My 2nd Half Ironman

Last weekend, I participated in my 2nd half-Ironman race in Shepparton, Victoria, and I actually did very well: 5 hours and 21 minutes, 67th place in my age group, smashing my personal best by 45 minutes, and passing a few strong teammates on the run. Deep down, I knew I could be good at this. : ) It was a long, 12-month journey since I started to get there, though!

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Shepparton_Run

Between weekends of training and racing, I managed to take a week off to celebrate the Melbourne Cup properly. We started with the traditional breakfast in my courtyard, followed by a beautiful sunny day at the racing track, and a buzzing night in the city. This is my 5th year in a row celebrating, and I just felt fortunate again to live in such a great city like Melbourne and to have such great friends!

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Melbourne_Cup_08

Besides training and some weekends of fun, life is pretty much wrapped around sorting out any financial difficulties that may be on the horizon. I closed a big debt I’d had since the university and now I’m checking out the opportunity of purchasing a property. A bit sooner than I thought, but the opportunity is here, so I might just grab it.

Overall, I’m quite happy with where I am right now, although sometimes I miss the old good party times. I guess that we all have to make some sacrifices to achieve big goals. I’ll try to compensate next year. : )

With love
Tal,

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