggy pants-wearing team of Mr GPS and the Cyborg. This grouping suited everyone very well: the in-form Engine, with his superior fitness and navigation skills would be ably supported by “I don’t run” Groucho, an efficient rider with very good endurance - both being quite competitive and keen to test their limits and endurance.

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Tales from the Other Side

6 October, 2013

6 October, 2013

Tales from the Other Side

Now, the TriHards are not normally known for idle gossip, but scuttlebutt has it that there may have been a reason behind Cyborg’s accident at the Back Yamma Bigfoot. After all, there was no decent explanation as to how the Cyborg could so crash so thoroughly on such a clean section of fast, flowing track- and crashing so fast, and so hard that, amongst other injuries, he managed to crack a rib, resulting in racing incapacitation.

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17 October 2012

Benefits of a Classical Education

Have I ever mentioned how spoilt the mountain bikers of Canberra are? We have world class tracks, with great variety (and fantastic facilities) at Stromlo, fast, fun tracks at Bruce Ridge, tricky, technical downhill tracks at Tuggeranong and, just to the east of Canberra, lies over 50km of smooth, flowing singletrack created by dedicated volunteers Paul Cole, Alan Anderson and the Kowalski Brothers, available to riders for the cost of a car trip (or, a longer ride for the freaks!)

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A Tale of Two Races

25 September 2014

25 September 2014

A Tale of Two Races

The team at Self-Propelled run events with a focus on fun. They only run two a year: the Mont 24 Hour, and the Kowalski Classic, and if you only did two events a year, they would be worth it, if only because it gives riders a chance to give a little something back to the team who, for some strange reason, delight in spending their weekends out in the middle of nowhere carving trails for us all to enjoy.

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TriHards Race in Brendan's Backyard!

In the early days of 2008, the boys of the TriHards team gathered for their regular Wednesday afternoon around Lake Burley Griffin and began the following conversation (meaning, of course, that they weren’t running fast enough!)

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20 April 2009

Mud, Maps & Mountains at Murray’s!

The email sent out to participants before the Lake Macquarie event stated:

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Tales from the Dark Side

14 October 2012

14 October 2012

Tales from the Dark Side

Sooner or later it had to happen. It was inevitable when you think about it; I really should have seen it coming; I’ve been slipping for a while, and now I find myself on the dark side. Well, maybe not completely, maybe I’m just kind of tan, rather than dark per se. And probably more your terrible, orange fake-tan, then the dark-walnut brown tan at that. Naturally, I have a myriad of excuses, all sorts of justifications for my behaviour: it’s for a good cause; Junior’s doing hundreds of kilometres in the sweltering heat and mountains in the Tour De Timor - the least I could do is a few laps of Lake Burley Griffin for a good cause; it’s just faster... But hidden deep, deep down, I think at some level, I just enjoy it.

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18 October 2014

TriHards in the Top 10 Again!

Like TriHards, the name Mountain Designs is synonymous with Adventure. Known for selling excellent gear to get to you places you’d rather be, they don’t just lend their name to any race. And the team at In2Adventure are just the right people to come up with a race worthy of the Mountain Designs name. With an In2Adventure event, even entering is a race!

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TriHards in the Top 10!

27 August 2013

27 August 2013

TriHards in the Top 10!

Mountain Designs are synonymous with “serious” adventure races, such as the GeoQuest, or the Dark Side - races measured in days, not hours. So, when it was announced a Mountain Designs adventure race was coming to Canberra, and in a sprint format, the TriHards leapt at the opportunity. And, as Canberrans, they felt obliged to enter the Hardcore level of the event...

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10 May 2009

Insanity Prevails at the Mother’s Day Classic!

On a cool, crisp Canberra morning the TriHards smashed their own personal best records in two events of the Mother’s Day Classic. The Immoral Support Crew (with her moral supporters) achieved a personal best (without stopping for a single toilet break or coffee) in the 5km event, and the Cyborg dispelled rumours of his insanity by completing the 10km event in his own personal best time (despite following hallucinations and having odd conversations with the voices in his head).

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Travails in Tuggeranong

3 August 2008

3 August 2008

Travails in Tuggeranong

Early in 2008, the hard men of the TriHards took the view that it would be appropriate to get some more navigation experience under their belts prior to the 2008-9 AROC season. Consequently, we joined the ACT Rogaining Association with the view to participating in some regaining events, thinking they would make excellent practice. The August event was scheduled to be a short (five hour) rogaine, which the team foolishly thought would be well within their limited abilities, totally undeterred by the fact that we had not completed a five hour AROC race, where we have the luxury of changing disciplines throughout.

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Cycling Cyborgs!

18 April, 2011

18 April, 2011

Cycling Cyborgs!

I like Mont gear. I have a fair bit of it - in fact, you can read reviews of some of the Mont gear that I own here. Now I’ve tried the Mont race, and I have to say, I like that too! Twenty-four hours of mountain bike madness in it’s purest form.

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TriHards take on Movember

Yet more suffering for partners...

Yet more suffering for partners...

TriHards take on Movember

The TriHards’ partners have stepped up and are providing tremendous assistance to a truly worthy cause. These ladies are making the ultimate sacrifice for the month of Movember, not only in being seen in public with the TriHards sporting their attempts at mos, but facing the grim prospect of beard rash as the month goes on. Then again, considering the state of the TriHards after most of their races, perhaps this provides an easy excuse to avoid intimacy.

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We’re Number 1!

27 September 2008

27 September 2008

We’re Number 1!

Before we started this event we had to do something called “Preparation”. This is a relatively new thing for us; as normally our bold leader Chris would have ensured that coffee was available at strategic points and we’d have spare indemnity forms. However on this occasion he was sunning himself on a beach in WA so it was up to us. To start we registered as early as possible and as the title clearly states - We’re number 1 and so we was (frequently I am complimented for my breath taken use of the English language).

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Almost Podium for PANDSI!

A Report by the Cyborg

A Report by the Cyborg

Almost Podium for PANDSI!

Most of the time the TriHards have an adventure just getting to the start of events we enter; and the first race in the Paddy Paliln series in Shellharbour was certainly no different. Apart from the usual logistics of an away race, such as finding accommodation and places to eat, we also had several team changes, and new uniforms.

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Running4Funning

Report by Doc Runaway

Report by Doc Runaway

Running4Funning

“...So honey, you know I love you... and well... the thing is... you see... I’ve entered another Fun Run.” Thus began my preparation for the 2009 Rebel Sport Run4Fun. The running widower gracefully acknowledged he would spend another Sunday morning alone and wished me luck.

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Cyborg Runs with the Wind

01 December 2013

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TriHard Triathlete!

Race Report By the Cyborg

Race Report By the Cyborg

TriHard Triathlete!

In July I participated in the Sri Chimnoy Black Mountain offroad duathlon. I did the long course. I learnt many lessons from that event; but two things in particular stood out for me:

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The Cyborg Earns his Shirt

18 February 2012

18 February 2012

The Cyborg Earns his Shirt

The Stromlo Running Festival has been running for a few years now, with 2012 being the third time the Cyborg has entered, but only the second time he’s run; having had to pull out in 2011 due to injuries. Of course, his greatest regret in pulling out in 2011 was that he’d bought the fantastic 2XU Stromlo Running Festival shirt, and couldn’t wear it! (No, that’s the rule: you can’t wear an event shirt unless you’ve participated in the event!)

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19 February 2012

Sometimes Lightning Does Strike Twice

This year the shorter of the two Lightning Strike runs (you didn’t expect the Cyborg to do the long run, did you?) had changed markedly from previously years. For starters, they’d knocked a kilometre off the course, which was nice; unfortunately the change also included a full kilometre of steady climbing! The elevation profile on display rivalled that of the Mountain Run (though, admittedly, it was a longer run squeezed into a shorter scale, so looked steeper). Another advantage of the new course was that it changed to an out and back course - starting and finishing around the pavilion and event hub. So there was no need to organise buses and the like.

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Running Up that Hill

18 February 2012

18 February 2012

Running Up that Hill

In a change from the last time the Cyborg entered the Stromlo Running Festival, the mountain run was held later on Saturday; which was very fortunate for the Cyborg indeed, as it meant he had time to recover from the iAdventure race in the morning. And what better way to warm down from an adventure race than running up a mountain? A 3.6km run, with a vertical climb of 180m on gravelly firetrail. The elevation profile says it all really.

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Lightning Strike

Report by the Cyborg

Report by the Cyborg

Lightning Strike

The Mizuno Lightning Strike run was a cross-country run which could be undertaken in either 30km or 11km lengths. Being the non-runner that I am, I had signed on for the 11km run. I also elected to wear my Mizuno running shoes for this event (no, you may not call me Imelda; I only have a couple of pairs!), as I wasn’t confident in doing that sort of distance in my Vibrams yet.

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Mountain Run

Report by the Cyborg

Report by the Cyborg

Mountain Run

Have you seen the Crow? The Brandon Lee Movie from 1994? You know, the grunge Casablanca. Of course it was! But I digress. There is a scene towards the end where the already dead, but dying again nonetheless (no, really, you should see it!) Eric Draven grabs a hold of his nemesis, “Top Dollar”, (Michael Wincott) and passes on the 30 hours of pain that his fiancé, Shelly suffered before dying, with the words, “30 hours of pain, all at once, all for you”. That’s what the Mountain Run is. It’s all of the ascents, from all the runs of the weekend, thrown into one big concentrated dose of slogging up Mount Stromlo. Maybe even more. 180m of ascent over a 3.2km course...

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Stromlo Running Festival!

Report by the Cyborg

Report by the Cyborg

Stromlo Running Festival!

Now, firstly - and perhaps most importantly - I should say: I’m not a runner. I have never considered myself a runner and, you know, I really don’t particularly like running. Sure, like everyone else, I can run if I need to. I can run if the house is on fire. I can run if I’m late for an appointment. I can run if Maccas brekky finishes in five minutes. But running for fun, that’s my definition of an oxymoron.

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29 October 2008

TriHards Tiptoe Through the Thorns to Win Sydney AROC!*

On a beautiful Sydney Spring Day, the TriHards went down to the park for the first event in the AROC Paddy Pallin Adventure Race Series for 2008-9; emerging five hours later to declare themselves winners before returning victorious to Canberra. The race marked a series of firsts for the hard men of the Trihards: the first classic race they’d actually completed, the first race in their smart new team uniforms, and the first race for Cap’n Charles.

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Urban 09

20 December 2009

20 December 2009

Urban 09

The 2009 Urban was the final event for the TriHards in 2009, and like all good season finales, the event was marked by reminisces of events and races gone by, as the team wound at a leisurely pace over a course covering some very familiar ground in Canberra. Sure, they could have gone hard and set out to win the event, however, that would spoil their leisurely ride down memory lane! (What’s more, it would have made the goal of Rampaging Rick - to beat the TriHards - all that much harder for him; being the Cyborg’s current boss, they thought it may be best not to make it too hard for him, after all, he was already riding with a bike freak.)

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7 December 2008

Action Men of the TriHards Complete the Race with an Identity Crisis!

The Action men of the TriHards used their local knowledge and strategic thinking to record an excellent result in the race of many names over the weekend. In a star-studded field, the TriHards obtained 321 points, gaining 72nd place (out of 255) overall, and 31/78 in the men’s division, which is certainly an excellent result - particularly in their first outing in such a race.

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4 May 2009

One out of Four Ain’t Bad

The most common response received when the TriHards would tell people of their intention to participate in the Wild Endurance was a simple, “You’re insane.” Now that the event is done, and the TriHards are resting their weary feet, they would tend to agree with this opinion! Of the four TriHards entered into the event, Magic McFly was the only one to complete the entire event; a tremendous effort on his part! The Wild Endurance also marked a tragic turn of events for the TriHards-the Sydney branch soundly bested the Canberra branch-an achievement that will no doubt take a long, long time to live down.

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TriHards Save the World!

17 December 2008

17 December 2008

TriHards Save the World!

Or, we’d like to; at least a little bit of it. We’ve put together a crack international team for the Wild Endurance; a 100km trek through the Blue Mountains. That’s two days of running, walking and eventually shambling. This event will look at our limits, laugh in our face, and shove us past them; it’s going to be a tremendous challenge.

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15 May 2010

TriHards Defeat their Demons in the Blue Mountains!

There’s no denying it, the Wild Endurance is a huge event - not only in terms of actually completing the 100km trek - that’s almost the easy part when seen within the big picture. Well, no, not really, it’s still quite hard. But there are other challenges involved: there’s the fundraising components - each team member has to raise a minimum of $400. And the logistics of determining what each team member will require during the race in terms of food, drink, and comfortable places to sit and/or sleep. Finally, there's the task of trying to find people who are just as insane as the TriHards to be the support crew; who will drive around from checkpoint to checkpoint, laden with the team’s gear, ready with hot food and drink, chairs, and encouragement.

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Accommodation

17 May 2010

17 May 2010

Accommodation

Two tips which come up relating to the night before a big adventure race or event are: eat a good, hearty, high carbohydrate meal, and get a good night’s sleep. In their usual style, the organisers of the Wild Endurance took care of the first through organising a high-carb buffet meal at the Carrington (which also offered deals to cater for the second).

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15 May 2010

Fundraising: The Hidden Challenge!

Non-profit organisations are increasingly starting to realise that these big events provide fantastic fundraising opportunities. Think the Gong Ride (MS), Urban (MHF), Mother’s Day Classic (Breast Cancer), LifeStart Kayak for Kids and the Wild Endurance, which last year managed to raise more than $140,000 for the Wilderness Society - and this year they have crossed the halfway point to their goal of $500,000. And who could blame them, it’s a fantastic way to raise money.

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Email to a Real Estate Agent

I’m emailing you today because I’m in a team participating in the Wild Endurance; a 100km trek through the Blue Mountains. (I say “participating” rather than competing, because we’ll just be happy to finish!) It’s a fairly arduous course which most of my team failed to complete last year. So we have come back to it this year, older, wiser, and more prepared for what is to come.

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19 May 2010

TriHards Survive the Zombie Holocaust!

Residents of Wentworth Falls were alarmed to discover zombies roaming their streets on morning of 2 May, 2010; fortunately they weren’t the dangerous, fast moving, angry zombies of movies such as 28 Days Later; not, these were the classic, slow-shuffling zombies in the Romero style. They were, however, slightly different; rather than shuffling along with their standard plea for “brains”, these white-clad zombies were shuffling through the streets moaning “bacon.... bacon....” We sent our bravest, most intrepid investigative reporter to the scene, where some disturbing secrets were revealed.

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